Caffeinated Serendipity

Things I stumble upon after my morning caffeine hit

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The Catcher In The Rye // J.D. Salinger (1951) // Novel

Fun fact: This was originally published in serial form from 1951-52 to instant success with adolescent readers though intended for adults.

The Catcher In The Rye had been a highly contentious novel. Having been banned from schools because it features prostitution and curse words, it has been remembered as one of the greatest American novels of all time.

This in part has to do with the fact that it was the first young adult novel to be written. Chronicling what Holden Claufield, a 16 year old who gets expelled from Pencey Prep decides to leave early and hang around New York city before returning home. Salinger wrote in the voice of Claufield who rather than narrates, speaks directly to the reader. It was the voice of teen angst, before the world knew what teen angst was.

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Documentary: The Culture Show BBC // 'Sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald' (2013) // Presented by Jay McInerney // Link to watch: (x)

It’s Fitzgerald hysteria. Everything stylish has been about the Roaring Twenties and the flappers of their day in the wake of the Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013). In a Culture Show special, focusing on the source of this great story is American novelist, Jay McInerney attempts to understand the man who was the great American writer who inspired this new fascination.

With art imitating much of life, the parallels of Fitzgerald’s craft was explored in conjunction with his life. Deeply involved with the countless letters the legend wrote by hand of type writer, a new sense of intimacy is sourced.

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As an Impressionist painter, Monet was preoccupied with light just as much as subject. In the Rouen Cathedral series, the facade of the Rouen Cathedral was painted numerous times during different times of the day and year in the 1890s. Monet was able to show through the first series of paintings of a single subject he completed, the importance that different lighting conditions had contributed to the subject.

These paintings were mainly begun near by the Cathedral in a temporary studio across the road and then completed back in Givenry. In order to capture the subtlety of light’s ever changing quality, Monet had to work quickly. Generally, the need to capture the distinct affect of different lighting conditions that were so prominent with the cathedral’s facade, proved a challenge for Monet.

In the end, Monet had completed over thirty paintings of the cathedral in different conditions. Twenty of the best were chosen by Monet to be shown in an exhibition and were heavily praised by fellow Impressionists, Pissarro and Cezanne.

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Title: An Education
Trailer: (x)
Director: 
Lone Scherfig
Screenplay: Nick Hornby
Year: 2009
Fun Fact: This film was based off of the essay memoir of British journalist, Lynn Barber about her coming of age experience in the early 1960s.

That high school student angst of wanting to a life of excitement beyond ‘pony essays’ and Latin translation is exactly what is captured in this film. Despite the youthful topic, An Education is still entertaining enough for anyone to watch. Filmed in in great style, the film boasts excellent casting, humour and a surprisingly good soundtrack for pre-Beatles England in the 1960s.

An Education captures perfectly the tension held between youthful desires, temptations and the reality of life and hard work. Perhaps many of us have felt as Jenny (Mulligan) did

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (1997)

The inception of this beautifully imagined novel took place ten years prior the research required to take on this project. Steeped in heavily well-researched detail, Golden produces a novel in which gives us fictional insight to the secretive and mysterious world of the geisha. As readers we are transported to another place and another time with effortless ease as the pages are read.

The writing portrays a floating world of intrigue as a sphere closed off to all outsiders, especially foreigners becoming exposed. Much like unveiling the bear skin of the face underneath the enigmatic white make-up of the geisha, we are permitted to catch a glimpse of the inner workings of a business and society dictated by discretion and closed lips.

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Publication: Miss Vogue AustraliaTagline: A modern guide to life, career, love, pop culture, beauty and fashion.Intended readers: As put by the editor herself, Alice Cavanagh, Miss Vogue aims for “talented and dynamic young women”. Of course these are the ones making their way into the adult world in a stylish and trendy manner of course.What to expect inside: Thick good quality glossy pages adorned with young women making it big in their creative pursuits in life, trend collages, photo shoots, fashion ads, interviews with internationally successful creative people, beauty advice and editorials about navigating the early stages of adulthood.Notable segments: Meet Our Super-Talented Contributors / Trend Report / How I Made It / The Verdict / Words of Wisdom / Life According To: / At Home With: / Get Outta HereNotes: There’s quite a bit included within this innovative magazine targeted at younger readers. Originally drafted and edited as an iPad app, the digital magazine contains a higher content level and interactive experience rather than its print companion. Needless to say, the physical magazine which is edited from the digital draft still contains Vogue’s signature sophistication, trend and style while catering to younger readers. The ads are still prominent within the first twenty pages, but after this plea for you to purchase products of a certain price bracket, then further possibilities of life enriching content can be read in the editorials. Life inspiration, a look a beauty advise, fashion history, new trends on and off the runway do promote women to seek out passion as well as drive despite the assumption they are all have high brow designer style. It pulls in international contributors as well as the urban trendsetters of bloggers. This magazine is as youthful as its readers and stylish and classy as its larger brand.Website: http://www.vogue.com.au/miss+vogue/

Publication: Miss Vogue Australia
Tagline: A modern guide to life, career, love, pop culture, beauty and fashion.
Intended readers: As put by the editor herself, Alice Cavanagh, Miss Vogue aims for “talented and dynamic young women”. Of course these are the ones making their way into the adult world in a stylish and trendy manner of course.
What to expect inside: Thick good quality glossy pages adorned with young women making it big in their creative pursuits in life, trend collages, photo shoots, fashion ads, interviews with internationally successful creative people, beauty advice and editorials about navigating the early stages of adulthood.
Notable segments: Meet Our Super-Talented Contributors / Trend Report / How I Made It / The Verdict / Words of Wisdom / Life According To: / At Home With: / Get Outta Here
Notes: There’s quite a bit included within this innovative magazine targeted at younger readers. Originally drafted and edited as an iPad app, the digital magazine contains a higher content level and interactive experience rather than its print companion. Needless to say, the physical magazine which is edited from the digital draft still contains Vogue’s signature sophistication, trend and style while catering to younger readers. The ads are still prominent within the first twenty pages, but after this plea for you to purchase products of a certain price bracket, then further possibilities of life enriching content can be read in the editorials. Life inspiration, a look a beauty advise, fashion history, new trends on and off the runway do promote women to seek out passion as well as drive despite the assumption they are all have high brow designer style. It pulls in international contributors as well as the urban trendsetters of bloggers. This magazine is as youthful as its readers and stylish and classy as its larger brand.
Website: http://www.vogue.com.au/miss+vogue/

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Perhaps They Were Star-Crossed All Along

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (2012)

Despite being a New York Times best-seller and motion picture in the making, The Fault In Our Stars took about 10 years to conceptually complete by Green. Inspired by the time he spent in children’s hospitals and meeting teens suffering from cancer, Green was surprised to learn they were just like most other teens. 

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Title: Ruby Sparks (2012)
Directors: Johnathan Dayton & Valarie Faris
Screenplay: Zoe Kazan
Trailer: (x)
Fun Fact: The film’s two directors and two lead actors are in fact real life couples.

500 Days of Summer meets Groundhog Day is the feel of this film. This romantic comedy-drama is the screenplay debut for the actress Zoe Kazan who plays the eponymous female lead, Ruby Sparks in this charming independent film.

Calvin Wier-Fields (Paul Dano) is a writer who is living in the aftermath of his previous success and struggles not only of writers block but also social anxiety. The culmination of all of this allows him to dream up a girl, so perfect and wonderful that he begins to obsessively write about her. This new material takes a life of its own literally when the heroine of his novel, Ruby Sparks from Dayton, Ohio is found in the flesh in his house one morning. And she’s real. Physically speaking, of course.

This film is a lighthearted take on cautioning the emotional dangers of being in love with an ideal of someone rather than accepting the person themselves. This wise message comes with fabulous humour, great pace, French tuned montages and the occasional painful moment. It’s wonderfully acted and is a great start for Kazan’s first screenplay.

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