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Andy Warhol On How to Stay Thin in NYC

51i3p1iUcYLvia The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again):

Weight isn’t important the way the magazines make you think it is. I know a girl who just looks at her face in the medicine cabinet mirror and never looks below her shoulders, and she’s four or five hundred pounds but she doesn’t see all that, she just sees a beautiful face and therefore she thinks she’s a beauty. And therefore I think she’s a beauty, too, because I usually accept people on the basis of their self-images, because their self-images have more to do with the way they think than their objective-images do. Maybe she’s six hundred pounds, who knows. If she doesn’t care, I don’t.

But if you do watch your weight, try the Andy Warhol New York City Diet: when I order in a restaurant, I order everything that I don’t want, so I have a lot to play around with while everyone else eats.

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New Photography Exhibit: Warhol, Burroughs, Lynch

Warhol, Lynch, BurroughsAndy Warhol is better remembered for his paintings, and even his films, than for the hundreds of photographs he took in the last period of his career. William Burroughs’ legacy counts writing and even painting before his drawn-on photographs. David Lynch is a known cinematic genius who happens to love capturing still images of massive industrial spaces.

Each of these tertiary bodies of work would be fascinating to see on exhibit, but a gallery in England has decided to display photos by all three artists in a trio of contiguous exhibitions. I know, it’s blowing my mind right now. Here’s the word from Channel 4:

They’re three of the key counter-cultural figures of the 20th century: Andy Warhol the pop artist, William Burroughs the cult novelist and the film maker David Lynch.

Now a trio of exhibitions at London’s Photographers’ Gallery shows us another side to these men – the view from behind their stills cameras.Read the rest

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Warhol, Hendrix, Astronaut Overcame The Fear Of Rejection

For anyone who's received a rejection letter in the mail, it's good to know that plenty of famously successful people have had the same experience. In the new book Other People's Rejection Letters: Relationship Enders, Career Killers, and 150 Other Letters You'll Be Glad You Didn't Receive, author Bill Shapiro includes copies of the Museum of Modern Art's rejection of Andy Warhol's entries and the U.S. Army discharge letter sent to Jimi Hendrix because he was unable to "carry on an intelligent conversation," among many others. Shapiro discusses the upside of rejection with ABC News' John Berman:
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Andy Warhol Profiled By ‘The New Yorker’

Campbell Soup CansI gave myself a Christmas present of the Kindle e-reader so that I could read books and manuscripts on an overseas research trip; overall it worked really well and cut down on the weight of my luggage tremendously. It does have drawbacks, such as not being able to read when planes are in the “no electronic devices” stages of flight, and it’s not suitable at all for illustrated books. I’m afraid it’s not great for magazines either, but the lengthy profile of Andy Warhol in the current edition of The New Yorker worked just fine. You’ll need to buy or borrow a print or electronic copy to read it (you can cancel the Kindle subscription at no cost within 14 days…), but for Warhol fans it may be worth it. Here’s an abstract:

ABSTRACT: A CRITIC AT LARGE about recent books on Andy Warhol. After Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon), in 1949, he moved to New York where he found work as an illustrator.

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