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#1 OFFLINE   bummersummer

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 12:50 PM

meaning: the usual suspects / stuff she's directly or indirectly mentioned in songs or interviews AND books whose themes relate to her persona / vibe / interests and thus we might like to read.
 
stuff she's mentioned one way or another : (surely incomplete, i'll keep editing this if people add others in the replies)

  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  • Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
  • Paradise Lost - John Milton
  • Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi
  • Burnt Norton - TS Eliot
  • On The Road - Jack Kerouac
  • Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller
  • Howl - Allen Ginsberg
  • Victoria Holt - Road to Paradise Island
  • Norman Rockwell (no specific book afaik)
  • The Master Key System - Charles F. Haanel (@MoonAgain)
  • The Bible (@HANGINGFROOT)
  • Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill (@Barry)
  • The Satanic Witch - Anton LaVey
  • Aleister Crowley (no specific book mentioned)
  • Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • Nature (essay) - Ralph Waldo Emerson (this + the 3 above by @trayertrash)
  • Mind Breaths: Poems 1972-77 - Allen Ginsberg
  • Matcha - Jessica Flint & Anna Kavaliunas
  • Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days - Jenna Rainey (this + 2 above @ ig post feb 19)
  • Tropic of Capricorn - Henry Miller (ig post march 19)
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories about the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • The Creative Fire: Myths and Stories About the Cycles of Creativity - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • Untie the Strong Woman: To Know and Honor Holy Mother - Clarissa Pinkola Estés (this + 2 above @ ig post july 2019)

our Lana-related recs : (add a brief description)

  • The Girls - Emma Cline (coming of age story of a teen girl who joins a Manson-like cult in the 60s)
  • Marlena - Julie Buntin (story of a toxic & dangerous friendship between 2 teen girls, marked by drug addiction and general recklessness)
  • White Oleander - Janet Fitch (a very California book about a girl placed in several foster homes & her toxic, beautiful mother)
  • Joan Didion - Slouching Towards Bethlehem (imo it's impossible Lana hasn't read this book; a series of seminal essays about 60s California by prob the most iconic Cali writer)
  • Junky - William Burroughs (THE book about heroin addiction)
  • Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon (psychedelic noir set in 60s California about a stoner P.I. looking for a lost girl; also: watch the movie!!!)
  • The Two Mrs. Greenvilles - Dominick Dunne (@kitschesque, "BTD era glamour")
  • Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan (@RainOverLondon, "teenage girl named cécile who lives a lavish and languorous lifestyle, spending the summer at her family’s french riviera villa with her father, raymond, and his mistress, elsa; call me by your name meets gossip girl")

Edited by bummersummer, 27 July 2019 - 08:39 PM.

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#2 ONLINE   World Princess

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:30 PM

Love this thread idea. I always find her influences fascinating. 


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 01:54 PM

All Lana fans should ready the lanalysis thread from start to finish. It took my feeling of connection to her and knowledge about her to another level.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 02:16 PM

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles is a book that I'd read in high school and it reminded me of BTD era so much. I still come back to the glamour and facade of it in the book


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 03:30 PM

The Bible, you nasty people.


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 03:38 PM

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel - it's a self-help book (law of attraction) she mentioned in an early interview


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 04:20 PM

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

Wow just googled Joan Didion. These photos look like the inspiration behind the Ultraviolence album cover.

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definitely going to check out her book The White Album as this sounded more interesting than slouching towards Bethlehem 


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

The Satanic Witch  :creep:

Black Beauty

A Clockwork Orange

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I vaguely remember her listening to something while driving before, but can't recall if it was an audiobook or something else?


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 05:08 PM

Wow just googled Joan Didion. These photos look like the inspiration behind the Ultraviolence album cover.

 

YES!! like i said, it seems literally impossible to me that Lana's never read her & you make a really great point with those car photos as they're THE iconic Didion shoot (i believe several of them were used as book covers throughout the years).

 

as for The White Album vs Slouching, both are great so you can't go wrong with either. i don't remember from which of them this short essay "LA Notebook" is from, but to me it encapsulates the vibe of most of her books & her style of writing, and it's just so UV, Honeymoon & NFR Lana to me!


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Posted 23 February 2019 - 08:40 PM

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, maybe!



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 08:50 PM

As of late with this forum:

 

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Posted 23 February 2019 - 11:32 PM


Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

I vaguely remember her listening to something while driving before, but can't recall if it was an audiobook or something else?

Didn't she say she was listening to the autobiography of some woman in audiobook form? And she said it's really fun and "trashy" or something like that.


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Posted 25 February 2019 - 01:49 PM

Didn't she say she was listening to the autobiography of some woman in audiobook form? And she said it's really fun and "trashy" or something like that.

 

omg i hope someone remembers what it was...



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Posted 06 July 2019 - 10:04 PM

bonjour tristesse by françoise sagan! originally published in french in 1954, but is widely available today in english translation.

it’s about a teenage girl named cécile, who lives a lavish and languorous lifestyle, spending the summer at her family’s french riviera villa with her father, raymond, and his mistress, elsa.

it’s not really a coming-of-age type, but more of a scandal. call me by your name meets gossip girl, but not a love story. i highly recommend!
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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:03 PM

totally forgot i'd made this thread :toofunny: added the above rec + the latest ig post but idk what else i'm missing bc i hadn't touched this since, like, march :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:29 PM

Omg this thread is great. I currently dont have a computer so might as well do some reading
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Posted 27 July 2019 - 04:40 PM

Love this list! Mad that everything I thought about commenting was already on it tho........

 

edit: Aleister Crowley for some more witchy stuff! He was a huge figure in the occult world (pre-Anton LaVey), and Lana mentions him by name in Get Free. His work is pretty dense though. 


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Posted 27 July 2019 - 08:44 PM

Love this list! Mad that everything I thought about commenting was already on it tho........

 

edit: Aleister Crowley for some more witchy stuff! He was a huge figure in the occult world (pre-Anton LaVey), and Lana mentions him by name in Get Free. His work is pretty dense though. 

 

added! dense is right, i tried reading the book of lies some time ago & gave up. :facepalm: it was so fucking cryptic, i felt like each sentence needed its own footnote


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