Vintage: Sylvain Landry Week 49

Self is tickled by the theme of this week’s Sylvain Landry Week 49 Challenge: VINTAGE.

She isn’t quite sure whether the photo she pulled out of her archive is “vintage.” It’s kitsch, for sure: animé figures, culled from Fort Bragg garage sales. She was completely charmed by the aesthetic of this apartment, which belongs to a lawyer who commutes between Miami and Fort Bragg.

It is definitely an idiosyncratic kind of collection, one built up by looking with focus.

Thanks to Sylvain Landry for always coming up with such interesting prompts. She adored this picture, but didn’t get a chance to share it with readers until now.

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An Animé Collection in Fort Bragg, California

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

The Girl on the Train: Gathering Steam

Self quite likes this novel.

She takes back what she posted yesterday: that there is no Ruth Rendell like Ruth Rendell.

Paula Hawkins reminds self a lot of Ruth Rendell. A lot.

That psychological tension.

The setting is a satellite community of London. The protagonist is jobless. To stave off depression, or maybe as a consequence of depression, she keeps up her weekday routine of riding the commuter train into London and back.

P. 80:

I’d been in the library on Theobalds Road. I’d just emailed my mother (I didn’t tell her anything of significance, it was a sort of test-the-waters email, to gauge how maternal she’s feeling towards me at the moment) via my Yahoo account. On Yahoo’s front page there are news stories, tailored to your postcode or whatever — God only knows how they know my postcode, but they do. And there was a picture of her, Jess, my Jess, the perfect blonde, next to a headline which read CONCERN FOR MISSING WITNEY WOMAN.

And as for the awful bombing of the Orlando nightclub, and the wife of the perp being questioned by authorities, a friend remarked:

  • As long as she keeps talking, they won’t charge her. They need every bit of information she can give them. When there’s nothing more she can tell them, that’s when they’ll charge her.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: Sally Potter

. . .  at fourteen I was lent an 8 mm camera and put the viewfinder to my eye. Framing the world — in black and white — made my heart beat faster and clarified my sense of purpose without my consciously knowing for a moment what that was.

— Introduction, Naked Cinema: Working With Actors

Have any dear blog readers seen Potter’s film, YES? Because self saw it for the first time at London Review Bookshop in May, and it is brilliant.

Stay tuned.

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