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Pierre Louÿs. 1870-1925.
Quoi ? Ce vieux cochon ? Un grand érudit, un écrivain de génie et un érotomane patenté aussi qui, dans son Manuel de civilité pour les petites filles à l’usage des maisons d’éducation, publié une première fois post-mortem et sous couvert d’anonymat, prend un malin plaisir à mettre un grand coup de pied dans la fourmilière de la bienséance. Cela en devient même jouissif de le voir souffler, avec le vent contraire, à la face de cet ordre social et de ces fameux codes de vertu imposés par une bourgeoisie triomphante et décadente en ce début de XXe siècle, et dont les réminiscences façonnent et structurent encore nos sociétés. Pierre Louÿs a imaginé un anti-guide des bonnes manières pour faire rougir de honte ou pour faire frémir d’un inavouable plaisir toutes les Nadine de Rothschild de la terre. C’est ce que nous explique Sushina Lagouje, alimentairement agrégée de lettres modernes dans le secondaire mais surtout chroniqueuse de talent aux magazines Zélium et Le Psikopat dans la préface de ce bijou d’impertinence, de drôlerie plus que joliment illustré par Eric Mie qui libère Pomme, son égérie de papier, des carcans de la morale asexuée. Parce que finalement la morale ne peut être autre chose que l’humour des imbéciles.

The idea of Harry reaching for a new legitimacy — whether successfully or not — is one I’m really interested in exploring at the moment. I’ve seen a handful of conversations online that basically amount to “he’s got a guitar now, he’s trying to be something more real than One Direction let him be.” I find that conversation so dull and meaningless. It aligns with a rockist mentality that men writing their own music and playing their own instruments is somehow more fulfilling or valid than a catchy pop hook or beat you can dance to. The most wonderful thing about this record, I think, is that it’s not only in keeping with Harry’s “old stuff,“ but that it is very likely the space he’ll continue to work in for a long time. I can’t imagine him noticing Top 40 trends and peppering them into his work on the next record, or clutching for some new and different sound to appeal to a more quote, unquote legitimate audience. Harry has always defied trends, whether through his personal style — wearing floral suits where his bandmates wore classic black or jeans and t-shirts — or, now, by backing the passion and dedication of the teen-girl fan base where, historically, newly solo ex–boy banders were rabid about distancing themselves from that audience in favor of new, older listeners. Even for all the trendy nostalgia in this record, he also shrugged off his producer’s suggestion to use outdated technology to make it; on the Rolling Stone podcast, Cameron Crowe said Harry was adamant about using the most up-to-date tools today, just as his heroes did in the ’60s and ’70s, rather that backpedaling into analog for analog’s sake. The idea that he’s somehow more “real” now that he’s nervously plucking a guitar (one he’s traveled with for, like, five years) is misguided.

What can’t Harry Styles wear? The former boy bander has shown his playful side in floral suiting from Gucci and slick ensembles from Saint Laurent, and pushed the envelope with daytime dressing in Japanese cult label Blue Blue Japan. And earlier today in New York City, Styles took center stage in Rockefeller Center for his solo music debut on the Today show, sporting a bespoke suit from English tailor Edward Sexton. This isn’t the first time the cool crooner has opted for solid tailoring. However, his choice of color, millennial pink, energized the live audience and took Styles’s wardrobe into Bowie-like territory.

The custom suit featured natty ’70s-inspired elements, including a single button creating the illusion of a nipped waist, while a peaked lapel enhanced strong shoulders. A simple black button-down offset the bright hue and lent a boyish, Johnny Cash–esque spin to the look. The finishing touch? Styles’s famous wavy tresses, tousled like a true rock star.

Naturally, the fiery hot takes came rolling in almost immediately, as music writers attempted to reframe the former boy-bander in this new solo context: The Guardian threw some neutral shade at Styles’s plethora of influences, while Rolling Stone crowned him a “true rock and roll prince” and the New Statesman argued that he’s been a rock star all along.

These attempts to label Styles as something go hand in hand with a need to reject the “former boy-bander” label. Referring to him as a “rock star” is somewhat condescending, implying what he’s pursuing is performative rather than artistic. It also extends the false notion that to be considered as an artist, rather than a performer, one must be divorced from “pop” and married to what’s (incorrectly) perceived as a more legitimate genre: rock.

But perhaps Styles wasn’t trying to be anything with this album. Perceiving the record as his frantic attempt to shed his “pop” image disregards what Harry Styles is: a musical homage to what made him Harry Styles, a flamboyant, honest tribute to influences — from Elton John to the Rolling Stones — famous for their own flamboyancy and honesty.

Ironically, that sense of liberation from labels evokes another sort of label, one that may seem comical at first, but makes a strange sort of sense in the context of Styles’s album: Harry Styles is kind of punk.
Harry Styles Shows How to Do Florals Like a Cool Guy
The actor and singer proves that a gent’s style can blossom in spring.

Today is a big day for Harry Styles. The former boy bander’s solo single just had its music video debut, plus he’s hit several high notes with his wardrobe in recent weeks, too, elevating modern rock star style in his own special way.

He took things up a notch again in New York today, with a look that was literally in full bloom. While Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, and Zayn Malik have all tried their hand at the floral trend, it’s Styles who, over the years, has successfully pushed the idea to a new place. True to form, Styles offset the graphic nature of his cherry blossom–covered top with the signature pieces he loves best: skinny black jeansand Chelsea boots.

First You Fall

Maisie Dalton fixed things.  And Niall Horan was definitely broken.

Chapter 1

Did anyone’s day ever go well without coffee?  Maisie Dalton’s sure didn’t.  Walking through the streets of downtown Los Angeles in six inch heels was always an adventure but without the promise of a large cup of coffee in her future, it was positively horrifying.  She’d grown accustomed to the disgusting cat calls from construction workers as she walked by, some days she wondered if these men had ever been in the presence of a female before.  What woman was honestly going to respond to, “Hey Baby, lookin’ hot today.  Wanna ride me home?”


She curled her fingers around the cold steel of the handle on the huge glass door to her office building.  Some days opening that heavy ass door was harder than others.  This day was definitely the latter.

Before she’d taken two steps into the lobby she had a large cup of something shoved into her face while her assistant, Grant tried to help get her coat off.  Maisie breathed a sigh of relief as she lifted the cup to her lips,

“You’re a lifesaver.”  

Grant opened his mouth to protest but was quickly silenced when Maisie gagged.  She looked up at him, her mouth twisted in confusion,

“What the hell is in this?”

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What A Feeling To Be A King Beside You by itsprobablylarry

Harry is the Prince of Wales and Louis is the Duke of Wellington. They fall in love.

Wear It Like A Crown by zarah5

As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies.

Sail Across Me by iwillpaintasongforlou

Harry is a prince that is about to be forced into marriage against his will and running away to sea seems like a much better option. Louis is the captain of the infamous pirate ship The Rogue and he has a thing for helping defenseless creatures. Especially when they’re as pretty as this one.

feel the chemicals burn in my bloodstream by togetherwecouldbealright

Harry is a journalist with a lot of secrets and Louis is the future king of the United Kingdom; they live together for 60 days.

Because You Saw Me When I Was Invisible by supernope

A (not so) loosely-based Princess Diaries AU, in which Harry finds out he’s the heir to the throne of a country he’s never even heard of.

Celebrity Discount by LoadedGunn

Where Harry’s an openly bisexual prince, Louis is a closeted, famous boy-bander, Zayn mocks everyone and everything, Liam could do with less naked boys on this tour, and Niall might or might not be an Irish lord.

The Stars In Your Eyes Light Up The Sky by andthensusays

The one where Harry is a prince forced out of the closet and Louis is a boybander forced in. When they meet, everything changes.

Swim In The Smoke by whoknows

Harry is a pirate and Louis is the prince of England who ends up hostage on his ship. A/B/O

And I’ll judge the cover by the book by harrystylesandstuff

Private University AU where Harry is a queer posh prince, Louis is a closeted troublemaker, and neither expect to understand each other the way they will.

long hair don’t care by ballsdeepinjesus

harry is sheltered and louis is a thief. or, a tangled au.
Boy Banders in the Ballroom! Find Out Why Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter & One Direction Will Be Part of DWTS
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

PEOPLE can exclusively reveal that Monday’s Dancing with the Stars will feature iconic songs from famous girl groups and boy bands and Backstreet Boys’ own Nick Carter will be sliding into the guest judge’s seat. Audiences will also see the return of pro-dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has been sidelined following his calf injury.

That’s not the only surprise: It’s Team Dances with men vs. women!

The boy band — Bonner Bolton, Nick Viall, David Ross and Rashad Jennings— will dance to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction.

As for the girl band, consisting of Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Normani Kordei and Heather Morris, they will be dancing to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

As for who is dancing to what, see below for Monday’s pairings:

Simone Biles & Sasha Farber – Samba – “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess – Rumba – “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater – Tango – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev – Paso Doblé – “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue

**Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls**

Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Rumba – “Waterfalls” by TLC

David Ross & Lindsay Arnold – Argentine Tango – “I Want You Back” by *NSYNC

Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd – Jive – “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

listen ‘strip that down’ was the perfect choice for liam’s solo debut. it lyrically lays out his entire plan as a solo artist in a fun, upbeat and boppin’ package. he’s like ‘hey i’ve been a little busy taking some time for myself but now i’m ready and free to make the music i want. i’m more than just a boy bander, but don’t worry i’m still the same old me. let’s have some fun!’ all while keeping us dancing. it’s solo liam’s perfect introduction to the world.

“You do know your ship isn’t canon right?” “You do know your ship will never get together again right?” “But one of them is dead!” or my personal favorite... “But they’re better off as friends!!”

anonymous asked:

Hey! I really loved your answer about hey angel. I think the one of the main reasons behind it being so polarizing is the religious imagery it brings up. I remember at the time people joking about Harrys tweets being for a Christian Rock album lol

The more I looked into the phrase “Beautiful Noise,” the stranger it gets.

Apparently, there was a documentary in 2014:

From this website:

“Beautiful Noise is the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential, underground music movements of the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.

Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy[,] they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago, how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.

Featuring members of Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Swervedriver, Lush, Curve, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, and Medicine. Also featuring Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith.

The film premiered May 31, 2014 at the Seattle International Film Festival and Internationally June 8, 2014 at the Sheffield International Film Festival and screened in more than 20 festivals worldwide, including the Don’t Knock the Rock Festival in Los Angeles and as the Opening Night selection for the Sound + Vision Festival at Lincoln Center.

Created by filmmakers Eric Green (Writer/Director) & Sarah Ogletree (Producer/Editor) and their production company HypFilms, Beautiful Noise is a DIY, indie film and passion project.”

Review from Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone magazine: “How can guitar clang amped up to the point of pain feel so much like bliss? How can ungodly slabs of feedback become such an addictive thrill? That’s the question behind Beautiful Noise: the definitive story of a moment when a host of rock dreamers aimed for the sky and broke on through.”

So, the documentary, which came out before MITAM was written, is named "Beautiful Noise,” features bands that used layers of synthesizer and amped electrical guitar sounds to mix electronic noise into conventional pop songs.

And, the film features iconic ‘90’s groups with their singular, signature synth sounds– Cocteau Twins, Lush, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan. Not only that, but some of these bands have a signature, dreamy kind of frontman/ singer.

“Hey Angel,” anyone?

I admit when Harry tweeted the lyrics, I didn’t know what to expect. Christian Rock was the last thing on my list, I must admit. 1D was not about to pull a Justin Bieber– 1DHQ would never allow it. Even without considering Zayn, who is Muslim, religion is too contentious an issue for a boy band with an international audience.

But as Harry said in Another Man, just because they don’t sing about religion outright doesn’t mean they aren’t spiritual.

I was so pleased to see that some of songs on MITAM weren’t really about romantic relationships. Songs like “Walking in the Wind” have a valedictory feel, all the more poignant for being on MITAM, the last album before hiatus.

Could “Hey Angel” be about God?

Let’s look at the bridge again:

Yeah I see you at the bar, at the edge of my bed
Backseat of my car, in the back of my head
I come alive when I hear your voice
It’s a beautiful sound, it’s a beautiful noise

A beautiful noise. The god of rock and roll. But also just… God. Something or Someone who is with you, no matter where in the world you’re touring, no matter how sad, homesick, in love, drunk. No matter who drifts in and out of your life as a boy bander. A constant. A guardian angel. Home.

Thanks for the ask.

ellianorus  asked:

So birds you catch as a by-catch you can't band? Is that all birds, or was it just for the pileated woodpecker as you didn't have the right size band? Here in the UK, we can ring anything we catch, but can only set out to target species on our licence, so if we put a net up, anything that goes in gets to be ringed.

On my current permit, yes. When you apply for federal banding permits in the US, you specify which species you’ll be targeting (or check the “ALL BIRDS” box if you’re running a general monitoring station, etc). You can only order rings/bands from the government that are sized for the species on your permit, and those numbers are tightly monitored. If somebody recovers a banded bird and reports the number to USGS, you can have your permit revoked if it’s not a species you were supposed to be marking!

As a sidenote, there’s also a completely separate permitting process for color banding, blood sampling, etc. While USGS handles Master Bander permits and issuing the actual federal bands, you also need to get USFWS permits for all actions you take handling migratory birds. It’s complicated.

I’m in the process of applying for my own master bander permit though– so hopefully soon I’ll be able to band all bycatch. It’s definitely a shame to get a bird in the hand and not mark or sample it (seriously, it hurts my soul…..), since the simple act of banding is so important for monitoring populations!

Three snakes into attempting this idea and I’m calling it quits. Ches was by far the most cooperative, even though she didn’t want to coil up neatly. When you’re at the mercy of your models’ whims, some photos just aren’t going to happen the way you pictured them in your head.