Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie

Bodie – a gold rush town in the Eastern Sierras – was known across the nation as being second to none for wickedness, badmen, and the “worst climate out of doors”.

Murders, stage robberies, and street fights were as plentiful as the gold – “A sea of sin, lashed by the tempests of lust and passion” so described by the Reverend F. M. Warrington about the town.

Goodby God, I'm going to Bodie

Goodbye God, I’m going to Bodie

A discarded soul still shines

A discarded soul can still shine

Hold my heart, where's her gun?

Hold my heart, where’s her gun?*

The grasses will keep you safe

The grasses will keep you safe

Walk the guantlet

Screw up the courage to walk the gauntlet

If this old leg could talk...

If this old leg could talk…

...he could tell you of the riches below

…he could tell you of the riches below

There's gold in those hill.. if you can weather the storm

There’s gold in those hills.. if you can weather the storm

Once they're all gone, the queen can rein over of carnival of silence

And once they’re all gone, we can rein over of carnival of silence*

Bodie was abandoned nearly as fast as it began, leaving a ghost town in its wake. It became a state historic park in 1962, and is preserved in a state of “arrested decay”.

All photos taken by Sarah Eakins using fuji FP100c silk film and a polaroid land 450 camera except for the starred items.

*Concept: Sarah Eakins / Photographer: James Eakins

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Milla-LOVE

milla jovovich campari calendar stone dress
Fashion, Film, Photography – I am mad for Milla Jovovich, and I call it Milla-Love.

Italy’s prestigious aperitif brand Campari releases a limited-edition, exclusive calendar starring a celebrity. For 2012, the brand invited Milla Jovovich. The photos were shot by French photographer Dimitri Daniloff. Entitled It’s the End of the World, Baby!, it draws inspiration from the ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012.

Ellis & Somewhere

Somewhere - written and directed by Sophia Coppola

The new film from Sophia Coppola, one of my favorite directors ties in perfectly with the Bret Easton Ellis event at Largo Coronet for his new novel Imperial Bedrooms. I love how her movie poster and the Ellis poster (below) echo each other.

Blind luck gave us near front door free parking – an impossibility in Los Angeles; front row seats and a short wait in line to get our stuff signed.

Shear genius gave us a brilliant show: 3 persons to perform experts from Ellis’ books, a short film staring Victor Ward, Kip Perdue reprising his role along with James Van Der Beek’s Sean Bateman who also played host for the evening and lead the q&a with Ellis.

Less than Zero: “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles”.. the guy applied a slow and annoying spoken word style to the material, yet it was no less brilliant for his butchering and primed the evening for imperial bedrooms, the described sequal to less than zero.

Next up: Jerry Stahl, Permanent Midnight author, hilariously reads an excerpt from Lunar Park – the book tour debacle.

American Psycho: Joel McHale BRILLIANTLY PERFORMS the “deck chairs restaurant” excerpt. I’m on a mission to get that man to do a version of the audio book or somehow reboot the role of Patrick Bateman on screen. I was laughing so hard tears streamed down my face and I missed half of it.

The Entertaining short plays. Went so fast I wish I could see it again.

image for the ellis imperial bedrooms event at largo

image for the ellis imperial bedrooms event at largo

Ellis reads from his new book and Van Der Beek interviews. Largely entertaining, but since I’ve read so many interviews and seen so many interviews there was a lot of stuff I already new.

Best question of the night: we live in a facebook & twitter world and nothing has really happened unless it’s on facebook so let us please take your picture.

Response [incredulous]: I didn’t know you couldn’t take photos… by all means take photos!

An explosionof starry flashes from the audience. We leaned right up on the stage and snapped our shots!

van der beek & ellis at imperial bedrooms event

van der beek & ellis at imperial bedrooms event

The perfect end to a perfect evening: James and his brother being photographed with their rare and unique freshly signed collectibles. [picture pending].

See here for a fantastic trailor to the new book imperial bedrooms
The Largo coronet by the way had several beautiful scupltures.

sculpture 1

Secret Garden, Painted Skies, Snow Covered Mountains, and Rainbows Oh My!

Grey rains bid adieu, and the sun shines a kaleidoscope of colors upon the ground, the sky and the beautiful sparkling snow. My eyes cannot see enough! The full Picasa album: Secret Garden, Painted Skies, Snow Covered Mountains, and Rainbows Oh My feb 2010

double rainbow

Double Rainbow panorama over silver lake moments before...

Gorgeous pastel sky

rushing past the snowy mountains in Acton

Neil Gaiman and What is Older Than Time

Drifting up from sleep in the blue light of early morning my darling husband cuddled deep in pillows and blankets sleepily, sweetly asks “Pi, in the beauty and the beast, what’s as old as time?…”

A story, no a tale… A tale as old as time!

We agreed it must be the Neil Gaiman influence from the previous evening.

Neil Gaiman speaks, Royce Hall, UCLA.
Below James and Michelle play hide and seek!

Impromptu Flight to Nusbaum Clan-Kalamazoo, Michigan

Thank-you husband for convincing me to go! I would kick myself later if I missed this. Sure it’s expensive, sure it’s impractical, sure I have barely a plan, but Aunt Carol is my spirit guide and I’m up for an adventure on the frozen tundra.
Airplane sunrise is spectacular and well worth the early rise and airport impracticalities. Everyone in the plane is quite taken with it, all eyes are locked to the windows.

Young boy gazes at the sunrise as his father sleeps.

Next stop Phoenix, AZ, where I’ll meet up with Chase and Krystal for the flight to Detroit…

I step out into 18 degree cold, my breath vaporizes instantly and I’m breathing clouds. Wonderfully refreshing, clean tasting air, like a glass of ice water when you’re parched.

I’m enthralled with all the snow, the moon is spectacularly bright and lights up the night, gorgeous blue landscape under silvery white snow. By 3am the temperature dropped to a stinging freezing 5 degrees while we cozied up in Aunt Carol’s house playing cards, drinking Greyhounds, and Champagne and Chambord.
I convinced Will to stop by, using my best James coercion tactics, and Aunt Carol brought out my Grandfather’s Military Jacket for him to try on. It looked fantastic and he wore it to the wedding.
Grandma was delighted! I learned that she and my grandfather eloped after meeting at the Kellogg plant in Battle Creek and that she and the children followed him all around his US Tour of Duty.

Gramma, Baby Uncle Mike and Grandpa Gene during his US Tour. Grandma wears the dress she marries in.

Grandma and I stand at the back of the room looking over the celebration and it struck me suddenly that all this was from her, all these cousins, aunts & uncles, babies and mothers and fathers all sprang from her. I turned to Grandma and told her my thoughts and she made a little smile and nodded her head and said “well yes”.

Sunset Hotel: Location of Wedding After Party, Tanning Salon, Indoor Pool and 14ft Snowpile. The Taj Mahal of Allegan MI. Aunt Carol, Cousin Stephanie and their Beaus, Cousins Will & Chase and their Honeys and me partied out till 3am. Several of A&E’s wedding party wandered in an out of our room, sounded like we had the best party going in.

Highlight: Sledding down the snow pile outside our room window on a shoe rack with the family hanging out the window cheering me on!
Chase expertly surfed the thing. I trapsed back indoors with a smile on my face and a numbed over rear end.

All the pictures I took on this trip

Aunt Charolotte’s FB album of the wedding

D&G Madonna Ad Campaigne

I am desperately in love with the scene this picture evokes. This is Europe in a nutshell. Simple, fresh, artisanal, and screamingly chic.
D&G Madonna Style Watch article
My first impression of Madonna was that this photo aged her, but oh how I love it! love it! love it!
This is how to embrace your age and looking devastatingly chic!
D&G whipped out yet another fantastic mind stirring campaign.
As my favorite couture ad designer, Dolce & Gabanna jumped out from the pack of Italian designer ho-hum and went careening head-dress first onto my radar. The Knife Series blew me away and I was from then on hooked!

Gorgeous Bright Weekend & New Goldfrapp News

Goldfrapp album cover for Head First

Found on le Goldfrapp Blog.

Beautiful Sunshiny day after the rain, at Cafe Stella with James and Michelle waiting for a table.

OUT With the OLD in With the NEW... Happy 2010! I love my neighborhood for so many reasons including fantastic, strange, and cheeky window displays. I know of a few other store fronts that I

Lord Love A Duck almost delayed us from the show we were to see at Mr. T’s Bowl. I love-love-love this movie, and can’t wait to finish it– Ha! Pink Put-on, Perriwinkle Pussycat, Peach Put-down!…
If I was in the Hollywood business, I would gun for a TV series based off this movie, maybe I’ll write a short story…

Bathroom Edict - Discovered at Mr. T

Beautiful Rainy Wednesday, Cozy & Warm at Home

Umbrella blowing about so fiercely that I may as well have been towing a parachute. Rain driving in sideways, as I rush back from Intelligentsia. Here are a few images I shot there.

Seated at Intelligentsia coffee shop, panoramic view of the Cheese Shop, Cafe Stella, my favorite French restaurant, and a boutique flower shop

Sparrows come up for a nibble before I even have a chance to touch my croissant! As Mary from "The Secret Garden" would say, "Cheeky little beggar!"

Intelligentsia Perfect Latte and Croissant

Curling into Jane Eyre

The perfect home moment: book, tea, kitty, clean bureau and six feet under marathon on tv