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Current Reading: Lacan: Reading Seminar XX : Lacan's Major Work On Love, Knowledge and Feminine Sexuality.

Knowledge begins with a defiency of jouissance.Knowledge begins with a defiency of jouissance.

Considered the cornerstone of Lacan's work on the themes of sexual difference,

Current Reading: Gilles Deleuze : Proust & Signs

Deleuze's book applies the study of signs and semiotics, to a literary analysis of ISOLTDeleuze's book applies the study of signs and semiotics, to a literary analysis of ISOLT

"What constitutes the unity of In Search of Lost Time?

Eagerly Anticipating: Big Time - Männer Vogue, 1984-1989 - Steidl

Herb Ritts for Männer Vogue.Herb Ritts for Männer Vogue.

This book is an exciting step back in time to when Männer Vogue was Germany’s leading men’s fashion magazine. During Männer Vogue’s golden age between 1984 and 1989, Swiss-born Beda Achermann was the magazine’s creative director and left his iconic style on a generation of graphic designers, typographers, photographers, fashion journalists and stylists.

Current Reading: The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy : Gilles Lipovetsky : Translated by Catherine Porter

Lipovetsky authors an  undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualismLipovetsky authors an undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualism

Fashion as a vehicle for democratic values and an agent of the social revolution built around the veneration of the 'individual'? What a riot this sentiment must have caused in academic circles in 1995, when "The Empire Of Fashion" was first published. But as fashion, the concept, has evolved from a hermetic dialogue built around upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression (and we do mean Pop ), French thinker Gilles Lipovsetsky has proven to be more than prophetic, even if he was never optimistic about the psychological implications of this occurrence in the first place.

TI DATE: Afternoon reading: Francine Prose: 'Lovers at the Chameleon Club': BookMarc (NY) 04: 23: 13

A richly imagined and inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, set in Paris.A richly imagined and inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, set in Paris.

Expatriates in Paris...they're the ones who venerate the myth. As Francine Prose's seductive new novel testifies.
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Current Reading: The Analysis Of Beauty: Written In View Of Fixing The Fluctuating Ideas Of Taste: William Hograth

"In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth."In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth.

Every time you see an S-curve, or the back to ass curve on a beautiful boy or girl.. every time you respond to that "serpentine line" or a nice left "hook" , remember that Hograth celebrated it all the way back in 1753 .

Current Reading: The Form Of The Book: Jan Tschichold: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.

"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near in obstinacy"

Jan Tschichold

Current Reading: The Image: Jean de Berg

L'Image, a sadomasochistic novel published in 1956 was written by Catherine Robbe-Grillet under the pseudonym Jean de Berg.L'Image, a sadomasochistic novel published in 1956 was written by Catherine Robbe-Grillet under the pseudonym Jean de Berg.

“I woke up, smiling to myself at this dream with its allegorical aspects but with no real meaning.”

― Jean De Berg, The Image

TI IS MAD FOR: VAN CLEEF & ARPELS : Le Bal du Palais d'Hiver

Van Cleef & Arpels édite un superbe livre et raconte en vidéo ces grands bals de la légende du luxe.Van Cleef & Arpels édite un superbe livre et raconte en vidéo ces grands bals de la légende du luxe.

Celebrating Van Cleef & Arpels' superb book ( and video series) that highlights the story of some of the most legendary balls of the 20th century.

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