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by whitney otto, author of How To Make an American Quilt and Eight Girls Taking Pictures (& the blog, My Life As a Liar)
Jean Seberg
He explained that his art referred directly to Warhol while also pointing to the phenomenon of Reality TV, although it was difficult to glean this information from the banal images he showed me.  He liked the term conceptual and used it a lot, not unlike the way Edgar used man.  Anton was not a bad kid.  He was just stupendously, heartbreakingly ignorant.
Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World

Jean Seberg

He explained that his art referred directly to Warhol while also pointing to the phenomenon of Reality TV, although it was difficult to glean this information from the banal images he showed me.  He liked the term conceptual and used it a lot, not unlike the way Edgar used man.  Anton was not a bad kid.  He was just stupendously, heartbreakingly ignorant.

Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World

Eva Besnyo, Beach at Wannsee, Berlin, 1931
When they were face-to-face, he paused just long enough for her to wrap her hand around the back of his neck, as she pulled herself away from her jagged, shining silhouette, to kiss him hard, on the mouth.  Everything she ever thought, she simply threw it all away.

From my new novel

Eva Besnyo, Beach at Wannsee, Berlin, 1931

When they were face-to-face, he paused just long enough for her to wrap her hand around the back of his neck, as she pulled herself away from her jagged, shining silhouette, to kiss him hard, on the mouth.  Everything she ever thought, she simply threw it all away.

From my new novel

Brassai, Chez Suzy (1933)
You did all right.You filled your dance card, you saw the show.Interesting times.
Water under the bridge and dynamite it behind you.
Joan Didion

Brassai, Chez Suzy (1933)

You did all right.
You filled your dance card, you saw the show.
Interesting times.

Water under the bridge and dynamite it behind you.

Joan Didion

 
All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible …

william faulkner paris review interview
 
All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible …

william faulkner paris review interview

“Listen, Inez said. “It’s too late for the correct thing. Forget the correct thing.”
Joan Didion

“Listen, Inez said. “It’s too late for the correct thing. Forget the correct thing.”

Joan Didion

Raoul Dufy, 1937 by Rogi Andre  (for katherine)
What shall she do about Augustine?
The Passion Dream Book

Raoul Dufy, 1937 by Rogi Andre  (for katherine)

What shall she do about Augustine?

The Passion Dream Book

Jurgen Schadeberg (Priscilla Mtimkulu, 1952)
As on a former occasion she stood…considering herself in the glass.  She had been kissed only once before, by Matthew Henson, and that kiss had been neither as casual nor as disturbing as this.  She was thrilled, excited and vaguely displeased.  ”He is fresh, I’ll say that for him.”  And subsiding into the easy chair she thought for a long time of Anthony Cross and his deep respectful ardor.
In the morning there were flowers.
Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jurgen Schadeberg (Priscilla Mtimkulu, 1952)

As on a former occasion she stood…considering herself in the glass.  She had been kissed only once before, by Matthew Henson, and that kiss had been neither as casual nor as disturbing as this.  She was thrilled, excited and vaguely displeased.  ”He is fresh, I’ll say that for him.”  And subsiding into the easy chair she thought for a long time of Anthony Cross and his deep respectful ardor.

In the morning there were flowers.

Jessie Redmon Fauset

Olga WlassicsCollectionneur de papillons 1950
In the end, one can only die for Sibylle. To live for her, my friends say, is degrading.
Annemarie Schwarzenbach

Olga Wlassics
Collectionneur de papillons 
1950

In the end, one can only die for Sibylle. To live for her, my friends say, is degrading.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach

When one has stopped loving somebody, one feels that he has become someone else, even though he is still the same person.
Sei Shonagon (The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, c. 1000)

When one has stopped loving somebody, one feels that he has become someone else, even though he is still the same person.

Sei Shonagon (The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, c. 1000)

All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.
Dorothy Parker

All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.

Dorothy Parker