Surprising tastes

by Chris Bertram on October 12, 2008

“I have yet to meet someone who does not want a naked picture of their loved ones with text about themselves.”

“Says the wife of the President of Iceland”: . The next time I’m in Reykjavík, I’ll introduce myself as a counterexample.



mollymooly 10.12.08 at 12:55 pm

This might explain the whole Glitnir business.


Henry (not the famous one) 10.12.08 at 3:39 pm

Certainly some of the rating agencies agreed. “Moody’s regards this level of exposure as uncomfortable. . . .”


Dave Weeden 10.12.08 at 8:59 pm

When I take the right photo, not only will I have a picture of a loved one naked, but I’ll add text and put it on the webz. It’s not like text about oneself is hard.


josh 10.12.08 at 9:15 pm

It’s at times like this that I tend to think that Scott Fitzgerald was right about the rich, contra Hemmingway.


almostinfamous 10.13.08 at 3:46 am

note to self: move immediately to iceland, banking be damned!


bad Jim 10.13.08 at 7:53 am

From Rowan & Martin’s “Laugh In”, from memory:

Dirty old man: “Do you have a picture of your wife naked?”

Dick Martin, surprised & embarassed: “No!”

Dirty old man: “Do you want to buy one?”


jacob 10.13.08 at 9:11 am

From the article: She is preparing a picture of Nelson Mandela at 90 to be auctioned in aid of charity

The article doesn’t say for certain, but is the implication that the artist is creating a nude portrait of Nelson Mandela at age 90 made from newspaper clippings about him. I’m trying to come up with something witty to say about it, but I don’t think there’s anything to say.


nv 10.15.08 at 7:40 am

Believe it or not, I had already heard about this on (American) National Public Radio. I love the idea of an artist creating a lucrative genre carefully tailored to the personality disorders of the wealthy, especially because, upon consideration, that is actually what much of (for example) Renaissance art history already is.

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