Arachne

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I’m just going to sit here making little happy sounds for a while.  The Arachne Collection, from Malgotzata Dudek.

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Stacked: The Gates of Janus

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Feral House has added a truly unique edition to its already singular canon: the expanded paperback edition of Ian Brady’s The Gates of Janus. 

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s crime spree in Britain in the 1960s shocked the nation. Torturing, sexually abusing, and murdering several children in what became known as the Moors Murders, the two were incarcerated for the remainder of their lives. Myra Hindley died in prison, and Ian Brady lives on, confined to an asylum for the criminally insane, where he remains to this day. It is from prison that Brady’s correspondence with Colin Wilson began, and the Gates of Janus were opened.

Written by the pedofile serial killer, The Gates of Janus provides the reader with Brady’s own psychological profile and analysis of eleven killers and cases, along with his own pseudo-manifesto of society’s shortcomings. It isn’t until reaching the afterward, by Peter Soto, that you are reminded of Brady’s own repugnance, as he is a convincing and manipulative writer.

Many of you, sitting out there in cosy easy chairs, with a drink at your elbow and the prospect of vicarious excitement ahead as you settle down to read have probably assured yourself in advance that there is no danger of you identifying with, or even empathizing with, anyone you are about to encounter in these pages. 

Indeed, you already feel intellectually and morally superior because this is a book written by a criminal about other criminals, creature so the underworld, a distant subculture, whereas you have nothing to hide or be ashamed of, have you?

That inner glow of sanity feels almost as good as a large glass of double-malt whisky, but not quite as genuine or fully matured. The plain face it, heavens above, the criminals feel exactly the same way about you. In spades. 

As Brady says in the above quote from the book, I did indeed feel I had a moral high ground while reading this. After all, I am a law-abiding citizen, not a child-raping murderer. So what about these faults of society do we find so deeply fascinating? Why could I not put down this book until I had made it half-way through the epilogue, when I finally needed to take a short break from it? Until that point, I had been slightly brainwashed, or at least forgotten entirely, who was the author behind this volume. Despite all of this, The Gates of Janus is a must-read for any true-crime aficionado, or anyone with a proclivity towards the disturbed.

The Gates of Janus: An Analysis of Serial Murder by England’s Most Hated Criminal Expanded Paperback Edition will be released June 9, 2015 by Feral House

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Find It: Gracia Scale Top

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That feeling when you find something awesome on Pinterest and go to track down the designer- and it’s a totally affordable thing.  Gracia Scale Top, $59.95.

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The Haute List

HLWait and See Dress, $68   ‡  Hells Belles Dress, $98  ‡  Kalla Maxi, $103

Bell-sleeved Romper, $58 $29  ‡  Sleeveless Beaded Gown, $420 $147 Moto Jeans, $39.95

Go Time Dress, $54  ‡  Lace Kimono, $185 ‡  Lace Trimmed Cape, $128 $76

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Jasmine Worth Dark Night of the Soul

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Opening Saturday, May 23 in New York City’s Last Rites Gallery, is Jasmine Worth’s latest collection of paintings, entitled Dark Night of the Soul.

In Dark Night of the Soul, Worth explores the act of transformation through suffering in a series of fifteen oil paintings. Inspired by both the Occult and female experience, the artist utilizes meticulous layering techniques to craft scenes from fairytales gone awry, swirling seamlessly between the sweet and surreal and inevitably dipping into the valley of the morbid.

Dark Night of the Soul will be on view until July 3, 2015 at Last Rites Gallery, 325 W. 38th St, in New York City.

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Jasmine Worth Dark Night o the Soul

Jasmine Worth Dark Night o the Soul

Jasmine Worth Dark Night o the Soul

Jasmine Worth Dark Night o the Soul

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Hair Today: Vicious Undercut

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Like everything 90’s, the undercut is back- but this time with the addition of intricate designs. It’s a whole lot better than that time in 6th grade I asked for a peace sign cut into mine, and ended up with what was clearly a chicken foot scwaled into the nape of my neck.

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Covet Garden: Meadham Kirchhoff Bat Glasses

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Seriously, how badly do I need these amazing Meadham Kirchhoff (S/S 2014) bat sunglasses????

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Come to Dinner

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner photographed by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia, May 2015

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

Come to Dinner by Tim Walker

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