Scattered stuff from a native New Yorker, disorganized former English Major, film buff, haiku enthusiast, semi-professional photographer and totally amateur fencer.

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The Grand Duchesses were charming – the picture of freshness and health. It would have been difficult to find four sisters with characters more dissimilar and yet so perfectly blended in an affection which did not exclude personal independence, and, in spite of contrasting temperaments, kept them a most united family. With the initials of their Christian names they had formed a composite Christian name, OTMA, and under this common signature they frequently gave their presents or sent letters written by one of them on behalf of all.

Pierre Gilliard, Thirteen Years at the Russian Court (1921)

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Just 6 days out from the #HOF Induction Ceremony, the same number famously worn by all-time great managers Joe Torre and Bobby Cox. 

Enjoy these GIFs of their biggest accomplishments as managers.

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help I’m having emotions about a cartoon antidepressant trying to be useful


yes but look at it, it cares about her and just wants to help her be able to function. It’s like “I know you’re sad. here, I’ll help you.”

LIKE OKAY THOUGH can I explain why this is exceedingly brilliant??  Because when anti-depressants work right, that’s what they DO.  They don’t make you happy or emotionless or unhealthy in any way, they make you FUNCTIONAL.  They make it so that a depressed person who can barely get out of bed can start to support themselves again and more importantly, start to THINK for themselves again without the permeating presence of depression.

Depression is a cyclical disease, that tells you to think a certain way, and, because you’re depressed, you generally believe it, and then things get worse and worse.  The ONLY thing anti-depressants do is to STOP that cycle in its tracks!!  Which is something to be ecstatic about and celebrated, even if you don’t realize it at the time, because when you’re depressed, getting out of bed is climbing Mount Everest.  Antidepressants help stop that cycle so that one day soon, getting out of bed can JUST be getting out of bed.  They don’t even expedite the recovery process in most cases, they just make recovery POSSIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE.  So this little guy is portrayed with a fuckton more accuracy than I ever expected from a commercial.

It’s back and adorable

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Notes on Cinematography | Robert Bresson | 1977

First American Edition, and first edition in English (first published in French by Gallimard in 1975), and only hardcover edition. Association copy, INSCRIBED by Bresson to the book’s translator at the front endpaper: “Pour Jack – bien amicalement avec tous mes voeux pour ton travail, Robert Bresson.”

The only book authored by one of cinema’s greatest auteurs, a mini-treatise on his film objectives and philosophy developed during the three decades he made films, the hardcover edition of which is most uncommon. Bresson was a notorious recluse during his lifetime, and autograph material of any kind is rare. Since this title was published in the United States and likely mailed to Bresson for an autograph by the translator, it is probably one of the only a handful of inscribed copies in existence.

Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

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