When one of the biggest movie stars of the last 10 years refers to herself as “so gay” on one of the most-watched late-night television shows on the air, it forces people to reconfigure how they think about what it means to be “gay” and who and what that term includes. Suddenly, anyone who only knew Stewart as “that girl from ‘Twilight’” and “Robert Pattinson’s ex girlfriend,” is confronted by her sexuality in a new and startling way, and it upends assumptions about the community, which is exactly why coming out is still so crucial.
A generation after the Holocaust
and I know no Hebrew. No Yiddish. No Torah.
I fast only on the Day of Atonement
and even then I’ve been known to cheat.
A generation after the Holocaust
and I apologize for my grandfather’s
bent back and wild gestures.
I used to tremble to the rhythm
of his prayers. I feared the mysterious
words that kept us from the devil.
Now, from my window I watch Nazis march.
Their feet strike the pavement
like the ticking of a clock. I am a Jew
a generation after the Holocaust.
Poorer, my grandfather says, without a past
than he, who has no future.
—  Richard Michelson, “The Jews that We Are”
It’s trans people ― not cis people ― who experience real terror when faced with everyday, ordinary activities. It’s trans students ― not cis students ― who are robbed of the chance to get a good (or even mediocre) education because of the distractions and drama orchestrated by folks who have nothing better to do than work themselves up into small-minded fervors over what genitals belong where. And too often it’s trans people ― not cis people ― who are attacked and murdered because of who they are.
—  There’s An Insidious New Plot To Make Trans Kids’ Lives Hell | Noah Michelson for the Huffington Post Queer Voices

The magic of the movies depends on a suspension of disbelief, and behind each great film are the countless artists and craftspeople who have trained their talents on transporting us to another world. Director Daniel Raim has spent almost twenty years throwing a spotlight on these unsung heroes, first in his Oscar-nominated documentary short The Man on Lincoln’s Nose, a portrait of Hitchcock production designer Robert Boyle, and most recently in Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, an eye-opening chronicle of the creative partnership and marriage of two industry veterans.

Frequently uncredited for their work, storyboard artist Harold Michelson and researcher Lillian Michelson have long stood in the shadows of their celebrated collaborators, including Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Nichols, and Francis Ford Coppola. But their indelible mark can be seen in some of the most unforgettable moments in film history. Harold’s creative input served as the blueprint for the groundbreaking camera angles in The Birds and the iconic shot of Dustin Hoffman seen through the arch of Anne Bancroft’s leg in The Graduate, while Lillian’s exhaustive research ensured the accuracy and enhanced the visual details of films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Fiddler on the Roof, and Full Metal Jacket.

Raim’s documentary, which premiered at Cannes in 2015, combines candid interviews with film clips, heartwarming readings from the couple’s love letters, and storyboard illustrations that bring their six decades in the movie business to vivid new life. With the film opening at New York’s Quad cinema this Friday, I spoke with Raim on the phone about how he first became enamored with this power couple and what the process of making the movie taught him about the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Couple Behind the Curtain: A Conversation with Daniel Raim


The Failed Experiment That Changed The World

“ This null result — the fact that there was no luminiferous aether — was actually a huge advance for modern science, as it meant that light must have been inherently different from all other waves that we knew of. The resolution came 18 years later, when Einstein’s theory of special relativity came along. And with it, we gained the recognition that the speed of light was a universal constant in all reference frames, that there was no absolute space or absolute time, and — finally — that light needed nothing more than space and time to travel through. ”

In the 1880s, it was clear that something was wrong with Newton’s formulation of the Universe. Gravitation didn’t explain everything, objects behaved bizarrely close to the speed of light, and light was exhibiting wave-like properties. But surely, even if it were a wave, it required a medium to travel through, just like all other waves? That was the standard thinking, and the genius of Albert A. Michelson was put to work to test it. Because, he reasoned, the Earth was moving around the Sun, the speed of light should get a boost in that forward direction, and then have to fight that boost on the return trip. The perpendicular direction, on the other hand, would be unaffected. This motion of light should be detectable in the form of interferometry, where light was split into two perpendicular components, sent on a journey, reflected, and then recombined.

The null results of this experiment changed the Universe, and the technology is still used today in experiments like LIGO. Come learn about the greatest failed experiment of all-time!

Thomas’s Lovesong Playlist

Aries: The Way I Am // Ingrid Michelson // “If you were falling, then I would catch you, you need a light, I’d find a match, ‘cause I love the way you say good morning”

Taurus: Photograph // Ed Sheeran // “Oh you can fit me, inside the necklace you got when you were 16, next to your heartbeat where I should be”

Gemini: Video Games // Lana Del Rey // “It’s you, it’s you, it’s all for you
everything I do, I tell you all the time, Heaven is a place on earth with you”

Cancer: A Drop In The Ocean // Ron Pope // “A drop in the ocean, a change in the weather, I was praying that you and me might end up together”

Leo: Best Mistake // Ariana Grande // “'Cause if the water dries up and the moon stops shining, stars fall, and the world goes blind, boy, you know, I’ll be savin’ my love for you, for you”

Virgo: Still Into You // Paramore // “Can’t count the years in one hand that we’ve been together, I need the other one to hold you, make you feel better”

Libra: Cosmic Love // Florence + The Machine // “Then I heard your heart beating, you were in the darkness too, and so I stayed in the darkness with you”

Scorpio:  Evermore // Josh Groban // “Now I know she’ll never leave me, even as she runs away, she will still torment me, calm me, hurt me, move me, come what may”

Sagittarius: G.U.Y. // Lady Gaga // “I just want it to be hot, because I’m best when I’m In love, and I’m in love with you”

Capricorn: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? // Carole King // “I’d like to know that your love, is a love I can be sure of, so tell me now, ‘cause I won’t ask again, will you still love me tomorrow”

Aquarius: All I Ask // Adele // “Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends, cause what if I never love again”

Pisces: Enchanted // Taylor Swift // “This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go
I’m wonderstruck, blushing all the way home, I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew, I was enchanted to meet you”

Stewart and her identity ― gay, bisexual, fluid or otherwise ― aren’t problems or problematic. Quite the contrary, whether she knows it or not, she is emblematic of the future, at least if we’re lucky (and smart) and follow her example. That doesn’t necessarily mean we need to constantly (or ever) redefine how we each personally identify ― interrogating your desire and your politics to determine your sexuality and then sticking with it is just fine, too. But finding the courage and conviction to embrace labeling and then relabeling if it feels right should be an option. No one should get to tell us how to feel or how to identify and no one should get to tell us that we’ve got it wrong or we’re confused because we might change or challenge our minds about who we want and when and why at any point in our lives ― whether it be once or never or every other weekend.
—  We Need To Talk About WTF Is Up With Kristen Stewart’s Sexuality | Noah Michelson for the Huffington Post
Jealous Rage

Jeremy Gilbert x Reader.

Summary: Jeremy gets jealous because Kol can’t stop flirting with you.

Request by Anon

Originally posted by just-tvd-things

          “ Please tell me its almost over.” You leaned over and whispered into Jeremy’s ear.  You had wanted to celebrate that fact the Jeremy had made it our of Denver alive, so you took him to the movies. Which was not too smart on your part. You couldn’t sit through a movie to save your life. You would just get bored or it would get to crowded and you would want to leave. 

          “Just hush.” He laughed. Even in the dark you could tell he was smiling.  You reluctantly sat through the rest of the movie just to make him happy. If it was up to you, you would have left about an hour ago. 

          As you walked out of the theater he grabbed your hand. It wasn’t really a gesture of love, it was more of a way to tell you to stay close. “What?” You questioned his sudden apprehensive mood. He gestured to the doors of the theater. You looked around not knowing what he was pointing to, then you saw him. Kol Michelson, the man that had almost killed Jeremy in Denver. You racked your brain for ways that you could get away or just out of the theater. You sighed and did the only thing you though would work. You yanked Jeremy’s hand and pulled him towards the women’s bathroom. 

        As you walked in you could practically hear the judgement. The bathroom was’t crowded, thank god, but the 3 women in there didn’t look to happy about Jeremy’s presence. “Y/N!” He whispered. You couldn’t help, but smile at the sound of his voice. He sounded utterly embarrassed and you couldn’t help but laugh. You pulled him quickly into a stall, and waited till you heard all the women leave before you started to talk. 

         “What do we do?” You whispered. He just shook his head and looked around as if he was looking for someone. 

       “Well for starters, you probably shouldn’t have pull me into the bathroom.” He said, annoyed. 

      “I panicked.” You said through your teeth. He shook his head and looked at his feet. You both froze when you heard the bathroom door open. 

        “What are you two love birds doing in there.” It was Kol no doubt. You jumped as the stall door was kicked in. Jeremy pushed him behind you and you peaked around his arm. “well hello, gorgeous. I don’t believe we have met.” He extended his hand out as if i would shake it. After a moment of awkward rejection he put his hand back down. “I suppose you can leave, love. My fight is not with you.” 

        You looked up at Jeremy. A stern look was smeared across his face, he was trying to look mean to hid the fear. “Go Y/N.” Jeremy said reluctantly. 

        “I’m not leaving you.” Jeremy shook his head, but he knew better then to argue with you.  

          “Oh sorry, love wrong choice.” within seconds you were taken from Jeremy and Kol had his hands wrapped around your neck. You could see the Jeremy’s stern look had faded and it had now been replaced by pure fear. “Now this doesn’t have to end in a bloody mess.” He said running one of his hands down your cheek. “Just take me to your house and I will let the little bird go.” He whispered in your ear. Jeremy nodded and led the way out of the theater. The whole time Kol kept his hand wrapped around your body, just now they were not around your neck, they were snaked around your waist. 

        When you got back to Jeremy’s place Kol shoved you onto the couch and sat down next to you. “Lets have a little chat shall we mate.” Kol said to Jeremy. All you wanted to do was run to Jeremy and hid behind him like you did at the theater, but you had to be strong, you had to at least look like a bad ass.  “Oh before we get started might I say that, your girlfriend, is quite ravishing.” Kol said as he ran his hand down your cheek once more. You had to resist the need to smack him. He was to strong for you to hit, one wrong move and he could snap your neck in an instant. 

        “Could you just leave her alone.” Jeremy insisted. You could see how tense he was, he was scared, you both were. 

        “What was that? Is that Jealousy that I hear” Kol chuckled. “Are you upset because I cant keep my hands off of your pretty friend.” Kol smiled and pulled you closer to him. You looked around the room for anything that could help you escape, but you found nothing. 

        You jumped out of your skin when you heard the door fly open. Its was Damon. In a instant you were away from in Jeremy’s arms and Kol was knocked out on the floor with Damon hovering over top of him. “We have about 15 minutes before he wakes up, so we best haul ass.” Damon said as he headed for the door way. 

      “But what about Elena? She will be home soon.” Jeremy said with fear in his voice. 

       “Shes already doing god knows what with Stefan, I believe she is fine.” He rolled his eyes. On any other day you would groan at the sight of Damon Salvatore, but today you couldn’t have been more happy to see him. 

When you arrived at the Salvatore house, Elena was waiting at the door for her brother. “I’m so glad your okay.” She said as she embraced him. 

         After Elena had finally let go of Jeremy, he walked over to you and wrapped his arm around you and pulled you close. “I wont lie, I was jealous of Kol.” He said with a defeated tone in his voice. 

       “Why?” You shook your head confused. Kol scared you, there was no way in hell that him flirting with you, would change your feelings about Jeremy. 

       “I wanted to be the one holding you.” He smiled  and rested his head on top of yours. 

A/N : This kinda went in a different direction, but I got carried away, oops! :)  

What Death Leaves Behind - a mix for Magnus grieving Julia 


Work Song - Hozier (no grave can hold my body down, I’ll crawl home to her)

The Call - Regina Spektor (let your memories grow stronger and stronger)

Blue Jays and Cardinals - The Mountain Goats (you slipped free)

Awake My Soul - Mumford and Sons (you were made to meet your maker)

What Death Leaves Behind - Los Campesinos (no need to remind me)

Francis Forever - Mitski (I miss you more than anything

Ghost Towns - Radical Face (I still think of you

I Remember Her - Ingrid Michelson (I remember her so well

Get Lonely - The Mountain Goats (send your name up from my lips)

Above The Clouds Of Pompeii - Bear’s Den (don’t cry, hold your held up high, she would want you to

listen on playmoss here (x)


SVETA for sickymag.com

Photography Marion Berrin
Fashion Alexandra Conti
Model Sveta at Silent Models Paris
Hair Nicolas Philippon
Make-Up Loriane Léger
Clothes Céline, Victoria Beckham, Emilio Cavallini, Sacai x Pierre Hardy, Ginette NY, Mulberry, Roseanna, Acne Studios, Equipement, Sabine Getty, J.W.Anderson, Charlotte Chesnais, Off White, Pinko, Annelise Michelson, Christopher Kane, Dries Van Noten, Maison Margiela and Marni

In other words, we would like to wear it all, in the layered, effortless way Michelson herself does, and we’d like to wear it right now. Here, we talk to the jewelry designer about how a chance shoot with Carine Roitfeld launched her jewelry line and her particular clique of designer friends. Only in Paris!