Creatures of the night

Campy creatures of the night: Restrained Edward (Robert Pattinson/ Twilight) has replaced unrestrained Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry/ Rocky Horror Picture Show). Poor Edward: a brooding, earnest, long-suffering teenager without the relief of being able to laugh himself out of his addiction. No, give me liberating camp any day. Read Susan Sontag’s “Notes on Camp” online here. The best quote from it is actually not by her: “Life is too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” (Oscar Wilde, Vera, or The Nihilists)

Good gig

Never thought I would stay overnight in the red-light district of Frankfurt. Hotel Nizza is absolutely charming. Beautiful ceiling and bathroom fixtures, excellent bed, rugs, wooden floors, antiques, wireles LAN. A little roof terrace looks up onto the majestic skyscrapers. I checked in just before midnight in front of, what, an actress, probably, with a big bouquet of red roses. People at breakfast, at ease, reading. Just outside yesterday morning a black hooker in yellow platform shoes. That will do fine for a sunrise. Then two days of teaching inside Norman Foster’s beautiful Commerzbank HQ. A good gig.

Bring home the bacon

It’s Thanksgiving? Forget turkey. Bacon is better. Bacon? Have a closer look. Dolce tipped me off to The iPhone Bacon Case. It’s hand-felted in one piece and is available on dawanda.de, a site that lets artisans sell their handiwork as presents. Handmade, homespun, unique, precious, affordable, marvellous, well-designed. Maybe the Bacon Case is no longer available, after this amazing viral marketing story. I’d like one, too. But first we need to bring home the bacon to earn the phone.

Kings of Leon: Arizona

The Kings of Leon from Tennessee are three brothers and their cousin who have hit the big time, especially in the UK. Arizona recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo comes closest to their Southern roots. It tells a story about meeting a girl, picking a fight with her date, ending up in bad shape and “too drunk to remember” – and getting the girl. The Kings of Leon claim that their music is influenced equally by their religious upbringing and Jack Daniel’s.

Got the lyrics figured out:

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Phillip Toledano: Days with my father

Beautiful, touching photos and text. Also see Phillip Toledano’s website.

This makes me think of my father. And my mother. Would be great to portray her. I still have my dad’s old Voigtländer. Lots of guesswork, but it gets beautiful results.  I’ve shied away from digital cameras because of the wait between click and snap. OK, dear Voigtländer, you can go back into the museum now.