Johnny Depp had to lose a reported 25 pounds for the role of Edward Scissorhands.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Lydia Litvya (1921-1943) was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force who held the record for the greatest number of kills by a female fighter pilot. She was also (in my opinion) the most beautiful women in the Soviet military.
All of the photos were taken at Edith Wharton’s summer home, The Mount, and all of the characters in the photos are supposed to be Edith and contemporaries who were part of her “circle”. I put in the original captions from the Vogue shoot*. I also love that these real people are portrayed by artists, writers, actors, and models, including Junot Diaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Elijah Wood.
I wish that they’d make a movie based on an Edith Wharton book where the costumes looked like these—based on the period dress, but not perfectly authentic so as to allow some contemporary influence (omg wait though, I just found this photo of Edith where she’s wearing that dress with the crazy stripes!!!). It’d be awesome if the music was modern too… think Moulin Rouge, or what The Great Gatsby movie could’ve been. Ugh it’d be so good!!!
If you’re a writer and haven’t read Edith Wharton yet, seriously drop what you’re doing and pick up House of Mirth or The Age of Innocence or even just a collection of her shorts stories (unless you want every piece of contemporary literature you read to seem like total garbage, because that’s what her writing will do to you). Her use of language is impeccable; every single sentence is absolutely perfect. I’m reading The Custom of the Country right now (I’m making my way through her entire collected works; I’m on C and literally every story is just home run amazing) and I have to imagine that she just sat down and these stories poured forth from her, because the idea of having to go back and edit these complex plots and interactions and crazy scaffolding of inter-character relationships and structure seems so daunting that I can’t even imagine that process would be possible. And her writing is so perfect that it does seem like she had these entire stories in her head from start to finish when she sat down to write them.
I guess you could say you’d like Edith Wharton if you like Jane Austen, Kate Chopin, or Virginia Woolf, because so much of the action happens inside of the characters’ heads, but I think she blows those women out of the water. Her subject matter is also somewhat unique because she was part of the high society of New York City around the turn of the century (think of the glitz and glamour of Gatsby, but just a little bit earlier) and was willing to write about all of the crazy social rules that people abided by at that time. I love reading about what Manhattan was like at that time… in one story there’s a young unmarried woman who very scandalously lives alone in “that artist’s neighborhood full of Bohemians”, the East Village, which is where I live. Wharton could write about lower class people too—her most famous book about “peasants” is Ethan Frome. Most of her books are love stories or involve strong women revolting against the institution of marriage—Wharton’s time in history was a strange one, as women were still married off as part of what was basically a business deal, but people also were starting to get divorces. But a lot of her social commentary—on not just relationships, but wealthy, celebrity, the family unit, etc.—are still really relevant today, which makes the books so timeless (people sometimes say that Gossip Girl draws from Edith Wharton’s books, although Gossip Girl makes all of these interpersonal relationship problems seem super trite, whereas Wharton masterfully makes them seem as serious to the reader as they are to her characters.) But her books are full of lots and lots of scandal, and equally as many badass heroines.
Okay, that’s the end of my gushing, but seriously, just reading her will make you a better writer, I swear.
*What they didn’t note about the Wharton/James/Fullterton friendship in the captions was that Henry James was also in love with Fullerton, so the 3 of them may or may not have had some kind of ménage à trois (it seems to have been, at the very least, an intellectual one). If you find you like Wharton, you’ll like James too, as his work influenced hers and vise versa. James’ The Turn of the Screw is seriously the scariest book I’ve ever read.
"Let me tell you something about wolves child. When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives. Summer is the time for squabbles. In winter we must protect one another, keep each other warm, share our strengths.”"The winters are hard. But the Starks will e n d u r e . We always have.”
- Extremely intuitive
- Searchers of hidden meaning
- Sensitive and perceptive
- Gifted at reading others
- Hold strong convictions and beliefs, which they live in accordance with
- Will not compromise their ideals
- Tend to trust their own instincts (and with good reason) – they are usually right and they usually know it
- Genuinely warm and affirming by nature
- Typically gentle and caring
- Dedicated to finding/achieving the “perfect relationship”
- Usually have good communication skills
- Tend to be gifted writers
- Take commitments very seriously
- Seek lifelong relationships
- Have very high expectations of themselves and others
- Good listeners
- Once they are sure a relationship is over, they are usually able to move on
- Deep, complex and intense
- Artistic and creative
- Strive to create an orderly, systematic outer world for themselves
- Constantly defining and re-defining priorities in life
- Put lots of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done
- Operate on an intuitive, spontaneous basis within their inner world
- Intuitively “know” things without being able to pinpoint exactly why and without even a thorough knowledge of the subject at hand
- Extremely insightful about people and situations
- Most likely of all types to have “psychic” abilities
- Concerned for others’ feelings and careful not to hurt them
- Believe in constant growth and are always looking to improve
- Can, in some ways, be easy-going
- Natural nurturer – they make loving parents and are likely to have strong bonds with their children
- Devoted to and protective of those they care about
- Like to work independently
- Rarest of all types
- Tend to hold back part of themselves – can be secretive
- Are often hard to get to know, difficult to understand
- May not be good with money
- Often not good with handling practical, day-to-day concerns
- Tendency to believe they’re always right and dismiss/ignore other peoples’ opinions, even before fully hearing them out
- May be prone to depression
- Intensely dislike criticism and conflict – tend to internalize conflict and may react to it with heated, explosive anger
- May have a hard time leaving an unhealthy relationship
- May be highly protective of themselves and overly private, only sharing what they want and when they want to share it
- Can be stubborn
- Rarely at complete peace with themselves – always doubt they are living up to their full potential
- Often not good with highly detailed tasks – will either avoid these tasks or go to other extreme and become so enveloped in detail that they lose sight of big picture