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Louise Brooks wasn’t just brainy, she was Schopenhauer-brainy

The Unlikely Orbits of Louise Brooks and Arthur Schopenhauer Collide in Time and Space For Every Action… There is an Equal and Opposite Reaction Imagine a silent film actress. Imagine a wildly beautiful silent film actress. Imagine a wildly beautiful silent film star on the set of G.W. Pabst‘s lurid, cult classic Pandora’s Box. Between…

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The Dubious Maneuverings of Thomas Gladysz: A Blight on Louise Brooks’s Legacy

In the ledger of 2024, the lexicon of online commerce – spanning the digital aisles of Amazon to eBay – was besmirched by a brazen pilferage of Louise Brooks‘s illustrious legacy. Here we find a narrative not of preservation, but of audacious appropriation: the iconic visages of Lulu in Hollywood and Diary of a Lost…

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Reclaiming Louise Brooks’ “Lulu in Hollywood”

Table of Contents A Journey Through Advocacy and Legacy In mid-2023, I embarked on a mission to illuminate the overlooked legacy of Louise Brooks on Wikipedia. For ethical reasons, I chose not to intervene directly with edits or publications due to a conflict of interest. My objective was twofold: to cast a spotlight on Lulu…

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The Miseducation of the Louise Brooks Society

Cultivating Truth: Rescuing Louise Brooks from the Overgrown Garden of Revisionism The legacy of enigmatic silent film star Louise Brooks faces appropriation, with the Louise Brooks Society (LBS), under the self-appointed direction of Thomas Gladysz, at the controversy’s core. Gladysz’s editorial footprint on the Wikipedia page dedicated to Brooks is substantial and disturbing. The LBS…

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Tracing Female Agency: From ‘Poor Things’ to the ‘Lulu Cycle’ and ‘Faust’

The Narrative of Poor Things The narrative of Poor Things, both in Alasdair Gray’s novel and its adaptation by Yorgos Lanthimos, presents a compelling exploration of themes related to female agency, identity, and autonomy, engaging in a dialogic intertextuality with seminal works such as Frank Wedekind’s Lulu Cycle and Goethe’s Faust. This interplay not only…

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Eclipsing Shadows: Navigating the Dark Star’s Legacy in Art and Existence

The Ethereal Confluence: Sister Death & Bowie’s Blackstar In an audacious exploration of Sister Death (Hermana Muerte), the influence of David Bowie’s arcane masterpiece, Blackstar, weaves an intricate shadow over the narrative landscape, reminiscent of an eclipse. This natural phenomenon, serving as a literal and metaphorical shadow, beautifully symbolizes the temporary overshadowing of one work…

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Crossing Timelines: Jessica Jones and Louise Brooks in the Dance of Defiance

Embarking on a Narrative Journey Dear Reader, Commencing upon a literary voyage that doth not merely laud the unconquerable essence of Jessica Jones but also entwines the everlasting charm of Louise Brooks necessitates a fine equilibrium betwixt fancy and discernment. With a keen eye on the marvels unveiled by Marvel’s latest exploration into the dark,…

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The Legacy of Defiance: Jessica Jones and Louise Brooks

A Dance of Defiance and Daring: Jessica Jones Meets Louise Brooks Across the Ages In the pantheon of influential female icons, the juxtaposition of Jessica Jones—Marvel’s brooding detective with a super-powered lineage—and Louise Brooks, the embodiment of Roaring Twenties rebellion and cinematic allure, offers a fascinating study in contrasts and convergences. This examination ventures beyond…

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Fire’s Deadly Sin: The Ephemeral Legacy of Silent Films and Louise Brooks

Fire’s Deadly Sin In an era where the sepia tones of yesteryear fluttered silently across the silver screens, a peculiar paradox of preservation and destruction unfolded. The very celluloid that captured the ephemeral performances of the silent film era harbored within its sinews a fatal flaw: combustibility. This fragility of film, a medium as evanescent…

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Aeternal Matrescence: Melancholic Musings on Maternity in Ginsberg’s Verse and the Vignettes of James Dean and Louise Brooks

Discovering Resonance in Shadows: As the haunting verse of Allen Ginsberg filled the opening scenes of the 2001 TNT movie James Dean, a profound connection struck me. It wasn’t merely an artistic flourish but a deep echo of Dean’s own odyssey of the soul: “yes, yes,that’s whatI wanted,I always wanted,I always wanted,to returnto the bodywhere…

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Echoes of Lost Love: Unveiling the Haunting Legacy of Annabel Leigh in Nabokov’s Lolita

In the pantheon of 20th-century literature, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita looms large – a veritable Goliath, oft-discussed and perpetually enigmatic. It is a novel that, since its publication in 1955, has sparked waves of controversy, admiration, and scholarly debate. At its heart, Lolita is a narrative wrapped in complex layers of beauty and discomfort, art and…