thousand petal lotus
"Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it — don’t cheat with it."

1970s Vogue fashion.

Portrait of Arnoldus van Rijneveld (detail), Louis Tocqué, ca. 1738

Joos van Cleve (workshop of) - Saint Hieronymus.
"She made up prayers and said them,
Worshipping unknown gods with unknown singing,
Her customary magic, which would cover
The white moon’s face and darken the sun with cloud."

Jonathan Franzen, Freedom