Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans (chop-uh-too-luss)
Wayne Thiebaud (tee-bo)
Uwe Timm (ooh-veh)
Tzvetan Todorov (tsveh-tahn toh-duh-roff)
Colm Tóibín (~column toh-been)
Ernst Troeltsch (trolch)
Edward Tufte (tuff-tee)
Tulane University (too-lane)
Ivan Turgenev (yvonne turr-gain-yevv)
George W. S. Trow (like ’grow’)
Michel Houllebecq (he doesn’t care)
Joos van Cleve (yohss fon clay-vuh)
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (meez fonn der roh-uh)
Rogier van der Weyden (~ro-kheer fon dur vay-dun)
Arnoldus Vanderhorst, ultimate namesake of Luther (vandross)
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch pronunciation: ~finch-ant fan hawh)
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (ahn-toe-nee fon lay-when-hook)
Rembrandt van Rijn (remm-brondt fon rain)
Ludvík Vaculík (lood-veekvatz-oo-leek)
Johannes Vermeer (yo-hann-iss furr-meer)
Jones Very (jonas veery)
Vladimir Voinovich (vlah-dee-meer voy-noh-vitch)
Ludwig von Mises (fonn meez-ess)
Georg Henrik von Wright (fon vrikt)
Ayelet Waldman (eye-yell-it)
Quvenzhané Wallis (kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay)
Robert Walser (valzer)
Evelyn St. John Waugh (eve-linn sin-jun wahh)
Max Weber (veigh-burr)
Simone Weil (zee-moanveigh)
Elie Wiesel (eel-eevee-zell)
Ludwig Wittgenstein (vitt-genn-shtein)
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (wood-house)
David Wojnarowicz (voy-nah-roh-vitch)
Hermann Wouk (woke)
Woyzeck, Büchner play (voight-zikk)
Joseph Wright of Derby (right of dahr-bee)
William Butler Yeats (yates)
Yerkes Observatory (yer-keys)
Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner setting (yolk-nuh-pah-taw-fa)
Robert Zajonc (zai-unts)
Slavoj Žižek (slah-voi zhee-zhek)
Andrzej Żuławski (ahn-drey zhu-wavv-ski)
1 Portuguese has a much more complicated phonetics than English & so these are especially approximate.
2 Because Giacometti was from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland a kind of second order snobbishness has descended on the pronunciation of his name. Most people who would judge you pronounce it as you would in Italian (jah-coh-mett-ee) but an inner-inner circle insist on correcting even these people with the Swiss-Italian pronunciation listed here.
3 The pronunciation of the -ch as soft instead of hard, unlike every other instance in German, was contrived after the philosopher’s death to avoid a near-homophony with that language’s word for ‘fuck.’
4 The last syllable doesn’t have an English equivalent but rhymes with the French pronunciation of Jean’s.
5 The first letter (qaf/qof/ق) has no equivalent in English or any other Western language and is more glottal than either of the sounds starting these approximations.
Scrivere giochi di parole sui muri della sala fumatori dell'ospedale, mangiare tre volte al giorno, andare a letto alle nove di sera, giocare a carte con gli altri degenti, leggere “À rebours” di Huysmans, tenere sul comodino una foto di Jarvis Cocker che manda affanculo chi lo guarda; specialmente i dottori.
There can be no doubt, reality is exceedingly unforgiving to those who momentarily lose sight of her existence: she takes her revenge by shattering dreams, trampling on the pieces and throwing them into the cesspool.
A prim, almost teenage “reporter” named Trudy Herd is kidnapped and brainwashed into becoming Luna Vachon, the snarling, mohawked she-demon of Kevin Sullivan’s Army of Darkness. These screenshots are from a long segment that aired on Florida Championship Wrestling in 1985, where Nancy “Fallen Angel” Sullivan shaved half of Vachon’s head, formerly initiating her into the stable.
This was uncomfortably strong stuff at the time, and is almost unimaginably seedy by today’s standards. It’s all the more powerful for relying on suggestion rather than explicit display: whatever you imagine about that room, with the Snakemen crawling on the floor, Mark Lewin holding up a knife as his eyes roll back in his head, some anonymous punkette just barely in frame fondling a serpent, and Fallen Angel standing around in her BDSM gear, is worse than anything they chould have shown on television. It’s like some kind of Reagan-era Floridian version of Huysmans’ “La-Bas.”
This dialed into a lot of then-current social panics and folk devils - punk rockers, satanism, kids being torn from their families by cults - in a sleazy, sensationalist way that still manages to remain a more vivid document of the era than a hundred scholarly monographs referencing Stanley Cohen’s theories.
Like a lot of wrestling stories, this one gets darker the more you think about it. Of the two women at the center of this tableau, neither would see 50: Nancy Sullivan, who broke into the business as a teenager in “apartment wrestling” pictorials, was murdered by her husband, Chris Benoit, in 2007. Three years later, Vachon died of an overdose of prescription painkillers.
Outre qu’elle a un goût de très ancien biscuit et une odeur fanée de très vieux livre, elle est le velours fluide des choses, la pluie fine mais sèche, qui anémie les teintes excessives et les tons bruts. Elle est aussi la pelure d’abandon, le voile d’oubli.