Absurdism, Art, Books, Rhetoric

Why I am an aesthete

Human lives are shaped by chance
Humans cannot master their own destiny
Resignation is a virtue
Contemplation is superior to action
God is dead
Humans are only in control of their stance towards fate
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
The good life is not a search for meaning, but a release from it
The human world is absurd and downright comic Continue reading

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Film, Photography

Faye Dunaway’s post-Oscar breakfast 29th March 1977

Faye Dunaway won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 1976 film Network at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. This is her at the Beverley Hills Hotel at 6.30 in the morning of 29th March 1977, the day after the ceremony. With a doleful, faraway look of world-weary ennui, in silk gown and heels, she is breakfasting alone on fruit juice and Earl Grey tea, slouched poolside in the hazy Southern Californian dawn light. The morning papers are strewn about her and the Oscar is not far out of reach. She has recently risen from bed, or maybe she never went to sleep at all. This classic shot manages to capture the allure and loneliness of celebrity. Continue reading

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