Rituals

 Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

Photography: Unknown | Kate Moss

I love the ritual of putting make-up on. I find it meditative, peaceful. I connect to my inner self, which outwardly gets expressed through the face I choose to put on that day. I am not an artist by any means, although I do creatively express myself through clothing choice, the design of my home, and my grooming rituals. Life really is an art. -tM

Beginnings

 Photography: Unknown | Anais Nin

Photography: Unknown | Anais Nin

The following is an exquisite letter of advice Anais Nin sent to a seventeen-year-old aspiring author by the name of Leonard W., whom she had taken under her wing as creative mentor. Nin writes:

I like to live always at the beginnings of life, not at their end. We all lose some of our faith under the oppression of mad leaders, insane history, pathologic cruelties of daily life. I am by nature always beginning and believing and so I find your company more fruitful than that of, say, Edmund Wilson, who asserts his opinions, beliefs, and knowledge as the ultimate verity. Older people fall into rigid patterns. Curiosity, risk, exploration are forgotten by them. You have not yet discovered that you have a lot to give, and that the more you give the more riches you will find in yourself. It amazed me that you felt that each time you write a story you gave away one of your dreams and you felt the poorer for it. But then you have not thought that this dream is planted in others, others begin to live it too, it is shared, it is the beginning of friendship and love.

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You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. If it seems to you that I move in a world of certitudes, you, par contre, must benefit from the great privilege of youth, which is that you move in a world of mysteries. But both must be ruled by faith.

(-Thanks J.)


All Imaginable Colours

 Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Photography: Henri-Cartier Bresson

Water is one of my healing life lines. There is nothing that a shower cannot ease. The minute I close that door and turn on the faucets time stands still. The water can go in any direction, and it reminds me that so can I. -tM

Synchronize

 Artist: Patricia Reinhart | Medium: Film Collage

Artist: Patricia Reinhart | Medium: Film Collage

Apparently this piece is exploring the current state governing the relationships between men and women in today’s society, and is inspired by the psychoanalytical theories of Arno Gruen.

I am drawn to the magic realism of her work, and the dual forces of nature that toil at the heart of this piece. -tM

Sex Appeal

The new AESOP store in Rome designed by none other then the director himself, Luca Guadagnino. Is there anything this man cannot do? Even his designs are full of longing & desire. The voyeuristic appeal of the window from the sidelines beckons me to come take a closer look. This store is as sexy on the inside as on the outside. -tM

Existentialist Minimalism?

Calm, and patient, this video explores the minimalist architecture of Le Corbusier, who was one of the pioneers of urban planning and architecture. He dedicated his life to providing better living conditions for those residing in crowded cities.

I can still hear the ocean and distant highway traffic long after the picture has stopped moving. -tM