F.Scott Fitzgerald – A Love Story

I watch the infamous party scene from The Great Gatsby with the exact same intensity I watch a Lanvin show. With that bottled up combustible excitement. Each and every time I am completely bowled over. The amount of fabulousness all in one place is overwhelming and deliciously tempting. Oh how I would still do anything to be at that party, amongst all that glitz and glamour. To wear those dresses and pile them up with the fanciest of accessories, drink those cocktails, smoke from those cigarette holders (even if I think smoking is ghastly) and dance the Charleston in the Roaring Twenties. I learned and fell in love with the roaring twenties; the flappers, the slickers, the slang, the excess and the scepticism that came along with it through reading the literature of the man who wrote it to perfection. I can’t imagine this glittering era without my mind instantly painting a picture that has been conjured up by language as...
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The New Google Chrome – Jamal Edwards Ad

'The Web is What You Make of It,' Google. Saw this and loved it! Related articles SBTV website founder Jamal Edwards set for TV fame after becoming the face of Google Chrome (mirror.co.uk) Keri Hilson and Jamal Edwards Appointed Ambassadors for Mtv Staying Alive Foundation (unrealityshout.com) ...
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Be Charmed, Stay Inspired

When I am unispired I am as good as dead - I lose my whole sense of being. I am most excited about life, about its prospects and potential when my mind is open and switched on. I'm receptive, sponge like and turned on by everything.  However, I am  not always in this state of mind, so tuned in and turned on. There is that recurring dark cloud that forms from time to time that obstructs me from locating the point of it all. Inspiration? Art? Creativity? This blog? In this position I am cynical, destructive and above all, unhappy. At the moment my mind is skipping ahead of me, collecting inspirations and ideas too fast for me to keep up or execute in anyway. I am losing sleep and my fingers are tingling with a desire to do something amazing. A quote from Paolo Sorrentino's Consequences of Love springs to mind; 'I want to die and extraordinary death'. So, for the days that are uninspiring, when the black cloud casts itself and passion momentarily relocates itself, the...
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Good Will Hunting

Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included? Will Hunting There's so much dialogue I could pull from Good Will Hunting and so many one liners that are absolutely amazing, if I wrote them all in this blog post I'd probably end up rewriting the entire script. However, Matt Damon's monologue at the NSA interview never fails to give me goosebumps and the 'It's not your fault' scene with Robin Williams never fails to bring a tear to my eye. Interviewee: The way I see it, the question isn't why should you work for the NSA, the question is, why shouldn't you? Will: Why shouldn't I work for the N.S.A.? That's a tough one, but I'll take a shot. Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break...
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Alber Elbaz for Lanvin Quotes

Inspired by: Alber's Philosophy at Vogue Online  I have always adored the work that Alber Elbaz has done for Lanvin, in fact, just as much as I adore listening to him speak at fashion shows or reading his interviews in the magazines. I delight in Alber's humour and lightheartedness just as much as I covet a Lanvin asymmetric black dress worn with long black leather gloves, or those wonderful court shoes with the contrasting ankle strap and, those to die for statement necklaces that have the ability to make the simplest of ensembles dazzle. Unfortunately, I don't possess the pecuniary strength to adorn myself head to toe in Lanvin, but I can afford to bank the quotes of the charming Alber Elbaz. "I don't understand this marathon of fashion," he said. "Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and - these days - cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs,...
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Anna Karenina by Leo Toltsoy

Inspired by a visit to Waterstones and Leo Toltsoy's opening line of Anna Karenina Yesterday I spent two hours in Waterstones selecting my next read. I have just finished Gabrielle Garcia Marquez's Memories of my Melancholy Whores, so there were some stipulations on my next read; it wasn't to be set in Latin America or the Caribbean, nor could it utilise magical realism, had to be written by a woman - as I cannot tell you the last book I read written by a female - and must be just released or, at the least, contemporary. With all that in mind, I found myself choosing between William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Leo Toltsoy's Anna Karenina.  Vanity Fair seemed most appropriate as it explores many of the themes the very novel I am still attempting to write explores. However, I read the opening  line of Anna Karenina and was moved instantly. 'All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its...
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A Quote byJim Jarmusch

A Quote byJim Jarmusch  on Inspiration and Imagination... I found this quote and fell in love with it...Creative journeys can be just as masterful as the final masterpiece... "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to."  Jim Jarmusch  ...
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The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

"If a body Catch a body coming through the rye.............."Holden Caulfield There are no words to describe the simplistic genius of this book...J.D Salinger's Holden Caulfield declares his struggle to utilise the most effective language to articulate himself, yet his his voice and the language he employs to convey his outlook on the world ironically creates a perfectly articulated character, whose observations and opinions I so frequently delighted with agreement. The acute observation required to write such a character as Holden, who at large is a pretty typical adolescent boy punctuated with moments of greatness, is admirable. Salinger's Holden is so powerful that you lose Salinger entirely and follow the words of a character that genuinely seems to have his own soul. This novel exemplifies the brilliance of a simple character driven tale. Quotes If I could I'd quote the entire book... Holden: I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine,...
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Film List: Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

Written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates For the lovers of 1920's literature, the dreamer, the romantic and anyone who just happens to adore Paris... Granted, this is no Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but any opportunity to slip through time and escape to an era where one can mingle with the Fitzgerald's, talk literature with  Hemmingway and roam the streets of Paris during the roaring twenties isn't one I'll ever miss. Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemmingway, is a particular favourite in the film. And yes, that is Carla Bruni in the trailer! Dialogue and Quotes Ernest Hemmingway to Gill Pender on Writing 26:34 into the film Hemmingway: What are you writing? Pender: A novel. Hemmingway: About what? Pender: It's about a man who works in a nostalgia shop. Hemmingway: What the hell is a nostalgia shop? Pender: A place where they sell old things, memorabilia and....does that sound terrible? Hemmingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest...
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