Skip to main content

all sorts of scariness

it's coming...




yup, that's right. today i saw my first halloween. of course, i've seen stuff for sale, but this is the first, genuine decorative halloween of the year, located at my local fishmonger's, where i suspect a lot of black cats would like to hang out.


seeing this sort of thing always makes my pulse race. [more than it otherwise does, since my heart clocks in at 90-100 beats per minute most of the time.]

as i took these photos, a perfect mother and young daughter pair walked by and i could easily see my own sense of wonder reflected in the child's eyes. she excitedly grabbed her mother's sleeve and asked "can we take a picture?"

the mother glanced at me and looked down at her smiling daughter and said "no", without even slowing her walk in the slightest.

so as i continued to grab a couple of shots, i could feel the horrified, humiliated eyes of this child bearing down on me, like i'm supposed to stop taking photos in solidarity or something.

it is not my fault that your mother is the wicked witch of westmount, kid. but for what it's worth, someday you'll be old and jaded and taking medication like me and you won't have to ask anyone's permission to take photos of halloween. unless people like your mother and i ruin the planet for you in which case, yeah, stuff is just going to be awful. but then halloween decorations aren't going to be a priority for you. 

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

eat the cup 2018 :: welcome, comrades!

even regular followers of this blog might be surprised to learn that the longest-standing tradition on more like space is not tied to politics, makeup, mental health or even writing, but sport. i started the quadrennial eat the cup "challenge" [in quotes because i'm not actually challenging anyone but myself] way back in 2006 as a way of combining my growing love of soccer, my love for cooking and my still-new blogging habit. i determined that, as i followed the world cup, i would cook dinners to honour the winners of different games, meaning that the meal would, as far as possible, feature traditional dishes from those nations. in subsequent iterations, i started to do dishes that were combinations of different winners from the same day or, as the competition wore on, combinations of the different combatants.

finding certain ingredients can be a challenge, even in a diverse city like montreal [and i live on the cusp of some of its most diverse neighbourhoods], but what…

making faces :: a lip for all seasons [summer edition]

this may seem like an odd time to think about summer, but not to think about coolness. it can be hard to wrap your head around the idea that summer is considered "cool" in colour analysis terms and, in my opinion, reads as the coolest of the cool, because everything in it is touched with the same chilly grey. winter may have the coldest colours, but its palette is so vivid that it distracts the eye. everything in summer is fresh and misty, like the morning sky before the sun breaks through. in my original post on the season, i compared it to monet's paintings of waterlilies at his garden in giverny and, if i do say so, i think that's an apt characterisation.

finding lip colours touched with summer grey and blue is, as you might expect, kind of tricky. the cosmetic world seems obsessed with bringing warmth, which doesn't recognise that some complexions don't support it well. [also, different complexions support different kinds of warmth, but that's another…

making faces :: divine inspiration

several months ago, kat von d announced that she was doing a palette and lipstick inspired by divine. for many gen x'ers like me, divine was our introduction to the world of drag and, possibly, to the idea of transgenderism. now, divine wasn't transgender; he was a gay man who lived his celebrity life in drag, but seeing him still put the idea of the transgender person in the public mind. to this day, he's frequently mistaken for a trans woman. [side note :: as a "drag" artist, divine did not do impersonations of female stars, which is usually associated with drag performances. his character was all his own.]

divine came to his stardom through the films of john waters, the king of trash cinema who worked with a troupe of actors and filmmakers [dubbed "dreamland studios"] in all of his early films. if the broader public has heard of any of his films, it's mostly likely hairspray, which was then made into a hit broadway musical, then back into a film …