This photograph by Man Ray, The Coat Stand, isn’t of a one-legged doll. It’s of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhaven… psych!
If I were brilliant, I would give a witty critical theory reading of the photograph. I would speak of the neurasthenic, the automaton, the doubling, the sense of unheimlich. I would speak of the First World War, my second favorite war ever (oh the perversity of sequential naming!). To end, I would bring it all back in some inexplicit but deeply thoughtful way to Benjamin or Adorno. Fortunately for you philistines, most of whom I lost in the first sentence of this posting, I’m not brilliant.
So instead I’ll close my week with the Baroness, on her final day, this day, with some thoughts on her impersonators.