A martini and a medal: Martin Amis

Martin Amis was quoted January 2010 in the Times Online as saying the following:

The novelist Martin Amis has called for euthanasia booths on street corners, where elderly people can end their lives with “a martini and a medal”.

The author of Time’s Arrow and London Fields even predicts a Britain torn by internal strife in the 2020s if the demographic timebomb of the ageing population is not tackled head-on”…

“How is society going to support this silver tsunami?” he asks in an interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

He goes on to say:

“How is society going to support this silver tsunami?” he asks in an interview in The Sunday Times Magazine today.

“There’ll be a population of demented very old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the restaurants and cafes and shops. I can imagine a sort of civil war between the old and the young in 10 or 15 years’ time.”

Amis, himself 60 and a grandfather, added: “There should be a booth on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal.”

To read the full interview, please click here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6999873.ece

As for me…I’m just glad that I don’t have to think about this…hopefully…just yet!



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Add a comment June 8, 2010

Why I Love Vintage Fashion

As someone who has often felt as tho she was born in the wrong century, I have always gravitated towards vintage type clothing.  I just love it. Along with the love of vintage fashion is also a love of vintage fashion photogrhapy such as this iconic picture taken by Richard Avedon, titled “Dovima with the Elephants”:
Of course, loving black and white photography as I do, only adds to the overall stylishness of these pictures but still…they really don’t seem to make photographs like this anymore, do they?  I think another element for me too, is that so much of vintage fashion has such a beautiful timeless quality to it and in that also, there is a definite sense of nostalgia and romance too (I sometimes wonder if nostalgia and romance aren’t, in fact, the same thing!) as evidenced in this wonderful photograph of a dress that is…almost otherworldly, I think…a confection of delights:

This is a “fantasy” dress that I can’t actually imagine wearing and yet…just looking at it makes me happy 🙂

I seem to be especially enamored of “The New Look” of Christian Dior circa 1950’s…hats, gloves, all those lovely acoutrements that are hardly seen today, except perhaps by the wonderful Dita Von Teese who probably doesn’t even own a pair of sweatpants, bless her heart:

I would love to dress this way everyday and yet…I don’t think I’ll be completely abandoning my jeans and tshirts on comfy days either 🙂

But, oh, to dream…

Add a comment June 4, 2010

“A Skin Too Few”

I love Nick Drake and I recently watched the documentary on him, “A Skin Too Few” and found myself once again, enthralled by a romantic and sensitive poetic soul.  I’ve had the same feelings about Ian Curtis too, after watching the film “Control”…I once mentioned this propensity of mine  (romanticizing artistic creative men who have died) to my sister and she said, “Hmmm, perhaps it’s the fact that because they are no longer alive, and are dead, they can’t disappoint you” which actually as strange as it may sound, kind of makes sense.
In the documentary about Nick Drake though, he speaks (in anecdotes related by others who knew him) about not understanding how so many people can tell him how talented he is and yet still remain destitute financially and virtually unknown and when I heard this, I thought, “How many other artists have I heard say this very thing”…it made me feel sad thinking, “If only he had been recognized and appreciated in his own lifetime, perhaps that would have made a real difference in his life,” much like Van Gogh in his time.  I think all artists, on some level, want to have their work embraced or at the very least, acknowledged, as creating any kind of art, I think, is really ultimately about casting a voice into the vast openess and waitng, and hoping, even longing, for a response…and even tho Nick Drake is acclaimed NOW, it would have been so very nice if this would have happened while he was still alive, when it might have actually mattered, when it might have actually made a difference in his life.  But at least we have his music and words, which is something.

Still though, it’s a wonderful documentary about a tormented person who somehow found a way to create beauty from his pain, which to me, is the very definition of an artist.

Add a comment June 3, 2010

“500 Days of Summer”: How to not have a happy ending

I recently watched “500 Days of Summer” and fell in love with both the movie and the soundtrack…the two main characters start to bond in the elevator at work over a Smiths song, so how could I not love this?!  I thought the movie did such an excellent job of showing the joys. sorrows, and frustrations  of love and relationshipsDoes anyone ever really understand any of this…”love stuff?” I often think I have somehow missed a very important to “how to” guide to all of this, as in I was absent that particular day of the lecture, but no…

Most everyone I’ve spoken to about this “love stuff” seems to be in agreement: no one knows what the hell is going on and we’re all just muddling through it as best we can.

And after this most recent news of the Gore’s separating after 40 years of marriage…it’s shocking in a way, and yet, I also think it must take tremendous courage to do something like this, make such a drastic change to one’s life…I find myself sad for them yet at the same time, congratulating them for being honest enough with themselves and each other when something is just not working anymore.  And yet…I still believe in love.  I still turn to love.  And how crazy is that?!  But then again, as in “500 Days” I frequently find my perceptions of “reality” and “expectations” to always be slightly out of alignment and perhaps it’s this way for most other people as well, I’m not sure.  What I AM sure of is that none of this easy.

That much, I am certain of.

Add a comment June 2, 2010

Today…

“is the greatest day I’ve ever known” – (Smashing Pumpkins)  well, not really, but it IS the first day of my new blog online here at WordPress.

I think I’ll start off this blog with a picture from Martha Graham and her famous dance: “Letter to the World”…

So, this is my very own “letter to the world”…and I have so much to say, so many thoughts….and I hope through this blog to somehow try and make sense of them…

Stay tuned! 🙂


1 comment May 31, 2010

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