Taking a moment to shine a light on Indonesia in the face of the recent tragic events in Jakarta. I went a couple months back in October-November 2015.
Here we have the King of the Beat Bohemians. Don’t label him a beatnik as that is semi-pejorative: a play on sputnik and a media stereotype. In the face of being labeled the term he responded: “I’m not a beatnik, I’m a Catholic.” *Swoon.*
Reasons why I ♡ JK:
Literally my Dream list of what I want in the opposite sex. Sometime I get in a dreamy state and feel we’re star-crossed lovers lost in time, I’ll always hold in my mind that I was supposed to be with someone like him. It is so rare for a soul to embody good looks that are superficially satisfying plus depth, sensitivity and intellect and a somewhat morose life tainted in darkness that only make you fall more in love with them even more…. His life sometimes parallels with mine in some ways a la Big Sur minus the booze. I ran out to California just as he did…..
In the Spring of 2015 his work raised from the dead- kind of. The Haunted Life was a lost Novella of Kerouac’s. I wish I could say I’ve read all his books but I just can’t face it, some them are too intense like Big Sur and his co-written book with fellow Beat Burroughs And the Hippos were boiled in their tanks.
Film adaptations of Kerouac’s book and life:
Thank you for your patience Loyal readers, I shall endeavor to write about tales from Indonesia where I was visiting last month…
Let us begin with a young Artist I met who is friends with my cousins. Her name is Eem Rohimah.
Eem uses oil pastels and different textured pens, inks and paper to produce her work. She has an eye for typography and made me a special print emblazoned with my name. The above image featuring circles and orange tones is a copy of an already existent piece by another artist.
Here is the wonderful personalized handmade art print Eem made me.
If there is one deceased soul whom I believe to have been in another life it would be this particular Getty. Getty by marriage not birth of course. Talitha was beautiful and damned like me. Most curiously she was born on the island of Java which is where half my family are from. Talitha Getty is the quintessential Bohemian, she was an actress, she was beautiful, well-traveled and married a millionaire. Once a heart is touched with Dreams of Bohemia one cannot simply live in squalor, not if you’re a beautiful woman.
We owe much to our imaginings of Bohemian life to Tali-G. She epitomized the beautiful, damned and exotic side of Bohemian Life. Trips to Marrakesh, kaftans and exotic collectibles are conjured in the mind when one hears the word “bohemian” because of Talitha Getty. She lived it first. Her mother Poppet John was the daughter of Painter Augustus John and Dorelia McNeill who is regarded as by Virginia Nicholson (author of Among the Bohemians) as an exemplar of Bohemian fashion! Evidently Bohemianism ran in her blood.
From hanging out with Claus von Bulow, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful the Getty’s were a sensational couple who mingled with the icons of the decade. On their wedding day she wore a mini skirt trimmed with mink fur and so enchanting was Talitha’s beauty that some men have claimed to have “never been so erotically stirred by a woman.” Her death came too early but her portrayal of an alluring Bohemian lifestyle lives on.
To uncover her bio read here.
Visit The Wignacourt Museum in Rabat, Malta to view in person these majestic pieces of art. It is only Eur5.00. A plethora of paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saints and Popes to be found. To view more photos in the Wignacourt’s collection visit the Artsy Jolie Girl Facebook Fanpage for a fuller view of paintings on display:
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