Sunday, 13 November 2005

Being Boring

Being Boring

Since I used a quote from the Pet Shop Boys' "Being Boring" in my previous post, here's a still from Bruce Weber's video for the song, ripe with a sexuality that nicely contrasts with the bittersweet tone of the song, recalling the halycon days of pre-AIDS hedonism.

And, as an aide memoire to myself, the exact quote that inspired the song is this Zelda Fitzgerald one, from "Eulogy on the Flapper":
"She flirted because it was fun to flirt and wore a one-piece bathing suit because she had a good figure, she covered her face with powder and paint because she didn't need it and she refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring. She was conscious that the things she did were the things she had always wanted to do" (link)
My image of Zelda Fitzgerald is somehow strongly shaped by "Clothes for a Summer Hotel", Tennessee Williams' last play, even if it was a critical failure. And random fact I've just learnt: The Legend of Zelda series of computer games is named for Zelda Fitzgerald. Cool.



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