Sir Francis Rose, Saying Life
“Without a doubt Charlie Chaplin is the greatest genius the cinema has yet produced, not only as an actor, but as an inventor and creative artist. He had the ability to turn fantasy into the most ordinary happening, a simple action into pathos and poetry. A rose in his hand could bring a completely unsentimental tear and in tying his bootlaces he could reveal strings which hold the universe together.”
Sir Francis Rose, Saying Life
Sir Francis Rose's Saying Life is an extraordinary book. Purportedly autobiographical, it is most certainly exaggerated ... but yet, the casual observations Sir Frances makes are rather extraordinary. Had Diana Vreeland read it (which maybe she did), she might have called this book "faction." For our long-version review of the book, checkout "Lord Chaos," The Life of Sir Francis Rose.
“The sources of bad luck reside in the unconscious. We inflict it upon ourselves as kind of a self-punishment.”
John Huston, via The Films of John Huston
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“Fame is a commercial thing. Like money, it is necessary so that you can do what you want to do.”
Orson Welles, The Seven Deadly Sins of Hollywood
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“Money! The fuel that stimulates the poor, and drives rich men to boredom.”
Valerie Thurlow, Model in Paris
Image Credit: Fashion Drawings in Vogue, "Eric" Carl Erickson
“Gloria and Oona and I were the closest of friends. By that I mean our pasts were shared in certain ways.”
Carol Matthau, Among the Porcupines
A copy of Among the Porcupines signed by Carol Matthau is available via the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
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“Everything in itself has a meaning. It is the privilege of the mind to state it, the heart to understand it, the soul to recognize its importance.”
Betty Parsons, Betty Parsons: Artist, Dealer, Collector
“You're just in time for tea. That's what we call it when we drink too much in the afternoon.”
Check out the selection of vintage cocktail books at the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
See also: Life Lessons from Game of Thrones
“The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.”
The Duke of Windsor, A King’s Story
A copy of A King's Story signed by the Duke of Windsor is available via the Nick Harvill Libraries store.
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“Americans are overfond of the wonders of technology. Technology may be our downfall.”
Janet Flanner, People
Note: Nick Harvill Libraries placed the vintage computer books depicted above in a library we curated for a San Francisco-based technology company.
“My definition of bad taste is the woman who walks into a room and everybody says, ‘Look at that Pucci.’ A dress shouldn’t precede a woman—she should come first.”
Clovis Ruffin, The Fashion Makers
In 1978, when The Fashion Makers was published, it was a time of euphoria for the New York fashion industry. Long subservient to Paris, American fashion was finally coming into its own, with stars such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Halston shining as brightly as their European counterparts. Clovis Ruffin, one of the fifty designers profiled in The Fashion Makers, was very much a part of that trend. Why is he all but forgotten today? Because, as we now know, the seventies were the beginning the AIDS crisis.
Clovis Ruffin was but one of many fashion designers whose life and legacy were derailed by the disease. He died at age forty-six in 1992, and unlike many of his contemporaries, his obituary honestly listed his cause of death as "complications from AIDS." Ditto the obituary for Halston. For other male "Fashion Makers" who died tragically young, however, the obituaries obscure the cause of death, either to protect the brand name, the deceased's family or both.
See also: A Quiz: The Mortimer's Edition
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