Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rose earrings?

Hey all, I'm wondering who sent me this lovely pair of red rose earrings from an artist in Bulgaria. If this was you, please let me know so I can thank you!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Ellia Bisker, Charming Disaster, and Sweet Soubrette

To those of you who do not know (probably quite a few), Ellia Bisker is a singer/songwriter. She has her own group, Sweet Soubrette, and is one of the duo Charming Disaster (with Jeff Morris of Kotorino).

Charming Disaster, upon being asked who they were: Thanks for asking about our origin story! Jeff was grown in a laboratory vat by a mad scientist experimenting with robotics and ectoplasm in a small suburb of New York City. Ellia was created accidentally by an alchemist attempting to transform lead into gold in another suburb of New York City, 100 years ago. We met thanks to the technology of time travel/astral projection and currently we both reside in Brooklyn, NY, not far from where we started in life (“life”?).

I love these people.

Back to Ellia: she is unique in many ways, but the aspect I've so far appreciated most is her ability to understand others when she puts herself in their shoes. Here follows an interview she gave to Feminist Wednesday back in 2014:

All That Glitters,” from Sweet Soubrette’s second album, Days and Nights, is so much fun to perform live — not just because of its lively upbeat energy (also, hand claps) but because I get to embody a character who is so anathema to my own personal values: the gold digger. Though not exactly a femme fatale, she is nevertheless a star member of Sweet Soubrette’s collection of Bad Women archetypes, and there’s something oddly liberating about putting on her persona instead of just judging her or objecting to her existence — maybe because my own sense of independence doesn’t easily acknowledge any secret wish to be taken care of. I think a lot of strong women struggle with the opposing desires of wanting to be taken care of and wanting to take care of ourselves, and this song allowed me to explore that a little.

It was inspired in part by a woman I knew briefly a few years ago, a friend of a friend whom I didn’t know very well but heard a lot about, and she sort of fascinated me; everything I heard about her got under my skin. She was vain, obsessed with her looks, beautiful in a self-conscious way, and she had exploited that beauty: the rich older doctor she had met while waitressing in Texas was now putting her through school and bankrolling her apartment in Manhattan. I had never known anyone with an actual sugar daddy before. It offended my feminist sensibilities, to say the least. I thought the transactional gender roles she had bought into were not only retrograde and politically incorrect but downright unsavory. I started writing All That Glitters as a satire, almost as a dig. I imagined her hearing it and recognizing herself.

But something surprising happened when I was writing it: I found myself becoming unexpectedly sympathetic toward the character I had created. I found myself giving the woman who inspired her a little more credit too, for being more than just an opportunistic pretty face. In fact, she was intelligent, ambitious, and resourceful; and whatever I thought of her methods, she had used the tools available to her not only to survive, but to pave the way for a future in which she could do more than trade on her looks. Adela, wherever you are, this song taught me not to underestimate you.
—Ellia Bisker

Whether you agree with Adela's lifestyle choices or not, the idea of being able to really grasp someone else's perspective through songwriting (or any medium) is pretty cool, and Ellia does it well.

The rest of Sweet Soubrette's music is available on Bandcamp here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Victorian clothes rock.

Little boy in store, staring at me: "Look at it, Mommy... It's right behind you."
Mom shushes him and doesn't look.
I go past to look for the (nonexistent) kerosene lamp chimneys.
Little boy: "Look at it, Mommy!"
Mom looks.
Little boy: "Isn't it pretty?"

I said thank you and smiled. He turned all bashful, like OH MY GOD IT SPOKE TO ME WHAT IS THIS FRESH HEAVEN

Thursday, October 06, 2016

My favorite part

This comes from a longer piece, but I've always liked it, and I have probably posted it here before:

For storms will rage and oceans roar
When Gabriel stands on sea and shore
And as he blows his wondrous horn
Old worlds die and new be born.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Art of Movement

FINALLY this book is coming out! I have been sort of gently nag-nudging the photographers for a couple years now about doing a book, and IT IS HERE! Observe:

Is this not glorious? I love these people. They're funny and awesome. We get along smashingly. They've taken some of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen, at least of dancers. Apples and oranges with Hubble images and etc, you know.

One of my favorite dancers, Isabella Boylston, American Ballet Theater
Miriam Miller, New York City Ballet
Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi, American Ballet Theater
And a video featuring Isabella Boylston. I love this little short film. It's just fun and pretty. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Place Among the Undead

Juliet Landau, whom some readers may recall played the ever lovely and insane Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is producing the crowdfunded movie of the post's heading: A Place Among the Undead. It will involve a series of interviews with people most deeply involved with the vampire genre, along with delving into vampire mythology and as it has grown through the ages; basically a vast documentary regarding the subject. I very much want to see it!

I finally got around to taking pictures of myself in my UNDEAD shirt from the crowdfunding (sadly with no fangs because the damn things have vanished and I cannot find them anywhere for the life of me), but here they are:

In which I discover I've been turned into the undead, which for some reason strikes me as creepier in greyscale.
Clearly I have issues.
Definitely dubious about this whole Being Undead thing.
Getting the hang of it.
Yep. Totally on board.
I already pre-apologized to my sister for being this sort of aunt-to-be. I'm going to mess up her kid. In the best possible way. Go rock your undead, y'all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One of the better things I've heard this week

My friend Brynn on gaming: You probably remember from Morrowind that Elder Scrolls games never really seem to end, there's always more to do, so I don't like to play too many of them at once, or I feel like I'm living in some kind of comatose limbo and I'm going to wake up and discover it's the year 4021 and I've evolved into a rodentcycle.

I nearly had to lie down from the sheer correctness of this. I love my friends. I don't have many, but the ones I do have are full of awesome.