[I have used the wrong voice for Joyce.]
Nell is angry.
Cicadas as incidental music.
"I think it might be your cologne."
An organised 'retreat' is not a 'retreat' from other people. Carol seems to want to retreat from other people. She can't speak the language. Only the ceramic dome provides true retreat.
Humans away from Humans.
Finding language away from language.
Credits resemble Carol spotlighted din the garden.
Quote from script:
"Safe bodies need safe environments in which to live... and there are healthy alternatives that exist... for just about every toxic product... gas, or ventilation system out there."
"‘Porosity’ was the goal of the architects. Following the organic workings of a sea sponge, that was achieved. To reach the goals of MIT of designing a building that fosters interaction, the architects provided a 125-seat theater spanning two-stories, dozens of lounges scattered through the building, a night cafe, and street level dining to complement the 350 undergraduate rooms. These common spaces are where students meet to chat up and hold discussions through their campus life."
There is no escaping porosity.
Atoms do not allow it.
The Wrenwood Center is located at the "foothills of Albuquerque".
It is a "Cooperative Treatment Residency"
Carol searches for but does not find a suitable 'community'.
Not amongst fellow 'home makers', nor self actualisers.
She is more akin to Nell and Lester maybe.
Without the expressions of anger.
Carol doesn't find community in the human or non-human world.
Nell (as Taxi approaches):
"You're contaminating this entire area!"
(Filming location was downhill of the Rocketdyne nuclear testing site, reportedly still contaminated by nuclear waste which is making it's way from the top of the hills to the valleys below).
"Physician heal thyself."
"Silent meals are observed at breakfast and lunch... with a side of the room for men, and a side for women. In addition, we ask you to refrain from smoking... drinking, and use of recreational drugs while on the premises... and we ask that you respect our practice of moderation in dress... and restraint in sexual interaction."
LOVE YOURSELF — an American Mantra.
Conquering problems by retreating into 'human'-ness, moving further away from nonhuman entities. Secluding the human and the self from all else. Self-isolation? Quarantining?
Carol's motivated to shed typical human accoutrements and become something else. She shuns human company, language, customs, structures. She does attempt to incorporate many of them but this makes her physically ill.
Lester goes full alien as Carol looks on.
"Is that Lester you're watching?
"I was just watching him go by."
"Poor Lester. He's just very, very afraid—afraid to eat, afraid to breathe."
"I still learning the words" = I don't want to talk to you. I HAVE to but I don't want to. Let's limit out interactions.
[Does Safe need any male characters by the end? Is it better off without them?]
Bless you. It's freezing in here.
Look at that green thumb. I wish.
How's your sinuses? Better.
I should be home by 7:00.
Honey, can you call the landscapers again about the sod?
They gotta get moving, or we're gonna miss...
I'll try them again. Thanks, hon.
Maybe it's the couch.
So... we were thinking... in here...
with the... coming-out part along the wall?
And I guess come in through there.
Not through there? Right.
Okay. Great. Thanks.
Big push. Four more.
Three, two. Now reach up to the corner.
Up and up. Nice. Good stretch, Bev.
Nice. Push it. Four more.
Three, two. Sasha, here we go. Take it around.
Two, two. Down. Two, two.
Two more. Here we go. Let's smile, ladies.
Right, two, three, and left, two, three.
Well, I just eventually found... the whole 12-step thing was like... just another form of addiction.
That's exactly what this book is saying. Yeah?
Yeah, it's about how to own your own life.
Because what he's saying is that we don't really own our own lives.
We're taught what to do, what to think.... but emotionally we're not really in charge.
But see, I think that with the exercise... and the diet and healthy foods...
I just think he's very good at certain things.
Really? Oh, yeah.
Have you read him, Carol? No.
He's very good on certain things... emotional maintenance... stress management.
You know, Carol, you do not sweat?
Oh, I hate you.
I know. It's true.
No, it's great.
Did you forget? No. It's inside.
I just... What?
How old was he?
Five years older.
He was the oldest of my mom's kids.
That's what everyone keeps...
Not at all.
'Cause he wasn't married.
It's just so unreal.
Did you see the den? At your party. It's gorgeous.
You know, I'm suing the contractor. Did I tell you?
You don't even want to know.
Fulvia? I'm home.
What? No. I just walked in the door.
That's all right.
How are you feeling? How's your back?
It's not a bad time, Mother. I just...
All right. That's fine.
He's fine. They're fine.
I will, Mother.
I'll talk to you soon.
Any telefono while I was gone?
Oh, my God.
No, missus. No telefono.
Is this what they delivered?
We did... We did not order black. This is...
This is... This is not what we ordered.
Turn your love around Yes, in Sherman Oaks. May I have the number... for Nelson's on Riverside, please?
I don't believe this.
Ye... Thank you.
Yes, may I have the shipping or delivery depart...
Thank you. That you're still in love with me We're gonna make it And we're gonna take it back where we belong Turn your love around
Mom? What, Rory?
Mom, soccer practice. Don't forget. I didn't forget last time.
Whatever. It's the bus. I gotta go. It was a mix-up. Okay.
Bye. Bye, honey.
Where's my book? My telephone book?
I put it in the bottom shelf... because of the cabinet men.
Oh, okay. I see. Thanks.
You've got to step back and say, "Wait a minute.
It's not an honor or a privilege or even a duty to be a patient.
If people don't want it on religious grounds or quality-of-life grounds..."
Fulvia, could I have some milk? Si.
Some leche, por favor? Si, seguro que si.
...to let a critically ill patient die... but you're also saying it is all right to hasten that death.
I didn't say that. I disagree with that.
Isn't Elizabeth Bouvier, by starving herself, hastening her own death?
No, I think you have to draw a distinction... between steps the doctor could take to actively kill somebody...
You okay, missus?
...and say, "Whatever happens, we are going to withdraw from the situation."
It's terrible to say with 30 seconds left, but isn't that a thin line?
But it's a very important line.
It's one thing to remove a piece of machinery... whether big as a respirator or small as a feeding tube.
It's another thing to say, "His life isn't worth much anyway... so we're gonna help you out more."
Sorry. They were in the back.
Oh, it's okay. Thanks.
Oh, that purse is adorable! Thank you.
How's your little girl? Oh, she's fine.
She's so cute. Oh, thank you.
No, we wanted teal.
We ordered teal, but we received black.
But your original order shows black.
That's impossible, because it doesn't go with anything we have.
All right. Let me try the Sherman Oaks store upstairs.
See what they have in stock.
If I told you the end of the world was coming... and you said to me that you'd get on your knees... and you'd pray, I'd say you're in trouble.
Because when I go to bed and pull those covers under my neck...
I say, "Jesus, I'll see you in the morning."
You do that very well. Thank you.
I was raised in a fundamentalist church.
I heard this all my life. We sang songs about being in God's army...
I think you've changed the subject.
I see a president who's embattled... and a president who's, based on... what do I base it on?... not being close to him but close to people who are... in the press who watch him carefully, as being very pained at the moment... and certainly... a man who wants to make his mark...
I've never heard anybody ever say he's that fundamentalist... that he believes the end is nigh.
I really... You and I take a different view on that one.
But are you married to Marjoe?
No. Just, you sound... the technique.
I just really believe... he thinks he's doing the Lord's work. He's always been a very...
Maybe he's right.
In California KABC talk radio
A movement to save the trees?
Some say it goes deeper than that.
Today, environmentalists from all over the globe... are adopting a new, more holistic approach to their studies... which they call "deep ecology."
Deep ecology goes beyond the traditional scientific framework... to incorporate a greater spiritual awareness of the planet.
Or, as ecophilosopher Parlum Grass puts it...
"an understanding of the oneness of all life."
"I have a feeling that we are entering a new time," Pearcel writes...
"a period of a different paradigm or model.
A period of learning to run warm and cool... not hot and cold, toward viruses... cells, and one anoth..."
I started this fruit diet.
I've been so out of it since my brother's funeral.
Have you ever done one? No.
They're supposed to sort of naturally cleanse the body... of all the toxins.
I should do it. I've been so run down lately.
Yeah, I've just been really busy.
We have this client dinner coming up, so...
Right. Maybe you should try it.
It'd be a lot of fun.
We could do it together.
Come on. Why don't you just try it?
Do you know what you want? Yes.
I am going to have the fruit salad and the herbal iced tea.
Okay. And for you?
I'll have the same.
I got one. I got one.
This beautiful, shapely blonde runs into the emergency room... and when they ask her what's wrong, she says...
"It's kind of embarrassing... but I was using my vibrator, and it got stuck.
I can't get it out. It's stuck inside."
So they rush her into emergency, admit her... they rush her to the operating room, and they get some specialist... to perform the surgery, and it's a ten-hour ordeal.
And finally she wakes up the next day... and the specialist walks in and says...
"Well, I got some good news and I got some bad news.
The bad news is we did everything we possibly could.
We tried everything, but we just couldn't get the darn thing out.
We just couldn't.
But the good news is... we were able to change the batteries."
Somebody doesn't seem to like your jokes, Ted.
Excuse me. I-I don't...
I'm so sorry, Greg.
You're overexerted, I guess.
Maybe the doctor can give you something for it.
I really don't see anything wrong with you, Carol.
I mean, outside of a slight rash and congestion.
Now, I'll give you some ointment... and some decongestant, but... jeez, I-I don't know what else to do.
Are you... Well, what?
I guess I'm just a little stressed out lately.
And just tired from it.
Well, that's not uncommon.
You're not doing drugs, are you?
I don't take drugs or drink or...
I don't even, like coffee very much.
I'm just a total milkaholic, actually.
I mean, before the fruit thing.
Well, stop the fruit diet. You need protein.
And while you're at it... try staying off dairy.
Dairy's very hard on your digestion... hard on your intestines.
I'll see you in a couple weeks. You'll be fine.
"In the '80s, there are more and more gangs in the Los Angeles basin... plus many more stabbings and shootings by AK-47s...
Uzis and MAC-10s... killing numerous innocent people.
L.A. was the gang capital of America.
Rapes, riots, shooting innocent people... slashing throats, arms and legs being dissected... were all common sights in the black ghettos of L.A.
Today, black and Chicano gangs are coming into the valleys... in mostly white areas more and more.
That's why gangs in L.A. are a big American issue. Rory White."
Good job, Ror. Why does it have to be so gory?
"Gory"? That's how it really is. God.
Hey, hey, hey. You want some coffee?
Yeah, I'd love some.
So what did Hubbard have to say?
He just said I should... slow down a little, you know.
Stop the fruit diet. Eat less dairy.
That's exactly what I said, isn't it?
I knew that whole fruit thing didn't make any sense.
But basically... there's nothing to really worry about, aside from being a little run down.
Well, that's good.
Dad, how do you spell "Uzi"?
Just how it sounds: U-Z-I.
...my dreams Get into my car Thanks. Get out of my dreams Carol... we doing a regular cut today? Yeah.
Get out of my mind Actually, I was thinking of-of... trying a perm for a change.
Elyse didn't tell me you scheduled a perm.
No, I didn't schedule one.
I just thought of it now, of trying it, unless...
No. No, there's time, actually.
I... I had a cancellation.
You still want that manicure? Sure.
Let's make a deal Make it real Like a roadrunner coming after you
It's very cute on you.
It looks nice.
Oh... Oh, my God! Oh, my God.
Paula, do you have a Kleenex? Do you...
Oh, my God! Anyway, so... so we meet him for lunch, Cosford, Ted, and I... and who comes in but this kid in shorts.
He looked like he was about Jonas's age.
Couldn't believe it.
Ted said I looked like I'd seen a ghost.
I like what they did with your hair. It's great. I like it.
I'm glad, honey.
How you feeling?
I still have this... What?
This head thing.
Greg... Carol, what the hell is going on here?
Nothing. Nobody has a fucking headache... every night of the fucking week!
I must have a touch of something, because I...
I don't want to hear about it.
I'm sorry. I...
I know it's not normal, but...
I can't help it.
Sixties at the beaches and lower 70s downtown.
Valleys will climb to the mid-70s.
Fifty-nine degrees in Hollywood. Traffic on KNX every six minutes.
Here's John Engel. Thanks, Susan.
It's been another rough morning. You need patience on the Southland freeways.
It started with that downpour you were talking about.
Had a lot of rain. Right now it's quite the hike.
Sure hope you brought camping gear for that Ventura westbound transition... to the Golden State southbound.
Non-injury accident in the left lane at the trans road.
When you stop at Pacific, that's what you have to Sherman Oaks.
But there is some good news. Just spoke to the van, and guess what?
91 westbound's a cakewalk all through the Santa Ana canyon.
Actually, you're close to maximum speed. You can even go... maybe 45 miles an hour...
91 westbound to the 15 through the canyon... into Anaheim Hills, and enjoy that while you can.
I'm sorry, honey.
You're all right.
Take a deep breath and hold.
Hey, Greg, how the hell are you?
Good, good. And you? I'm okay. Have a seat, guys.
Well... basically, Carol, you are perfectly healthy.
If anything, your condition has slightly improved since your last visit.
Now, this is just a suggestion, but... you might want to consult someone, and I know... a very, very good doctor who's just more suited... to stress-related conditions, which I think this is.
A psychiatrist? Yeah.
Everything all right, ma'am? What?
What are you doing, honey?
I couldn't sleep.
The air, the... the smell.
Clap. Slow it down. And bring the knee up. Pull.
Good. Get those knees up there. Tummy in. Exhale. Exhale.
And push it out. Here we go. Push.
And right. Push left. Right.
Four more. Three.
Good! Let's scoop to the right.
Two, three. Good. Get that leg up there.
Are you okay? Yeah, I just have to get somewhere.
Oh. I'll see you at Barbara's Sunday?
See you Sunday. Okay.
Okay, bye. Bye.
Do you work?
No, I'm a house...
I'm a homemaker.
I'm working on some designs for our house, though... in my spare time.
And... And you have one child?
My husband's little boy.
He's not my son. He's my stepson.
How long have you been feeling unwell?
About two months.
I've been under a lot of stress lately... and then my friend Linda and I...
She's probably my best friend. She lives down the...
Anyway... we started this fruit diet together.
I think that sort of set it off.
Are you uncomfortable? No. I...
I just thought...
Aren't you supposed to ask more questions?
We really need to be hearing from you.
What's going on... in you?
Oh, that's so cute! Isn't it?
Look at this. I love that little bunny.
I know. I wonder what it could be.
Hope she doesn't... Oh, a baby book!
Look at that. Oh, God, it's beautiful!
You don't have one? No, no.
I'm so glad. I love it. It's perfect.
If you need to take it back, I won't be offended. It's from Neiman Marcus.
Oh, no, no. I really love it. It's perfect.
It's so sweet. You should see my baby book. It's this disgusting puke orange.
That's very appetizing, Barbara. I'm serious.
Okay, Lynn. My turn.
Linda, thank you. I hope you like it.
That's so pretty. Did you wrap that yourself?
God, are you kidding? I wish I were that creative.
I've seen you wrap things.
Oh, I can't even draw a straight line.
Oh, God! I love this!
Do you? Look at this. It's a mobile.
I thought it'd look great over a crib.
Who wants decaf?
Herbal tea? You must be so excited.
We're really happy. Real coffee?
He must be so happy. "Ecstatic" is more like it.
What do you think you'll name it? That is so great.
Barbara? Yeah, hon?
Where's your bathroom? There's a powder room... off the entrance hall to your right.
I like "Tyler." Gary likes "Alex."
I heard you, Elyse! I don't know what you should draw now!
Let Mommy have grown-up time with the other mommies, okay?
Someone told me they heard she was seeing their shrink... so I just thought you might have...
No. I didn't even know that...
Is something wrong with Carol?
No. We were just...
'Cause her skin looks kind of... Her hair looks really cute, but...
Elyse, your ice cream is melting, and Mommy is very busy!
Did you get some? No.
Do you want some? No.
Are you sure? Yeah.
Carol, this is yours.
And you have to eat it immediately, 'cause it's melting all over.
Oh, I shouldn't.
What do you got there, honey? My coloring book.
Can I see?
Oh! She's gotten so big.
Barbara, this is delicious.
You know, we haven't really talked lately.
How are you doing?
Good. I've just been a little...
Lookit. It's you. Oh. Yeah.
Under the weather.
Right. Lookit. She's a princess.
Oh, that's very good. It's very realistic.
Ladies, we are now opening the big present. Please come in.
Okay. Here we come.
Come on, Elyse. Let's go look at the big present, okay?
Want to sit on my lap? Yeah.
Look at this fancy wrapping. Yeah.
You girls did too much.
Come on, don't be polite. I'm trying!
Oh, thank you!
That's exactly the one I wanted! Oh!
There's a package with the wheels inside.
You just screw them in. Even you can do it.
Carol? You all right?
What's going on? I don't know. Carol?
Oh, my God. Linda, what happened?
She can't breathe!
Eileen, call her house. Someone should call her doctor.
Jennifer, could you get some water, please?
Just try to relax, okay?
Calm down. It's okay. It's all gonna be fine.
Just... Just relax. Breathe.
My name is Carol White... and I live in Southern California.
I saw your notice at the health club near my house... and decided to write and tell you a little bit about myself.
For some time now, I have not been feeling up to par... and was hoping your organization might be of some help.
I'm originally from Texas... although I've lived in the L.A. area most of my life.
I had asthma as a child, but it never really got in the way... of school or recreation.
I've always thought of myself as someone... with a pretty normal upbringing... and as basically a healthy person... but for the past several months... that has all started to change.
Suddenly I find myself feeling sick.
Honey, what's going on?
I've been calling. I thought you were asleep.
Someone... Brenda called about trading...
Thursday carpool for Saturday or something like that.
She said you'd know what that was about.
Anyway, she said she'd call you back.
I thought you were asleep 'cause you weren't...
Wh-What are you doing?
I was writing this...
I don't even...
Oh, God, what is this?
Where am I...
We're in our house.
Greg and Carol's house.
Who are you?
You are of all ages and from all walks of life.
But you find you all have one thing in common: strange, never-ending ailments.
Suddenly you can't cook dinner anymore... because the smell of the gas from your stove makes you ill.
Or if you take the freeway, you feel as if you might choke on the fumes.
Your family and friends tell you that you're overreacting... that it's all in your head.
But your symptoms worsen.
Fatigue and depression turn to migraines... blackouts, even seizures.
Now, if this sounds familiar... you're not alone.
What you most likely are is one of a vastly growing number of people... who suffer from environmental illness.
That means that, for reasons not yet known to us... certain people's natural tolerance to everyday substances... is breaking down, usually as a result... of some kind of chemical exposure.
Today, there are 60,000 chemicals in everyday use... yet only ten percent are tested for human toxicity.
This is a disease that you catch... from your environment.
You scared me. Sorry.
No, I'm sorry. I was just...
I just took Fulvia down. So did you just get home?
Yeah. So how did it go?
What? Your thing this morning.
What was it on?
Well, it was just this thing on getting sick on fumes and bug sprays... and stuff.
You mean, on... like, pollution?
More about people who get sick from chemicals... and what it does to you.
Who told you to go to this?
No, I just...
At the health club, I saw a flyer.
So you think this is what's made you...
I mean, why you've been sick?
Because of... bug spray?
No, I... I just...
I don't know why.
Okay, that's milk at .01 of three.
So most of the time, there's a trigger... new carpeting, new kitchen, new car.
Or somebody works around paint fumes or strong fragrances.
Okay. No reaction. Please prepare...
.01 of two. Right.
Then one day, bam, it hits you, and suddenly your body is reacting... to everything like a Geiger counter... food, air, everything.
.01 of two, milk. Thank you.
What we're doing now is testing about 50 separate foods and molds... to determine what your neutralization doses will consist of.
And then they'll... they'll stop it?
No. Arm, please.
No, neutralization-provocation is a way to aid you... during your cleaning-up process, but that's all it really is, is an aid.
Okay, this'll sting just a little bit.
Dr. Reynolds, call for you on 8.
Dr. Reynolds, Eric Delaney on 8.
Okay, that's milk at .01 of two.
Are you okay?
Eric, Dr. Reynolds. What's up?
Well, look. If your oasis and twice-a-week injections don't simmer you down... you know you have other hidden sensitivities most likely molds or fungus.
Continue the rare fruit diet, and if you don't get better... check back with me or have Dr. Baines check into... an unresolved Candida problem.
Dr. Reynolds, she's reacting. Eric, I gotta leave you.
Prepare a neutralizing dose at .01 of three, please.
Carol, this will cease momentarily. I apologize for any discomfort.
Sarah, be sure to record... pulse-rate change following injection.
Okay. .01 of three milligrams.
Okay, thank you.
Just take it easy.
Okay, we have palpitations with deep distress... in conjunction with a racing pulse rate of 104.
There's flushing and some wheezing.
Bit of swelling in the mouth.
This is a big one, Carol. Milk's a biggie.
Are you okay?
Have some water.
We can turn it on and off like a switch.
We just don't know how to make it go away.
The first thing you need to do in order to "clear"... is create an oasis in which to live.
Your oasis is your safe place, your toxic-free zone... where your load has been significantly reduced.
For some, that can mean... an airtight, porcelain-lined enclosure... something like a refrigerator.
For others, their safe room... is just a stripped-down room within their house... that's conducive to good ventilation... or air control.
My name is Sarah Pinter.
I live in Orange County, near a fumigation company... and we're in the process of a suit against the company... for improper handling of their chemicals, so...
Great. Thank you. Yes?
Would you stand, please?
My name is Abigail Cartier-Rousseau... and my sensitivity originated with fragrances.
I was employed for 23 years.
I've been spending some time... at the retreat in Wrenwood, so I'm doing much better.
Great. Great. Terrific.
Thank you. And you, ma'am?
My name's Carol White. This is my husband, Greg.
We live in the San Fernando Valley.
We're here for my wife, who's been ill... to learn more information... and hopefully gain from it as well.
Thank you. I hope so too.
My doctor thinks I'm nuts.
He thinks the whole thing is completely in my head.
That's what my husband still thinks.
It is in your head. It's in all our heads.
What do you mean by that, Helen?
It makes you crazy. She's right.
It ends up in your head because it affects the neurological.
And it will make you depressed. It really will.
I mean, how does a five-year-old say it's psychosomatic?
How does he make his eyes swell shut?
Why would he want to do that?
He can't go into "Chunky Cheese" anymore.
He can't go into ShowBiz.
Why would he do that to himself?
It's true. It's like, you go into a building... you're walking along the hall.
You don't know when that monster is gonna jump out at you.
You're just, like, going along the wall... like any normal person. Right.
With your mask and your oxygen tank... and your bottled water.
So at first I didn't understand why citrus... since I had tested negative for citrus, until all of a sudden...
I remembered how the oranges had rolled out of their plastic... into the bag with Greg's papers in them.
'Cause newspapers, the ink...
Really? ...also... yeah.
You know our couch? Our beautiful new couch?
Yeah. Totally toxic.
Wow. I know. So...
It's hard. Like, I...
I can't wear makeup anymore.
God. Burns my eyes. I get sick.
Well, I guess one good thing is just... how it's made you so much more knowledgeable... on food and everything, and chemicals.
They just know so much more about it there, though... the people who go through this. I mean...
So much of it, too, is that we were raised... and grown in a chemical place.
And you go into a grocery store... and you-you-you you grab a chemical... without reading, without investigating...
But anyway, it's just made me... more aware than I used to be.
You know what I mean? Yep.
Next up, the load:
What is it, why is it... and what can be done to improve it?
First, what is your total load?
Well, in the chemical-laden world in which we live... impurities are all around.
Everyone must deal with a certain amount of impurities and toxins... at any given time, and that's your load.
It's the maximum amount of toxins... your body can tolerate... which, for most people, is rather large.
But a chemically sensitive person is not able to carry a normal load.
What we have to do is unload.
This means we go back to zero... and, starting from scratch, substance by substance... we build the load back up.
Remember, the goal is to get clear.
And so the safest and quickest way to clear is to fast.
Fasting, which can last up to five days, depending on the individual... is usually followed by the rotation diet... or the rare foods diet... both of which help protect the system... while reintroducing foods back into it.
Whatever diet you choose... be sure to omit mold antigen-containing foods... like bread, cheese, alcohol... ketchup, vinegar, mayonnaise... mustard, coffee, or chocolate.
Molds are very hard on the immune system... whether you're E.I. or not.
And throughout your unloading process... be sure to have adjusted your living conditions accordingly.
Safe bodies need safe environments in which to live... and there are healthy alternatives that exist... for just about every toxic product... gas, or ventilation system out there.
But it's up to you to find them.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry. We're spraying right now.
Oh, my God!
Carol, you're doing fine. Just hold in there.
Move your head. Concentrate.
Keep your head to the side, Carol.
Keep with us, Carol.
Carol, keep your head to the side.
No unusual foods. No medication.
Emotional strain? No.
Well, can you think of anything else that might be causing it?
So what you're saying, Carol, is that this is based... solely on the pesticide and nothing else.
I have a chemical impairment that makes...
I realize that, Carol, but it's just not turning up on the tests.
Please don't do that! Nurse, don't spray that here.
Look, Carol, from a medical standpoint... there's no way to prove this thing is an immune system breakdown... much less one based on environmental factors.
Now, if your psychiatrists can't provide...
Think, honey. I mean... what gave you the bloody lip?
What would cause you to actually bleed? I don't know.
They visit them, pray with them, get them...
New York... be the same again.
Things just started tumbling down on top of me.
...is here to ensure your team ring fits...
No question, this is gonna be a big sales...
It is a real problem, and I think more people are becoming aware... because more and more people are becoming sick from chemicals.
Nestled in the foothills of Albuquerque... the Wrenwood Center describes itself as a nonprofit communal settlement... dedicated to the healing individual.
Offering the services of a combined health retreat and community center...
Wrenwood consists of 200 residents... Greg. visitors, and staff, many of whom suffer... Greg! from chemical sensitivity... Listen. This thing's on.
...including its founder, author Peter Dunning.
Environmental illness is just one of a cluster of new immune disorders... such as Epstein-Barr syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome... and, of course, AIDS... all of which continue to elude conventional medicine.
At Wrenwood, we offer an alternative.
I like to think of us as a safe haven for troubled times.
We're the most extensive... cooperative treatment residency of our kind.
But what I think makes us really unique...
I think I... ...is our emphasis on the individual.
I heard about this place from somewhere.
...warning us of a disease-ridden future?
If so, the Wrenwood Center is certainly ahead of its time.
People come for all different reasons.
I guess the thing we all have in common is, like, why.
You know? Why did we all get sick to begin with?
What's it called?
It's right in here.
Not allowed! What's she going on about?
Stop! Wait. You better stop.
You're contaminating this entire area!
How much do I owe you?
I see you.
Excuse me. Are you Carol? Yes.
Hi. I'm Susan. I work with Claire.
We've spoken on the phone. Hi.
We're so glad you made it.
I heard Nell making a ruckus. I thought it might've been your car.
I hope she wasn't too... Oh, no.
She's been having a rough time lately. Her husband's very sick... and she's just... well... That's okay.
Well, let me help you with your things.
I'll take this one.
This is a chemical-free zone.
We have reading boxes, safe TV... and there's a 911 phone... in case of any kind of medical emergency.
We're sorry your husband wouldn't be able to join you.
I know. He's just in the middle of all this business.
They should be here soon, though, he and our son.
I should call them, actually. Sure, sure.
There's a phone inside at the center. Great.
We acquired the center in 1978... and we've been battling to keep it ever since.
But basically, this is where... all group convening takes place.
We have all of our workshops... and, our evening talks... that sort of thing, here.
The dining room is right across the way... on the other side of the street. Oh, hi!
You must be Carol. Carol, this is Claire, our director.
Hi. Welcome to Wrenwood.
How was your trip?
Whoops. Well, I guess you're just wiped out.
There's nothing more debilitating than travel.
Claire was hypersensitive when she first came to Wrenwood.
Now I'm just semi-hypersensitive, like the rest of the world.
I'm a little... from the flight. I know.
We'll just quick get you checked in and then take you to your cabin... and you can plop or whatever till dinner.
But I know there are quite a few people... who are anxious to meet you.
If you want to leave your bags here and use the pay phones... they are just beyond the chapel.
The little auditorium to the right. Okay? Okay.
Hello? Hi. It's me.
Hi. Are you there? Yeah, I'm here.
Is it nice? Yeah.
Great. That's great, honey.
Yeah. You know, we'll see.
Did you forget anything?
No, I just thought I'd call, tell you I was here and everything.
I'm glad you caught me. We were about to go grab a bite.
Oh, you go ahead.
I'm sorry. I just... No, no, I'm glad.
I'm glad it's nice there. That's great.
Look, you just relax... and take care of yourself, get well quick... and we'll come see you in a couple of weeks.
Soon as I reach deadline on this. Okay, babe?
Love you. I love you too, hon.
Say hi to Ror.
I will. And, we'll talk again real soon.
Bye-bye, sweetie. Bye.
I want to welcome all newcomers... all short- and long-term visitors... and extend our warmest support for the acceleration... of your healing process.
So that you can relax... and receive the full benefit of your stay here... we ask that you observe community wishes in the following ways:
Silent meals are observed at breakfast and lunch... with a side of the room for men and a side for women.
In addition, we ask you to refrain from smoking... drinking, and use of recreational drugs while on the premises... and we ask that you respect our practice of moderation in dress... and restraint in sexual interaction.
Instead, we ask that you try... to focus these feelings inward... toward your personal growth and self-realization.
End of speech. Welcome, everybody... especially our long-termers, Carol and Ward.
And now, with no further ado...
I give you our own Peter Dunning.
Oh, you like this shirt? Are you familiar with his books?
No, I don't think so. They're so wonderful.
I'll lend you some.
Peter is a chemically sensitive person with AIDS... so his perspective is incredibly vast.
My deepest welcome to Carol and Wade. Ward.
W-Ward. Welcome to Wrenwood.
All right. If you'd all... close your eyes... and pass your valuables to the front.
No, no. Come on.
Not really. Okay.
So we're feeling good? We're feeling warmth.
We can look into each other's eyes... and actually see rejuvenation... and personal transformation happening.
Because we've left the judgmental behind.
And with it... the shaming condition that kept us locked up in all the pain.
But what I want to share with you tonight... what I want to give you tonight... is an image to reflect on...
an image of a world outside... as positive... and as free... as the world we've created here.
Because when you look out on the world... from a place of love... and a place of forgiveness... what you are seeing outside...
is a reflection of what you feel within.
Does that make sense?
So... what do I see outside me?
I see the growth of environmentalism. Right?
And holistic study.
I see a decline in drugs and promiscuity.
I see sensitivity training in the workplace!
Yeah! And the men's movement.
I see all these positive things outside in the world... because what I am seeing is a global transformation... identical to the transformation...
I revel at within.
And with that...
We are one with the power that created us.
We are safe... and all is well in our world.
Kind friends all gathered 'round There's something I would say That what brings us together here Has blessed us all today Love has made a circle That holds us all inside Where strangers are as family And loneliness can't hide So give yourself to love If love is what you're after Open up your hearts to The tears and laughter, and Give yourself to love Give yourself to love
Carol? I'm sorry.
Are you having a reaction? No. No.
Oh, come on.
That's good. You're okay.
Tsk. Oh, Carol.
You know something?
All these feelings you're having are just fine.
They're so natural.
I mean, you've just done something so big... you know, something... many people never do in their lifetimes.
You've taken this big step on your own behalf.
You've... left behind everything that's known and secure... and all the people you love and trust... and you've come to this strange new place... with strange new people.
It's completely understandable... that you might feel lonely... or fearful or even angry.
You know... when I first came here, I couldn't even walk.
I'd been living six miles from this chemical factory... this was in Michigan... that was leaking, like, 15 gallons... of chemical by-products every day.
When I got here, all I could do was just sit in my safe room... and every day... every hour of every day...
I would look at myself in the mirror... and I would say to myself...
I love you.
I really love you."
At the end of the month, I could leave my room... and shortly thereafter, I was walking.
For me... this was a gift, this whole thing was a gift... because everything got taken away from me.
I... I mean... everything in the material world.
And what was left... was me.
Thank you, Claire.
Are you better?
You'll do fine.
Sweet dreams. Good night.
Forever and ever...
You're right where I found...
Sweet love's showin' us...
Never seen such a beautiful...
Dear Greg and Rory... how are you guys?
I hope everything is going good. I really miss you.
I'm feeling a little better, so I decided to stay the full amount.
At first it was hard to get used to... but now I really think it's starting to help.
I've been so much more relaxed and eating healthfully... and the desert landscape is really beautiful here.
I can't wait till the 25th to show you around... and introduce you to everyone.
Give my love to Sally and your mother and Linda... and be sure and help your dad, Ror.
Love and kisses, Carol.
Is that Lester you're watching?
Sorry. I didn't mean to startle you.
Oh, it's fine.
I was just watching him go by.
Why does he...
Oh, poor Lester. He's just... very, very afraid... afraid to eat, afraid to breathe.
But let's talk about you.
I heard you weren't feeling so hot.
It was just a little... shortness of breath and some dizziness.
I noticed the highway near here... and I wondered if maybe my cabin room... was a little downwind or something.
I thought maybe if I tried another cabin...
Claire would be the best person to speak to about that.
Claire is? She's really the one.
I remember Claire sharing with me a little while back some concern over you.
That you'd been feeling some remorse...
maybe some apprehension.
I was just... All I'm saying... is that these feelings you're having, Carol, are extremely common... especially in relation to new environments.
Especially for someone who's environmentally ill, okay?
And what we're about is trying to help absorb... as many of these tensions as we can... so you're free to do the kind of healing... that you need to be doing.
Does that make any sense? Yes.
'Cause when that's accomplished, I'm doing my job.
No, I know. I'm just still learning... you know, the words.
Oh. Well... the words are... just the way to get to what's true.
See the coyote? Where?
Is that all right? Sure.
I need a partner.
Guess we'll have to figure out what to cook.
All right, well...
I'll think about... what to cook.
She had all these little different, you know... candies and stuff she'd keep in there.
She used to let me open the clasp and look inside the purse... then close the clasp.
I'll never forget that purse.
Now, speaker number two... describe to your friend a room... you remember having as a child.
God, this is...
I guess this one I had was...
had... yellow wallpaper... and...
What's going on over there?
Oh, my God. Who's that?
Who's the guy? I don't know.
I think it's Nell's husband. That looks like Nell's husband.
is another... precious day on earth... so let's throw away... every negative...
destructive thought we might have... and look around ourselves with love.
I tried to teach him this...
to give up the rage...
to strive for a quiet mind.
My concern is, it sounds like a spiraling down.
If you're feeling more sensitive to the fumes that way... you shouldn't really be outside.
The problem is, there just aren't any center accommodations available now... except for cabins and dormitories.
Oh, I'm fine, really.
Oh, except for Harry's.
Mr. Keene, Nell's husband, built a safe house.
You can see it. It's right next to recycling... over there, the little white igloo.
He lived in that? Oh, yeah.
After his stroke, he needed a more controllable space... so she stayed in the cabin, and he lived in the safe house.
And he actually improved.
It's ventilated and porcelain-lined... and he was perfectly safe as long as no one set foot inside.
I don't know what she's planning to do with it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have a confession I'd like to make.
I've stopped reading the papers.
I've stopped watching the news on TV.
I've heard the media gloom and doom... and I've seen their fatalistic, negative attitude... and I finally realized, once and for all, I don't need it.
And so I transform that negative stimulus... into something that will not do harm to me.
Because if I really believe that life is...
that devastating, that destructive...
I'm afraid that my immune system will believe it too...
and I can't afford to take that risk.
Neither can you.
We are one...
With the power that created us.
We are safe... We are safe... and all is well in our world.
So my brother called, and Darlene had another girl.
Oh. I'll call them tonight.
Oh, and Linda called and said to hurry up... and clear or clean or whatever it is...
"Clear." ...and come on home.
So you really feel like it's... still the right choice? I mean...
I do. I mean... right before the fumes, I was good.
My load was up.
I was eating well, so...
What did they say about the fumes?
Just that I'd probably move to another, different cabin somewhere... where I won't feel them.
I just think it's true what they say... that it's up to the individual, and that it takes time.
Whose house is that? That's Peter's.
It's gorgeous, isn't it? Yeah.
Feel like moving? No.
Her husband just passed away.
Come on, Rory.
Steve... why did you become sick?
Well, I became sick... because I just O.D.'d on all the drugs I was doing.
Why did you become addicted?
Well, I guess I became addicted... to, like, blot out the pain... of not liking myself.
Of hating myself, really.
Okay. Thanks, Steve.
Hello, Joyce. Hi.
How are you? I'm okay.
Joyce, what do you think was behind your illness?
Why did you become sick?
I believe that I made myself sick... after my son got sick... because I was just...
Well, you get so eaten up with guilt, really.
You know, because I felt that I had done it to him.
I was the one who put him in that school.
I put him in that environment.
You were punishing yourself.
deeply wounded as a child... and had completely blocked it out for years... and then, suddenly became very ill.
Why, do you think?
Maybe to let myself know something was wrong.
And... the person who hurt you the most...
Not forgiving him.
Thank you, Marilyn.
Carol... would you like to respond?
We don't want to force anyone.
Would you like to take part?
What is the question?
The question is... why did you become sick?
First, I got sick and my husband thought I was crazy... and then he got sick the same way.
What was happening in your life around the time that you...
How were you feeling when you first got sick?
I just wanted to get a gun... and blow off the heads of everyone who got me like this.
Nobody out there made you sick. You know that.
The only person who can make you get sick is you, right?
Whatever the sickness, if our immune system is damaged... it's because we have allowed it to be... through exactly the kind of anger you're showing us now.
Does that make sense?
Does anybody have a problem with that?
Which is why you need to remember your affirmations... and figure out how to love Nell a lot more.
And even Nell's disease.
And put that gun of yours away.
Sometimes all I see is the hatred and frailty...
people's cruelty to one another... cruelty to themselves... and I realize...
how lucky I am.
Is that everything? I think so.
Rory, be careful with that. It's real heavy.
I have it!
Rory, don't talk to your mother in that tone.
What time's your flight? 7:20.
Ror, if you really want to be helpful... make sure our stuff's in the car and we're ready to go.
Want me to get that? I got it.
Whoa. Watch it. Whoops.
You all right?
I think it might be your cologne.
Honey, I'm not wearing any cologne.
Maybe in the shirt. I don't know.
Well, I guess we better get moving if we're gonna catch the plane.
You gonna be okay?
I'm fine. It's just for a short time.
I know. I'll be fine.
Can I hug you? Of course.
So this other guy didn't know anything was wrong with him either... except that whenever he would go into a mall... he would get totally depressed... you know, start crying really hard, and contemplating suicide.
And then he would step outside, and he would be fine.
You know, totally normal. This would happen every single time.
You know what they called him? What?
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. For-mall-dehyde."
I'm so gullible. No, I'm serious.
This really happened.
I always forget if it's pasta, cheese, sauce... cheese, pasta... or pasta, sauce, cheese... pasta, cheese, sauce.
I think it's pasta... pasta, pasta, pasta, cheese...
Stop it! Stop it! ...pasta, sauce.
Suddenly all I see... all over my hands and my legs are... black, horrible sores all over me, oozing.
And at first I'm horrified... and I'm full of self-pity and anger.
I'm enraged until I realize...
Suddenly I look down again, and I realize... that they aren't sores at all... but these... black pansies... these sort of wilted black pansies I used to pick when I was a child.
So in my dream, I remember that.
And as I pick up... each wilted flower... they would just instantly... bloom into beautiful bouquets.
Every single one.
Ending in rejoice. That's remarkably clear.
Incredible lasagna, by the way, guys.
Yeah. Great dinner, both of you.
And you know, it almost tasted like the real thing.
To Carol and Chris.
To Carol and Chris. To Carol and Chris.
Sweet love's showin' us a heavenly light Never seen such a beautiful sight Sweet love glowing on us every night I know forever we'll be doing it Sweet love's showin' us a heavenly light I never seen such a beautiful sight Sweet love glowing on us every night I know forever we'll be doing it right Whenever I call you friend I believe I've come to understand Everywhere we are you and I were meant to be Forever and ever I think about the times to come Knowing I will be the lucky one And ever our love will last I always want to call you friend Sweet love's showin' us a heavenly light Never seen such a beautiful sight
Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.
I've got a little announcement to make.
Since it's almost tomorrow... and tomorrow happens to be...
Carol's birthday... we have a little surprise for her.
For she's a jolly good fellow And so say all of us
Speech! Happy birthday, Carol.
Speech! No, I...
Happy birthday, sweetie. I...
Say something. I can't. I've never made a speech before.
Please. Oh, God.
I just want to thank Chris for doing this... and everybody here so much.
It just... You pulled me through a really hard period.
Anyway, I couldn't have done it without you.
I don't know what I'm saying.
Just that I really hated myself before I came here... and, so...
I'm trying to see myself hopefully, more as I am, more... more positive... like seeing the pluses.
Like, I think it's slowly opening up now.
People's minds, like... educating and, and...
AIDS and... and other types of diseases...
And it is a disease, 'cause it's out there... and we just have to be more aware of it... make people aware of it and, even ourselves... like, going... reading labels and going into buildings...
Thank you, Chris... for everything.
Are you sure you're all right, Carol? I'm fine, really.
See you tomorrow. For sure.
Good night. Night.
I love you.
I really love you.
I love you.
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With a laser pen and a bit of rapid prototyping technology (or you could just use some ‘magic’), you too can sketch out a chair, a couch, a lamp… whatever you need. Just make sure you get all the legs even… actually there’s loads of stuff that could go wrong… looks cool but. Visit Front Design [frontdesign.se] to see Sketch Furniture in action. Thanks to Hypediss [hypediss.com] for highlighting this one.
Posted by Michael, posted on 31 October 2006 at 12:53 pm in Random Play
[Crazy Foam Collection]. Originally uploaded to Flickr by [grickily].
Okay, after my rather damning critique of The Chap magazine (Note: still refusing to link to their site) I thought I should post this picture of some cute but ultimately ozone destroying ‘Crazy Foam’ tins from the 60s. Yep, they’re really old… but well loved and cared for thanks to Dan Goodsell, the man behind The Imaginary World and Tick Tock Toys.
Posted by Michael as Random Play
The world needs Grafik magazine. It’s ace. It’s critical. It ‘loves design’. It has lush foil blocked, special colour covers. It’s everything a modern Graphic Design magazine should be. Which is why it’s so painful to see when it starts going a bit wrong…
I’m for robust, opinionated and critical journalism. I’ve enjoyed editor Caroline Roberts editorials, even when I haven’t entirely agreed with stuff she’s said (you can’t please all the people etc. etc.) but seems lately she’s just lashing out with no good reason. First, Grafik gets a redesign so she sees fit to criticise the previous designer’s efforts (”yup, it really pissed us off too”, she assumes), now she’s having a go at blogging. Huh? Okay, I’m obviously biased, but I wonder what she’s type of ‘weblogs’ she’s been reading (It can’t be the Creative Review blog, can it? Do they ever mention what they got up to on the weekend?). I know it’s fashionable in certain journalistic circles to consider ‘blogs’ to be faddish and a bit “rubbish”, but for me, it’s become an excellent way for professionals and friends to communicate on a level a few fathoms above a three line email or a message on MySpace. See the links on the right there for some excellent examples.
Okay… This is where I offer my humble opinion on the recent re-design since Grafik doesn’t have a letters page (I’m actually quite happy about that, it doesn’t really need one)…
Avant Garde does not make for a happy text reading experience, especially with such tight kerning and leading. I thought this was a given. As someone on Newstoday mentioned, “I’m surprised Sea didn’t do it all in Helvetica”, I kind of wish they had… anything other than Avant Garde. My eyes hurt.
The new logo (’masthead’, surely) looks clunky and hard to read. I know we’re all meant to be design professionals and up for being challenged but it just doesn’t gel with the idea that this is a “simplified and stream lined” version of the magazine. In my mind, there is little that speaks ‘inclusive’ about cutting your name in half, flipping it round and jamming it back together… but maybe that’s just me.
I guess I should back this up with a few examples of design loving independent magazines. Maybe try some of these a tell me know what you think or you could just visit [colophon2007.com] for a much wider selection…
Riot Magazine [riotmag.net]
Super Super [thesupersuper.com]
See other NMCA posts for Dummy, Special, Little White Lies and loads more. You can also visit Grafik magazine here… [grafikmagazine.co.uk], although you’ll be lucky to find anything much of interest on their website, certainly not a blog.
Posted by Michael on October 30, 2006 in Rants, Magazines, Publishing, Graphic design
Jeremy wrote on 1 November 2006:
I have a lot of time for Grafik, I’ve written for it and subscribe, but I agree completely with you about the redesign. It’s unfortunate that a magazine about design can get such a basic thing so wrong. Around eighteen months ago it was looking fantastic, yet now it is just dull. That’s the most disappointing thing is it’s not even ugly or annoying, just plain.
Michael wrote on 1 November 2006:
I hope I wasn’t too harsh. It’s only because I care. :)
I thought a lot of things that were done in the first redesigned issue were because it was a special edition… I can see the novelty of having ‘type, no image’ covers every issue wearing thin already. Be nice if Grafik handed the design over to a different studio every 12 months or so, they could approach the design like a game of ‘chinese whispers’…
Dark Edition. Recorded Late October 2006. This is a special Dark Edition for All Hallows Eve. You can download it here or click on the RSS Feed to subscribe and get yer Antimix podcasts through iTunes. In this broadcast you’ll hear the blood-curdling screams of: [Barry Adamson] / [Mono] / [A Grape Dope] / [The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black] / [The Cramps] / [Jarvis Cocker & Radiohead] / [Nouvelle Vague] / [My Bloody Valentine] / [Pale Saints]. Sleep well, my pretties.
Some artwork for you to download… if you dare:
Being a Graphic Designer in Australia can be frustrating (that’s where I studied and worked for a number of years), particularly in regards to the lack of media to support the industry. Australian design magazines have a history of focusing on technical skills whilst looking like… well, just looking a bit tardy and out of touch with current design trends (stand up Desktop, Design Graphics etc). So it’s great to see Australian Creative putting together a rather slick online package to support their ever-evolving and involving magazine.
After having a look at their new site I though I should do my bit in supporting Australian graphic designers and share some of me links with you. I must warn you, they are a bit Melbourne-centric, but then that’s where I’m from so… anyways, here’s me Aussie Design Link Dump. Any suggestions, corrections, etc. are more than welcome…
3 Deep [3deep.com.au]
The Co-op [theco-opgroup.com.au]
Posted by Michael on 25 October 2006 at 12:03 pm in Graphic Design, Linkage, Magazines, Random Play
Cake. God knows I love it. Possibly too much. Tea and cake is what’s helped make this country great and it’s nice to see a number of ’boutique’… um… producers of cake, taking a step back in time to look at this fine tradition.
What has stirred this particular (and slightly saccharine) ode to cake has to be Peyton & Byrne’s Banana Cake Loaf (or Loaf Cake… I dunno). Available from the new, freshly delivered and piping hot Peyton and Byrne store on Tottenham Court Road (sandwiched—pardon the pun—between Habitat and Heals). To give you an idea of how good it was it took three of us one and a half days to finish the lot off (I think I even had some for breakfast—that’s not good).
Visit [peytonandbyrne.co.uk] to have a look at the vast selection of scrummy delights they have on offer.
Posted in 23 October 2006 in Miscellanea, Cake
Lately, the City of London seems to have taken it upon themselves to rid the city district of all examples of recent 20th century architecture, replacing them with innocuous glass and steel edifices.
This is Britain’s allergy to modern architecture blown up to ludicrous proportions. Rather than harbouring a culturally rich and extensive overview of architectural trends throughout the 20th century the council has seen fit to simply erase vast swathes of London’s modern heritage.
Many of the charming multi-storey office buildings built in the 50s and 60s around London Wall have fallen under the wrecker's ball as has Mondial House, which previously sat like a massive alien spacecraft on the banks of the Thames, sadly no more due to the imagination deficit currently sweeping through the City.
Of all this recent unwarranted destruction (City of London currently boasts on their website that they have more office space than the Docklands—Joy), the saddest news to break has be that Milton Court looks like the next to go.
Quite literally attached to the Barbican (a part of the Barbican Highwalk), Milton Court was built shortly before the Barbican and is, therefore, not considered a protected building by English Heritage (a group that recently came under fire for giving up it’s own headquarters on Saville Row to yet another rabid developer). Previously the building housed a Fire Station and Coroner’s Office. Guildhall School of Music and Dance currently occupy part of the building and are seeking to demolish the existing structure to provide new facilities as well as a 43-storey residential development.
How about this for an idea, move the rather lack-lustre Design Museum to the site and use that to create a national centre for design at the Barbican including workshop spaces and stuff. Whaddyathink?
Help stop the madness by visiting [miltoncourt.org] or drop the City of London a line at [[email protected](at)culture.gsi.gov.uk].
Posted on 17 October 2006 in Architecture, Politicosis
Mia wrote on October 18th, 2006 at 12:00 pm:
I think it’s a brilliant idea. The Barbican could feasibly become a creative centre, the Guildhall School, Barbican Theatre complex and the Museum of London are already there.
Gareth Roberts wrote on June 23rd, 2007 at 2:12 am:
Yesterday I visited Milton Court after seeing it on the “Eyesore or gem” feature on the BBC website. The building is looking a bit neglected but I found it to be an amazing place that could be re-used (I particularly like your suggestion to move the Design Museum). I hope the developers don’t get their way and stick another glass tower on the site.
Sometimes, it seems as though no sooner has one genre of magazine died a messy death than a new version springs up in its place a year or few down the track. For us UK indie dinosaurs, many of us mourned the passing of Lime Lizard, Select and Melody Maker and it’s ilk (and many more felt compelled to express their sadness at the recent ‘re-invention’ of the NME). Of course, the Indie Music magazine never went away… it was just having a snooze.
I’d like to say it’s back! ‘Back!’, you hear. But that’s seems a little grandiose a statement for this new breed of ‘quiet achievers’. Enter Dummy, ‘Sup, Spex, Artrocker, OK Fred… they are cropping up all over the place.
The first issue of Dummy looked more fashion mag than music zine, with loads of lush full page commissioned photography that seemed to over shadow the writing. After a brief disappearance Dummy came back with a sharper look thanks to current i-D art director, Dean Langley, that bought the bands and the writing into focus. It’s a stripped back and slightly retro look that seems to directly reference the underground fanzine idea and is already bleeding out into other magazines such as…
‘Sup magazine is free but you can’t tell by looking at it. Mostly, one colour throughout (with the rare burst of colour), the choice of coloured stock and minimal variation in fonts lends it an air of authority music magazines have been lacking for some time (apart from the always excellent The Wire. ‘Sup seem to follow a similar notion of keeping the design to a minimum and showcasing the music and writing.
For now this all seems totally fresh and interesting (and lord knows Artrocker could only improve with a bit less ‘ornamentation’) but I wonder how long before indie fans crave a bit of colour and craziness. See what you think.
Posted on 20 October 2006 in Magazines, Graphic Design, Publishing, NMCA
Welcome to the crazee world of self-publishing. I’m not talking blogging, or podcasts, fanzines or self-appreciating but ultimately vacuous quarterly fashion magazine ‘projects’. I’m talking real, proper hard cover books. Blurb allows anyone to design and edit hardcover books themselves on any subject, online. You download a bit of software called BookSmart and away you go. I think I’m going to have to try this to see how it works, you get to chose you’re own fonts which makes me happy… Visit [blurb.com] to find out more.
Posted in 20 October 2006 in Graphic Design, Reading, Publishing
Michael wrote on October 24th, 2006 at 4:32 pm:
Andrew Losowsky has pointed out that there are various online self publishing systems out there similar to Blurb. You can read more about them in an article he wrote for the Guardian a couple of years ago: http://losowsky.com/archives/008252.html
I’m think I’ll have to do a brief review of these from a Designers point of view to post on Boicozine at a later date. If anyone reading this has had any experience with online paper book publishing I’d love to hear from you. Email me michael(at)boico.net or leave a comment.
Okay, so it’s not super catchy and doesn’t seem to have any decernable dress codes (apart from wearing loads of black, but that’s a bit obvious really) but if you’re feeling a bit Children of Men or can’t stop listening to Jarvis Cocker’s Running the World then may I recommend a handful of other dark delights:
Prepare yourself for this one. Once you get past the scene with the car jam that seems to go on forever you’ve still got to contend with hippies killing pigs in the woods, car wreaks that turn into flocks of sheep and an old lady’s pet skinned sheep… eew!
A bunch of Italian guys get together with a few prostitutes to eat and shag themselves to death and that’s pretty much it. A bleaker concept for a film is hard to find and I found this hard enough to watch (I think I turned off half way through). Let me know how you fare with this one.
From Godard to the Wachowski Brothers. Yikes! Still this has to be Children of Men’s closest modern relative (if you can think of another let me know). It’s dystopian (well to start with anyway), set in Britain after the seeming collapse of the United States and the lead actress is bald… er, just kidding about the last one. Sorry.
Got any to add, let us know by leaving a comment or two.
Posted on 20 October 2006 in Cinema, Politicosis.
Coolmix posted 20 October 2006 at 1:29 pm:
Nihilism rules OK! I’d recommend Malle’s Feu Follet (man commits suicide; bit whiny) and Fassbinder’s Warum lÃ¤uft Herr R. Amok (man kills his family; one of my favourite films ever, though it’s generally considered as one of Fassbinder’s lesser works).
Be warned, you’ll feel bad afterwards.
Michael posted 20 October 2006 at 3:15 pm:
“Nihilism rules OK!”
I want a T shirt that says that!
… in black, with black writing…
Yes Studio are a couple of ex-Blue Source designers/art directors who set out to carve their own niche in ideas-led designs for clients in the music industry and various other fields. What sets Yes apart in their attention to detail and process. For The Stands, each bit of flat artwork was screen printed before being photographed to separate it from the usual digitally-led sleeve designs. You’ve probably seen their work for Maximo Park and Dirty Vegas. If you haven’t, you can now see a selection from their ever-growing portfolio online.
Why not drop by [yesstudio.co.uk] for a nose around.
Posted on 17 October 2006 in Graphic Design
Roman Coppola made a film called CQ. If this is ‘ye olde ancient news’ to you then maybe skip onto the next post or something (you can leave a comment telling me what you thought of it first if you like, go on, you know you want to… maybe).
It was back in 2001, although he started work on it a year before hand. I really liked it (but then my all-time favourite film is Modesty Blaise). It’s a typically quirky mixture of the clever and aware film making of the new wave era re-interpreted and the frothy, escapist fun of 60s Sci-Fi Pyschadelia (think Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik and the aforementioned Modesty Blaise).
It also features the usual high quality Coppola siblings collaborations, this time with graphic artist Laurent Fetis who, not only supplied various marketing materials for the film but worked with Coppola Jr on the titles, on screen graphics and props used within the film/s themselves (the posters are a joy, here are a couple of them below).
If you pick up the DVD you’ll also find documentary by Mom and Sis and loads of really cool featurettes and even new wave style films about the film. To find out more visit [uk.imdb.com/CQ] or drop in at [romancoppolastudio.com] to see what Roman is up to.
Posted on 16 October 2006 in Graphic Design, Cinema
Just as I was slagging off poor old Relax magazine for it’s recent change in (art) direction it’s goes and closes. Seems I wasn’t the only one doing it…
Of course Jean Snow and Marxy mentioned this back in June, but several issues were released after this which made us think it may have had a reprieve. Alas, no. So we bid farewell to the coolest and most accessible Japanese magazine to date and thank Relax for supporting some of the best contemporary image makers around (you always did give good cover, like the James Jarvis fold-out above).
To view a set of covers from Relax visit one of our sister sites [NMCA Link]. You might like to read a previous post on Japanese magazines by selecting ‘Magazines’ from the categories menu on the right.
Posted on 13 October 2006 in Magazines, Reading, Publishing, NMCA
A couple of crafty blokes by the names of Martin & Peter have put together a Wordpress theme I’m truly jealous of. I only wish it worked on this ‘ere blog. If you’ve got one too, maybe it’ll work on yours… Visit [burnfield.com/martin/2006/04/12/wordpress-theme] to have a look.
Posted by Michael on October 11th, 2006 at 1:30 am in Random Play
Martin StrÃ¶m wrote:
Hey, thanks for the kind words!
Macarons are old. Like way old… think 18th century and you’re getting there. According to legend, a French bakery known as Ladurée re-invented the macaron in the early 1900s helping create the meringue-like sandwich with creamy filling pastry we know today. Ladurée was who Sofia Coppola turned to when she needed French fancies for Marie Antoinette. The latest issue of Little White Lies magazine details a gorgeous version of the classic macaron with rose flavoured biscuit and cream with raspberries and lychees.
The evolution of the macaron continues today. Visit Yauatcha in London’s Soho and you can sample, amongst many other oriental influenced delights, Raspberry, Lychee, Fig, Lemon, Cashew… loads of macaron flavours (well 8 of em to be precise). You can see some below.
Posted by Michael on 13 October 13th, 2006 in Cake, Magazines, Random Play, Screen
“It used to be said… it is better that 100 criminals escape punishment, than one innocent person be jailed. Being a relatively innocent person, I am all in favour of this…”
Seeing Repo Man was on telly the other week, and being a massive fan of the movie, I thought it was about time I stopped messing about and actually saw a few more of the films Alex Cox has made since (as I’d meant to do so many times before). I watched Three Businessmen and El Patrullero (Highway Patrolman) and thought both were excellent (’Three Businessmen was deliberately slow to start but a frolicking good ride once it got going). Then I found Alex Cox’s offical website which blew my mind (just a little, not too much). Surely the most comprehensive website put together by and about a film director ever!
I was particularly stirred by his thoughts on the current state of the world’s political agenda:
“Bush, Blair, and the rest of these anti-democratic rascals would like to keep us in a permanent frenzy of fear, punctuated by shopping…” [Read on]
Visit [alexcox.com] for loads and loads of neat stuff to read and download including scripts and more, heck, why not even help finance a film.
Posted by Michael on 10 October 2006 at 6:45 pm in Politicosis, Reading, Screen
For those of you who missed the Penguin 70th Anniversary exhibition at the V&A last year (excellent but tiny, you could have blinked on the way through and missed it). You not only missed loads of book covers, logo designs and letters from the Penguin archive, but you also missed catching a rare sight of the elusive Penguin Donkey.
What is it? The Penguin Donkey is the cutest little bookcase you’ll ever see. Designed to sit along side you favourite comfy chair, it held 80 paperback books with a centre slot for magazines and newspapers. It was first appeared in 1939 and was available through an ad in the back of Penguin paperbacks. Of course, now they’re impossible to get hold of… unless you have a spare £400 (no, me neither). Isokon Plus produce three versions of the Penguin Donkey in a variety of finishes. There is the original Penguin Donkey, a version of the Donkey redesigned for Penguin in 1963 and a bang up-to-date version all of their own.
Visit [Isokon Plus] if you really really want one. Or do what I’m going to have to do and keep watching the skies (well, eBay or something). Picture from [V&A Collections].
Posted by Michael in Publishing, Reading, Shopping
More than just a tasty snack that pleases before you even open this packet… Caramel Corn [caracon.jp] has become the one of the latest sensations to rock the (Japanese) nation. It’s a spookily addictive concoction of puffed corn, sticky flavouring and random peanuts with the cutest packaging alive. Boicozine would personally like at least one Tohato [tohato.jp] snack bar opened per country.
Posted by Michael on October 6th, 2006 in Food, Graphic Design
Tom Adams provided illustrations for the covers of over 60 Agatha Christie book jackets in the 60s and 70s. Always pushing his distinctive style into newly twisted forms, his covers were both elegant and deeply sinister; the perfect complement to the writer’s vision. If you stumble across a copy of the picture book The Art of Her Crimes, it’s well worth grabbing (rare as hen’s teeth at the moment too, here’s hoping it’s re-released soon). The book features almost all the Agatha Christie covers Tom Adam’s completed plus an insight into his technique, most of the objects in his images were drawn from the actual objects. [tomadamsuncovered.co.uk] has a pretty decent collection of covers Tom Adams produced for numerous Agatha Christie releases.
Posted by Michael on October 3rd, 2006 in Illustration, Publications
Looking for a chilling experience to bother your brain. Then Vent Haven is the place for you (the Museum not the event although both look equally as eerie). Two words: Ventriloquist Dummies… loads of them. Almost 700 of the fuckers at the last count. And you don’t have to go all the way to Kentucky to experience the icy chill of a room full of retired ‘vent figures’ just pop along to the Vent Haven Museum website. You can nominate the Figure of the Month, visit the convention website and make sure you don’t miss the ‘Tour Tape’ in the Multimedia section. It makes the whole thing worthwhile. Final Word before you scurry off to check it out (go on, you know you want to), apparently at night, in the dark, when all the visitors have left and the staff have gone home, you hear the sound of the dummie’s joints shifting and even the occasional mouth snapping shut… bbrrrrr! Visit the [venthavenmuseum.net] online for more information.
Posted by Michael on October 1st, 2006 in Places, Random
Mam Tor [mamtor.com] are a fairly new publishing house seeking to revitalise the comic and pulp fiction genre, taking their cues from Sci-fi paperbacks from the 60s and 70s and comic/magazines such as, the now quite ancient, Heavy Metal [heavy-metal.net].
They are just about to release their first picture book by Matt Coyle [mattcoyle.net] entitled ‘Worry Doll’ (that’s a pic from it above). Apparently it’s the story of ‘a suitcase full of dolls who stumble across the murdered corpses of their host family in their living room, who flee the crime scene and embark on a nightmarish road trip in popular culture today’. Yikes! And with creepily lush, and almost photorealistic illustrations to match. Check out the Worry Doll preview on the Mam Tor website.
Posted by Michael on January 30th, 2007 in Illustration, Publications
The prolific and multi-talented Holly Wales has added some more good stuff to her foliosite [eatjapanesefood.co.uk] including this image of a playing card produced for Art Directors Club für Deutschland (ADC) [adc.de].
Posted by Michael on January 29th, 2007 in Illustration
What happened to The Architectural Review [arplus.com]? I grabbed a couple of ‘vintage’ copies from the excellent Archiv warehouse off Brick Lane, one from 1962 and another from 1970. I wanted to buy more but I was feeling a bit ‘kid in a candy store… er… sweet shop’ so I managed to stop at 2 ARs and a couple of issues of Design [vads.ahds.ac.uk] from the late 60s.
So, with my interest peeked, I sought out the latest edition of said magazine. No wonder I hadn’t noticed it before. What happened? I guess almost half a decade had passed but today’s The Architectural Review feels like a magazine on the edge of extinction (and coming under Emap’s current remit they should be very weary of this). Gone are the crazy fold outs and different types of paper stock, special colours and lush blueprints (in black, natch). I’ve never seen Gill Sans looking so tired and unloved. Maybe it’s punishment for helping push the social housing agenda of the 60s. I dunno, but with the recent glut of ace architectural magazines at the moment AR needs to step up or go the way of Mondial House [lightstraw.co.uk/mondial].
Posted by Michael on January 27th, 2007 in Architecture, Publications, Rants
Got a thing for old Photo Booths? Well, you’re not alone. There’s a whole community of like minded individuals waiting for your call as well as a list of Photo Booth’s around the world [photobooth.net/locations] so if you ever get the urge you can find one close to you (the non US section needs a bit of help though, if you are outside the US and know of any near you why not add it to the list). There’s also a brief history of Photo Booth Art (?) [photobooth.net/art] over the years, a contact form in case you’d like to hire one yourself and loads more, making photobooth.net one of the quirkiest and most comprehensive fansites along the internet highway. Bring Bring Hello? Who’s that? Jeez, I told you not to ring me at work.
Posted by Michael on January 27th, 2007 in Photography
The latest issue of Tokion [tokion.com] magazine should be of particular interest to maglophiles everywhere. Their annual ‘Creativity Now’ edition features a round table discussion with design directors from quirky periodical titles such as Colors [colorsmagazine.com], McSweeneys [mcsweeneys.net], Purple [purple.fr] and America (designed by ex-The Face Design Director, Graham Rounthwaite). The discussion is chaired by V Magazine [vmagazine.com] design supremo, Greg Foley, and yes, that old chestnut, ‘the Death of Print’, rears it’s ugly head once again.
Posted by Michael on January 24th, 2007 in Events, Publications
Well, actually that’s only a suggestion, although considering what Foster + Partners [fosterandpartners.com] have done to Spitalfields Market… anyways, New London Architecture is an organisation set up to put Londoner’s back in touch with the people who are moulding the modern face of the city, i.e. the architects. They do this through a number of activities including various exhibitions (such as the recent Legible London exhibition [legiblelondon.info]) and the excellent NLA website where you can have a bit of a general rant about things [newlondonarchitecture.org/haveyoursay] or rummage through on comment on various projects [newlondonarchitecture.org/projects]. It’s a brilliantly easy idea, I just hope someone up there (possibly whizzing around London Eye in his helicopter) is listening. Below is a fist full of projects that caught our eye from the NLA website…
Posted by Michael on January 24th, 2007 in Architecture
In a rare case of designer/client synergy, Stockholm Design Lab [stockholmdesignlab.se] have been producing packaging for a range of beautifully understated (and very modern) products for japanese office supply group, Askul [askul.co.jp]. Harking back to the ‘International Design’ and Corporate Identity ideals of the 60s, they look both nostalgic and bang up-to-date at the same time.
Posted by Michael on January 16th, 2007 in Graphic Design, Things
Before Stereolab there was McCarthy. Strangely McCarthy sounded nothing like Stereolab, despite acting as a base for the talents of Tim Gane and, later Laetitia Sadier. McCarthy wore their ideals on their sleeves which seems suddenly a strangely appropriate thing to do considering the current political climate. Tracks with titles like ‘Should the Bible be Banned?’ and ‘We Are All Bourgeois Now’ have the destinctive sound of early 90s jangly indie pop but many of the topics seem no less relevent today.
Cool thing is that Cherry Red Records [cherryred.co.uk] have opened up their Digital Downloads website [The site’s URL should go here, but it’s too wierd and long so just click if you want to go there] so you can experience (or revisit) many of the often overlooked bands from this era like McCarthy [cherryred.co.uk/mccarthy] and the ever excellent Denim [cherryred.co.uk/denim]. The newly launched Rough Trade Digital [roughtradedigital.com] online store also offers a chance to rummage through their racks from the comfort of your own home. Suddenly it’s as if 2000 never happened.
Posted by Michael on January 11th, 2007 in Music
i-D magazine [i-dmagazine.com] have been asking their MySpace friends [myspace.com/idmagazine] to contribute to the magazine for a few issues now. For the ‘We Got Issues’ Issue, out today, your humble author sent a bunch of politically minded slogans in to them influenced by the likes of Jenny Holzer [adaweb.walkerart.org/holzer] and Geoff McFetridge [thedirectorsbureau.com], which I’m dead chuffed to announce they have seen fit to sprinkle through the opening section of the magazine. You can see some of the slogans featured above. Unfortunately I missed out on a credit, but I guess ideas want to be free, and it is kind of cool to see a magazine brave enough to put the usually unfashionable game of politics to the fore… even if it is just for a month…
Posted by Michael on January 11th, 2007 in Publications
No sooner had I posted a fresh archive of covers from Thrasher on NMCA [nmca/thrasher] than the magazine have seen fit to release a bunch of original issues from 1981 as free to download PDFs (for a limited time) [thrashermagazine.com] as part of their 25th anniversary. Praise be to Berlin’s Republish blog [republish.org] for highlighting this one. Thrasher ist Rad!
Posted by Michael on January 8th, 2007 in Publications
It could be just me, but it looks like there has been a recent resurgence in magazines on the subject of Architecture. I don’t know if it’s some sort of Mark effect (see link below) or if architecture has suddenly become ‘hip’ or just sheer coincidence, but new magazines on architecture seem to be cropping up every few months. Over at MagCulture you can read about two newbies, Architect [magculture.com/blog/341] and Pin—Up [magculture.com/blog/340]. I have a few favourites already (if you’ve been following this blog you’ll already know how excited I was about Mark magazine [mark-magazine.com]) so I thought it was worth noting a few down if you were feeling like checking any out:
I found this yesterday on the shelves of the Tate Modern bookstore and have become an instant fan. It’s designed and art directed by Arjun Groot [nultwintig.com/groot], who has already lent his witty and typically dutch style to magazines such as Blvd. and Credits and features a ‘noteboard’ style approach where articles seem to run on from page to page with features denoted by scale of images etc. It also includes a quirky selection of fonts that should fight one another but here they add energy to what could, otherwise, be a bit of a staid read.
Archis was a somewhat bewildering mixture of features about and around the subject of architecture with bizarre and seemingly random page layouts including perforated sections on the bottom of pages so you could tear bits of them off. Volume is a new project by the same team and, although some of the quirk has been knocked out of the format, it’s is still no less intriguing with a theme per issue. The latest version is about China.
Niche publishing are probably Australia’s premiere creative magazine publishers. Having said that, it’s disappointing to note that they have never seen fit to try and push any of their titles to a wider, international audience, which seems to betray a certain lack of confidence that is common to Australian design in general. This is not to say they don’t produce some excellent titles. Niche’s ‘Interior Architecture’ magazine, (inside) is particularly good (sort of like an Australian Frame [framemag.com]), if not just for the lush covers they produce. Architectural Review Australia [niche.com.au/ar] is also worth having a look at.
Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2006 in Architecture, Publications
Following on from the International Herald Tribune’s article on film poster designers. I can’t help having a bit of a go at Casino Royale… Not the film, mind. I saw the film last night and am happy to report that Daniel Craig makes poor old Pierce Brosnon and Roger Moore look like Sophia Loren’s male equivalents. Particularly cruel was coming home and switching on the telly to find For Your Eyes Only playing. Yikes! My only criticisms are that most of the women still look like painted monsters stuck in 1989 and the Chris Cornell theme song made me bolt from the cinema at the end of the film. It’s dire.
No, my real criticism is a lot pettier than that. It’s the ruddy font they have used for the title Casino Royale. I know a lot of people shrug off this sort of thing but getting the right font adds quality to your film and James Bond has to be about quality, right. James Bond is expensive. Century Gothic [identifont] is not. In fact, if you have a look, it’s probably lurking about on your computer as we speak.
Why is it free for anyone to use without, necessarily, having to pay for it? Why do they have a to give it away? Well, for the same reason you didn’t pay for Arial or Impact. It’s another shoddy redraw of a classic font made to avoid having to pay for licensing the real thing. Shame Daniel Kleinman (whose new titles are pretty fab but still not a patch on Saul Bass), when you had the choice of a well cut classic or one the latest crop of rigorously developed cut geometric style typefaces currently available (there’s a few suggestions above). Would Bond have approved?
Want to check out almost every Bond opening sequence eva? Here’s your linkage: [cinematical.com]
Posted by Michael on November 18th, 2006 in Cinema, Rants, Typography
Mmm… nice carpet. Just so you know I don’t just buy loads of Paris Vogue’s here’s me current reading list…
Recently, I’ve been concerned about the rapid redevelopment going on around the City of London as they seem intent of demolishing every last vestige of mid to late 20th Century Architecture. This is where I found out Milton Court was in for the chop. Well worth picking up if you you are concerned about the current state of architecture in Britain, and you should be, especially with the deluge of rash decisions going on in the lead up to the London Olympics.
The Marie Antoinette issue. If you haven’t checked out this mag, it’s worth it just for the concept, and the editor’s don’t necessarily love every film they feature but try to pick the most ‘zeitgiesty’ film at the time the issue comes out. Includes lush pictures of Macarons, see [boico.net/blog/archives/47]
Okay, so I only really bought this for the Sofia Coppola special designed by Peter Miles (there an interesting article about the designer here [International Herald Tribune]). The rest of the magazine is as typically out-of-step and shoddily designed as ever and I kind of wished it hadn’t come in a envelope so I could have seen it first. Nevermind. It came with that rubbish CoolBrands book too which I flicked through and then ‘recycled’.
I love Vogue. I don’t know why and I’m trying not to buy too many issues because it’s such a rubbish read (have a look at the page on ‘Rave’ in the The List supplement if you fancy a giggle… it’s even got a picture of a Prodigy CD stuck on there), but this is one of those specials I had to own… if only for a month or two.
Jarvis Cocker edited this one and I intend to read it from cover to cover so it’s probably going to sit in this pile for a while cause I’m rubbish at reading these days… see, it’s my attention span… I blame the internet :)
I love i-D more. I almost always buy this even if it’s a bit rubbish. I can’t help it.
Posted by Michael on November 8th, 2006 in Publications, Reading Lists