[Alternative Muses] Two for the Road: Erich Maria Remarque/Mary Astor Mashup

“Life is a disease, and death begins already at birth. Every breath, every heartbeat, is a moment of dying-a little shove toward the end.”-Erich Maria Remarque (died on 25 September 1970)

Mary Astor, Stars of the Photoplay, 1924

Stars of the Photoplay, 1924: Mary Astor (died on 25 September 1987)

[Alternative Muses] Writerly Style: Françoise Sagan


Re-posting in honor of the tenth anniversary of her death.

Originally posted on A Small Press Life:

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”-Yves Saint Laurent

Françoise Sagan was the ultimate cool girl writer. If you believe that style should be effortless and detached, then she is your muse. Even today, a wardrobe like hers can take you almost anywhere, and anywhere it can’t you probably don’t want to go.


The writer looking brilliantly modern. Oh, that skirt! That shirt! That hair!

Her uncomplicated look remains fresh more than five decades later. Who needs nail varnish and lipstick when you can look like this? She is proof that decadent lives do not need visible gilding.

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The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Herman Melville

  • Name: Herman Melville
  • D/O/B: 8/1/1819
  • Member Since: 1860
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Chief teller of rousing sea-born tales, some of them even true
  • Hobbies: Whale-watching; dreaming of mystifying high-school students for generations to come; maintaining his luxurious head of model-worthy hair
Herman Melville, 1860

Herman Melville, 1860