Today in History: Triangle Fire, 100 Years

Posted March 25th by in Culture

Police Officer, Bodies of Triangle fire victims at feet looking up at workers poised to jump from the upper floors of the burning Asch Building

Tonight, I peer up ten stories and 100 years back into the wind and see flaming skirts billowing as they come crashing down to the pavement where I stand. At this very moment, 100 years ago, my great-grandfather Max Blanck was probably making sure his six children were all safely in bed. Tomorrow, as we gather on Green Street in New York City, someone will inevitably, angrily, say something about the cruel-hearted men that sent 146 people to their deaths. Tomorrow, 100 years ago, a fire will have raged through The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, women will have flung themselves out of a burning building, fingers will have started to point, history will forever be changed. (READ MORE….)

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Music Videos: tUnE-yArDs “Bizness”

Posted March 24th by in Music

The tUnE-YaRdS will release the above track on their new album “Who Kill” on April 19th. Visit their site to sign up for their newsletter and they’ll send you a free Mp3 of the above song “Bizness.” www.tune-yards.com

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THE NUDIE ARTIST: BURLESQUE REVIVED, at the Museum of Sex

Posted March 24th by in Sex


Tempest Storm

Beginning March 31, the Museum of Sex will showcase select works from two contemporary artists along with historical items related to the art and performance of burlesque. The exhibit, entitled The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived, will feature select artifacts from the 1880s to the 1950s, modern works of art from burlesque photographer Leland Bobbé and artist Luma Rouge and footage from Behind the Burly Q, a film by Leslie Zemeckis. The Nudie Artist: Burlesque Revived allows visitors to peek inside the world of burlesque and see the performance art from a personal angle. Inspiring artwork, personal photos and rare footage of the time, as well as costuming will be on display to provide a glimpse into the past life of an art form that is resurging in today’s modern world. www.museumofsex.com

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On The Press: Pablo Neruda’s Odes, New Translation

Posted March 24th by in Culture, Poetry

The atom, a tuna, laziness, love—the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda’s odes. Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote three books of odes during his lifetime.Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las odas. Margaret Sayers Peden’s selection of odes from all three volumes, printed with the Spanish originals on facing pages, is by far the most extensive yet to appear in English. She vividly conveys the poet’s vision of the realities of day-to-day life in her translations, while her brief introduction describes the genesis of the poems.  To write simply of simple things was a task the poet undertook consciously, following his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, the “social conversion” that resulted from a visit to Macchu Picchu, and the writing of his epic Canto general(California, forthcoming). (more…)

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Stealing the Street: Jesse Morris

Posted March 24th by in Tattoo

Jesse Morris’ voice sounds almost identical to Johnny Cash’s, its actually frightening, but he looks like a punk, so they call him “The Punk Rock Johnny Cash.”  Jesse Morris is currently in a band called Jesse Morris and the Man Cougars.

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I Put a Spell On You

Posted March 24th by in Film

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LAST WEEK: WILLIAM E. JONES SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

Posted March 23rd by in Art, Culture

From Ooga Booga in Los Angeles, where tonight William E. Jones will be signing some of his books: “William E. Jones is an artist and filmmaker who grew up in Ohio and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He has made several amazing films including the feature length documentary Is It Really So Strange? (2004, about L.A.’s Latino Morrissey fans); and many video installations. The blog Amber Waves of Brain is a collection of his writings. He has worked in the adult video industry under the name Hudson Wilcox, and he currently teaches film history at Art Center College of Design under his own name.” This is also the final week of his exhibition in culver city: www.davidkordanskigallery.com

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BVLGARI: THE ART OF JEWELLRY MAKING

Posted March 23rd by in Fashion


Snake bracelet in gold and polychrome enamel, diamond eyes, ca. 1965

Slightly more demure and underrated, glimmering in the shadows of Cartier, the house of Bulgari – the 127 year old jewelry company – is taking new approaches and readapting vintage styles that have made them adored by so many of the glitterati: from hollywood to the royal palaces of Europe. By far their most elegant pieces are from the famous Serpenti collection. (READ MORE…)

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR FEBRUARY 27, 1932 – MARCH 23, 2011

Posted March 23rd by in Film

SEE MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

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FIRST PARAGRAPHS: JACK KEROUAC “THE SUBTERRANEANS”

Posted March 23rd by in Literature


first edition on Zebra Books

“ONCE I was young and had so much orientation and could talk with nervous intelligence about everything and with clarity and without as much literary preambling as this: in other words this is the story of an unself-confident man, at the same time of an egomaniac, naturally, facetious won’t do-just to start at the beginning and let the truth seep out, thats what I’ll do-. I’ll begin on a warm summer night-, ah, she was sitting on the fender with Julien Alexander who is…..let me begin with the history of the subterraneans of San Francisco….”

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