Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Rebel with a cause

I have made a New Year's resolution, which is to detox. But not the kind of detox that the tabloids conjure up; you know the ones - banish your mince pie muffin top and your mulled wine waist in three easy steps of denial, abstinence and torture. Or the even more inane quit smoking resolution. As anybody who has ever smoked knows there is no greater rebel with a cause moment than staunchly refusing to join the New Year's quitter's bandwagon (hence, today's 007 hero pictured here).

No, the detox I am talking about has nothing to do with abstinence and everything to do with indulgence - of the mind, that is. Oh, come on stick with me; it is not like me to go all Marquis de Sade, is it? No, what I mean is everybody knows that the only resolutions that last are about giving not giving up. And while sure I, and I boldly assume you, have indulged a bit too much of late, our minds have been starving a silent hunger. Barring an hour's light reading about Why Penguins Feet Don't Freeze and a bout of concentration watching Steve McQueen's ever spectacular motorcycle leap in The Great Escape, the Christmas period has done little else but fill our minds with glib superficiality.

So along with the empty bottles of pink Cava I ask you to join me in chucking out all that empty calorie brain food. Out with Grazia and in with the New Scientist. Instead of reading chick-lit-"dumbed-down" versions of Dangerous Liaisons give your cultural pulse a spark at the National Theatre with Emile Zola's classic tale of adultery's revenge in Thérèse Raquin. Rather than watch YouTubes of talentless strangers, give blood to your artistic vein with this brilliant vodcast (video podcast, c'mon keep up) of the Velázquez exhibit at the National Gallery.

Don't think you are alone. I, too, am expecting some pretty nasty symptoms in the first few days of my cultural detox: a banging head, dry mouth and decimated attention span. But I am hoping through sheer determination (see I can still talk the New Year's lingo) I soon won't care if the Moss-Doherty wedding was really a hoax. And for those who witnessed my Kate addiction last year, you understand that would show true resolve.

Is anybody else up for a cultural detox?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree. A cultural detox souns like the perfect New Year's plan.

Starting with tonight - no more Celebrity BB for me! Going to start one of my xmas book pressies instead.

Great idea! So happy to have you back darling :-)

4:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But where will I get all my Kate Moss goss from now CS?

Noble resolution though must be said. Think I am too cowardly to try though.

Happy New Year to all!

4:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This photo is great. I know what you mean I love those so in your face I dont give a shit smokers. I will die of cancer try and tell me that New Years Day means something to me! I should know I am one.
Something said about Alan Carr dying last year wasn't it?
I got his book for Chrimbo maybe will open it tonight. Or maybe not.

4:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate Moss’ publicist is denying reports that the skinny, perpetually coked-up supermodel married Pete Doherty, the rock star and fellow drug addict.

It was reported that they had tied the knot in intimate surroundings on on the idyllic island of Phuket. But it looks like that was just a phuking rumor! Weak. He he CS ;-)

Anyway, we shouldn’t be surprised that they’re not married. These two are often too f*%ked up to think straight.

Okay sorry CS. I am starting my culture detox now. Anyone else who mentions this non celeb couple should be shot!

4:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, this is getting as tough to keep track of as all those Vaughniston breakups and engagements. Although it looks like Steve Bing might have put an end to that. Straight up news there!

Sorry we aren't doing gossip anymore right? Okay, will start my resolution tomorrow. Am definitely up for a culture detox.

4:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to know in the world of TomKat and Brangelina names of moronic joined-up-ness why they haven't been dubbed...



4:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes me for one!

Loved Velasquez. The exhibition, superbly hung, does justice as seldom before to the art of this towering figure of 17th-century Spanish painting. This is the greatest show of Western art seen this year and the book that comes with it is the last word on the subject. Do not miss them readers!

4:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Welcome back CS :-)

4:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How about BOSHMOSS?
Have had enough. Am joining the cultural detox today. A bit of Bach anyone?

4:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree with you although it may not be true for most mammals, but the New Year seems a good time for me to emerge from hibernation and revisit regular posting at the Ablution.

It will probably take a bit of time to get back up to speed - to be honest, I've been a bit out of touch with stories of the type that I usually call attention to, as I've bought no more than 5 Guardians and an Independent or two in the last few months (thus enjoying a well-earned mental 'detox').

5:29 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

A cultural detox sounds a great idea.
I'll confess, I want to see CBB tonight, but I think my trip to the V&A last week has earned me that! And so have reading 2 books on philosophy and another on psychology, so ner :-P


5:44 pm  
Blogger ems said...

My cheap tickets are booked for Happy Days and Man of Mode at the National.

5:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off to Velasquez tonight

Thanks for clip - rather cool to see YouTube used in an original way.

6:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to see you - and all the media sources for that point- not mention Kate Moss and babyhsambles arsehole for six months.

Go on try....

6:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will my mark rothko book, (bought with grandparent's book token pressie qualify me to have already joined your crusade?/
shit, i bought it before new year.
how keen am i??

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just have to learn to spell, type and form gramatically correct sentences before i can really join your highbrow pursuits.

7:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you just love how people think that anything is highbrow including trying to not further build up crap gossip about coke head kate moss? Now Nietzsche he was high brow but just not indulging in more shit TV, reading and radio. No that is just mental detox as said here am afraid.

Tonight is Kafka for me. Detox or not.

7:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't go too upmarket on us CS. We still all like a bit of dirty laundry every now and then. C'mon you now you are good for it. Welcome back as well. Hope the New Year is good to you and by default all of us.

7:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Kate n' Pete got married - oh no they didn't! Oh yes they did! Lookout, Kate - he's behiiiinnnddd yooooouuu! GOD. They really are living their own private pantomime, aren't they? Are they married? Well, The Sun says "yes", Kate's publicist says "no" - in conclusion: who the hell knows? And, more importantly, who the hell cares? Anyone? Is this thing on?

My one hope for the year of our Lord, 2007, (in fashion terms at least) is that it's at least a little more Moss-free than the last one. Please God, give us that, at least. Let them marry or let them not: just let them stay out of the limelight for a few weeks, pretty please? It's a shame, because Kate used to be my favourite supermodel (I'm sure she'll be absolutely gutted to know this is no longer the case - GUTTED) but Pete just drags her down. In fact, Pete drags everyone down by association. Actually, wait: I'm doing it too, aren't I? Talking about them, I mean. Gah...

7:24 pm  
Blogger Red said...

Oh, I'm up for it... but I'll start tomorrow. Tonight I've just got to check out who is on Celebrity Big Brother! Rumour has it Prince Charming himself, the very nutty Adam Ant, will be one of the "celebrity" participants. If so, I fear my cultural detox will have to wait another six weeks...

8:45 pm  
Blogger MommyHeadache said...

Ah, a difficult one. I will go out on a limb here and say you have a deep blog, an oxymoron if ever there was one. The problem is, blogging appeals to the most superficial aspects of ourselves, the need to voyeuristically gaze into people's lives for a few nano-seconds before surfing on to the next like grazing cows. So the idea that a multitude of bloggers should want to immerse themselves in heavy stodgy doses of highbrow is a revolutionary one, and frankly, I don't think I have read large chunks of impenetrable text since university, and it was bad enough then. It is a laudable idea though, and I wish you well with your detox. Also, I'm gonna link you becauase I like your blog.

11:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But CS wasnt saying go read heavy stuff was she? Thought she was just saying don't get bogged down in the celebrity crap?

11:11 pm  
Blogger Ms Melancholy said...

I was happily reading the posts and thinking 'Yes! Cultural detox - that's the plan for 2007!' and then China Blue reminded me that CBB starts tonight. Can I pretend that I am watching it for anthropological reasons?

11:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dawbbysea... well in my mind reading Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? And 114 Other Questions would be akin to reading Foucault, Nietzche or Joyce.

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