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July 2nd, 2010


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03:27 pm - Seeking Inspiration
Friday, sleepy, but I'm preparing for a productive (fingers crossed, anyway!) weekend. Because I am seeking inspiration, a list of Things to Assist Productivity:

*this shot from a Peter-Lindbergh-shot July 2010 editorial fashion thing. In this shot, I suddenly understand in a deep and visceral way the appeal of Ewan McGregor. (I blame the white shirt, loose at the neck, and the general air of louche desperation. Mmmmm.)

Side-note: apparently, fashion editors have all been dipping into the Douglas Sirk back-catalog; the June 2010 British Vogue had a spread entitled "So Far From Heaven," featuring similar suburban angst in cocktail attire as worn by Shalom Harlow. I am embarrassed to say that I don't get D Sirk, really, and will flee to late 50s Stanley Donen films instead for my hit of 50s style.

*a recycled-glass pitcher, shimmering not-quite-green, and filled with ice water

*that bottle of Albarino in my fridge, which I'll open tomorrow, maybe

*grey England-summer rain, slow and steady and non-threatening, which my subtropical town enjoyed this morning. (I -- with umbrella -- walked the Blonde Dog around the deserted park. She kept looking around to see where everyone else was...)

*id-vortexy dreams of cowboy boots and cool adobe rooms and candleflame

What's inspiring you right now? May it be with you all weekend! :-)

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From:paratti
Date:July 2nd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Louche white shirts love:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 2nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
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So many of my friends love Mr McGregor, but apparently I need the Louche Thang. ;-)

Hugs and a good weekend, L!
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From:anne_d
Date:July 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Wishing you much inspiration of the sort you are seeking. Oooh, that's a nice shot of Ewan McGregor *fans self*.

I spent part of the morning watching more 10th Doctor Whoses with the Younger Daughter, whilst and at the same time finishing the picot beadwork edging around my collage block and the fringey bits on the bottom. So there was inspiration of some sort involved...
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
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White shirt, open at the neck. It's infallible. ;-)

Hurrah for a good day, with the Doctor and with art! Hope your weekend is even better.
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From:justhuman
Date:July 3rd, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
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Polar bears and trains and werewolves

I'm not sure they're mixy things, but they're all good things.

I hope your inspiration sticks with you through the holiday weekend.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
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Oh, there's a lot to be done with your wonderful inspirations! I'm cheering you on. :-)

Happy weekend to you, too!
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From:heron_pose
Date:July 3rd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
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I envy for your cool dreams, and soft rain, neither of which have graced my locale of late.

Sirk and Donen would make a really interesting comparison essay, no? "The 50's: Madcap or Menacing?"

Not that "Indiscreet" was particularly madcap ... did he really *do* that?

Culp continues to inspire. I'm nothing if not predictable. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
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[sends cool dreams and soft rain]

The thing about Sirk vs late 50s Donen -- [[clears throat]-- is that while both acknowledge the patriarchal structure as oppressive, Donen at least offers the female characters more room to maneuver. In Indiscreet Cary Grant-David's fundamental lie is horrible, but Ingrid Bergman-Anna is a mature, accomplished woman in her own right, and she can kick his ass. ;-) In Funny Face I find the Fred Astaire/Audrey Hepburn romance creepy, despite my love of Fred -- but there's Kay Thompson too, being all wicked-cool. (And oh, the clothes in both!)

But I could be wrong. ;-)

Hugs and hurrah for Mr Culp and for you!

Could you write me a Scotty-centric ficlet set in Oxford sometime? I will give you a present if you do.

EDITED TO ADD: Did you see this collection of summertime vegetarian recipes from The Guardian?

Edited at 2010-07-03 03:23 pm (UTC)
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From:heron_pose
Date:July 4th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
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I like it how you learn me things! :-) Kay Thompson doth kick some ass ...

Ooo! Scotty in Oxford! I'll never outdo your Scotty/Mrs. Peel fic, but I'll think on't.

::hugs::

eta: er, I do use that "/" rather loosely, don't I? :-)

Edited at 2010-07-04 12:54 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 4th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Ack -- I just noticed that I named Cary Grant's Indiscreet character as David, when of course it's Philip. La la.

I apparently can't be trusted on facts!

But I can be trusted when I send you good thoughts on this Fourth of July. ;-)
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From:stateless82
Date:July 3rd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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There's a lack of inspiration around here. Also a lack of productivity. But not a lack of rain. We got lots of that.

But these are pretty. And dry.

http://chateauthombeau.blogspot.com/2010/06/in-desert-you-cant-remember-your-name.html
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Poor S, I saw (on the Weather Channel) that you were getting soaked!

[offers you an umbrella]
[notes to self that a new umbrella here wouldn't go amiss, either]

I send Saturday hugs, sympathies, and wishes for a good Fourth.

EDITED TO ADD: I loved the photos in your link, btw. The sweep of fabric against sand -- breathtaking.

Edited at 2010-07-03 06:10 pm (UTC)
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:July 3rd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm inspird by the thought of a peaceful summer with plenty of time to write.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 3rd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
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That's a wonderful inspiration. I hope it comes true for you!

Happy weekend, too. :-)
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 4th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Ice cream. Ice cream is my inspiration. Gourmet, high quality, handmade of the most exquisite ingredients, of the kind you can't buy in the supermarket ice cream. We have resolved to go to this one place in the city and get it after we go on a relaxed hike in a park in said city. However, the weather has been too crappy to do that just yet (the weather has been epically bad here -- pretty much every weekend it's been to cloudy/rainy to do much of anything).

But eventually, ice cream.

Of course, your inspirations are much hipper. *hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:July 4th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
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That is a wonderful inspiration, and perfect for you! I will cross fingers that soon the weather where you are turns, and I hope you have an extra scoop for me. :-)

Cheers, hugs, praise sent your way!

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