20 June 2008

Le Smoking

"Is Montreal the new Vancouver?"
Sarah Milroy, the Globe and Mail, May 30, 2008

12 June 2008

"Vogue Menthol Superslims

British-American Tobacco, lightly perfumed.  The first cigarette I ever smoked was a Vogue, and they still keep me company in my studio and in social situations. Their elegant, slim look and sublime taste do not help one entertain the thought of quitting.  (They do, however, help one entertain the thought of owning a fur coat.)  They've recently become available in a pink orchid-emblazoned special edition pack.  But don't try to call them ladies' cigarette - plenty of blokes smoke 'em too."

-Paulina Olowska, Artforum "Top 10", summer 2007 XLV no. 10

10 June 2008

Two right hands

"Common friendships can be shared. In one friend one can love beauty; in another, affability; in another, generosity; in another, a fatherly affection; in another, a brotherly one; and so on. But in this friendship love takes possession of the soul and reigns there with full sway: this cannot possibly be duplicated. If two friends asked you to help them at the same time, which of them would you dash to? If they asked for conflicting favours who would have the priority?" 
-Michel de Montaigne, The Essays of Montaigne XXVII: Of Friendship (1580).

2 June 2008

The Ralph Lauren paint rep only visits stores in places navigable by yacht

Me: What's it like, Ralph?
Ralph Lauren: (laughs and nods) It's incredible. I like your shirt.
[I was wearing Polo.]
Me: Thanks, I like it too.
Ralph Lauren (to Kate): I like yours too.
[she was wearing my Polo sweatshirt]
Kate: Thanks, it's his.
Me: How long have you had it?
Ralph Lauren: About a year now.
Me: Did you just take it out from your ranch?
Ralph Lauren: Yeah.
Me: I can imagine.
Ralph Lauren: What do you think of it?
Me: It's beautiful. Absolutely incredible.
[short pause]
Me: Sorry about all this.
Ralph Lauren: Don't worry about it.
Me: Thanks so much for bringing it out.
Ralph Lauren: Sure.
Me: Goodbye.
Ralph Lauren: Goodbye.