Halloween 2008

We handed out treats to the neighborhood waifs on Friday night. Probably had 25 or so. In the lag times, we watched “Spririts of the Dead”, on TCM, which was 3 short films from 1967 based on 3 Poe stories, directed by Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, and Federico Fellini. Terri (kind of amazingly) liked the Vadim one. I liked the Fellini one, but the ending reminded me a little too gruesomely of a motorbike accident a junior high classmate was in.

On Saturday, we went to a party at some friends’ place in Arlington. They used to have this standing Halloween party, which went on a bit of a hiatus while they were preoccupied having kids and buying a house and the like. They started it up again this year, and suddely, all the same people who used to come to the party showed up again, except they all had offspring (except for a few holdouts like us). It was a little odd, but, the kids were pretty adorable, and Mme Dubs are pretty much kids ourselves.

So, here was the costume. I went as a Yuppie NASCAR driver:
Ezra in yuppie nascar suityuppie nascar suit, right sideyuppie nascar suit, left sideyuppie nascar suit, left arm

I whipped up the “Arugula Growers of America” logo in about 15 minutes yesterday morning. Their trandemarked tagline is “what the elite meet to eat!” The back got destroyed before I got a photo of it, but had logos for the New Yorker (including the dude with the top hat), Whole Foods, and repeated the logos for NPR, The Arugula Growers of America, and Starbucks. The right sleeve had logos for Design Within Reach and my token offering for the tobacco lobby, Nat Sherman.

5 thoughts on “Halloween 2008”

  1. Eustace all hell of chasing that butterfly around in a Chevy, swapping paint with A.E. Newmann in the number 5 car…

  2. Actually, I think the Malle piece is the most successful of the three sections in Spirits of the Dead. I like parts of the Vadim one. It’s over the top and Jane Fonda’s ensembles are ridiculous, but sort of great at the same time. I love how almost campy it is, and there are some gorgeous shots, as there are in all three of the pieces. Both the Vadim piece and the Fellini one are very indulgent. Fellini achieves a supremely disconcerting vibe, which is unsurprising. In I’m A Born Liar, Terrence Stamp says that Fellini told him to play Toby as though he’d just spent days doing drugs, drinking, fornicating, and generally destroying himself, and the film does sort of seem like a dazed hangover or a bad trip… complete with what in the end is a letdown that feels lame and, well, silly.

    Malle’s William Wilson never strays into so much indulgence that it becomes too removed from the story itself. This is the one of the three that I’ve read, and the film version is a pretty nice take on it. I love the scene where Delon is playing cards with Bridget Bardot, and I think she’s actually very good.

    Now, am I making this up, or did I play a part in the original idea to do the Yuppie NASCAR thing, even though I then discouraged you from doing it in a fit of “don’t feed the culture wars” conscience?

  3. I was talking to you when I thought of it, and I remember we were walking down Mass Ave. But I’m pretty this one was all mine. Though it is not out of character to steal ideas without realizing it.

    I do think that I ripped off the idea for the “Arugula Growers of America” sponsorship from someone in conversation. Probably Summervillain. And we all know he loaned me the lovely orange jumpsuit.

  4. From time to time we have conversations in which I’m not sure who’s transmitting and who’s receiving… Funny how sometimes our brains seem to slip out of orbit while at other times we seem to share a tiny part of the same brain.

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