"Why is everyone still here? Can I leave?"- Overheard at The Washington Post (via washingtonpost)
There’s a growing notion that this is a good thing. One of my prized possessions is a T-shirt purchased from a surf shop down the California coastline. It has a mystical logo on it. Beneath that, it says, in small type, “BE MINDFULL.” To me, this strikingly erroneous command reveals a lot about a certain West Coast subculture. “Mindfulness” sounds as if it ought to mean fastidiousness, but it’s recently been taken as a psycho-spiritual imperative. The idea is that the world is distracting, gluttonous, and fast, and that we should work toward a purer and more present-focussed consciousness. Late in the twentieth century, this was known as being chill.
- (‘A series where we talk some more about what we decide to reblog’)
Although Jake Gallagher is no longer going in hard on Tumblr, his regular blog is still feeling bouts of the update love: the latest of which is this telling photo from a 1965 copy of LIFE magazine.
Shot somewhere at Yale - I don’t know specifically, they don’t let poor little yellow homies like me onto their pristine grounds - the image is a capsule of just how cyclical menswear is. Much of the kit on display could still be worn today: perhaps a little shorter, slimmer or in a different cut, but nonetheless still wearable.
Of particular note is the gentleman second from the right: guy’s ensemble (fancy rarefied words for my Ivy bros) is on point. Navy blazer, white chino trousers and some penny loafers. Obviously this style is particularly East Coast but it is possible to pick elements of it apart and re-interpret them: DEAO answered a question about this exact issue not too long ago, which is also worth checking out.
Vanessa Redgrave reading on bicycle, 1977.
Redgrave won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Julia (1977) based on Lillian Hellman’s book Pentimento, a chapter of which purports to tell the story of her relationship with an alleged lifelong friend, “Julia,” who fought against the Nazis in the years prior to World War II.