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Current Reading: YVES SAINT LAURENT : UNE PASSION MAROCAINE : Pierre Bergé

Yves Saint Laurent had always claimed that Morocco influenced his creations.Yves Saint Laurent had always claimed that Morocco influenced his creations.

À l’occasion de l’exposition « Yves Saint Laurent et le Maroc », présentée pour la première fois au jardin Majorelle à Marrakech, Pierre Bergé se souvient. Il tire les fils du passé et accompagne ses propos de photographies, dont beaucoup sont inédites, de dessins et d’aquarelles de Lawrence Mynott.

Current Reading: Jean François Lyotard : Libidinal Economy : Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers

Libidinal Economy is  written in a combination of styles, reading more like an avant-garde novel than a philosophical text.Libidinal Economy is written in a combination of styles, reading more like an avant-garde novel than a philosophical text.

The irony of this book is its author would probably hate if it were to seen as his signature work. Lyotard once indicted Libidinal Economy as an 'evil book, the book of evilness that everyone writing and thinking is tempted to do'. This evil book comes back to mind whenever I'm forced to confront…let's call them cultural values in exchange. Let me give an example. I made an acquaintance in Paris, with a very erudite man who runs one of those esteemed cultural institutions that fashion people accidentally haunt for purposes of a defilé without realizing the nature of the real business that goes on in this landmark cultural space. The conversations between us were never actually very intellectual but were vaguely sexual, as we shared a lover. As in he was the ex, I am the current. Or so we all assume, in an arrangement that is apparently a very French way of conducting one's emotional business. He wasn't threatened by me as he is apparently quite wealthy and I wasn't threatened by him since I was the much better…dancer. One day we were all having dinner at a restaurant in the high bourgeoise section of the Marais, (which I prefer to call by its English name, "The Swamp". ) As usual the waiter handed him the check, though dinner was on me and I joked, "We can never escape the libidinal economy can we?" . He laughed and then I thought, who would have thought that one of the most unreadable of Jean François Lyotard's early works could have proved so useful .

Current Reading: Desert Islands And Other Texts: Gilles Deleuze

It was Foucault who first said: "This century will be Deleuzien."It was Foucault who first said: "This century will be Deleuzien."

Deleuze shortly before his death - he committed suicide by throwing himself from his flat in Paris - recorded one of the Arte Channel's most fascinating philosophical programmes, Abecedaire ("Alphabet"), in which he introduced a subject starting with a letter of the alphabet. "A" was for "animal", "G" for "gauche" (left-wing), and B was for "boisson" (drink). The "S" for "suicide" has yet to be broadcast.

Eagerly Anticipating: I Just Arrived In Paris: Louis Vuitton, Fall–Winter 2014/15: Juergen Teller: Nicholas Ghesquière : Steidl

Backstage posters | campaign prints | photo prints in a handmade box.Backstage posters | campaign prints | photo prints in a handmade box.

When you can make an art book of the backstage as well as the ad pics, then you know you are supremely contemporary... P.R post jump !

Current Reading: Petite Bréviaire du Snobisme: Antonius Moonen

Une protestation, un manifeste anti-politiquement correct, anti-uniformisation, anti-consommation, anti-bourgeois, anti-bobos!Une protestation, un manifeste anti-politiquement correct, anti-uniformisation, anti-consommation, anti-bourgeois, anti-bobos!

Reference Library: The Beautiful People's Beauty Book: How To Achieve The Look And Manner...: Princess Luciana Pignatelli

"I understand," she writes wistfully, "there is a doctor in Paris who does eyelash implants...""I understand," she writes wistfully, "there is a doctor in Paris who does eyelash implants..."

Ok, that bit about the jhassoul soap ( or ghassoul as my jar proclaims)... works. As does the pointed advice about preferring Filipino cigars instead of skin-sallowing cigarettes. In any case, I was never going to argue with anyone who starts life as the normal enough Luciana Malgeri, before marrying up all the way to principessa level. And then that futuristic taste in eye-wear, (Run DMC would have spasmed in envy): that was bound to be a deal clincher.

Current Reading: The One By Whom Scandal Comes: Rene Girard

“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.

Published on New Year's Day this year, Rene Girard's "The One By Whom Scandal Comes" is the philosopher's latest extension of his great theory of mimetic desire. In a world where post-modern post-structuralism has been so institutionalized so as to form its own orthodoxy (oh the irony), Girard's philosophical certitude, attendant to a Christian theology, moral in its considerations and humanistic in its concerns, hovers at the edge of intellectual unfashionability.

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