Bolan
Artifice, , Hard Labor, Noted

Special Guest Star Steven Holland—Dreaming of Me: Identity and the Ideal Self in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine

Guest post by Steven Holland—killer, author & poet, ©2008

Velvet Goldmine (1998), Todd Haynes’ glittery, decadent tribute to the glittery, decadent glam rock scene of the early 1970s, revolves around Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) and his obsession with rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), both as a starry-­eyed fan in colorful 1974 London and as a disillusioned journalist in a bleak 1984 New York. Though Brian Slade and fellow rock idol Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are the ostensible central figures in this rock­-n­-roll drama, Arthur is the true center of the story, a situation which reflects one of the primary themes of Velvet Goldmine: the search for one’s identity in that of others. Arthur’s story, in fact, which may appear to be secondary through most of the picture, carries the film’s true dramatic power, in contrast to the trashy melodrama of the two rock stars.

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Mardust
1st Person, Artifice, , Hard Labor, Noted

Colette Sartor Blurbs Digging Up The Bones

Author & Teacher Colette Sartor

Author & Teacher Colette Sartor

Our third Digging up the Bones blurb has landed.

It’s from my ever-crush, Colette Sartor, an author whose loveliness is exceeded only by her talent, wisdom, and intellect.

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