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“il n’y a pas de hors-texte”*…

 

… or not.

An exercise in radical juxtaposition that serves a reminder of the defining importance of context: “Motivational Hitler.”

Reality is not a function of the event as event, but of the relationship of that event to past, and future, events.
― Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

* “There is no outside-text” Jacques Derrida (often paraphrased, “There is nothing outside the text”)

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As we stop to think, we might spare a thought for Florence Nightingale Graham; she died on this date in 1966.  Better known by her “business name,” Elizabeth Arden, she built a cosmetics empire in the U.S., and at the peak of her career, was one of the wealthiest women in the world.  Arden was a pioneer in the marketing of cosmetics as the key to a youthful, beautiful image; she was largely responsible for establishing makeup as “proper” and “appropriate”—even necessary—for a ladylike image, when before makeup had often been associated with lower classes and such professions as theatrical performers and prostitution.  She was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the French government in 1962 for her contributions to the cosmetics industry.

Elizabeth Arden in 1939

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Written by LW

October 18, 2015 at 1:01 am

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