You cannot deconstruct unless you know how to construct. - Alexander McQueen

archive for May, 2010

Black Coffee

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Recently learned of the South African label Black Coffee through the May-June 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Jacques van der Watt and Danica Lepen have designed some great coats for their Fall/Winter 2010 collection that are worth a look. A sample below from the February show at Bryant Park:




Bella Naija has a good summary of the collection as well as many more quality photos like those above.

Richard Fariña: A Case of Criminal Neglect

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Halfway through Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan the ellipses started floating under my eyelids like retinal flotsam. I needed a break, a breezy intermission. Browsing the stacks I came across Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me:

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My copy of Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me. New York: Dell Publishing, 1969

Oh yeah. I keep meaning to read that. It’s got a Pynchon quote on the back. As it turns out, Been Down So Long has some of the most haunting prose I’ve ever read. Why did I neglect this book for so long?