Curios

Things I like, things I do, things I do that I like

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rachelfoss:

For those of you who don’t already know, I was invited to be a part of Words Weekend at the MCA in partnership with 1001 Chicago Afternoons and Anthology of Chicago, next Saturday July 26th.  
I illustrated a poem by Irene Marquette which will be displayed as she reads her story live.  
I will also have books and prints available that day at the Printer’s Ball sponsored book fair as part of the event.  
I will be at our event’s table from 2-3 and then hanging around until the end of the event.  I Hope you can make it!  THIS IS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL! 

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this is one of the unfinished pages for Irene’s work “gratitude”, a poem dedicated to the northern Chicago neighborhood Andersonville.  In the next day I will be cleaning up these pages and adding some color.  
See all the beautiful artwork and stories 
NEXT WEEKEND
JULY 26th
4 p.m.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO! 

I am floored and honored that I was asked to read a poem I wrote at the MCA next weekend while these beautiful illustrations are projected. Please come!

rachelfoss:

For those of you who don’t already know, I was invited to be a part of Words Weekend at the MCA in partnership with 1001 Chicago Afternoons and Anthology of Chicago, next Saturday July 26th.  

I illustrated a poem by Irene Marquette which will be displayed as she reads her story live.  

I will also have books and prints available that day at the Printer’s Ball sponsored book fair as part of the event.  

I will be at our event’s table from 2-3 and then hanging around until the end of the event.  I Hope you can make it!  THIS IS GOING TO BE WONDERFUL! 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

this is one of the unfinished pages for Irene’s work “gratitude”, a poem dedicated to the northern Chicago neighborhood Andersonville.  In the next day I will be cleaning up these pages and adding some color.  

See all the beautiful artwork and stories 

NEXT WEEKEND

JULY 26th

4 p.m.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

I am floored and honored that I was asked to read a poem I wrote at the MCA next weekend while these beautiful illustrations are projected. Please come!

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Bonus Scene: Quantum Roller Derby

startrekcomedy:



The Captain talks to Hot Bones about her dangerous new hobby.

News:


-We had a great time at Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek Chicago Convention. If you were there, thanks for coming by our table, and we look forward to going back next year.

-We got a new review on iTunes! Thanks, William “The Shat” Shatner! If you love the show, leave us a review on iTunes and we’ll mention you on a bonus!

-Improvised Star Trek will have their next live show June 27th at iO Chicago, and will be the guests of Improvised Jane Austen(http://ift.tt/1r98GjW) July 12.



Featuring:
Sean Kelley as Lt. Cmdr. Crick Watson
Griffen Eckstein as Lt. Cmdr. Fritz Fassbinder
Matt Young as Captain Julius Baxter
Irene Marquette as Hot Bones


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Greg Hollimon will be performing with IST on the 27th! Last show in the current iO!

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jrvmajesty:

Interview: Irene Marquette, director and creator of The Raven and The Messenger
Author Matt Byrne
Thank god for The Annoyance. There is nowhere else in Chicago that would but such immense support behind an original comedy/drama/musical about Jim Jones that isn’t about Jonestown. In addition to the really, really great new Mick Napier-directed sketch show Invisible World, the brand new Annoyance Theatre is staging the world premiere of The Raven and The Messenger a new play created and directed by friend of The Steamroller, Curio Show curator, and Super Human Irene Marquette, and written by The Reckoning’s Charlie McCrackin.
The Raven and The Messenger explores the relationship forged between 1960s spiritual leader Father Divine and Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones, who would eventually absorb Devine’s followers into the Peoples Temple. The cast features Paul Jurewicz, Greg Hollimon, Sarah Ashley, Laurel Krabacher, and Michael Brunlieb, with original music by Lisa McQueen. The show opens tonight, (Friday, June 6th) at The Annoyance at 8pm and runs every Friday through July 25th.
In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I spoke with Irene about the show and got her thoughts on why media based around New Religious Movement is so engaging.
The Steamroller: As creator and director, what has your involvement with this production?
Irene Marquette: After doing a lot of initial research, I came up with the general arc of the story that I wanted to tell which was basically exploring the dichotomy between the two preachers and their wives. I knew I wanted to show the followers of the religions and that the music wouldn’t come from the main characters in the play but from the followers and that they could be a Greek chorus and a church choir. When Charlie agreed to write it we checked in with his drafts every few weeks and talked through ideas. We workshopped the characters with the actors through improvisation, having them act through historical events we knew took place or things we thought might have happened.
Then when the great and wonderful Lisa McQueen agreed to write her music for the show, the three of us collaborated on how to make that work. A fair amount of the music comes from off stage choral interjections during scenes so that all took everyone working together in order to pull it off.
TS: How did you end up collaborating with the show’s writer, Charlie McCrackin?
Irene: Charlie is someone I have always respected. He’s a member of The Reckoning, the greatest Harold team ever at iO. When my husband and I first moved to Chicago they were at maximum impact, performing twice a week, Harolds on Thursdays and then an explosion of late night creativity on Tuesdays where they were always experimenting and trying something different. There was one Tuesday night where Charlie read a short story about a man who finds a hole in the air in his office and starts putting things through it to see what would happen. It was so beautiful and creepy and always lingered with me. He’s a great writer who can balance comedy and horror with great imagination and structure. I have always wanted to work with Charlie.
TS: What was the casting process like? Did you have people in mind early on in the development of the show?
Irene: The four main characters were always in my mind as they are cast. Paul Jurewicz and I were in a show together at the old Annoyance where he would absolutely captivate the audience with an inane tirade of improvised nonsense every week. It was always the funniest thing ever and you could feel the energy in the room - he could do/say whatever and they would listen. So he was Jim Jones from the beginning. 
When I started researching Father Divine, Greg Hollimon was always the person I wanted. There was no one else and I thank my lucky stars every day that he said yes. Laurel Krabacher was always Marceline Jones to me and she has taken that role to parts unknown. And Sarah Ashley (Mother Divine), who is petite and beautiful, has a frontierswoman spirit to her - gentle but fiery. If she lived 150 years ago I could see her cursing and fixing a wagon wheel and then serving up some campfire cocoa to everyone and laughing with her hands folded in her lap.
TS: How did you first learn about this story? What made you think it’d be a good fit for the comedy/musical format?
Irene: I can’t remember a time when Jonestown was not on my radar. My dad and I share macabre sensibilities (he runs a murder mystery dinner theater and plays Edgar Allan Poe ina project he and I worked on together) and I recall him telling me a very abridged version of the story when I was young. My parents are artists who have anti-authority streaks, religious skepticism and both have a strong sense of history in all it’s ugliness. They are also goofballs and I feel like all that creepy talk was balanced out with watching the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks. Maybe because of that foundation I’ve always felt that comedy and horror are two sides of the same coin.
Several years ago I watched a PBS documentary (now on Netflix) called Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People’s Temple and was horrified and fascinated by it. I watched it a few times and couldn’t stop thinking about it, how could people be convinced to do something so horrible? How could something so idyllic go so wrong? I developed the opinion that it was mass murder. I was stewing about it for years afterwards, I wanted to do something about it but wasn’t sure what.
I read The Raven, a biography about Jim Jones that was written by Tim Reiterman, one of the journalists who had been at Jonestown and was shot when Congressman Ryan was murdered. Jonestown itself is so massive and unbelievably tragic that I knew I could not sing and dance about it, I wanted to find something in Jim Jones’ earlier life that would indicate Jonestown. In the book I came across a couple paragraphs describing his relationship with a preacher named Father Divine and the descriptions of that man and his larger than life persona jumped out at me and actually made me laugh. As I started researching Father Divine and the Peace Mission, the story about these two cults coming together and Jim Jones learning how to be what he became seemed like an unusual and exciting story to tell.
TS: Many of your past productions have been put up at The Annoyance, what is it about that venue that you’re drawn to?
Irene: There are so many things that draw me to the Annoyance. Mick and Jen are so generous with their encouragement and always approach notes and feedback by looking at how to make the thing you are creating better, not by trying to make it what they want it to be. More than anything the ‘fuck it’ mantra. Fuck it. Do what you want. Fuck it. Go big. Fuck it. Have an eight person choir. Fuck it. Take a risk and do a dramatic comedic play about the early life of Jim Jones with only mentioning KoolAid once.
TS: I’ve found myself watching a fair amount of documentaries about cults over the years, mostly about infamous groups like The Peoples Temple to Heaven’s Gate, and was totally enthralled by Going Clear. Do you think there’s something specific about The Peoples Temple and other new religious movements that makes for engaging media?
Irene: I’m almost done with Going Clear! I want to answer this question but am having a hard time formulating an answer. Let me skip this one for now and think on it more. Maybe we can gchat about it?
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Matt ByrneHey! You mentioned chatting out the cult doc question though?Irene Marquetteyeah!thanksand thanks for asking!let’s talk cultsI was thinking a lot about your question and trying to figure out why that isas in, what is so appealing about it as a casual viewer/armchair expertand I think it’s a faith thingI don’t know reallya willingness to die for a cause?I don’t know - i feel like this is a very tricky subject and I’m sort of malformed on my thoughtsMatt ByrneI totally get itwe’re watching/reading/otherwise consuming these narratives with morbid curiosity, right?looking at these groups formed by people with such strong, magnetic personalities that they can get them so invested that they get away with exploiting and manipulating people to a crazy degreea big reason why I asked you this question was because I wasn’t sure either.i was wondering if it’s like, a safe way to dip our toes into these secretive groups that offer salvation/enlightenment/etc.you’re getting let in on these groups with no risk of getting sucked into themPeoples Temple and Heavens Gate are obviously not around any moreIrene Marquetteyes I think sobecause i think that we want answersand someone vehemently claiming that he has them is extremely appealingand there is something appealing about letting go and having someone else driveI think humans want structure and can be obedientand have a strong sense of the social contractthat you have to give x up to have safetyand i think that idea gets heightened to the point it loops back around and becomes the least safe thingMatt Byrneand then, in the case of Jonestown/Heavens Gate etc, when all is said and done and the kool aid’s all gone, people on the outside are able to get a glimpse into these grandiose seeming organizations that reached their logical conclusionI’m trying to like, do you think there’s any validation felt when watching these thingslike ‘see, no one has the answers’Irene Marquetteha - yes, I guess I didn’t think about it like thatMatt Byrnei’m not sure if thats the casethat paints people as pretty arrogantbut like, you feel vindicated, like “yeah I would have never fell for that can you believe these guys??”that’s a pretty cynical reading¯\_(ツ)_/¯Irene Marquetteha - i think that’s part of itI don’t necessarily think thatbecause i think the people who get wrapped up in that stuff are very much looking for something to hold on to because it’s lacking in their lives in some other wayMatt Byrneoh for sure, yeah.Irene MarquetteDid you ever see that documentary Ken Burns did on the Shakers?Matt ByrneI haven’t!Irene Marquettethe longest running Utopian experiment in american historyMatt ByrnedamnIrene Marquetteand they just died out because they didn’t believe in sexMatt ByrneYeah I’d watch thatIrene Marquetteand they stopped getting orphansit’s super interestingstarted by a woman!I am very interested in faithI’m not a religious personbut was raised Catholicmy grandmother on my dad’s side was raised in a catholic orphanage and my great grandmother on my mother’s side was a feminist atheist badass who taught me about Egyptians and the inquisitionI pretty much became an atheist in 5th gradei started public schooland realized that there was so much bullshit in the worldhahahaa I was a cynical little thingMatt Byrnehaha you figured it out earlyIrene Marquetteso did I tell you that someone from the peace mission reached out to me?Father Divine’s churchMatt ByrneOh man really?Irene Marquetteyeshe doesn’t want to be listed by name on anything, he said they still have ‘henchmen’Matt ByrneOh wow.Irene Marquettehis mother kidnapped him and his sister and delivered him to father divine and he was raised as his son to thwart the threat of Jim Jonesthis all came about maybe 6 weeks agobut he was able to tell us a lot about Father and Mother Divineand called Jim Jones ‘the incarnation of evil’Matt ByrneUnbelievablethat’s so amazingWere you able to incorporate his experiences into the show at all? Even in small ways?Like character choices and stuffIrene Marquetteoh yesI looked at Mother Divine as this saintly benevolent figure who had to stand up to Jim Joneswhich is truebut he painted her as a gold diggerand coldand manipulativeand as someone who saw and opportunity to be a millionaires and took itso that was incorporated into Sarah’s performance but we don’t really get into that side of the story so muchit was important to me to know that the way we painted Father Divine was accurateand important to Greg toohe’s so amazingI only have great things to say about himabout a month ago he watched the CNN doc about jonestown and came to rehearsal rattledand he said ‘if i had known what i was getting into i wouldn’t have agreed to do this show’
The Raven and The Messenger show premieres tonight at 8pm and runs every Friday through July 25th, tickets are on sale now!

jrvmajesty:

Interview: Irene Marquette, director and creator of The Raven and The Messenger

Author Matt Byrne

Thank god for The Annoyance. There is nowhere else in Chicago that would but such immense support behind an original comedy/drama/musical about Jim Jones that isn’t about Jonestown. In addition to the really, really great new Mick Napier-directed sketch show Invisible World, the brand new Annoyance Theatre is staging the world premiere of The Raven and The Messenger a new play created and directed by friend of The Steamroller, Curio Show curator, and Super Human Irene Marquette, and written by The Reckoning’s Charlie McCrackin.

The Raven and The Messenger explores the relationship forged between 1960s spiritual leader Father Divine and Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones, who would eventually absorb Devine’s followers into the Peoples Temple. The cast features Paul Jurewicz, Greg Hollimon, Sarah Ashley, Laurel Krabacher, and Michael Brunlieb, with original music by Lisa McQueen. The show opens tonight, (Friday, June 6th) at The Annoyance at 8pm and runs every Friday through July 25th.

In anticipation of tonight’s premiere, I spoke with Irene about the show and got her thoughts on why media based around New Religious Movement is so engaging.

The Steamroller: As creator and director, what has your involvement with this production?

Irene Marquette: After doing a lot of initial research, I came up with the general arc of the story that I wanted to tell which was basically exploring the dichotomy between the two preachers and their wives. I knew I wanted to show the followers of the religions and that the music wouldn’t come from the main characters in the play but from the followers and that they could be a Greek chorus and a church choir. When Charlie agreed to write it we checked in with his drafts every few weeks and talked through ideas. We workshopped the characters with the actors through improvisation, having them act through historical events we knew took place or things we thought might have happened.

Then when the great and wonderful Lisa McQueen agreed to write her music for the show, the three of us collaborated on how to make that work. A fair amount of the music comes from off stage choral interjections during scenes so that all took everyone working together in order to pull it off.

TS: How did you end up collaborating with the show’s writer, Charlie McCrackin?

Irene: Charlie is someone I have always respected. He’s a member of The Reckoning, the greatest Harold team ever at iO. When my husband and I first moved to Chicago they were at maximum impact, performing twice a week, Harolds on Thursdays and then an explosion of late night creativity on Tuesdays where they were always experimenting and trying something different. There was one Tuesday night where Charlie read a short story about a man who finds a hole in the air in his office and starts putting things through it to see what would happen. It was so beautiful and creepy and always lingered with me. He’s a great writer who can balance comedy and horror with great imagination and structure. I have always wanted to work with Charlie.

TS: What was the casting process like? Did you have people in mind early on in the development of the show?

Irene: The four main characters were always in my mind as they are cast. Paul Jurewicz and I were in a show together at the old Annoyance where he would absolutely captivate the audience with an inane tirade of improvised nonsense every week. It was always the funniest thing ever and you could feel the energy in the room - he could do/say whatever and they would listen. So he was Jim Jones from the beginning. 

When I started researching Father Divine, Greg Hollimon was always the person I wanted. There was no one else and I thank my lucky stars every day that he said yes. Laurel Krabacher was always Marceline Jones to me and she has taken that role to parts unknown. And Sarah Ashley (Mother Divine), who is petite and beautiful, has a frontierswoman spirit to her - gentle but fiery. If she lived 150 years ago I could see her cursing and fixing a wagon wheel and then serving up some campfire cocoa to everyone and laughing with her hands folded in her lap.

TS: How did you first learn about this story? What made you think it’d be a good fit for the comedy/musical format?

Irene: I can’t remember a time when Jonestown was not on my radar. My dad and I share macabre sensibilities (he runs a murder mystery dinner theater and plays Edgar Allan Poe ina project he and I worked on together) and I recall him telling me a very abridged version of the story when I was young. My parents are artists who have anti-authority streaks, religious skepticism and both have a strong sense of history in all it’s ugliness. They are also goofballs and I feel like all that creepy talk was balanced out with watching the Marx Brothers and Mel Brooks. Maybe because of that foundation I’ve always felt that comedy and horror are two sides of the same coin.

Several years ago I watched a PBS documentary (now on Netflix) called Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People’s Temple and was horrified and fascinated by it. I watched it a few times and couldn’t stop thinking about it, how could people be convinced to do something so horrible? How could something so idyllic go so wrong? I developed the opinion that it was mass murder. I was stewing about it for years afterwards, I wanted to do something about it but wasn’t sure what.

I read The Raven, a biography about Jim Jones that was written by Tim Reiterman, one of the journalists who had been at Jonestown and was shot when Congressman Ryan was murdered. Jonestown itself is so massive and unbelievably tragic that I knew I could not sing and dance about it, I wanted to find something in Jim Jones’ earlier life that would indicate Jonestown. In the book I came across a couple paragraphs describing his relationship with a preacher named Father Divine and the descriptions of that man and his larger than life persona jumped out at me and actually made me laugh. As I started researching Father Divine and the Peace Mission, the story about these two cults coming together and Jim Jones learning how to be what he became seemed like an unusual and exciting story to tell.

TS: Many of your past productions have been put up at The Annoyance, what is it about that venue that you’re drawn to?

Irene: There are so many things that draw me to the Annoyance. Mick and Jen are so generous with their encouragement and always approach notes and feedback by looking at how to make the thing you are creating better, not by trying to make it what they want it to be. More than anything the ‘fuck it’ mantra. Fuck it. Do what you want. Fuck it. Go big. Fuck it. Have an eight person choir. Fuck it. Take a risk and do a dramatic comedic play about the early life of Jim Jones with only mentioning KoolAid once.

TS: I’ve found myself watching a fair amount of documentaries about cults over the years, mostly about infamous groups like The Peoples Temple to Heaven’s Gate, and was totally enthralled by Going Clear. Do you think there’s something specific about The Peoples Temple and other new religious movements that makes for engaging media?

Irene: I’m almost done with Going Clear! I want to answer this question but am having a hard time formulating an answer. Let me skip this one for now and think on it more. Maybe we can gchat about it?

———

Matt Byrne
Hey! You mentioned chatting out the cult doc question though?
Irene Marquette
yeah!
thanks
and thanks for asking!
let’s talk cults
I was thinking a lot about your question and trying to figure out why that is
as in, what is so appealing about it as a casual viewer/armchair expert
and I think it’s a faith thing
I don’t know really
a willingness to die for a cause?
I don’t know - i feel like this is a very tricky subject and I’m sort of malformed on my thoughts
Matt Byrne
I totally get it
we’re watching/reading/otherwise consuming these narratives with morbid curiosity, right?
looking at these groups formed by people with such strong, magnetic personalities that they can get them so invested that they get away with exploiting and manipulating people to a crazy degree
a big reason why I asked you this question was because I wasn’t sure either.
i was wondering if it’s like, a safe way to dip our toes into these secretive groups that offer salvation/enlightenment/etc.
you’re getting let in on these groups with no risk of getting sucked into them
Peoples Temple and Heavens Gate are obviously not around any more
Irene Marquette
yes I think so
because i think that we want answers
and someone vehemently claiming that he has them is extremely appealing
and there is something appealing about letting go and having someone else drive
I think humans want structure and can be obedient
and have a strong sense of the social contract
that you have to give x up to have safety
and i think that idea gets heightened to the point it loops back around and becomes the least safe thing
Matt Byrne
and then, in the case of Jonestown/Heavens Gate etc, when all is said and done and the kool aid’s all gone, people on the outside are able to get a glimpse into these grandiose seeming organizations that reached their logical conclusion
I’m trying to like, do you think there’s any validation felt when watching these things
like ‘see, no one has the answers’
Irene Marquette
ha - yes, I guess I didn’t think about it like that
Matt Byrne
i’m not sure if thats the case
that paints people as pretty arrogant
but like, you feel vindicated, like “yeah I would have never fell for that can you believe these guys??”
that’s a pretty cynical reading
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Irene Marquette
ha - i think that’s part of it
I don’t necessarily think that
because i think the people who get wrapped up in that stuff are very much looking for something to hold on to because it’s lacking in their lives in some other way
Matt Byrne
oh for sure, yeah.
Irene Marquette
Did you ever see that documentary Ken Burns did on the Shakers?
Matt Byrne
I haven’t!
Irene Marquette
the longest running Utopian experiment in american history
Matt Byrne
damn
Irene Marquette
and they just died out because they didn’t believe in sex
Matt Byrne
Yeah I’d watch that
Irene Marquette
and they stopped getting orphans
it’s super interesting
started by a woman!
I am very interested in faith
I’m not a religious person
but was raised Catholic
my grandmother on my dad’s side was raised in a catholic orphanage and my great grandmother on my mother’s side was a feminist atheist badass who taught me about Egyptians and the inquisition
I pretty much became an atheist in 5th grade
i started public school
and realized that there was so much bullshit in the world
hahahaa I was a cynical little thing
Matt Byrne
haha you figured it out early
Irene Marquette
so did I tell you that someone from the peace mission reached out to me?
Father Divine’s church
Matt Byrne
Oh man really?
Irene Marquette
yes
he doesn’t want to be listed by name on anything, he said they still have ‘henchmen’
Matt Byrne
Oh wow.
Irene Marquette
his mother kidnapped him and his sister and delivered him to father divine and he was raised as his son to thwart the threat of Jim Jones
this all came about maybe 6 weeks ago
but he was able to tell us a lot about Father and Mother Divine
and called Jim Jones ‘the incarnation of evil’
Matt Byrne
Unbelievable
that’s so amazing
Were you able to incorporate his experiences into the show at all? Even in small ways?
Like character choices and stuff
Irene Marquette
oh yes
I looked at Mother Divine as this saintly benevolent figure who had to stand up to Jim Jones
which is true
but he painted her as a gold digger
and cold
and manipulative
and as someone who saw and opportunity to be a millionaires and took it
so that was incorporated into Sarah’s performance but we don’t really get into that side of the story so much
it was important to me to know that the way we painted Father Divine was accurate
and important to Greg too
he’s so amazing
I only have great things to say about him
about a month ago he watched the CNN doc about jonestown and came to rehearsal rattled
and he said ‘if i had known what i was getting into i wouldn’t have agreed to do this show’

The Raven and The Messenger show premieres tonight at 8pm and runs every Friday through July 25th, tickets are on sale now!

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Evolution of the English Language

mediumaevum:

  • Old

Hwæt. We Gardena in geardagum,
þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.

  • Middle

Ye seken lond and see for your wynnynges,
As wise folk ye knowen all th’estaat
Of regnes; ye been fadres of tydynges
And tales, bothe of pees and of debaat.

  • Early Modern (early phase)

So whan the duke and his wyf were comyn unto the Kynge, by the meanes of grete lordes they were accorded bothe. The kynge lyked and loved this lady wel, and he made them grete chere oute of mesure – and desyred to have lyen by her. But she was a passyng good woman and wold not assente unto the Kyng.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Felicien Rops has some issues with the ladies.
In this picture from 1882 a very cool looking Satan is dropping sluts all over Paris to tempt the good Christian men.
He was friends with Baudelaire and JK Huysmans and seems to have been considered a freak by those guys. THOSE GUYS.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/F%C3%A9licien_Rops_-_Pass%C3%A9_minuit.jpg
All of his work lives in the same reality as Eyes Wide Shut - perverted, macabre and where the greatest danger is female sexuality.
Maybe you are familiar with St. Teresa, a Christian nun and mystic from the 1500s? She was a feminist icon to people like Simone de Beauvoir because she lived her life for herself and experienced religious ecstasy that led to the creation of the motto commonly attributed to her: Lord, either let me suffer or let me die.Shall we see Felicien’s interpretation of her from 1890? (NSFW)http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/20110526222429!F%C3%A9licien_Rops_-_Sainte-Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se.pngOK. There. Now you know the man who inspired Magritte’s famous painting for the cover of Fantomas:

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Felicien Rops has some issues with the ladies.

In this picture from 1882 a very cool looking Satan is dropping sluts all over Paris to tempt the good Christian men.

He was friends with Baudelaire and JK Huysmans and seems to have been considered a freak by those guys. THOSE GUYS.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/F%C3%A9licien_Rops_-_Pass%C3%A9_minuit.jpg

All of his work lives in the same reality as Eyes Wide Shut - perverted, macabre and where the greatest danger is female sexuality.

Maybe you are familiar with St. Teresa, a Christian nun and mystic from the 1500s? She was a feminist icon to people like Simone de Beauvoir because she lived her life for herself and experienced religious ecstasy that led to the creation of the motto commonly attributed to her: Lord, either let me suffer or let me die.

Shall we see Felicien’s interpretation of her from 1890? (NSFW)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/20110526222429!F%C3%A9licien_Rops_-_Sainte-Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se.png

OK. There. Now you know the man who inspired Magritte’s famous painting for the cover of Fantomas:


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