1. “Tilda Swinton Asks Chuck Close If He’d Rather Paint Or Walk Again.” The Oscar-winning actor and celebrated artist chat on Skype about creating art, making black ragdolls for Oprah, and why there’s no formula for getting life right.
“Oh, there’s a fabulous story someone told me about a legendary, still living, so unnamed, film star. I hope it’s not apocryphal. For many, many, many years, nobody ever saw this woman looking anything other than her public image. There was that much cake and that many eyelashes and that much wig, and all the rest of it. And there was someone who was a close friend of hers, who was staying in a hotel with her, and they had a room with adjoining doors, and the film star said, ’You will not come through this door at any point. No matter what happens, you will not come through this door. Good night. I’ll see you in the morning.’ So, that was it. And there was a fire alarm in the hotel, and the friend rang the concierge and asked ’Is this a test?’ And the concierge was, like ’No, there’s a real fire in the hotel and you’ve got to leave now.’ And he didn’t know what to do, because she told him in this very fierce way, ’Don’t open the door.’ So finally, he knocked on the door, opened it, and there sitting at the dressing table was a kind of crone, with no eyelashes, no hair, no color, sort of wizened in front of the mirror. And he didn’t know how to address her, because he didn’t know whether to acknowledge she was The Legend. So he said, ’Whoever you are, leave now!’ He went downstairs, and about 20 minutes later, she arrived perfectly made up. And they never referred to it again. I love it. It was more important to her to get burned as The Legend. It was important for her to put it together, Hang on a minute…there…now, I’m happy to burn.”