Many people assume that remarkable, distinctive cultures — as opposed to bland ones like the American and Scandi-Germanic — aren’t aware of how they seem to outsiders. It dawned on me in the first years I lived in India that they not only loved how exotic they are, they wallowed in it, fostered it; their eccentricity is institutionalized in the culture.
The same self-awareness goes for the English. They know how quaint and quirky they can be, and nowhere do they proclaim that more than in their choice of names. The sound of ‘Benedict Cumberbatch’ reminds me of an expensive-but-worth-it five-alarm hangover brunch at a boutique hotel in London’s West End, …» view more from the category FILM & TELEVISION, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, SUBLEAD 2
I have done it! I have pulled it off! I am a hit!
How do I know? Vogue says so. WWD says so.
It’s true that Chanel, the maison de couture for which I design, is one of the few remaining big advertisers in fashion. Therefore, all the important publications are my bitches. Big deal! The fact remains that I have reinvented haute couture. How? With the sneaker.
Yes, the common sneaker used for cardio training, which as you know I don’t advocate because it makes you hungry, and being hungry makes you fat, like Adele. But if you are buying the Chanel couture sneaker you won’t be running around a bigger space than your closet. Okay, okay, maybe your bedroom, or an art gallery. If the normal Chanel prêt-a-porter sneaker starts at $600… …» view more from the category HUMOR, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, SUBLEAD
Dear James and James,
My Mum, a.k.a. ‘the Hun,’ started throwing parties long before I came along, and for as long as I can remember; literally, my first cognitive memory was somewhere between the age of one and two, or maybe it was near two o’clock in the morning? In any case, my bedroom door was slightly open, the glow and melodic chatter of a happening party seeping through the crack. I was standing, holding onto the edge of my crib, screeching at the top of my lungs, overwhelmed by an urge to join in the festivities and fun. If this event is so well imprinted into my memory bank it’s because I can clearly recall the feeling of fresh pooh in my diaper bouncing along to the rhythm of my discontented feet. (TMI? We’ve all crapped ourselves, darling.)
What I was later told, yet have no recollection of save for in imagination and dreams, was that on nights like these the Hun would gather me and sit my down in front of a VHS of Blade Runner, …» view more from the category MAIN FEATURE, SCARLETT'S LETTERS, SOCIAL STUDIES
I was so put off by just the sacrilege inherent in the title of an article by Jimmy So in The Daily Beast that I couldn’t read it, and was less inclined to see Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty than ever. The blasphemous title was The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty.’ Sorrentino a new Fellini? Why, how dare he! Many Italian directors have added Fellinesque elements to their work, Woody Allen even make Stardust Memories as a spoof of il maestro’s 8½ , but to actually declare anyone to be Fellini himself? Like I said: sacrilege.
Eventually I was forced to surrender to the positive buzz and see the film. And then I read So’s article, in which he has a few of my same observations, namely that Sorrentino …» view more from the category CATEGORY 1, FILM & TELEVISION, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, OSCARS 2014
So, the other day I made it down the street to check out Tory Burch’s new Rodeo Drive flagship that has been under construction for about eighty years. The scaffolding had finally come down and, as I walked to my car in the suddenly dark L.A. evening, the shop appeared a glittering little jewel amongst the luxury retail behemoths that line The Drive. It looked a bit like Christmas came early in one teeny spot.
Before you get the idea that I’m gushing, I should probably mention that I’m not a big Tory Burch fan. None of my clients wear it and I’m not at all familiar with the merchandise up close, though I’ve always assumed that it’s like a more expensive J. Crew. …» view more from the category FASHION, FASHION GALLERY, MAIN FEATURE, TUTTLEMODE
I had a blast yesterday on the set of what should have been an arduous student-film shoot I was mentoring. The location was outside Barstow, in the high desert midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. It was total Breaking Bad territory — you almost expected the occasional BOOM! of a meth lab exploding in one of the trailer parks that dotted the lunar landscape.
A lot of the fun was set early in the day by Tabi Farnsworth, the owner of the “picture car” that was being driven on camera by the protagonist of the short film. An eighty-one-year-old former hairdresser who has redefined ‘flamboyant’ by being the human equivalent of a fizzy ice cream soda, Tabi insisted on driving it to the location himself, …» view more from the category CONTENT CREATION, FEATURE 2, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, SUBLEAD
There was a considerable amount of irritated hissing going on among the Gheys on my Facebook feed yesterday afternoon once James Franco and Seth Rogen’s video spoof of super-narcissist Kanye West’s “Bound 2” had gone super viral and everyone had had enough of it after only a few hours. I thought the video was hilarious. It also partially redeemed Franco in my eyes and inched him a little further off my short Shit List of Celebs I Want to Punch in the Face. But only a little further.
Franco made the shit list by being annoyingly ubiquitous without spending enough time and thought on what he was being ubiquitous about. Like many Gheys, …» view more from the category CONTENT CREATION, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, SEXUALITY
My latest random connection is wacky, but it appears from a viral test currently making the rounds of Facebook that I’m almost entirely right-brained. I’m now allowed to be random and wacky with impunity. According to Sommer-Sommer.com I am congenitally creative, chaotic, intuitive, imaginative, curious, and fantastical. I would add tangential to that list of adjectives.
Where was I? Oh, right… …» view more from the category FILM & TELEVISION, KILLOUGH CHRONICLES, MAIN FEATURE, ODDLY APPEALING, SUBLEAD