avedon twiggy

I was talking to one of my students. (You will notice this is a theme a lot around here — I talk to my students a lot.) It is about appearance. I am telling her she should go do something nice for her face.

This isn’t me saying anything damaging about her face, I just think a facial might be a nice stress relieving thing.

I get facials. They are nice stress relieving things. Also, I have essentially been making it up to my face ever since I shoved it into a windshield at sixteen. It started out as an apology but then just became habit. It’s working for me and the face. And —

It’s a nice stress relieving thing.

My student is balking, saying, Well doing that, taking care of my face —

Is such “Vanity!”

She says it with a capital “V” too. Also an exclamation mark. Apparently, this is seriously a sin, this being nice to the face thing.

I am unconvinced.

I know this girl. She goes to the doctor when she has health issues. She’s practically vegan. She’s very into healthy eating. She’s nice to everything else. Just not her face?

I say, Listen, Why is it okay to take care of your liver, your kidneys, your heart, but not your face? Why does it become “Vanity” if you are caring for your face, but it’s all good if you are caring for your spleen? Isn’t your face a part of you that you should be nice to too?


I don’t get the whole, It’s treating yourself right if you do something nice for your spleen, but it’s a mortal sin if you do something nice for your face thing. God created faces too, right? Probably he thinks you should treat them as well as you treat that spleen.


where the art work comes from:
that is richard avedon shooting twiggy



On Max’s Top Five —

Debunked Myths

1 : If a million monkeys on a million keyboards all typed at the same time sooner or later one of them would come up with Shakespeare.

Okay we know that is not true take a look at the internet. [Dumb mathematicians and their monkey theorems.]

2 : People in emergency situations behave like lunatics.

Definitely not true. Though this is a favorite scenario in film and television shows. Did you see the towers come down during 9-11? Did you hear the stories? Of people walking, calmly, quietly, grimly and single file without a scream or shove down stair flights in high rises on fire collapsing piece by piece into the street below and they knew it? Nobody panicked. Nobody pushed. Even a blind man made it down those stairs with his dog — after going back to save someone.

3 : If you go to trial your story will overnight be world news. Or even national news. Or even news at all.

Sorry. Only if you are a celebrity. Also, it really helps to be blonde. *1

4 : If you must face a difficult chasm crossing, it is best to do it teetering like a bad gymnast on a balance bar.

Okay that is totally stupid just stop that right now.

5 : If you tell the public there is something wrong the public will turn immediately into an insane mob panic will break out and you will have a bigger crisis than you started with.

This is a huge theory occurring regularly in film and TV just like the panic model in #3. It is total crap too. Watch film coverage of refuges “fleeing” a city. They walk. Watch 9-11 footage. People in groups are at their best during crisis. Mob scenes only happen when people are angry — or hungry.


*1 : See Martha Stewart, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears


where the art work comes from :
that is from betweenland

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