Thursday, August 30, 2018

SHARP OBJECTS' (2018) Amma: An "Incorrigible" Nymphet (A Video Montage)



I ran across articles about Sharp Objects from the New York Times to New York magazine, but I didn't decide to watch the HBO series until I read Godinez's comment in the Times.


Aha. Someone finally got it right. Godinez correctly agrees with novelist Robertson Davies' assessment of Lolita as: “[...] not [about] the corruption of an innocent child by a cunning adult, but [about] the exploitation of a weak adult by a corrupt child." 


Most people would incorrectly agree with Rookie's Amy Rose Spiegel, who misleadingly wrote in “Older Men: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Them, and Weren’t at All Afraid to Ask.” that Lolita, a novel that Spiegel “romanticized” as a nymphet, was a: “[...] story about an adult man kidnapping, molesting, and raping an adolescent girl”. 


In episode one of Sharp Objects, the cheerleader motif is introduced via a flashback when, "[...] a bunch of [high school] football players pull a train [on Camille] at the end of a big game." And in the premier, teenage Camille masturbates after stumbling upon pornographic images in a cottage.


By episode three, Amma reminds Camille, her "big sister", that she's "[...] nearly a woman." And in response to Camille's question, "He's a little old for you. Don't you think?" Amma states, "No. I'm almost a woman." Amma's friend Jodes is into older men too. She sings, "Camille and [Detective] Dicky sitting in a tree [...] f.u.c.k.i.n.g." And by episode four Jodes shares "[...] that hot cop. I'd totally fuck him." While we're on episode four and teleiophilia, let's relate that Amma attemptes to seduce her drama teacher. 


In episode five, a re-enactment of Calhoun Day is performed. Camille explained Calhoun Day:

"Zeke Calhoun our founding pedophile. He fought for the South and his child bride, mother [Millie] Calhoun, [...] she was from a Union family. One day the Union soldiers come down here to collect hubby - dead or alive but brave Millie, who was with child, but she refuses [...] she resists but how she resists that people in this town just love. The Union soldiers tied her to a tree - did horrible things to her - violations but Millie never said a word [...]"

In addition to being a teliophile, Amma, who has a penchant for requesting "Don't tell mama.", smokes cigarettes and marijuana, she drinks beer and vodka, she takes MDMA (episode five) and Oxycontin (episode six), she participates in lipstick lesbianism and she's a murderer. What a incorrigible nymphet!

SHARP OBJECTS' (2018) Amma: An "Incorrigible" Nymphet (A Video Montage)


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Famous Ephebophile: Pablo Picasso

Marie-Thérèse and Pablo Picasso

In a March 2018 piece in The Guardian, "Muse, lover, lifeblood: how my grandmother woke the genius in Picasso", Olivier Widmaier Picasso wrote about his grandmother, Marie-Thérèse Walter, and her "secret life" with Picasso. 

Olivier shared how his grandparents met:

On Saturday 8 January 1927, in the late afternoon, my [married 45-year-old] grandfather noticed a young woman [17-year-old Thérèse Walterthrough the window of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. He waited until she came out, then greeted her with a big smile. 

“Mademoiselle, you have an interesting face. I would like to paint your portrait.” He added: “I’m sure we shall do great things together. I’m Picasso.”

 "[...] I found him charming.” [Consequently] Marie-Thérèse kept the appointment [...] They started a conversation which was renewed every day [...] Meanwhile, he drew Marie-Thérèse frenziedly.

[17-year-old] Marie-Thérèse coiffée d'un béret, 1927

“[Due to Picasso's marriage to Olga] [m]y life with him was always secret,” Marie-Thérèse said. “Calm and peaceful. We said nothing to anyone. We were happy like that, and we did not ask anything more.” 

This “Marie-Thérèse period” generated drawings and engravings of exceptional force [...] This would give rise to busts, imposing heads of women and a series of portraits that Marie-Thérèse illuminates with her blond hair – it includes The Dream

Pablo Picasso The Dream (Le Rêve) 1932

In the summer of 1933, the family went to Cannes, and then to Barcelona. But the storm was brewing. Pablo got Marie-Thérèse to come in secret and installed her in a nearby hotel. And once back in Paris, he started, for the first time, to investigate the possibility of divorce [...] as divorce was now permitted by the recently established Spanish Republic. “And then one day I found I was pregnant,” Marie-Thérèse would later recount.

(The divorce never happened due to Olga's objection and after the Spanish civil war, Franco re-abolished of divorce.)

[...] in September 1939, Marie-Thérèse and [her daughter] Maya were on holiday in Royan, north of Bordeaux, and stayed there until the spring of 1941. Picasso concealed from Marie-Thérèse the existence of Dora Maar, a photographer and his mistress since the summer of 1936. He arranged for my grandmother and their daughter to return to Paris, to a flat on Île Saint-Louis. My grandparents’ relationship had now lasted 14 years. 

Hannah Furness wrote in The Telegraph piece "Picasso's muses: artist's own collection starring six women he loved on sale for the first time" that Marie-Thérèse hung herself four years after Picasso's death. 

University of Michigan Study: Nymphets Peak at 18, Men at 50



Maya Salam related in her New York Times piece the results of Bruch and Newman's study, "Aspirational pursuit of mates in online dating markets", that was published in the journal Science Advances.

But before Salam shared the results of the study, she related from comedian Hannah Gadsby that 40-year-old Picasso had an affair with 17-year-old Marie-Thérèse Walter. 



Here are some highlights\excerpts from the article:

The researchers determined that while men’s sexual desirability peaks at age 50, women’s starts high at 18 and falls from there.

In other words, not so far from the ages of Walter and Picasso.

“The age gradient for women definitely surprised us — both in terms of the fact that it steadily declined from the time women were 18 to the time they were 65, and also how steep it was,” said Elizabeth Bruch, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and an author of the study.

The study results echoed data shared by the dating behemoth OkCupid in 2010, in which the service found that men from the ages of 22 to 30 focus almost entirely on women who are younger than them.

“The median 30-year-old man spends as much time messaging teenage girls as he does women his own age,” OkCupid wrote in a blog post at the time.

OkCupid also reported that as a man gets older, he searches for relatively younger and younger women, while his upper acceptable age limit hovers just above his own age.

[Interestingly] [s]peaking of earning potential, Dr. Bruch also found that a man’s desirability increased the more education he attained.



Friday, August 17, 2018

LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN's Tralala: A Brooklyn Teen Prostitute


Per Amazon: [Hubert Selby Jr's] Last Exit to Brooklyn remains undiminished in its awesome power and magnitude as the novel that first showed us the fierce, primal rage seething in America’s cities. Selby brings out the dope addicts, hoodlums, prostitutes, workers, and thieves brawling in the back alleys of Brooklyn. This explosive best-seller has come to be regarded as a classic of modern American writing.

And per The New York Times Book Review: "An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside."

The "novel", which was published in 1964, is divided into six stories that are set in Brooklyn. 
"Tralala" is the most relevant story for this blog as it's about Tralala, a nymphet prostitute. 

The story begins: Tralala was 15 the first time she was laid. There was no real passion. Just diversion. She hungout in the Greeks with the other neighborhood kids. Nothing to do. Sit and talk. Listen to the jukebox. Drink coffee. Bum cigarettes. Everything a drag. She said yes. In the park. [...] Getting laid was getting laid. [...] She went to the park often. [...] And she had big tits. She was built like a woman. Not like some kid. [...] She didn't tease the guys. No sense in that. No money either. [...] She always got something out of it. Theyd [sic] take her to the movies. Buy cigarettes. Go to a PIZZERIA for a pie. [...] Tralala always got her share. No tricks. All very simple. The guys had a ball and she got a few buck. If there was no room to go to there was always the Wolffe Building cellar.[...] Lay on your back. Or bend over a garage can. Better than working. And its kicks. 

In addition, Tralala was prone to rob seamen: The hell with it. She hit him over the head with the bottle. She emptied his pockets and left. She took the money out of his wallet and threw the wallet away. She counted it on the subway. 50 bucks. Not bad. 

Subsequently, Tralala met Harry, a seaman from Idaho, at the bar in Willies. Tralala plotted to rob Harry, but she spent four days with him in his hotel room. "Primarily he didn't want her to think he was offering to pay her or think he was insulting her by insinuating that she was just another prostitute." Thus, before he returned to the sea, they went shopping, dined in restaurants, and were entertained at the movies.

In the end, after several johns and being kicked out of a Times Square bar, "She stood on the corner of 42nd & Broadway cursing them and wanting to know why they let those scabby whores in but kick a nice young girl out, ya lousy bunch apricks [sic].", Tralala was dragged out of Willies the Greeks and "[...] 10 or 15 drunks dragged Tralala to a wrecked car in the lot on the corner of 57th street and yanked her clothes off and pushed her inside and a few guys fought to see who would be the first and finally a sort of line was formed [...] and more and more came 40 maybe 50 and they screwed her and went back on line [...] she passed out [...] and the kids who were watching and waiting to take a turn took out their disappointment on Tralala [...] [and] jammed a broomstick up her snatch [...]"
The film Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) is based on the "novel", but Tralala was played by 27-year-old Jennifer Jason Leigh.