Towers of books are horrible. Impractical and ugly.
Pretentious crackpot? Anybody know?
[quote]Michael Cunningham at home in his sun-flooded NYC loft. "His aesthetic sensibility also extends to his personal style," writer Elliott Holt says at The Migrant Book Club. "He tends to wear jeans, t-shirts, and boots. But not just any boots. He once told me that he buys them from Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer in Milan, who buries the boots in his backyard for a few weeks to give them an authentic weathered appearance."
For fucks sake get a Kindle.
Sounds like Hello Magazine.
"Welcome to my tasteful drawing room"
Books are awfully decorative, don't you think?
Wouldn't they all get water damage from being around water?
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[quote][bold]And the humidity was never an issue, the extraction fan was over sized ( one of the "quiet" series from Panasonic ,I believe) and the tall ceilings also helped dispel the steam.[/bold]
The spines-to-the-wall book tower is like some sick fuck set out to commit the perfect crime of annoying interior design
[quote] Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
Note the appealing visuals created by the different chunks of food in my puke
Thanks, R10. I remain unconvinced, though. Plus, some will fall in the tub!
R9, who knows about these things
Also, how does he get to the books on the upper shelves over the tub? You'd slip trying to reach for them.
R15, the books aren't for reading.
That stool is an abomination.
I love that somehow one of the "prized" books on the stool has its lettering in kanji.
I wonder how his meds are arranged.
I'm still trying to figure out the hair. Does he have a David Letterman going on up there?
Sorry haters. It looks great.
There was an annoying profile with him in Entertainment Weekly a few years ago and he must have mentioned being on the phone with "Julia" (Roberts) five times.
The book stacks are moronic, but other than that, it's fine. He's a handsome man - why does he have such an awful dye job (or wig) ?
O God now that thing will come bitching about her friend Julie and how she got an interview with Cunningham
I love my life!
Burying boots in the ground for a weathered look?
What a pretentious piece of shit.
All those books right over the toilet. Nasty!
Hideous and pretentious. The stacked books are too deliberate and the books in the bathroom? So impractical as water and steam will undoubtedly ruin them.
Burying boots for a weathered look? Oy!
Cruel to mention the boots and then not show us a photo of them.
Other than the books, I love the bathroom. That tub is fantastic.
R20 = Michael Cunningham
Actually R20 is the one who posted
[quote]Why are gay atheists such disgusting and nasty creatures?
over on the God thread.
Flying fecal matter! Ick. Books are generally filthy under the best of circumstances.
[quote] Cunningham created a tower of books, spines to the wall, using the Sapien Bookcase, designed by Milan-based Bruno Rainaldi and available at Design Within Reach. Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
Lick my hairy ass. That has to be one of the most absurd affectations I've seen among all the absurdities of NYC apartments, and the caption writing is even worse.
I spy lots of titles that are "important" or of-a-moment rather than interesting or good.
Years ago I knew Cunningham a little -- mutual friends, a few dinners, even a make-out or two. He was rather charming and nothing like backasswards Milanese tower of books.
Oh, look! Stack of books and magazines next to the tub and the shitter! How divinely sophisticated, Mary!
"Angie & Emily.... Dickinson"
I await the announcement that Michael Cunningham was killed in the bathtub by a falling copy of Infinite Jest.
I see one of you bitches commented at the linked article:
[quote]Great! 1st question: What was it like working for such an obviously shallow, silly old queen and were the magazines next to the tub your idea, or hers? I mean, HIS?
Is he gay?
R37, please go to your room.
[quote]Prized volumes on a horn stool.
No, R37. Only the heir to Hemingway would write The Hours.
As someone who has more books than is good for him, I wish I had a bathroom spacious enough to hold a bookshelf.
And I'll be he has a shower stall where he does most of his scrubbing, so I doubt water damage is a frequent problem.
Books in the bathroom is just nasty. Unsanitary. If not actual, literal fecal matter, then they absorb, um, shall we say, ODORS. It's all too pretentious for words. The tub actually reminds me of Clifton Webb's tub/bathroom from the film noir Laura. Anyone who has seen that movie knows what I am talking about.
[quote]Books in the bathroom is just nasty. Unsanitary. If not actual, literal fecal matter, then they absorb, um, shall we say, ODORS. It's all too pretentious for words. The tub actually reminds me of Clifton Webb's tub/bathroom from the film noir Laura. Anyone who has seen that movie knows what I am talking about.
And here I was sure if someone mentioned Clifton Webb and a bathroom in the same sentence, it would involve Clifton on his knees blowing a sailor in a public loo.
Clifton Webb (Waldo Lydecker) typed his column in the bath (not a euphemism), and no doubt it showed, but books in the salle de bain? Highly unlikely. Waldo was an aesthete, a mincing prisspot ne plus ultra, who scolded Dana Andrews for fingering his glassware.
Concerning Cunningham, if reversed books are so amusing, why bother with the alphabetising in the tub room? Ridiculous, I'm afraid, like buying weathered boots.
Adam Mars-Jones won the Hatchet Job of the Year award for taking apart Cunningham's last effort, and it seems as though he could sense the pretentiousness an ocean away.
Is that a Titanic toy boat? Does he fill up the tub and play with a toy boat?
I see a Julian Schnabel book. Maybe he rips out the pages and uses it for toilet paper.
That pic of the young man with the bandana wrapped around his head in the 5th picture is none other than Joe D'Allesandro of Andy Warhol fame. Also countless sexual fantasies by some in the Gay community.
Shepherd's Bush, R7?
You all are hilarious. He's a writer, so obviously he reads books and likes to have them around. (They're in alphabetical order, so they're obviously not just a prop.) He lives in New York so he probably doesn't have a lot of space. What's wrong with the bathroom? I imagine it has a fan? The idea that it's "unsanitary" is laughably stupid.
Now the stack of books with the pages facing out - that's dumb.
[quote]They're in alphabetical order, so they're obviously not just a prop.
That makes no sense, Mr. Cunningham.
[quote]That pic of the young man with the bandana wrapped around his head in the 5th picture is none other than Joe D'Allesandro of Andy Warhol fame.
Yes, the OP noted as much.
Try to pay attention, dear.
What's wrong with the bathroom? I imagine it has a fan? The idea that it's "unsanitary" is laughably stupid.
[quote]Note the appealing visuals created by the different shades of aged and new paper.
I love books! They're so decorative!
Perhaps Michael Cunningham does shit better than I, but the bathroom in which I do it is larger and more luxurious.
Books in the bathroom? I am the prior poster who said it IS unsanitary. Think about those neanderthal workplace breeders who come out of the mens' room with a newspaper tucked under their arm and then they throw it on the break table OR offer it to YOU. Do you kind of do a "No thanks?" It's the same thing. Maybe in your OWN bathroom you don't care about getting your own microscopic shit all over you (many people keep "reading material" in the bath, shall we say) but seeing that in someone else's home? Disgusting.
[quote]You all are hilarious. He's a writer, so obviously he reads books and likes to have them around.
Honey, I like chocolate cake but that doesn't mean I surround myself with it in the bathroom.
[quote]Maybe in your OWN bathroom you don't care about getting your own microscopic shit all over you
Your obsession with the idea of coating everything with microscopic shit is much more disturbing than books in someone's bathroom.
Dear god, it looks highly impractical and pompous in a 'in your face, peasants!' kind of way.
Cluedo needs a new expension pack that includes a replica of all these precious items (the monstrosity of the stool and the boots) and the bathroom set with all the book shelves.
Also a new murder/victim player called Michael Cuntinhammer.
For those who don't care that their bathroom books are sprayed with shit. Here's just a bit of info.
Some of you queens sound like you shit like monkeys - ripping it from your ass and throwing it on the wall.
I've met Michael a handful of times. He is a nice guy and has been with his partner for a good 16 years now. He is not alone. That doesn't mean he doesn't play around either - I have seen him flirting here and there. And wasn't there a story of him making out with Hugh Dancy at the wrap party of Evening?
He has worked hard for the little fame he currently has had at such a late age (late 50s - pressing 60s?) Leave him to enjoy it. I know I would be doing the same thing.
Hey Cunningham, your stool made of elephant ivory tusks is obscene and should not be celebrated.
Did you hear that?: r63 KNOWS Michael Cunningham personally. So the rest of you are thus forbidden from making fun of Cunningham! This entire forum is all about r63. If he likes a celebrity, you can't make fun of him or her.
Halston did that spine-to-the-wall thing 30 years ago. Lost a lot of respect for him. The moral equivalent of destroying the library in Baghdad or Timbuktu.
R62 and R66, isn't it common knowledge that you put the toilet seat cover down before flushing?
Of course, what is lost in all of this is that he has written two of the best gay novels of the last fifty years--"A Home at the End of the World" and "The Hours." If I had written either of those two, I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
[quote] I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
Coming from hillbilly sensibilities, I'm always surprised by how many people want photos of their bathrooms published for strangers to remark upon. Cunningham has done well for himself, and may have a few bucks, but he's certainly not of the Architectural Digest crowd whose houses have virtually become public spaces.
I mean, during the photo shoot, didn't he feel silly: "This is where I like to relax. Notice the books."
[quote]"He tends to wear jeans, t-shirts, and boots. But not just any boots. He once told me that he buys them from Carol Christian Poell, an Austrian designer in Milan, who buries the boots in his backyard for a few weeks to give them an authentic weathered appearance."
My. God. So typical. It's fine, he likes nice boots. Perfectly fine. But, the buried boots detail is the sort of "look at me and value me for my stuff" shit I can't stand.
I sort of like the looks of the books in the bathroom. Makes it cozy. But, isn't it impractical in terms of humidity affecting the books? or not?
He's a writer, so I'll begrudge him his books.
[quote]he has written two of the best gay novels of the last fifty years--"A Home at the End of the World" and "The Hours." If I had written either of those two, I wouldn't give a damn what a bunch of bitter queens on a chat board have to say about my decor.
Well, there's just no accounting for tastes, is there? I suppose for those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like.
Some people on this forum even believe Bret Easton Ellis is a great writer, so perhaps you're in good company.
I like R73. Come sit by me.
Take your meds R65. I said I met him a handful of times. I don't know the dude personally.
[quote]Halston did that spine-to-the-wall thing 30 years ago. Lost a lot of respect for him. The moral equivalent of destroying the library in Baghdad or Timbuktu.
Only Timbuktu, darling? Surely at least equivalent to the loss of burning of the library at Alexandria, and the bombing of Dresden.
I think you need to take yourself down to his apartment building this very minute in a crocheted beret, and wheel up and down until Spring a beribboned pram bearing a placard: SPINE TO THE WALL HALSTON CULTURE VANDALS REPENT!!
The bathroom is a terrible place to keep books. As others have pointed out: sprayed with shit and urine and destroyed by the moist environment. Horrific!
Do we really need a crocheted beret and a beribboned pram, r76? Can't someone just go down there and save those books from a death by bad decorating?!?!?
I understand the humidity issue, but why would the books have to be sprayed with urine and feces?
She's a pretentious poseur, albeit one with a pretty big cock...
If Cunningham is "pressing 60," R63, it's from the plus side, not the minus side.
I think he's always taken himself way too seriously. I remember him running around NYC when THE HOURS was a big deal, with peroxide yellow hair like some wanna-be MGM starlet. Kind of tragic.
Aren't books just divine? There so decorative!
"Hey Cunningham, your stool made of elephant ivory tusks is obscene and should not be celebrated."
Horn doesn't mean ivory. For one thing, elephant ivory is much bigger than those horns. Also, it's illegal to own ivory unless it was "harvested" before the anti-ivory laws came into being. The horn from that stool is most likely from long-horn cattle-- by-product of the beef industry. Just like leather. You certainly welcome to object to it, but at least know what you're objecting to.
Just adding to R82, nobody would upholster the cushion with naugahyde if those were elephant ivory legs. Nobody.
[quote]And the humidity was never an issue, the extraction fan was over sized ( one of the "quiet" series from Panasonic ,I believe) and the tall ceilings also helped dispel the steam.
bullshit. all those books are gonna mildew.
Is The Snow Queen any good?
Every one of those books is laced with E Coli. Ditto for the gossip rags in the basket next to your shitter, gyrls!
A stack of magazines is fine, but I would never store books in my bathroom. I don't care how well ventilated it is, those books will warp eventually.
He used to troll the steamroom at the West Village Equinox. He has a very big dick.
Bump for books and big dicks
I can't imagine what kind of gymnastics would be required to get a book from the upper shelves over the tub. Seems downright dangerous. Having said that, it would only make sense if those books are being stored there rather than read.
To the fecal contamination hysterics, some of us were taught to close the lid before we flush and not play with our poo. If I read a book while I'm on the throne, of course it will be put down before I wipe so I'm not sure how it would become contaminated.
I adore him and his beautiful bathroom. I met him at a party once, some years after the "Hours" came out, and was immediately taken with him. Fantastically intelligent and very masculine in many ways.
I had lunch with him once with a couple of friends - one of my friends is a writer who had written a piece on him - and I was flustered and embarrassed myself in front of him, just foot in mouth stuff, and now every time I see him all I feel are pangs of humiliation. He's one of my favorite writers, and now I can barely look at his books.
His books since The Hours have all been huge disappointments. Apparently he shot his entire wad on that one fantastic novel.
I guess I'm a philistine like R69. One of my very favorite books is his Flesh and Blood. And I love both Home at the End of the World and The Hours. As well as his book on Provincetown. (But not Specimen Days.)