Polaroid 665 B&W P/N film

Manning the photo counter at Hampton Hobby House, Hampton, Va., c. 1985

Manning the photo counter at Hampton Hobby House, Hampton, Va., c. 1985. (Alan Hilliard)

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Both films were fussy, delicate and prone to scratches. But they yielded fine-grained negatives with evocative and funky borders reminiscent of 19th-century wet-plate photographs.

Conrad, Fred R. “Shoptalk: Polaroid’s Quirky Films.” The New York Times. 8 Jun. 2009. Web.


Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor

I was not only astounded but outraged by the whole scene. I am no longer a boy trying his hand at composition, and I no longer need lessons from anyone, especially when they are delivered so harshly and unfriendlily.

I need and shall always need friendly criticism, but there was nothing resembling friendly criticism. It was indiscriminate, determined censure, delivered in such a way as to wound me to the quick.

I left the room without a word and went upstairs. In my agitation and rage I could not say a thing. Presently R. [Nikolai Rubinstein] enjoined me, and seeing how upset I was he asked me into one of the distant rooms. There he repeated that my concerto was impossible, pointed out many places where it would have to be completely revised, and said that if within a limited time I reworked the concerto according to his demands, then he would do me the honor of playing my thing at his concert.

“I shall not alter a single note,” I answered, “I shall publish the work exactly as it is!” This I did.

Warrack, John, Tchaikovsky. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1973. 7879. Print.


Inside Perspectives: Diane Ladd

“The chess game was a game that Zarathustra invented to entertain the king. And it’s called The Game of Kings. And each piece on that board represents life. The king, the queen, the pawn, the bishop… an element of life. And the two knights represent love and work. Because love and work is the only piece that can jump over other obstacles. So, you should have some love for some of your work that you do.”

Diane Ladd, actress


the white shirt

Billy Reid white Oxford shirt

White shirts never really went away, of course—there has always been a certain kind of man (vigilant against trends and unbothered by boxier fits) who preferred them above all others—so it’s not like they’re coming back into style. Rather, we are the ones coming back to white shirts, rediscovering their virtues and remaking them in our own image.

Stein, Joshua David. “The Hunt For the Great White Shirt.” Esquire. 14 Jan. 2015. Web.