Emmanuel Carrère: the most important French writer you've never heard of
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Influence on Fashion
Brigitte Bardot is one of my favourite actress. For me she is personification of femininity.
She was "fashion-revolutionary" and " Many Thanks" her for that! =)
In fashion the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders) is named after her. Bardot popularized this style which is especially used for knitted sweaters or jumpers although it is also used for other tops and dresses.
Bardot is recognized for popularizing bikini swimwear in early films such as Manina (Woman without a Veil, 1952), in her appearances at Cannes and in many photo shoots.
Bardot also brought into fashion the choucroute ("Sauerkraut") hairstyle (a sort of beehive hair style) and gingham clothes after wearing a checkered pink dress, designed by Jacques Esterel. She was subject for an Andy Warhol painting.
Bardot starred in 47 films, my favourite are "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Une Parisienne" (1957).
Sunday, September 28, 2014
by Brigitte Bardot
A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.
I REALLY WANTED TO DIE
by Brigitte Bardot
I really wanted to die at certain periods in my life. Death was like love, a romantic escape. I took pills because I didn't want to throw myself off my balcony and know people would photograph me lying dead below.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
WHEN I LOVE
By Brigitte Bardot
When I love, I do it without counting. I give myself entirely. And each time, it is the grand love of my life.
MY BEAUTY AND MY YOUTH
I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
A new life for King Juan Carlos
After giving up the throne, Spain’s former monarch seems keen to maintain an informal public role
Since abdicating on June 19 in favor of his son Felipe, Juan Carlos de Borbón has spent the summer putting together the details for a foundation that will bear his name. Sources close to the 76-year-old say he has no plans to retire fully from public life, and intends to remain active.
The Zarzuela Palace, the official residence of the Spanish monarchy, has little to say about the former head of state’s activities, pointing out that he no longer has official duties. However, on August 7 Juan Carlos did travel to Colombia for the presidential inauguration of Juan Manuel Santos, standing in for his son, who in recent years had already taken over a growing number of such appearances on behalf of his father.
Juan Carlos’s exit from public view has even prompted speculation over his health, as well as rumors, which started in the Italian press, that he was to divorce his wife Sofía and marry 49-year-old socialite Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who continues to use her German former husband’s aristocratic title. Her “friendship” with the former king was made public after it was discovered that she had accompanied him on an ill-fated hunting trip to Botswana in 2012, when he broke his hip.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
|Manuel Segovia Jiménez is one of the world’s last speakers of Ayapaneco. / SAÚL RUIZ|
The race to save Mexico’s dying languages
The country’s wealth of 68 indigenous tongues is almost unmatched anywhere else
When Fidel Hernández goes back to his home village of Chicahuatxla, the houses suddenly sprout mouths, eyes and backs. There is nothing odd about this. It happens automatically every time the bus emerges out of the Mexico City sprawl and heads down south to his native state of Oaxaca.
At this point Fidel, a PhD student at UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, leaves behind the doors, windows and ceilings of the Spanish language and steps into the universe of Triqui, a tonal language of which there are 25,883 speakers, according to the official count.
Triqui is part of what might be Mexico’s greatest yet least-known treasure: its linguistic diversity. The country is home to 11 linguistic families that branch out into 68 languages, which in turn have 364 dialects. Such a profusion of tongues is to be found nowhere else in the world save for Papua New Guinea, Brazil and parts of Africa.
But this diversity is in grave danger of extinction. Barely seven million indigenous people actively use their own languages, and most are speakers of Náhuatl, Yucatecan Maya, Mixteco, Tseltal, Zapoteco andTsotsil. Out of 364 existing dialects, 259 are likely to disappear, according to the National Institute of Indigenous Languages.
In many cases, the languages are doomed: 64 of them have fewer than a hundred speakers.
One of these is Manuel Segovia Jiménez, a 79-year-old peasant from Ayapa, in the state of Tabasco. Don Manuel, who gets up at 5am and works out in the fields until 2pm, is one of just seven speakers of NnumteOote, the “true language,” also known as Ayapaneco. It is the most endangered language in Mexico. He is the only person who continues to use it at home on a daily basis.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Art of Fiction No. 81
Interviewed by Christian Salmon
The Paris Review No. 92
This interview is a product of several encounters with Milan Kundera in Paris in the fall of 1983. Our meetings took place in his attic apartment near Montparnasse. We worked in the small room that Kundera uses as his office. With its shelves full of books on philosophy and musicology, an old-fashioned typewriter and a table, it looks more like a student’s room than like the study of a world-famous author. On one of the walls, two photographs hang side by side: one of his father, a pianist, the other of Leoš Janácek, a Czech composer whom he greatly admires.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Beautiful Portraits of The First Bond Girl,
Linda Christian in 1945
Linda Christian was a Mexican-born, United States-based film actress, who appeared in Mexican and Hollywood films. Her career reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Mara in the last Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film, Tarzan and The Mermaids (1948). She is also noted for being the first Bond girl, appearing in a 1954 television adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale. In 1963 she starred in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "An Out for Oscar".
Here are beautiful portraits of Linda Christian taken by Bob Landry in 1945.