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i get by with a little help from my friends

Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth. – Madeleine L’Engle

The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art. – Chuck Palahniuk

I read a lot of biographies. Particularly those written by, or about, writers, artists, and filmmakers. (By the way, my good friend Peter’s book on the work of director James Bridges was just released, and it’s fantastic. Bravo, Peter!)

I’ve always been drawn to books about circles of artists and writers, the times in which they lived,  and the way they influenced one another.  In the visual arts, performing arts, literature, fashion, and design, as artists, we’re all under the influence of something. And whatever is happening historically will be evident in our work. As Charlie Parker said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.”

In the late 90s, I read Everybody Was So Young, about Gerald and Sara Murphy, ex-pats of the Lost Generation. You may not know the Murphys by name (they were the inspiration for Dick and Nicole Diver, amongst others), but you’d probably recognize a few of the friends they encouraged and supported: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cocteau, Picasso.

Like Peggy Guggenheim, and other patrons of the arts, the Murphys had wealth and privilege, yes. But, more than that, they possessed a desire to encourage others to create. And did so with a critical eye.

Almost a hundred years later, technology has brought us to a place where many artists can do so much without first seeking someone to fund their pursuits (but, hey, nice work if you can get it.)

All artists, no matter the medium, need community and criticism and inspiration. I know I do.

So, when creative people set out to encourage others, to provide a platform for them to showcase their talent, it’s an exciting thing. And in creating cargoh, that’s just what my friends Paul and Cariann have done.

Seeking out artists and craftspeople around the globe, they’re creating a curated space for artists to call home. And today, after a great deal of hard work and passion, I am thrilled to see that cargoh is ready to take on the world.

Love what you do and it will love you back – that’s the cargoh way of life.

But it’s not exclusively about what’s on their site, it’s also about finding inspiration in the larger world of art and music and design. Which is why I think what they’re is doing is so fabulous.

Once upon a time, artists and writers and performers would gather at the Murphy home, Villa America. And while I surely wouldn’t mind an escape to Cap d’Antibes, I believe with cargoh, Paul and Cariann are creating a 21st century destination for artists to gather all their own. Stop by and take a look, won’t you?

Check out the cargoh blog, this side up, here. xo a.

five great things someone else said, vol. 9

Growing up around people making movies, I learned very young the ways in which a film can transform from script to screen. How easily the voices can change. (And knowing this I still wanted to be a screenwriter – go figure.) What begins as action and dialogue on the page grows through a director’s vision, through casting, through editorial, through music – there are so many layers. Thicker than a Van Gogh canvas.

When I first saw this re-cut Ferris Bueller trailer with it’s Mark Mothersbaugh-Wes Anderson vibe, I thought it was genius. It’s a different story, it’s a different movie, and yet it isn’t.

I bookmarked it and shared it. A lot. Here was a film of my childhood coupled with the music of my adulthood in this beautiful, poignant vignette. All of those layers.

The man behind the re-cut trailer is a British filmmaker named Joseph Brett and, as he said on his YouTube page, he wanted “to make it look more like an indie coming of age film; perhaps the kind of film Sofia Coppola or Godard might make.”

No wonder I loved it, says the girl whose love of JH’s films knows no end, couldn’t stop raving about Coppola’s SOMEWHERE, and just happens to have a Jean-Luc Godard necklace hanging on the corkboard above her desk.


The ache in my heart at the end of Brett’s trailer makes me love John Hughes’ films even more than I already do.

What would Hughes have to say about Brain, the Athlete, the Basket Case, the Princess, and the Criminal in the 21st century? (Did you catch the Princess on BlogHer last week?)

What stories would they have to share?

How I wish Hughes had lived long enough to write a few films about the adulthood of those adolescents he so beautifully crafted. Maybe offer a bit of wisdom on growing up to those of us who, without realizing it, have.

True: Life moves pretty fast.

False: Our hearts don’t have to die.

And so, five great things someone else said about the stories that shape our lives. xo a.


The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser

To be a person is to have a story to tell. – Isak Dinesen

It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then. – C.S. Lewis

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order. – Jean-Luc Godard

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. – Ben Okri