Procrastination Station #60

Link love!

Q&A with Jeanette Winterson

A M A Z I N G book art!

Natalie Goldberg on writing every day, from Ophelia Blooming

The best book designs of 2009.

Remembering writers who passed away during the past decade

This is why I love the Rejectionist.

AL Kennedy on a writer’s friends

Ever wondered exactly what the deal is with using hyphens? Look no further.

Some recent antics of friends of ONS: Matthew Haigh at a handful of stones… again! // Regina Green also at a handful of stones — and congrats! Regina also (deservedly) won a poetry scholarship! // Also at a handful of stones: Howie Good & Michelle McGrane // David Tait at The Cadaverine // Lewis Young talks to Bob Dylan // Heaps of new stuff from Chris Lindores

I love octopi, and I just discovered CEPHALOLOVE. Cue *squee*.

Anyone else seriously looking forward to The Road? Trailer here!

Five people who only ever wear one colour.

Utterly surreal but somehow addictive: Nic Cage as everyone.

Hawtness at Chainsaws and Jelly.

Alphabetti badges!

Sugarchile Robinson: real musical genius.

If you haven’t seen this yet… well, just watch it.

Have a great weekend!

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15 Responses to “Procrastination Station #60”

  1. Regina Says:

    Oh my goodness, Claire- what a great PS today! I loved everything- and that Nic Cage as everyone site- ha ha! And very interesting interview with JW- and gosh, all the great writers we lost last year… that is sad…
    Anyhoo- thanks (again!) for the link love- and I am SO happy about that scholarship!
    You’re a love…

  2. H. Says:

    The V magazine is interesting to me as there seems to be a lot of controversy about it. Women seem to be almost … angry about it, as most of the women in it who are so-called “plus size” are more of a straight size (US size 10-12). Yes, they usually have the 6 foot tall, 100 models in their magazine, so maybe this is good? Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing ladies who look more like me, but I don’t see how a size 10-12 makes a plus size woman feel good about herself.

    Oh and I heart Crystal Renn - . Most beautiful woman alive.


  3. Melinda Says:

    Oof! This is awesome! I am definitely looking forward to The Road and that book art is amazing. One thing that’s been tickling me pink has been turntowards on Tumblr. SO GOOD.

  4. Gareth Says:

    I saw The Road last night — thought it was excellent and very faithful to the book for the most part. I think the only problem for me was that the film felt a bit like just echoes of the book; I saw it with people who hadn’t read it though, and they thought it was brilliant.

  5. Claire Says:

    H — I know exactly what you mean. Personally I think the term ‘plus size’ should be banned, it’s utterly stupid and always misused. Those women aren’t plus sized, and anyway, they shouldn’t be branded with this ‘look they are different!’ tag anyway. Because actually, it’s the size 0 waifs you usually see who are different — the majority of women don’t (indeed, can’t, if they live normally) look like that, yet the waifs are considered “the norm.” wtf?

    I don’t think these spreads should be done to make ‘plus size women feel better about themselves,’ though. I think “larger” models (basically anywhere from a 6 up, because you apparently have to be smaller than that to be a model) should be used simply because THAT’S WHAT WOMEN LOOK LIKE, fashion industry! Personally, I like to see what clothes would look like on someone similar to me before I buy them — and why the hell not? Why do clothes always have to be hung on girls who look like ironing boards? The way I see it, it should just be more diplomatic — ironing boards welcome, but normal women are not pariahs either. Y’know? I can’t believe the fashion industry is so behind the rest of the world when it comes to embracing diversity.

    Melinda — Thanks for the rec, will check that Tumblr out!

    Gareth — Echoes of the book as in, copying it too faithfully? Or only vaguely echoing it? Personally I like it when movies are really faithful to the book — one of the saving graces of the Lord of the Rings movies (I am a huge Tolkien geek btw… sad but true) was that in places they actually lifted full sections of dialogue from the book, unchanged, into the script (other bits were absolute bilge, but hey). Some people think that’s lazy screenwriting though…

    I haven’t yet read the book (despite the aforementioned Miss H telling me pretty much every time we speak that it’s amazing, and me promising her I would read it… oof), but I am psyched for the movie. I now don’t know whether to read the book quickly before seeing it, or see the movie and then read the book. Hm…

  6. H. Says:

    Readdddddddddd the book first! So you can be disappointed with the movie with the rest of us haha!! My husband is always saying I am “pretentious” because I have the habit of somehow always thinking “oh the book was better,” hahaha and he isn’t a reader, so he thinks I am just out to ruin all his movie experiences.

    Oh and BTW I was just checking out your new Etsy and those necklaces are soooooooooooooo beautiful. I will now go back to filling out job applications so I have money to buy something of yours FINALLY.


  7. Gareth Says:

    Haha, well I would recommend exactly the opposite to Heather and say see the film first! I really like films to be as faithful as possible too; I’m not entirely sure how to explain what I mean by “just being echoes of the book”, but I can give you an example of a film adaption I thought eluded the problem: Atonement. Though the film was very faithful to the book, I think that it stands alone and they can be enjoyed separately. The BBC’s adaption of Pride & Prejudice is another example.

    Also, “Personally, I like to see what clothes would look like on someone similar to me before I buy them”; I totally get what you mean, and I agree that the fashion industry should definitely use more normal sized women for this reason. I think the rake-thin models become more important for “artistic” fashion — I have a friend who’s really into the fashion industry and she assures me that you can do more (texturing, layers etc.) with someone who’s really small. Being quite a non-visual person though, I can’t really comment on this.

    On a side note, whilst I’m all for not putting rake-thinness on a pedestal as the epitome of female beauty, I hate this idea that “only curvy women are real women” (not suggesting you’re championing this btw); some girls are just naturally very thin; does that make them any less of a woman? Why can’t being healthy be what women are encouraged to strive for? I wish people would just accept that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes, and the whole issue seems even more ridiculous to me because it’s all so subjective anyway! Argh!

    Right, I need a cup of tea!

  8. Claire Says:

    Now I’m no closer to a decision with the Road! Ack!

    OK, know what you mean about BBC’s P&P. It’s seen as the ‘definitive’ adaptation, now, isn’t it? I actually kind of love it though…

    I totally agree re: “real women” — that, along with “plus size” — is another term that should never be uttered. The thing that annoys me the most is a lot of people who tout that phrase around claim to be feminists. And you feel like saying “OK, so… you’re a feminist, but you believe some women are more valuable than others? Based on their physical appearance?” It’s mince thinking.

  9. H Says:

    I often wondered about that - whether “Art” or high fashion clothing only looks good on tiny women because they are small enough to allow the clothing “speak” rather than the model’s body (if that makes sense) or we are just so ingrained as to what art looks like when hanging off of a body. I saw some photos of Crystal Renn from the V mag shoot wherein she was dressed exactly like a much thinner model … and both really showed “art” in my opinion. Here it is - . I’m interested in what others think about this. I have heard very thin models referred to as “clothes hangers” which I also think is interesting.

    I have to disagree with the comment that “some women are just naturally thin and that is beautiful too.” The average model is 5′11” and 110 pounds. This isn’t a good thing, ( and I wonder how anyone achieves this naturally, as I have friends who are naturally thin but none this small) because it isn’t healthy. Just as those who morbidly obese are not healthy and should not be promoted. However, we all have ranges of healthy BMIs, and different heights and bone structures. You can tell a healthy person when you see one.

    I feel like I might get flamed for this haha.

  10. Claire Says:

    H — I hope you don’t get flamed, as you make a lot of good points… at least, I think so. Thanks for posting that Crystal Renn shoot — definitely chimes with what you say. Personally, I think in some cases she suits the outfit better than the thinner model. She certainly doesn’t look weird or out of place — and the clothes still look fab.

    I’m inclined to say — and this might get ME flamed — that when people in the fashion industry claim that they only use skinny girls because they’re “easier to dress,” I think “that’s bullshit.” I mean, at the end of the day, if you can’t rise to the (lets face it, fairly easy) challenge of dressing a woman of ANY size, are you qualified to be a stylist/designer/dresser? It’s not that hard. Quit making excuses for the fact that your industry is bogged down in narrow thinking.

    Re: naturally thin ladies… a tricky one. Yep, there are some twig-thin girls out there and they should not be discriminated against; however, I am inclined to agree with you, H, when you say that no one who’s over 5′7″ (the required minimum height for a model in most cases) can be that thin and still healthy. I’m not claiming that all models starve themselves/adopt unhealthy lifestyles, but I do know that a girl who is 5′11″ and 100lbs is way under BMI and not healthy. High fashion is particularly bad for using six-foot girls who are clearly underweight. I also think we should see more short ladies rocking the clothes we buy! They’re also pretty much ignored in the fashion industry.

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