Watching her wake up is not always the gentlest situation. I probably have been kicked in the ribs or punched in the face a few times while vacationing with her in Hydra or in Jamaica, where we shared a very large bed in a bungalow. Natasha likes to leave things scattered around before we leave the apartment: objects such as movie paraphernalia, posters or statues of Groucho Marx, strange ashtrays with cigarettes still lit. If she’s smoking, there are always 10 different brands in her purse. She doesn’t like to give out cigarettes.
Judith Bernstein self-portrait
As a 70-year-old activist artist whose work has experienced censorship on a big scale, I’m thrilled to continue to outrage. My art references the subliminal. It is a psychological amalgamation of sex, war and feminism in different orders and priorities.
Patrick Mauriès on the second manifesto of camp
Introduction of his book Second Manifeste Camp, republished by L’Éditeur Singulier
At the young age of 26, Vito Schnabel has made a name for himself as a serious dealer of art. By representing artists like Terence Koh, René Ricard and the much-hyped Bruce High Quality Foundation, Vito has managed to win some of the biggest collectors as his clients — all without having a traditional gallery space. Of course, growing up as the son of famed artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel has opened a few doors, but without ambition, business sense, and an eye for talent, Vito would not have the reputation that he has today. The most interesting thing about him is that he is transforming the approach to art dealership by being an independent curator, with no gallery to his name. In February 2013 he will curate a show of paintings at the Acquavella Galleries in New York.
American novelist David Goodwillie has published only two books, both of which reached immediate acclaim. First, he published his memoir, Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, in which he chronicles the various jobs he’s held — professional baseball player, private investigator, Sotheby’s auction house expert, Internet entrepreneur and hard-nosed investigative journalist who exposes the Italian Mafia’s activities in Manhattan’s garment industry. Then, he wrote his first novel, American Subversive, a literary thriller that doubles as social satire in its clever exploration of revolutionary behavior in an empty age. Goodwillie is in the process of writing his third book, a novel about love’s struggle to sustain itself in a self-obsessed digital age.
Drake Burnette is the beguiling, long-legged lead of Larry Clark’s new film Marfa Girl. With a background in art history — not in acting — the 26-year-old Austin native planned on applying to graduate school until a spate of good fortune forced her to reconsider. After wrapping Marfa Girl, Drake moved to Brooklyn, signed with DNA Models and is following her star where it takes her.
My main inspiration comes from my childhood, from my visual obsessions, from a timeless library that haunts my spirit, and also from my parent’s free ’70s Parisian lifestyle — that of my mother mostly. She was a feminist revolutionary who would happily bring me to all the art exhibitions, from Surrealism to Dadaism, and obviously Cubism. Also, my brother — the cinephile of the family — pushed me toward the obscure cinemas, where I watched in marvel as the black-and-white films of German Constructivism and Italian Neorealism, and Hollywood Technicolor played out before me.
Betony Vernon on female ejaculation
The phenomenon of ejaculation was considered to be the greatest difference between male and female sexual functions until the beginning of the 1980s, when the female prostate and its palpable manifestation, the G-spot, were rediscovered and their connection to female emission scientifically proven.
Purple best of the season, Miranda Kerr
Australia first fell in love with its homegrown girl Miranda Kerr during her days as a teen model for local surf brands. Then it was America’s turn when she became a Victoria Secret Angel in 2007. Next, Paris took note: Nicolas Ghesquière booked her at Balenciaga to walk his runway exclusively for a season. Not only has she since become a high-fashion model, but numerous cosmetics brands have chosen her for their campaigns because of her fresh face and skin, turning her into one of the world’s highest-paid models.
Interview Larry Clark
After working for 50 years as a visual artist — in photography, collage, film, books, and installation art — the 70-year-old American artist Larry Clark has never been more productive, nor has he ever felt so free and inspired. His energy seems to rival that of the kids of this generation. This may be due to his natural affinity to youth as well as his respect for them. Larry Clark may steal their energy, but he has never sold them or himself out, whether to commercial or financial interests. He’s a role model for them and for anyone who refuses to conform.
The Vanity Fair and Wall Street Journal reporter and editor Steve Garbarino profiles his alma mater, the city of New Orleans, where he began his career working for the now greatly diminished Times-Picayune. He reminds us that America’s weirdest, sultriest, sometimes hottest, and most murderous city isn’t definable in the conventional travel-story sense; you can only get a feel for it by living there.