75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South. 

Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.

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lemon2jul:

cross-connect:

Fish Lamps by Frank Gehry

Iconic Canadian-American architect and artist Frank Gehry created a gorgeous sculptural series of fish lamps using jagged scales of ColorCore formica mounted on wireframes.

“After accidentally shattering a piece of ColorCore while working on a commission for Formica, he decided to use the broken shards as fish scales by glueing them onto wire armatures.”

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http://www.torildartistes.com/blog-2/inspiration/

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explore-blog:

Andrew Sullivan on why friendship is a greater gift than romantic love – such a beautiful and important read.

explore-blog:

Andrew Sullivan on why friendship is a greater gift than romantic love – such a beautiful and important read.

I never had intimate friends, and the few who came close are in New York. By which I mean they’re dead, because that’s where I suppose condemned souls go in order not to endure the truth of their past lives.
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores. (via communicants)

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nciwch:

"I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves." Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

nciwch:

"I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves." Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

maudelynn:

A Mack Sennet beauty and her …oar :) c.1921

maudelynn:

A Mack Sennet beauty and her …oar :) c.1921

annabellalovesyou:

Lorelai // Fleet Foxes

You, you were like glue
holding each of us together
I slept through July
While you made lines in the heather 

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imran-suleiman:

Photographer Mattias Klum from National Geographic gets close and personal with a lion.

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