Category Archives: Erin McConnell

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Konichiwa fellow students! For this post, I’ll be reviewing the movie Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

If you don’t know who Diane Arbus is, then let’s start with that. Diane Arbus is a photographer who was known for her black and white portraits. The subject of those portraits? Dwarfs, giants, transgender people, nudists, and circus performers. She was simply known as “the photographer of freaks”. ┬áDespite being unconventional, Diane is one of America’s most famous photographers. However, she tragically committed suicide in 1971. But her legacy lives on in galleries around the world, and in the film Fur.

The movie itself is a fictional depiction of Diane’s life as a wife and as a photographer. In the film, she is joined by Robert Downey Jr., who plays one of her photographic subjects. Their relationship is strange, but also very fascinating. She also acts alongside Ty Burrell, who is famous for his starring role in the popular TV show Modern Family. Both men play a crucial part in Diane’s work, and conflict her emotions in both good and bad ways.

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus at times was incredibly confusing, but it kept my attention and made an impression on me. As a photographer, I found the movie to be visually captivating, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a curiosity for all things offbeat.

I give Fur 4 out of 5 stars.

Yum-Yum Bento Box

Konichiwa, fellow students! I want to introduce you to the first book that I ever looked at when becoming a member of the library staff.

Now, I’m not a culinary student. I can’t even cook or bake very well. But this book caught my eye immediately. Not just because it’s adorable and colorful. And not just because it made me incredibly hungry, but because it made me feel nostalgic.

Yum-Yum Bento Box is a recipe book, to put it simply. These neatly made boxes are commonly found in Japan. In 2010 and then again in 2011, I was lucky enough to visit the country myself. It was a wonderful and eye opening experience, to say the least. But one of my fondest memories from my journey to the Land of the Rising Sun was the food, and more specifically, the bento boxes. They are truly a work of art.

If you’re someone, like myself, who is drawn to food shaped like penguins and teddy bears… then I would definitely recommend this book.