contemporary romantism


CAROL, part one

To conclude this series of Pride 2017-related posts (though certainly not the end of gay-relevant content on this blog), here’s a two-part post on Todd Haynes’s exquisite 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol (2015). Last year, Carol was voted the best LGBT film of all time in a poll that featured over 100 critics and was compiled to mark the 30th anniversary of London’s lesbian and gay film festival, BFI Flare. There are many qualities worth celebrating in this film: the sublimely modulated lead performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the richly atmospheric period detail and mise-en-scène, Haynes’s deft invocations of classical Hollywood genres (melodrama, film noir, women’s pictures). But most importantly, as the following quote reminds us, Carol’s uncommonly uplifting and affirmative take on same-sex love represents a quietly radical step forward for LGBT narratives in cinema.

Happy Pride!

“In the years since Brokeback Mountain, we’ve seen Best Picture nominations for The Kids Are All Right and Dallas Buyers Club – though in both of those cases, the primary audience surrogate was arguably a straight man (Mark Ruffalo in Kids, Matthew McConaughey in Dallas) – and the slightly Sapphic Black Swan. And, of course, there was Milk and The Imitation Game, both stories about gay men who met with tragedy… Spoiler alert: Carol’s protagonists fall in love, consummate their passion, and encounter some difficulties – it’s the early ‘50s, after all – but do not die for/from being gay. Such a declaration sounds stark, but an astonishing number of films about gay life have seen their characters come to some sort of a tragic end, as if comporting to the old Hays Code, where characters must be “punished” for their “sins.” Ultimately, Carol’s most transgressive quality is its refusal to engage in such shenanigans; this is a film about full-blooded gay lives, not tragic gay deaths. Maybe Oscar voters weren’t sure how to deal with that?” — Jason Bailey, Flavorwire (January 2016)

if I have died by your hand
one thousand times,
I would willingly do so

little by little,
I have crept in your shade
I have donned your colors– ochre,

when santa barbara daisies
push up against the bloom
of your oak, I ascend to

bury me now, in fertile land
where songs rustle, caught
from my waist,

in your hand.

// la petite mort


Celebrate black history month by watching the works of these 10 history-making directors

6 to 10:

Euzhan Palcy

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.

Notable Works: Sugar Cane Alley (1983), A Dry White Season (1989)

Forthcoming: N/A

Darnell Martin

Best Known For: Being the first black American woman to direct a movie for a major studio in 1994.

Notable Works: I Like it Like That (1994), Cadillac Records (2008)

Forthcoming: N/A

Gina Prince-Bythewood

Best Known For: Her commercially successful contemporary romantic dramas. 

Notable Works: Love & Basketball (2000), Beyond the Lights (2014)

Forthcoming: I Know This Much is True, An Untamed State

Dee Rees

Best Known For: Her indie Sundance smash Pariah, her film Mudbound being the highest seller at the 2017 Sundance film festival.  

Notable Works: Pariah (2011), Bessie (2015) TV

Forthcoming: Mudbound (2017)

Angela Robinson 

Best Known For: Her campy early 00s classics like D.E.B.S. and Herbie Fully Loaded as well as having the highest box office gross for a movie directed by a black woman with Herbie Fully Loaded.

Notable Works: D.E.B.S.(2004), Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

Forthcoming: Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)


the 1975 - somebody else

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!


Small space: A romantic yet contemporary nest for two in NYC. (via AT)

A piece from the book “The Universe at Heartbeat” by Nicola An

Copies ship worldwide through Amazon and other major online booksellers.

For more poetry by Nicola An, check out instagram @nostalnick or visit facebook page Infinitely, Nicola An

Only Love Only Light

Thank you

Joe Hisaishi

Track: Hana-Bi

Artist: Joe Hisaishi

Album: Piano Stories III

This contemporary post-romantic piece works well to complement any classical repertoire.  


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j'ai besoin de toi // ensnared in pillows

rose-powder pressed into the cheeks
& the neck & blood // a waiting woman

sits indomitably adorned // blushing, for days.

theworldthinksimhappy  asked:

I read it ends with us by colleen hover. Beautiful read. I'd like to ask if you could suggest any other books similar to it

if you enjoyed It Ends With Us, you probably like your books with a little drama, a little romance, and a lot of feels. So you would definitely like…

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen 

Honestly, if you like awesome romantic contemporaries that also tackle real issues, Sarah Dessen should be your patron saint! Lock and Key in particular is one to make you laugh, cry, and love. But if Sarah’s extensive book catalogue isn’t enough for you, then we also have…

The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

This book will make you truly question what it means to love someone. Full of heart and friendship (and lots of love) this steamy, contemplative romance will also leave you sobbing as it twists and turns through the mysterious (cursed?) lives of Lorna, Isla, Delila, Charlotte, and Cruz. 

Check out more books that will destroy your heart here!