Celebrate black history month by watching the works of these 10 history-making directors
6 to 10:
Best Known For: Being the first black woman to direct a movie for a major studio in 1989, bringing Marlon Brando out of retirement to act in her film A Dry White Season and directing him to an Oscar nomination.
new release from one of my favourite bands. the band have been nothing but ambitious so far with their new songs indicating a complete change in direction of their musical style. their very laid back, post-modern, electronic, over-romantic sound is really fitting well in my life. the album ‘i like it when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ is out on feb 26th, roll on!
When looking through my bookshelf, I realised that I don’t own all that many hardbacks - at least not ones that haven’t appeared elsewhere (x, x, x, x). This one, however, is one of my absolute favourites: Novalis’ (Friedrich von Hardenberg’s) Works.*
Novalis is one of the more influential (though, it seems, lesser-known) German Romantics, a contemporary of both Goethe and Schiller, who, together with his friend Friedrich Schlegel, is responsible for producing some of the main theoretical and poetological works of Early Romanticism. The Romantic Golden Age, the mysterious blue flower, and the hero-poet’s path of coming into his own are all motifs that make an appearance in his works, particularly in his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen. Novalis also wrote poetry, but since he died early at 28 years of age, a majority of his works was published posthumously by his friends Friedrich Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck.
*I might have to get another edition at some point, though, as this one does not include his letters, diary and most of his theoretical notes.
(And yes, that is totally the guy in my userpic on my main.)
Homosocial space in the eighteenth century gave birth to distinct same-sex relationships that were referred to in popular and literary culture as romantic or intimate friendships. These friendships were important to the women and men who engaged in them - often as important and long-lasting as traditional heterosexual marriages - and were an accepted, praised, and significant social institution. Alan Bray argues that these friendships were largely a product of the Enlightenment - that the ideas of egalitarianism, brotherhood, and rational love (as opposed to uncontrolled, passionate love) helped contribute to a new concept of deeply committed, emotionally passionate friendship between members of the same sex. It is possible that some of these friendships embodied similarities to our contemporary ideas of romantic and sexual relationships. In many ways they were understood as a beneficial and complementary alternative to marriage. A major function of heterosexual marriage was to regulate sexual activity that would lead to reproduction, but this new idea of friendship, for men as well as women, often provided a more enlightening, expressive outlet.
Michael Bronski, A Queer History of the United States.