Halloween is Pip’s favorite holiday so I expect he has a few special things planned for us this month. I tend to be less sentimental about such things, but I do plan to complete a post on Nan Goldin. She just came out with an amazing new book and I know Pigtails readers would like a peek.
Ionesco Revelations: A reader has been updating me on a new book by Simon Liberati (Eva Ionesco’s husband since 2013) about Eva’s childhood. The timeliness of this release has pressured me to put together a post on Irina Ionesco (the photographer) and her daughter (the model). According to interviews and press releases (in French), Irina’s use of Eva was coerced and there remains a lot of bad feelings. Because the book puts Irina in a bad light, she attempted, unsuccessfully, to prevent its publication through the courts. These circumstances puts Pigtails in an ethical dilemma. Our journalistic obligations compel us to offer an overview which would necessarily include some of the photographs in question. But it is also our wish to respect the feelings and reputation of Eva and avoid causing her distress needlessly. After some deliberation, I have decided to postpone the Ionesco post until I can more clearly ascertain the model’s position about how this story should be told.
Alice’s Anniversary: As mentioned before, this is the sesquicentennial of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. One project is to publish a special edition of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, the basis of the final Wonderland story.
Lewis Carroll, Photographer? While trawling the internet, Pip found a site with some interesting photographs. The weird thing is that two of them are attributed to Lewis Carroll. First of all, photographs by this artist should properly be attributed to Charles Dodgson, not “Lewis Carroll”. More importantly, a quick look at these scans indicates a classic Edwardian style and methodology. Take a look for yourself at these red herrings and I wouldn’t mind someone coming forward with the name of the real artist.
 An associate has discovered the true identity of the first image and given Durieu’s recognizable style, it is likely that he is responsible for the second image as well.
Wearing Nothing but a Tiara: There is no shortage of cute photos on the internet. Here’s one called ‘La Princesse aux Escargots’ (The Princess of Snails).
The Virtues of Monsters: Although the purpose of this site is to cover the arts and media, it would be naive not to recognize that pedophiles visit this site and I felt it would be of service to mention something that came across my desk. It seems there is a schism between two groups of pedophiles who disagree over the ethics of sexual contact between adults and children. To keep the loud-mouthed extremists from dominating the debate, a more moderate group started their own forum that strikes a balance between acknowledging this kind of sexual orientation—if that is the proper expression for it—while respecting the rights of children not to be molested.