Eyes Wide Shut


“People tell you who they are, but we ignore it because we want them to be who we want them to be.” ~Don Draper, The Summer Man.  (Written by: Matthew Weiner)


My Inspiration


Harper’s Bazaar asked Chloe Sevigny some questions about her creative inspirations and I’ve decided to post my own answers to some of their questions, plus a few more…


First album bought: Must have been The Eagles. My brother and I were both listening to them a lot – their harmony is amazing.


Most re-read book: There are two: The Garden of Eden (Hemingway) & The Lover (Duras). (Pic: from film based on Dura’s “The Lover.”)

'Lost in Translation' Movie Stills

Fav. Film: Sofia Coppola’s, “Lost in Translation”. I just “get” this one completely – what it’s trying to say and the wit.

Fav. Film Quote: “We let it happen – that’s how we choose.” From: Violets are Blue, written by: Naomi Gyllenhaal.


Guilty Pleasure: Going to see a film on a weekday afternoon. It just feels decadent.

Fav. object: A sapphire ring from my mother.

Fav. time of day: Midnight. The world gets quiet, no ringing phones, music sounds better and I can think, write, and read with better clarity and inspiration.


Dream lunch date: Without question, Henry Miller. He was a great conversationalist and I would love to sit around the table all afternoon and into the night talking to him about, well everything really. (Pic: Henry Miller & Hoki-San Tokuta Miller)

Signature dish: Not sure why they asked this but it’s spaghetti. Whether homemade sauce or store bought and doctored – I rock it.


Fav. TV show: Mad Men was a real stand out – original and never boring. Matthew Weiner is a very talented writer – talk about creative.


Fav. Band: Aerosmith. They’ve always just done it for me and there is no one I’d rather hear play guitar than “Joe Fucking Perry”.


Fashion Inspiration: Think Bohemian. This is not something I give a lot of thought to – I make it my own, but I am inspired by: Jane Birkin – love the boho lace crop tops, jeans and sixties style dresses…


Alison Mosshart – she has great style.


…and Joe Perry – the hats, scarves, cool jackets, shades, ripped jeans…love it. All three have inspired me in some way. (photo: Zack Whitford)

Dogs or Cats: Again, not sure why they asked this but…dogs – cats are creepy.

Fav. room: Bedroom, where I keep my favorite books, music & photographs nearby.


Bedside table: A few photographs, an odd little ceramic entwined newts I bought when I was in high school, an old pink salt used as a ring holder, Berts Bees Baby Bee Solid perfume and books including Henry Miller’s My Life, Paul Auster books and currently Alexa Chung’s “It”. (Pic from HM’s My Life & Times.)


Favorite artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (pic: The Spinet)


Fav. Sculptor: Camille Claudel. (Pic: The Age of Maturity)

cartier-bresson 1975

Fav. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson but I’m most inspired by anyone’s old photographs of families or old buildings.

Well, there you have it, some of my enduring creative inspirations.



Moments of Connection

'Lost in Translation' Movie Stills

“It’s about misunderstandings between people and places – it’s about things being disconnected and looking for moments of connection. There are so many moments in life when people don’t say what they mean, when they are just missing each other, waiting to run into each other in a hallway.” ~Sofia Coppola on writing “Lost in Translation”.


Say it in 6


Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story in six words, he came back with: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” – brilliant. If you’d like to try your hand at it, check out Smith Magazine’s site, where you can publish a six word memoir. May Hem go with you……


The Lovely Theresa

In July 2007, the art world lost two creative talents. Theresa Duncan, 40, born in Lapeer, had realized success as a creator of computer games geared toward girls, as well as a filmmaker. Her boyfriend of 12 years, Jeremy Blake, 35, had achieved his success as an innovative artist who mixed abstract paintings with digital film. The couple, who were by all accounts still deeply in love, left their friends and loved ones with more questions than answers when they died. The couple believed they were being harassed by Scientologists and although some felt they were merely being paranoid, the internet has since come alive with theories that are even more far reaching. Theresa took her life on July 10th and a week later, on July 17th, apparently unable to go on living in a world without her, Jeremy walked into the Atlantic ocean, leaving a note on shore that read, “I am going to join the lovely Theresa.”

Link: Vanity Fair