Thierry Mugler’s Paris Apartment
“I don’t want real possessions. What I need and what I wanted in this apartment was its space - and to keep it as empty as possible.”
“ I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser. ”
Fat-free milk, decaffeinated coffee, sugar-free candy—it seems that the remnants of Puritan culture in America dictate that indulgences (like soda, wine, or chocolate) should be associated with guilt, and so we create “empty” versions, “healthy” versions, what Zizek refers to as “reality divested of substance.” I find that the impulse to paint wine (a definite indulgence) as “healthy” follows these same mechanisms—it must be good for us (or at least not “bad”) in order to allow us to enjoy it.
But perhaps the French have a secret, after all.
New editorial up at Luna Luna! Read on to find out how red wine connects to health, science, antioxidants, the French, Buddhism, and America’s collective guilt (it all ties together, I promise).
Misty Ellingburg is a record-breaker here at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society: she’s the first writer that we’ve published in all three genres—poetry, fiction, and non-fiction—let alone in all three genres in the same month. As our poetry editor, Bee Walsh, said when we first realized we’d all unknowingly selected a piece from Ms. Ellingburg: “That girl can write.”
I highly recommend you read, copy, paste, and save Misty’s “writing on writing,” below. It’s part encouragement, part advice, part inspiration, the perfect antidote to writer’s block, or to the sort of malaise and malcontent that comes with regularly questioning whether or not what you’re doing is important, if it matters, if it makes a difference. (Many writers will be familiar with these feelings, I believe.) “To write is a big thing, and so beautiful,” Misty begins. Is there anything more comforting a writer can hear?
- Alecia Eberhardt, Fiction Editor
Think to yourself: "Is this a part of my body?"
If the answer is “Nope.”: keep your hands and opinions to yourself.
If the answer is “Yeah.”: be kind to it and fight for its rights.