London is the kind of city that never runs out of things to do – after all, it’s one of the cultural and artistic centres of the world, so it’s not really surprising, that every day, at any time, there will always be something worth spending our time on. Samuel Johnson used to say, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” He might have been right after all: Autumn is no exception and if you are visiting, you definitely won’t be bored.
Recently I had the fortune of visiting the October Gallery on a very special evening. Not only I was able to peruse and get better acquainted with Brion Gysin’s work through the exhibition Unseen Collaborator but also attended a lecture by the writer and cultural historian Mike Jay on the Club des Haschichins and some of the ramifications of hashish consumption and the Assassins in modern culture.
Starting from the beginning… who was Brion Gysin? To most people, he might be more familiar due to the association with William Burroughs, well known in mainstream culture due to the film adaptation of his book Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg. The cut-up technique was also widely used by Burroughs but it had been, in fact, invented by Brion Gysin. This long time collaboration is also very present in the show, as there are a few pieces and photos, showing Burroughs.
Wore this recently on a day that wasn’t all that warm bt not all that cold yet either. Met up with friends, saw a film at the theatre and had an all around great day! I wanted to wear leopard print and do some pattern mixing but found a way of toning it down and still keep it somewhat tasteful. Emphasis on somewhat, as I am sure a lot of people will think the tights are super naff, but then what do they know? Ha!
I shamelessly stole the title of this blog post from Mindy Kaling, as she has a section on her book with the same title. The reason being that it is the absolute truth. I am not an athlete. Never was, never will be and I’ve resigned to that fact.
A few weeks back I was once again invited by Currys to participate in a really cool event – the screening of Mean Girls on a barge, floating through one of London’s canals. I had no idea such thing actually existed (the Floating Cinema, not the canals!).