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Photography by Elliot Erwitt

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on November 12, 2014 by Mj Rains





At the MMOMA…

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by Mj Rains



20131019-173838.jpgVisited the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art last weekend in New York City.

All pics The Wit Continuum via iPhone

The skyline of New York…

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by Mj Rains

“The skyline of New York is a monument of a splendor that no pyramids or palaces will ever equal or approach.” – Ayn Rand

Images: New York at Dusk by CatchMe-22 and  New York City  by Under-Milkwood

Caresse Crosby…a part of Anais Nin’s diary…

Posted in Anais Nin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by Mj Rains

Party at Kay de San Faustino’s and Yves Tanguy’s.  Caresse Crosby enters with the bouyancy of a powder puff, a caressing voice (was this how she gained the nickname of Caresse from Harry Crosby?), her fur hat, her eyelashes, her smile all glittery with animation.  The word on her lips is always yes, and all her being says yes yes yes to all that is happening and all that is offered her.  She trails behind her, like a plume of a peacock, a fabulous legend.  She ran the Black Sun Press in Paris, lived in a converted windmill, knew D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Andre Breton, painters, writers.  At the Quartre Arts Ball she once rode a horse as Lady Godiva.

The life of certain women dresses them in anecdotes which become more visible than fur coats or silk dresses.  Stories surround Caresse like a perfume, a necklace, a feather.  She always seems fresher and younger than all the women there, because of her mobility, ease, flowingness.  D. H. Lawrence would have called it her “livingness.”  A pollen carrier, I thought, as she mixed, stirred, brewed, concocted her friendships by a constant flux and reflux of activity, by curiosity, avidity, amorousness.”

This was just a nice descriptive piece that I read last night in Anais Nin’s Diary, book three, 1939-1944.  Anais had just arrived in New York City from war-torn Paris, and was deeply homesick for her favorite city and all her friends. The the recent publication of her book, Winter of Artifice had made her well-known, and invitations began flowing to her, like this one she mentions at Kay de San Faustino’s.  This was in the winter of 1939.

A note on the subject matter. Caresse Crosby was married to Harry Crosby, a famous poet and writer, and the two were quite promiscuous, which is an understatement to say the least, in their married life, known for their partying, affairs (seven in bed at one time), drug use…basically they would make any current Hollywood celeb’s grandiose activities seem like child’s play. Harry Crosby died tragically in a double suicide pact (or so it is thought)  with one of his lovers years before this was written, and may be one of the “stories” that “surround Caresse like a perfume, a necklace, a feather” as quoted above by Anais. Caresse’s real name was Mary Phelps Jacobs and she was known for inventing the bra.  Just love discovering little pieces of history like this.


The Crosby Street Hotel

Posted in Design with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by Mj Rains

If  I ever find myself at wit’s end in New York City, of course travel will always get one there, I have to stay at The Crosby Street Hotel to release my artistic vein in travel. This hotel, freshly opened last October, is the design child of the British husband and wife team Tim and Kit Kemp. Interior designer Kit might be described as “Mary Poppins gone Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. She creates an atmosphere of eccentrically severe layers of color and has personally designed every room.  The Kemps are co-owners of London’s Firmdale Hotels. The 11-story Crosby is robust 85,000 square feet and sits back from the curb at a respectable 27 feet.  The front: brick and glass, the upper floors creating great views of the city, but no room is bad in any sense. Stars like Kristen Stewart stay when visiting NY, and last week on the Rachel Zoe Project, the fashion consultant mentioned having to call the Crosby for fashion week. Staying here, means good company.

Read much more about the hotel in link below.

Article Link: Metropolis Magazine

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