Duncan was intrigued by beautiful, thwarted women: starlets who never quite reached icon status, like Tuesday Weld, and it can't be said that she wasn't, to some degree, interested in suicide. She asserted that Jean Seberg was driven to suicide by the FBI. She posted photographs by Francesca Woodman, the beautiful self-portraitist who jumped out a window at 22. Hunter Thompson's suicide note, she informed us, was titled "Football Season Is Over." She also posted poems by Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Sarah Hannah, a Boston poet who took her own life this May at age 40.
While she often commemorated the birthdays of her heroes (Thomas Pynchon, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Kurt Cobain), Duncan's own 40th birthday, Oct. 26, 2006, went unmentioned. However that day she linked to a report of an "extraordinary, enchanted masked ball" held in London (naturally, Kate Moss was there), which she proclaimed "almost as strange and wonderful as one of the Los Angeles Lunar Society's monthly full moon meetings." Some of her most fantastical writing could be found in her posts about this imaginary secret society of artists and filmmakers, of which she was "head librarian."
A love affair with L.A.
DUNCAN cultivated an aura of glamour and cool, and part of it seemed to stem from her association with Los Angeles, a city she adored. "Landlocked for decades and then free at last," she wrote about the first time she saw the ocean. Soon she was writing paeans to Abbot Kinney, Malibu Barbie, Beverly Hills and the Santa Ana winds. With her Art Luna-highlighted hair streaming behind her, she crossed town in an Alfa Romeo convertible, drinking Manhattans at the Chateau Marmont and blogging every Tuesday afternoon from a poolside cabana at the Viceroy Hotel -- or so she said. But when she and Blake broke their lease in February and moved to New York, she only casually referred to "relocating editorial offices," not mentioning their new home in the rectory of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery until April. What happened to the love affair with Los Angeles? For one thing, Blake had been hired as a designer at New York-based video giant Rockstar Games.