“The Divorcee” (1930) is seen as one of the most important films of the Pre-Code era and it still surprises with the force and courage with which Norma Shearer’s character acts in it. The story of a strong, risqué woman who rebels against the patriarchal ideal of a virtuous wife while the husband is free to have affairs without tarnishing his reputation and hence confronting the hypocrisy of the double standard promoted feminism long before the term was used and made Norma Shearer (along with her other pre-code movies) almost a feminist pioneer. Based on the novel “Ex-Wife” by Ursula Parrott, it was highly controversial back in the day and ended up getting Norma Shearer her Best Actress Oscar for it. The film had a total of four Academy Award nominations including Best Film
history meme ∙ (1/3) inventions ∙ printing press
The invention of improved movable type mechanical printing is credited to Johannes Gutenberg in 1450 although earlier versions are described in the history of printing. The exact date of Gutenberg’s press is debated based on existing screw presses. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed a printing system by both adapting existing technologies and making inventions of his own. His newly devised hand mould made possible the rapid creation of metal movable type in large quantities. The printing press displaced earlier methods of printing and led to the first assembly line-style mass production of books .(+more)
favorite artists: Joseph Mallord William Turner, “The painter of light” (1775-1851)
“You should tell them that indistinctiveness is my forte” — Turner’s reply when hearing that some rich douchebag that purchased one of his paintings complained about it and called it indistinct (Willy’s taking none of your shit)
“You are kind, my lord,” she said, defeated. “I am a ward of the throne and my duty is to marry as the king commands.”
Nina Katchadourian - Sorted Books
“I suddenly recalled a moment in the university library when, looking for a book, I had turned my head sideways as I walked down the stacks and thought how spectacular it would be if all the titles formed an accidental sentence when read one after the other in a long chain. Standing amidst the bookshelves in Half Moon Bay, my next move was simply to make this imaginary accident real. I spent days shifting and arranging books, composing them so that their titles formed short sentences. The exercise was intimate, like a form of portraiture, and it felt important that the books I selected should function as a cross section of the larger collection.”
I was looking at my iTunes library and it irks me to no end when the album art isn’t all properly sorted and stuff, and I noticed the cover for Cabin Pressure was still simply one of the promotional photos of the cast. So I decided to make my own* because.. I have a ton of stuff to do but they say time spent while having fun is not wasted time at all so.
*photos are actually from Google Images, I just painted over them a bit whatever. I got responses asking to publish this when I finish, so here you go :)) If you want to listen to the episodes again, check out the links HERE.
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.