John Waters and David Lynch at an LA Big Boy.
'Dracula' by Tod Browning,1931
this scene is profound because in his delivery of this line Lugosi lets you see Dracula’s inner life: the things that speak to him, the things that make his long nights in the castle worth enduring. it’s not a menacing line, or a boasting line, or some declaration of allegiance with the darkness. in the delivery Lugosi gives, it’s a man who can’t live as others do, who is a monster to be shunned and feared and eventually murdered, sharing a small insight he’s had: one that others might have missed because they don’t keep the same hours he does, or because of preconceived ideas they have about what’s beautiful and what isn’t. something that people might have missed because they’re not like him. here’s a thing you notice if you’re like me, he says. it might pass you by if you’re not like me. but you don’t have to be me to hear it. it’s not just my truth. it’s really true.
My back yard.
Verlaines - “Death & the Maiden” video (by metalhedwig)
It is so weird to me that there hasn’t been a more general freaking-out about how unbelievably great the Verlaines were. I was cooking dinner and I put on the Some Disenchanted Evening album and by the fourth track I’m like, oh yeah that’s right, every song is spectacular: quietly spectacular most of the time, but seriously. Like specifically I’m wondering if some people who dig my music are aware of how unbelievable a songwriter Graeme Downes is. Like I am specifically looking in the direction of people who like music that’s clever but not aggressively clever but at the same time when you really dig deep into it you go, oh, whoa, hold up, this is secretly a really smart song that just weasels its smarts right by you.
I especially recommend Some Disenchanted Evening, Bird Dog, and the unjustly-underrated (because the production values were high, which was a no-no for indie bands back then) Way Out Where. Not to get all name-droppy but to hell with it, John Green I’m putting this up on the off-chance you’ve never gotten into this band because I think you’ll say to youself, hold up, why didn’t somebody tell me about this band, and I didn’t wanna be the guy who didn’t tell you.