If only this existed when I was an undergrad!
Kitsch Encyclopedia is a book project that brings together writings by Milan Kundera, Roland Barthes and Jean Baudrillard, as well as my own writing to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images. Kundera considers kitsch to be a categorizing phenomenon: a means through which complex human experience is distilled to simple, sentimental motifs. All three writers discuss a similar circumstance of the contemporary image world: the way that our culture of images, especially in the age of the internet, provides an Idealized, kitsch-based image world that exists on top of the real world and in many ways has subsumed it. – Sara Cwynar
“There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.”
— Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
(Source: nostalgicretreat, via annotatedimages)
How a suburban Chicago songwriter wandered out of a John Hughes script and recorded one of the decade’s masterpieces (via Girly Show: The Oral History of Liz Phair’s ‘Exile In Guyville’)
…because a day with a Holly/Audrey gif is a better day than it once was
(Source: shawnalewis, via so-divine)