i used to be a huge nico fan, never got people who favored chelsea girl to the marble index or desertshore (her & john cale were a dream team. they were darker, truer to her vision, a precursor to gothy post-punk [+elliott smith]) but now genevieve spins it a lot, i think i was too harsh. “these days” is delicate in its saturnine sentimentality, i get the appeal. that last line ruins me.
mostly i wanted an excuse to draw her. she was an alien kind of gorgeous.
"They never saw their child again." From Simple Hans and Other Funny Pictures and Stories, 1854.
World War I left many soldiers with disfiguring scars. So American artist Anna Coleman Ladd set up her own studio in Paris and set to work sculpting new faces for those who had lost a piece of theirs in trench warfare.
Ladd started by getting to know the men: their quirks, daily habits, what their siblings looked like, the limited facial expressions they were still capable of. Then, she would choose an expression. For some, that expression would be the only one they could wear.
The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art has just posted a collection of Ladd’s papers online — photos, letters, diaries and other texts documenting her work.
Photo: American Red Cross/Anna Coleman Ladd papers/Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution
The food on U.S. planes has gone from bad to nonexistent in coach class. But airplane meals have had ups and downs before. In the 1930s, airlines offered multicourse meals on real china. Just a few decades later, the menu offerings changed to tin foil-topped packages of mushy mystery meat. So what happened?
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