The Fictitious Life of Elizabeth Black | a notebook.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I Want You - Fiona Apple and Elvis Costello

A stunningly chilling and evocative performance by Fiona Apple with Elvis Costello of his song "I Want You." Sounds like it would be a love song until you actually listen to the lyrics, and watch Apple's performance!


Lafayette Negative Archive

Miss Regall, copyright V&A 
Images found in the online catalogue to the Lafayette Negative Archive, held by the V&A museum; created by one Russell Harris. It catalogues the photos of commercial photographer JS Lauder, who went by the name of James Lafayette. You can read more about him and his photography studio here.

There are some magnificent images there, be sure to check it out!

Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
In ‘Camille’. 1921 via
Sally Rand, via.
Shirley Temple, 1933, via.
Lauren Bacall via

Wow, Lily Flexmore! 1905, via
The Blueberry Queen, 1955, via.
Louise Glaum, 1921 via.
Check out many more great images at back-then tumblr.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Intricate Curlings

The pattern of this Aubusson Rug (top) reminds me of the floor at the Uffizi Gallery (bottom). 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Constant Conversation

I kept hearing this song at work, and only today did I finally find out what it was... "Constant Conversation" by Passion Pit.

The music video features Analeigh Tiption (from Crazy Stupid Love) and Tarryn Manning, who caught my eye at the beginning (sitting on the couch, blonde hair.) She looks so different from her role as Doggett in Orange is the New Black that I almost didn't recognise her!

Constant Conversations also appears in the Ministry of Sound's album Futurism. I really like the colours of the album cover.

Which par coincidence reminds me of this Aubusson rug...

And Romany Soup's collage featuring my favourite... Maria de Medici! 

Whatever tenuous the links may be between those things, I hope you enjoy them.