Donnerstag, 29. Januar 2015


coffeehouse in vienna.

"Yet as I bounce back the way I came, I find myself thinking not of sensuous headstands over the rain forest or of large soft beds overlooking a misty sunrise, but of images of hazy light over cobblestone streets and smoky coffeehouses, images of a swarming square outside a cathedral – images of Vienna, of an earlier trip with D and her family. What happened in Vienna that is supplanting the type of fantasy I used to latch on to and cultivate and cling to and employ when my life got bumpy?" 
- Andrew McCarthy, "The Longest Way Home", 2012. 

Montag, 26. Januar 2015

The bescarfed Aloysius at home in Witney, Oxfordshire - trigger of the teddybear renaissance.
Credit: town & country uk

"I have read it three times (four if you count last night, when I stayed up into the small hours revisiting its hallowed sites - Oxford, Brideshead, Venice, Morocco), and it has changed with each reading, or rather it has illuminated changes in me, the passing of time."

"Brideshead does this for me - reading it, I feel as if I'm revisiting scenes from my own past, viewing them through the novel's lens, with the same sense of melancholy nostalgia."

"I read Brideshead where I read so many great books - The Catcher in the Rye, Lolita, To the Lighthouse - in the cavernous bathroom of my dormitory in Field's House. My feet on the hot pipe that ran around the floor, my breath often misting in the air, I dreamed myself ahead to Oxford, to the heaven that would come after the purgatory of public school."

Alex Preston on Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. On my reading list for 2015.
town & country uk. winter 2014.

Read the full article here.

Samstag, 24. Januar 2015


"I'm the girl you can't see/ I'm the girl who isn't me/ I sail the seven seas of my heart/ And where love ends is where I start/ I'm a sailor girl who doesn't speak/ Stronger than you but still so weak" 
-  "Sailor Girl", Sophie Auster 

Sophie Auster. lufthansa woman's world, 4/2014.
photographed by: peter lueders.

read the story here.

listen to her music here.

Donnerstag, 22. Januar 2015

the second detail

like brain cells, like thoughts. running through the brain. now for us to watch. movements. parallel moves, slow, fast, lone moves. awkward and beautiful. irritating. then: she appears. 
the queen b. she's different. fierce. loose hair. curly. dressed in issey miyake. she brings chaos into order, because she's expressing herself. she's true. 
THE true you. 

- notes on "The Second Detail". ballet choreography, staging and light by William Forsythe, music by Thom Willems. currently staged at the Vienna State Opera.

what's holding you back?

FKA twigs. Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US, January 2015

"So what's holding you back from being more confident? I think the problem is better described as a lack of self-belief. Women set themselves unreasonable standards in every area of their lives; they can't describe themselves as confident because, to their minds, only the best of the best can be confident."
- Lorraine Candy, Editor-in-Chief, Elle UK January 2015

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Montag, 19. Januar 2015

music, you have to understand, is a diary of our being

"Art - and I'm sure about this - is able to open the supposedly closed doors to our inner selves. The arts enable us to look at the past, the present and the future at the same time."

- Thomas Hampson on the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 
(Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, 2/1/2015) 

Samstag, 17. Januar 2015

On Chekhov

"The main theme of  these plays is the sense of life of human beings, who are soaked in the consuming feeling of restlessness and insecurity, who are constantly worried because of their vague perception that the life they are leading is not whole, not real life at all. Everyone of them is haunted by an indefinite longing for a meaningful purpose, happiness and a different, significant state of being."

- Karla Hielscher, 1987

Freitag, 16. Januar 2015

coffee. and. clothes.

"You wear those socks to bed, you wear those socks to bed. Just like I do. Oh, c'mon sleepyhead, get yourself to bed.Oh, don't go losin' sleep, scared of shadows. Oh, don't feel bad. I never have, since I got you, my Emmylou." 
- "Emmylou", Vance Joy

Mittwoch, 14. Januar 2015

"When we write, we don't copy the world as it is (how could this work anyway), but we're creating proposals, changes, demands, through not seeing the world as it is, but how it is for us, and how it could be, if one would let us, or how it wouldn't be, never."

- Wolfram Lotz, On The Impossible Theatre