On Klaus Mann, Erika Mann, Eva Hermann, et al
At first I asked myself, “Should I be buying five years’ worth of Klaus Mann’s intimate diaries?” And then I asked myself, “When should I not be buying five years’ worth of Klaus Mann’s intimate diaries?” Some excerpts:
- 18 October 1931: Next, met up with Willi, Annemarie, Wolfgang and Eva Hermann at the Taverne. Dined. Then went to the Jockey, accompanied by Erika, Willi and Annemarie. Met up with some acquaintances (Hans Bender, Ripper, Heinrich Mendelssohn and others). Then I went back with Annemarie to Ariane’s, a new women’s nightclub—where Annemarie has gotten herself enmeshed in lesbian drama…
• 2 November 2013
Cecil Beaton photographing Carole Lombard, 1931
• 14 July 2013
Just back from a few days by the ocean…
• 10 July 2013
jeanne moreau in the movie “alex in wonderland”
Jeanne Moreau causes crashes and walks away unscathed.
• 9 July 2013
portrait by Gluck, 1925
Actor and accomplished embroiderer Ernest Thesinger. I will embroider on the reference: He was married to Jeanette, who was an intimate friend of Margaret Jourdain. Jourdain was a furniture expert who lived for decades with the fierce novelist Ivy Compton-Burnett. And so on.
• 18 June 2013
In which I write about fashion history, Tilda Swinton, the exhibition “Fashion, Impressionism, and Modernity,” Stéphane Mallarmé, and more.
• 5 June 2013
Jamaica Kincaid, on being asked about publishing “your first novel in a decade”:
“’This is your first novel in a decade.’ There are so many strange things in that brief statement. The word ‘decade’ is one of them; the word ‘novel’ is another. Do you know who I am, who I really am? Well, I don’t know that, either.”
• 10 February 2013
"Sandy" came to mind, of course, as "Nemo" swirled around. Here are two photos from the former, as the water receded in late October on Avenue C. Where did this fish come from? I have my theories. I do not know.
• 10 February 2013
A Conversation, Revivification, Confabulation
A fever dream comes true — tonight:
All We Know goes onstage at Dixon Place, NYC, starring Moe Angelos as Esther Murphy, Carmelita Tropicana as Mercedes de Acosta, Dick Page as Madge Garland, and me—as The Author.
• 5 September 2012