Norman Buckley
"A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Norman Buckley


Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final. —Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours (via cosmicroots)


Paris, August 1934


Alchemy [al-kuh-mee] —Alchemy n. 1. A power or process of transforming something common into something special. 2. An inexplicable or mysterious process by which paradoxical results are achieved with no obvious rational explanation. (via wordsnquotes)

More crossover fan fiction…

Jane and Maura stopped in their tracks as they entered the party. They could see Chuck and Blair angrily confronting the beautiful woman. “I’m telling you,” Jane said to Maura, “she may SAY her name is Lena Adams-Foster, but I’m sure that’s the same woman who tried to give Lily van der Woodsen fake cancer!”


Alfred Hitchcock on the set of “North by Northwest” (1959)


The Parallax View (1974), dir. Alan J Pakula, dop. Gordon Willis.

We went to Victory Tischler-Blue’s show tonight “Of Beauty And Ruin.” Such beautiful photographs. Reminded me of my drives across the Southwest between LA and Texas.


Art History Meme : [1/6] Paris by French painters

↳ Claude Monet (1840-1926)

  • Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare (1887)
St. Germain l’Auxerrois à Paris (1867)

  • Boulevard des Capucines (1874)
  • Le Quai du Louvre, Paris (1867)
The work on social pain [shows] that some of the same neural regions that are involved in physical pain are involved in social pain, [which] can be very validating for people. For anyone who’s felt the pain of losing somebody or who’s felt the hurt feelings that come from being ostracized or bullied, there’s something very validating in seeing this scientific work that shows it’s not just in our head. It is in our head because it’s in our brain. It’s not just in our head, there is something biological going on that’s interpreting the pain of social rejection as something that really is a painful experience. —Fascinating Edge conversation with UCLA social psychologist Naomi Eisenberger. For a poetic testament to this idea, see Shane Koyczan’ s spoken-word masterpiece “To This Day.”  (via explore-blog)


The 1920s was a great time for reading altogether—very possibly the peak decade for reading in American life. Soon it would be overtaken by the passive distractions of radio, but for the moment reading remained most people’s principal method for filling idle time.”
― from “One Summer: America, 1927” By Bill Bryson


In the Forest by Cézanne


Claude Monet, Fishing Boats on the Cliffs at Pourville, 1882, oil on canvas

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S still captures my imagination in its evocation of a particular time in New York. It remains a reference point for romantic comedies and teen dramas. But it’s essentially a sad story of displacement and loss.

Here are my thoughts about it:

I think the power of the film is not its celebration of the high life, but how accurately it presents that high life and its counterpoint—in other words, mania-depression. As opposed to these characters’ story being a model for a relationship, it instead presents us with the sadness that lies behind the glamour and the pursuit of unrealistic romantic ideals.”


Holiday Visitors - Emil Nolde


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