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March 12, 2019

Margaret Atwood's Bunny


From the New York Times: "The writer Sabra Embury has spent a decade collecting 10-second drawings of rabbits from some of the most esteemed names in literature."

She wrote:



I started this 10-second rabbit project a little over a decade ago as a way of channeling the artistic curiosity of the inspiring people around me.


At parties I'd collect unsigned loose-leaf doodles from people around a room, and then we'd guess who drew each based on our assumptions about one another.

Like handwriting analysis, but with bunnies.


Why bunnies?

Because they're tough to mistake for any other creature, thanks to the exaggerated stretch of their ears.


They're fun to draw even for people who possess no art skills at all. (Plus, imagine asking Jonathan Lethem to draw a chicken.)

I later began asking authors at readings to sign their books with a rabbit, scrawled in 10 seconds or less.


The time limit gave the whimsical scheme structure, and it also put participants at ease; I wasn't asking for serious art.


Still, they'd often protest, "I can't draw!" before inevitably conceding, and eventually admitting they enjoyed the break from routinely asking to whom they should inscribe the book.

Margaret Atwood, for one, embraced my request with a glow: "This is great!" she said, adding a carrot.


Others (I've amassed 70 of these over the years), both reluctant and charmed, would sigh a "here goes” as I counted to 10.


From the top down, rabbits drawn by Nicholson Baker, Judy Blume, Bret Easton Ellis, David Lynch, Joy Williams, Jonathan Lethem, Gary Shteyngart, and Margaret Atwood. 

March 12, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'm on Muck Rack

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It's for journalists.

For whatever reason, they let me in.

Above, my profile.


March 12, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

On watching "The Sea of Trees" [original English version] with [English] subtitles

I did this last week only because by the time the first words were spoken, I was perfectly situated in my TV chair with my cat asleep on my lap and there was no way I was gonna stretch for the remote and turn off the Subtitles ON setting I'd used for the previously watched "Let The Sunshine In" (skip it — I watched it so you don't have to).

It was the first time I've ever watched a movie in English with the subtitles on and it turned out to be very pleasant indeed.

1) I could keep the volume low and still understand every word the actors were saying, something that I'm unable to do sometimes with spoken dialogue alone, either because my hearing is gradually going and/or the movie's soundtrack is muddy.

2) My peacefully dozing cat is much less likely to be awoken by dogs barking or loud crashes or shots happening onscreen.

3) If someone happened to come to the door, I could instantly mute the audio and still watch in peace without having to reveal my presence. As a rule, in such cases without subtitles I have to pause the film.

The movie?

OK I guess: it consists of two stories which cut back and forth, the one taking place in Aokigahara, known as Japan's "Suicide Forest" aka the "the Sea of Trees," being more compelling than the one centered on Naomi Watts' and Matthew McConaughey's failing marriage.

Ms. Watts, usually excellent, seemed to be sleepwalking through this film, more or less just picking up a paycheck; Matthew McConaughey was somewhat more engaged.

The 2016 movie was directed by Gus Van Sant, whose oeuvre includes "Good Will Hunting," "My Own Private Idaho," "Drugstore Cowboy," and "Finding Forrester," among others.

A final thought: quiet films like this one with not much dialogue would seem more suited to the subtitle option than chatty movies like "When Harry Met Sally," where you'd have to pay close attention so as to not miss any of the rapid back-and-forth repartee.

March 12, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

How to pronounce 20 luxury watch brand names correctly

No need to broadcast the fact up front that you're not one of the 1%.

Just another public service — it's how we roll.

March 12, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Jacquemus Mini Le Chiquito MicroBag


If I'm a girl I so want this.

From the Guardian:


"Ridiculous" micro handbag that can fit only a few mints becomes fashion sensation

It was the biggest, smallest thing to come out of Paris fashion week.

Since its debut on the catwalk last week, the Jacquemus Mini Le Chiquito bag has had the fashion world in a spin — and the rest of the planet scratching its head.

Measuring a minuscule two inches long, the bag is smaller than a credit card and can fit in the palm of the wearer's hand.

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The diminutive accessory is a mini version of the already small Le Chiquito bag, which was launched last year and is 4" x 2.5".

Le Chiquito retails for around $500 and sold out at a range of online suppliers, including Moda OperandiFarfetch, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

A price has not yet been set for Le Mini Chiquito, the company said, and there has been speculation online about what exactly they would be able to carry, with people on Twitter joking they might be able to hold one mint, a USB stick, or the dignity of the bag owner.

French label Jacquemus launched the bag at its Paris fashion week show last week — although some observers said the accessories were so tiny that they completely missed them on the fingers of models on the catwalk.

The style magazine Dazed declared "Jacquemus, your tiny bags are getting kind of ridiculous but we love them!"

Elle magazine headlined it as the "New It Bag" before quickly admitting that it could only hold one AirPod.

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One fashion editor tweeted five uses for the bag including carrying "loose floss, a spare acrylic nail, or a singular lock of curled hair retrieved from the head of Jude Law circa 1999."

Another said it was "the perfect size to put probiotics and digestive enzymes."

Social media users also sensed an opportunity for derision, with one suggesting on Twitter that it "represents the compartmentalized trauma we carry with us each day."

Jacquemus' 29-year-old founder, Simon Porte, has quickly made a name for himself on the Paris catwalk with clothes summoning up the sensuality of his Provencal home in the south of France, putting women in huge straw hats and tiny dresses that show lots of thigh.

Porte, who loves playing with proportions, first made a splash with his huge tote and shoulder bags, some of which also featured alongside his Le Mini Chiquito in his Paris show.

March 12, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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