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making faces :: bestquiat

i understand that there has been some controversy over urban decay's collaboration with the estate of artist jean-michel basquiat. and i sympathise with those; the space for art to flourish before it gets co-opted by the mainstream and turned into product grows ever smaller, and, while it was basquiat's estate that apparently approach urban decay about the project, it's always uncomfortable when you're mixing mass-produced commercial products with an artist's work. [doubly so in this case, since the artist is deceased and has no say in the matter.] and there is always the question of how much these high-profile commercial exercises do to enhance the profile of the artist, as opposed to cheapening their name through the association. i'm reminded of oprah winfrey's push to popularise toni morrison, as noble as it was, to an audience of people who were unaccustomed to reading that sort of literature. [if you're going to try to scale the mountain of "s…
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the last boy scout?

i gave myself the morning and part of the afternoon off work today [what's the fun being the boss if you can't make the rules?] in order to watch former fbi director james comey testify before the senate intelligence committee, because i knew i wasn't going to be able to live with myself if i didn't see every gory detail. and, indeed, the man did not disappoint. i've heard a few people mewling about how he didn't say anything new, which isn't correct, but more importantly, it isn't important. comey's entire statement was circulated to the media yesterday and they happily read it in all its luridly detailed glory. lawrence o'donnell read sections of it on his show last night in a tone so lascivious it was almost obscene [but which perfectly captured an undercurrent to his interactions with trump that will be familiar to many women.] the bottom line is that james comey made sure that we all knew the facts of what he was going to say before he sai…

fun-raising

no, i am not dead, nor have i been lying incapacitated in a ditch somewhere. i've mostly been preparing for our imminent, epic move, which is actually not so terribly epic, because we found a place quite close to where we are now. in addition, i've been the beneficiary of an inordinately large amount of paying work, which does, sadly, take precedence over blogging, even though you know i'd always rather be with you.

indeed, with moving expenses and medical expenses looming on the horizon, more than can be accounted for even with the deepest cuts in the lipstick budget, dom and i recently did something that we've not done before: we asked for help. last week, we launched a fundraising campaign on go fund me. it can be difficult to admit that you need a helping hand, but what's been overwhelming for both of us is how quick to respond so many people we know have been once we asked. it's also shocking to see how quickly things added up.

most of all, though, the ex…

roger and me

roger moore was one of my very first movie star crushes, and one of the first celebrities i heard speak up against the fox hunt. that in itself was part of a long commitment to animal rights that also so him play a key role in having foie gras removed from the shelves of the british grocery chain selfridges. indeed, he made headlines again in the wake of the murder of cecil the lion by decrying trophy hunting as the pastime of cowards.
he was an ambassador for unicef and was knighted not for his acting, but for his humanitarian work. he spoke publicly about the fact that he had been molested once as a child in order to reassure young people that they should not feel shame if they had been victimised.
as a child, he suffered from measles, mumps, chickenpox, jaundice and almost died from double pneumonia at age five. at age eight, he got an infection in his foreskin, which meant he had to be circumcised- a procedure that is considerably more painful at that age than in infancy. during h…

presidenting is hard :: korea

ok, mr. trump, i promised you a while back that i was going to write some posts designed to help you out while you try to act as if you're capable of being president. as i mentioned at that time, i'm concerned that you think that korea was once part of china. it never was, although that wasn't for lack of trying on the part of the chinese. perhaps if you tried learning your history from someone other than the president of china, it would help.

but at the moment, the most important stuff you need to know is not what's happened in the history of korea, but in the present. you'll note that i say "korea" and not "north korea", because, historically [ok, there is a little history involved here], there isn't a north korea or a south korea. that shit is on you [your country, not you personally] and your cold war policies. before the 1950s, korea was just korea, and to this day, they speak the same language, share the same genes and venerate the sa…

backing talkwards

so, it appears that i've finally met my linguistic match: i cannot figure out a way to learn hebrew or arabic. yes, these languages are known for being difficult for english speakers to acquire; their alphabets, vocabulary and grammar are completely alien to begin with, and on top of that, they're written backwards. ok, not backwards. the languages are written from right to left, the opposite of how english is written. [no, i take that back. far more languages are written from left to right, and in every human society, norms are designated by the majority. your languages have every right to exist, but they are fucking backwards.]

although they can be daunting at first, i'm no longer frightened of different scripts. in my limited experience, i've found that russian is easier for me to master than polish. i was lucky enough to be selected to alpha test the forthcoming japanese course from duolingo and, while i can't quite get the hang of the kanji yet, hiragana [whic…

making faces :: reviews you can't use

ah, the horror that is the limited edition. i mean, i understand why companies release products in fixed quantities, because it tends to bring in a lot of money in a very short space of time, but it can get really frustrating. some companies at least go through the planning process with an eye to keeping an item available for a season. generally speaking, i'd say that the highest-end, or so-called "prestige" brands are the best at this, not because they really want their customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable about their purchase, but because they realise that customers are less likely to spring for a single $75 item, even if they might buy a $50 eyeshadow palette with little thought.

that intro paragraph is my way of saying "i'm sorry that i'm only reviewing this item now that it seems to be sold out everywhere".

i haven't followed kat von d's makeup releases, although she increasingly seems to be a major player in setting the c…