Introducing Rüpert von Rom

Mimi Berlin Blogger team is proud to officially present its newest member; Rüpert von Rom. This flamboyant aristocrat shares with you all that is distinguished, artistic, dapper and not-to-miss, on a monthly basis. He is addicted to cashmere socks and obsessed with smoking Belinda Menthol cigarettes.

Belinda (design 3) (Menthol) /KS-25-H/ – Holland (picture via cigarettespedia)

The Elements of Style

English isn’t our mother language (as you may have noticed) and we aren’t writers either. We are style engineers and we came across this book the other day,  The Elements of Style, (aka Strunk & White) written in 1918 by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White.

Published in 2005 with added illustrations by Maira Kalman.
 “It’s a prescriptive American English writing style guide comprising eight “elementary rules of usage”, ten “elementary principles of composition”, “a few matters of form”, a list of 49 “words and expressions commonly misused”, and a list of 57 “words often misspelled”.” (Wikipedia)
In 2011, Time magazine listed The Elements of Style as one of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923. Surely this guide should help us with writing our English somewhat better! And we do love the illustrations, they help.


Does the title of this post need so many capitals? Hmm, guess we can look that up now…


Charles Bukowski, c.1981,  photo by Mark Hanauer

Writing the post on Dishwasher Pete, it came to mind that Charles Bukowski and him got one thing in common: Living on the edge of society’s boundaries and getting respect for that as well, in retrospect. They both had so called simple, meaningless jobs, and wrote about that. (Yes, we are aware of the fact that the comparison stops there.)
So everybody, try to pick up a pen and write about your life, you never know where that ship strands if you don’t try!
Post Office, 1st edition Hardcover, 1971 (buy)


Tales of Ordinary Madness, the 1981 film by Italian director Marco Ferreri. This film follows the meandering (sexual) adventures of the poet and drunk, Charles Serking, laying bare the sleaze of life in the less reputable neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Our fashionable minds were at the time mesmerized by Ornella Mutti, sitting at a bar, on a barstool piercing her cheeks with a huge metal safety pin.

Ornella Mutti in the piercing scene.

Photography by © Fabian Cevallos/Sygma/Corbis

Above, scenes from Tales of ordinary madness (via)
Debby Harry’s solo debut, Koo-Koo, in 1981. Album cover by photographer Brian Aris and Swiss illustrator H.R. Giger (via).
We learn from this that Punk was going mainstream at the beginning of the eighties, piercing anything other than your ears still wasn’t.

Letter from Mr. Bukowski To Hans van den Broek. (via)

The film is based on one of two collections of short stories by Charles Bukowski that City Lights Publishers culled from its 1972 paperback volume Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. (The other volume is entitled The Most Beautiful Woman in Town). Both volumes were first published in 1983 and remain in print. (knowledge from Wikipedia)

Embelleshed nose ring at Givenchy, men fall 2012. As we all know,  piercings are a true mainstream (fashion) for the past decade.