frank / birdman

+

Frank B
A guy (Michael Fassbender) named Frank refuses to take off the head. He’s also in a band. This normal guy joins the band but doesn’t get along with its members (Maggie Gyllenhalllal) but because of the magic of social media—-the band goes to SXSW…..

Birdman B+

big bad words

+

i think i had something really insightful to write but now that i’ve had dinner i can’t remember what it was….

it’s probably along the lines of….

For the longest time, a synonym for art (for me) was human emotion which often equated to sadness and suffering. I often equated art with really really raw human emotion. If it was fun and funny and interesting and happy, it was not art in my opinion. It would be considered entertainment.

Man, such a pretentious S.O.B.

After much soul-searching and scheduled depressions, I realized that art could be anything that makes you happy, or someone else happy. It could also be sad, insightful, silly, stupid ,sad, it could LITERALLY be anything.

I came to this conclusion not on my own of course. I heard two really good talks today. One by an ex-member of a band called Everything (hit single, Hooch). I’ve never heard of them till today…and a songwriter / CD at the Martin Agency.

I’ve approached my art (hahahaha, i meant mass produced corporate advertising) with a very serious face. We gotta be this way and we can’t be funny if we’re going to be funny goddamit it better have some kind of obscure author reference that no one will get except for me, who wrote it. I always approached advertising like that…even though it was nothing like that, and more like, oh man, this is very generic and not very good…

but, while playing within the lines, or on the lines, or a little bit outside of the lines, we can still create really good stuff, and that’s where it gets way harder than actually art.

Every time someone tries to preach to me about how advertising is art..I would just roll my eyes and say, whatever helps you sleep at night my friend. but really it is art because it is art that is consumed by the massed, approved by legal, approved by the client, approved by the PTA, approved by the firemen’s association, approved by a bajillion interest groups (potentially) and AFTER all that, is it still interesting??

Well, that’s all we’re striving for really…

today, i’m listening to a lot of Tegan and Sara and a little bit obsessed with my new stamps

hope no one sees me

+

Everybody but Me by Lykke Li

this is my party style

Ooh, I’m standing in the corner
Thinking all I want to
What am I to do?
Should I go home still sober
Should I buy me another glass of wine
And forget about time

Though my jeans are too tight
Don’t feel like dancing
And all this light is too bright
Don’t feel like shining
Though this room is too small
I’d rather stand against the wall
And hope that no one sees me-e-e-e-e

When everybody’s dancing (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s toying (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s laughing (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s drinking (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s smoking (I don’t need one)
When everybody’s rolling (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me, yeah

I get the creeps from all the people in here
I cannot breathe, it’s too crowded in here
Don’t look at me
I don’t wanna be seen; touched; heard; bothered by the fellas who got a look in their eye
They wanna take me home without knowing my name
They wanna put me on
But do they not know is that I’m not like the others

When everybody’s dancing (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s toying (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s laughing (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s drinking (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s smoking (I don’t need one)
When everybody’s rolling (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s dancing (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s toying (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s laughing (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s drinking (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s smoking (I don’t need one)
When everybody’s rolling (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s dancing (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s toying (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s laughing (I don’t need more)
Everybody but me

When everybody’s drinking (I don’t want to)
When everybody’s smoking (I don’t need one)
When everybody’s rolling (I don’t want to)
Everybody but me, yeah

ghost writer

2 comments

a new japanese drama season!

I haven’t felt excited by any new dramas in a long time…
but I highly recommend Ghost Writer after seeing just one episode.

The drama details the struggle of a wannabe novelist and an accomplished but stale writer. Of course, from the title, you can sort of guess what comes next.

The plot is engaging and the writing is interesting (but not amazing, but of course, that was only the first episode) and people throw a lot of fits and writing gets very physical at times….but so far! it’s highly enjoyable, it doesn’t slow to a glacial pace, and the emotions feel pretty spot-on.

a few things though

– the lady’s crazy rich and fancy but she uses a shitty HP laptop?
– normally when you’ve achieved a certain level of success (and financial gain), you kind of care less about public opinion… (at least that’s my take on it)
– who wears a chanel suit and tights while writing?
– that chair in her office looks crazy uncomfortable….

THAT’s all! Highly recommended, you can find the series here… which certain restrictions to the subtitles or whatever Chinese website you happen to be watching jdramas on…

or if you’re fluent, raws are easy to come by.

dance dance dance

+

Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li

(this isn’t the official music video, I think, but it’s very Saturday though, SATURDAY)

it only happens twice a year update?

+

i run a menswear blog…! I hate the word menswear so I recently changed the name of the blog to kinda buzzed (for no particular reason) even though the URL remained the same.

I definitely changed the focus of the sort of menswear that I wanted to post. I was never really a fan of bespoke suits anyway, I think I was just obsessed with the pattern on pattern on pattern….

The blog consists only of street style. I never post any editorial…and as a general rule of thumb, the more disgruntled the gentleman looks the more likely he’s going to appear on my blog. Beautiful model boys sometimes make it too, but older gentleman is definitely priority.

I’ve had this blog for a while now but as my tastes change it’s becoming harder and harder to update the blog. I can’t seem to find as many interesting photos. I went from posting several photos a day (queued up) to one a day, and running out of photos constantly.

A major of photos is obviously Tommy Ton. He shoots Florence and LFW in January (that’s NOW) for GQ every year, but this year I noticed he isn’t updating for GQ. I guess he now shoots exclusively for style.com? so if you’re wondering where tommy went on GQ, he’s now at style.com OR so I think, maybe they’re waiting to update it later? but I doubt it, tommy’s photos are such a huge traffic draw.

Off topic.

I actually wanted to share this new street style blog that I recently found called Shanghai Express. I think it’s quickly becoming my favorite street style blog. I haven’t been to shanghai in over 15 years at least. I can’t believe how stylish everyone has become. I am itching to go back, even though I have always chosen Beijing over Shanghai….but it could quickly become a new favorite Chinese destination as I detest snow..and the cold and Beijing’s winters are known to be brutal.

some of my favorite photos…

se04

se03

se02

se01

I love the mix of Shanghai prep with modern Western designers. It’s known that Shanghai (the south) is much more “neat” than Beijing (the north) and fashionable and generally cares MORE about the appearance of things. I know I won’t recognize Shanghai anymore. I know I won’t find my great-grandma’s house…

but I long for it like I’ve never ever longed for it.

Speaking of clothes.

also longing for this pair of boyfriend selvedge Levi’s. I saw them in store but decided against trying them on and now I regret it very much. I should have at least tried them on…

levis_bf_selvedge



Archives

Categories