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Adrien Brody Debuts Second Painting Series “Hooked” – Interview.

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In baseball, they call the guy who can do it all a “Five Tool Player.” In the art world today, those tools belong to Adrien Brody. The Academy Award winner, youngest ever in the Best Actor category, has starred alongside Owen Wilson and Naomi Watts, been directed by legends Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, and was recently nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Harry Houdini. But for Adrien Brody, the magic does not end with acting. When he’s not appearing on the silver screen, Brody is immersed in his other passion: painting. This son of an esteemed photographer is presenting the debut of his second series, “Hooked,” at Art New York, which will take place at Pier 94 on May 3 – 8. The Overhead Compartment was delighted to share a few minutes with this multi-talented artist to learn about his passion, his vision, and his fascination with the tiniest details in the world around him.

The Overhead Compartment with Adrien Brody starts now…

Adrien Brody Debuts Second Painting Series “Hooked”
Art New York
Pier 94
May 3 – 8




Q: How did you find your inspiration for the series Hooked?

AB: I’m constantly searching for inspiration. I think that’s the beauty of art. You see it everywhere if you’re in tune to it, and certain things trigger other thoughts and they can become a cohesive story. I’ve always loved fish. They are a wonderful example of something so delicate and so bright and alive, in the ocean they exist in the dark depths and I see that as a metaphor for the ability of the spirit and of life to shine bright in the darkness. In my first series, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns, I reflect more on the overt darker elements that I feel are weighing on us in our society. Violence is ever-present and a threat that exists is something that is intangible and something that is very tangible. And in this series I am much more into that, although I touch on a bit of darkness with the carelessness of consumers, a modern world exudes and enables people to be less conscious, be part of what I find important, and the story telling here is we have to acknowledge the lightness within us and also recognize and care for the fragility in the world around us. The fish that live in that world are obviously victimized by our carelessness and perhaps under appreciated.

Q: How have your travels inspired your work?

AB: I spend a great deal of time working and living abroad, time in China and Japan and Southeast Asia, I’ve recently been diving in Palau and Micronesia and all of those were inspirations as well on some of my more recent works.

Q: What one message do you hope people take away from experiencing your work?

AB: Well I don’t want to preach, I hope there is a conversation that can be created and I hope that there is an appreciation for the world around us that is somehow overlooked in our daily action, and this is something we all must be conscious of, we are all guilty of it. I’m guilty of it as well. We are consumed with convenience and easy access, I think we have to be conscious of how we consume things and how we are perhaps a bit careless with our actions and how in a way we all have to recognize our accountability. Even if we are not directly affected, we are directly involved in the well being of the world around us and other living beings, our fellow humans and the animals around us. There is a lot of light hearted work that I hope doesn’t get overshadowed by the more social message within the work, but I do feel like both of them are very necessary in my expression.




Q: How would you describe the differences in the creative processes in painting vs acting?

AB: I love and am really grateful for the creative autonomy I have as a painter. I’ve always been very creative and I love film, I love making movies, it’s a true love of mine, but it’s a cumbersome process. Even if you are creating the material and producing the material you rely on so many people, so many departments. At the end of the day your work and your contribution somehow gets muddled and as an artist that is really your responsibility and yours alone and you have to be accountable for it, and yet you have the freedom to create when you are inspired and learn. I think it’s a very generous process for yourself, what you give to yourself, you nuture a freedom that is often encumbered in an art form like cinema, and a gift to others in sharing ideas and things that, language is not even necessary in most cases, like music it really transcends so much. And it’s lovely to sell your work and to be appreciated for your work but it’s also something that is shared and available to anybody who can see it…and that’s a beautiful thing and in today’s world you can really share so much with people.

Q: You posted a picture of your hand covered in paint on your Instagram account and stated “Today was a good day” What did you mean?

AB: You can feel what I’m saying in that, and I’m not even showing my own work or anything. It was so wonderful, there I was covered in paint, It feels so thrilling to be in it and feel it.




Q: How different are the experiences of reaction and criticism to your painting vs your work in film?

AB: I have had a lot of positive responses and inevitably in anything you do there is always going to be a difference of opinion. I think Warhol said it “Spend your time creating art (and I’m paraphrasing), don’t think about it, don’t judge it and keep creating. And while other people are judging it make more art.” And I relate to that…I relate to that with my film work and it’s a different animal but as an artist I keep experimenting and have a lot more creative freedom and that’s what I love and gravitate to it.

Q: Where are some of your favorite places to travel?

AB: Europe and Asia.

Q: What do you never leave home without?

AB: My iPhone.






Adrien Brody is ‘Hooked’ on painting for major exhibit at Art New York.

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Adrien Brody took a year and a half off from acting to work on his latest project, "Hooked," an art show on display at Art New York. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Adrien Brody took a year and a half off from acting to work on his latest project, “Hooked,” an art show on display at Art New York. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)


Oscar winner Adrien Brody’s latest role is as a different kind of artist.

The New York native is returning to his hometown for an exhibit of his paintings dubbed “Hooked” at the prestigious Art New York show that runs from June 8 through June 14 at Manhattan’s Pier 94.

“It’s a gift and an honor to show work that was inspired by the chaos that is uniquely New York,” Brody told the Daily News by email. “All the artists, the noise, and the streets that raised me, as well as all the beauty, suffering and inspiration it exudes, is present in my work.


“This opportunity allows me to give that back and share it with my fellow New Yorkers.”

A who’s who of the more famous of those fellow New Yorkers — including Robert De Niro, Michael Strahan, Brooke Shields, Raven-Symoné, and director Brett Ratner — were spotted eyeballing Brody’s work at his booth (SP20) on the first day.

Brody doesn’t just dabble with some paints in a trailer between takes on a movie — he took a year and a half off from acting to focus on art and also producing projects.

Robert DeNiro came to pay his respects to the artist. (DAVID WILLEMS)
Robert DeNiro came to pay his respects to the artist. (DAVID WILLEMS)


He previously did a show called “Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns.”

This time around there is a school of fish-inspired paintings, sculptures and even a skateboard. Brody says his inspirations include everything from Japanese koi to Warhol’s 20-year consumption of Campbell’s soup.

If the theme for “Hooked,” done in conjunction with Benrimon Projects, seems fishy, that’s no accident.

Some of Brody’s paintings on display at Art New York were inspired by fish. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Some of Brody’s paintings on display at Art New York were inspired by fish. (SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)


“This series references our culture’s evolution to being “hooked” on convenience and instant gratification,” says Brody.

Source: nydailynews

Adrien Brody Talks playing himself on ‘Dice’ and Saving the Rainforest With Leo DiCaprio.

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Best Actor Oscar-winner Adrien Brody talks about how he ended up playing a ridiculous version of himself on Andrew Dice Clay’s Showtime series.

Adrien Brody is not exactly known for his comedy. The 43-year-old actor, who won an Academy Award for his performance as an emaciated, Chopin-playing Holocaust survivor in The Pianist, is deadly serious about his craft. Which makes him the perfect foil for Andrew Dice Clay in tonight’s episode of Showtime’s Dice.
With no warning or rationale, Brody pops up in the show’s second episode with a mission: to study and subsequently “become” Andrew Dice Clay. As he explains in the opening scene, he is preparing to star in an off-Broadway play that focuses on “masculinity.” As a “method actor,” he wants to follow Clay around and learn what makes him tick, a proposition that is flattering at first but ultimately deeply disturbing.

Before the episode airs Sunday night on Showtime, Brody spoke to The Daily Beast about how he ended up playing himself for the first time ever on Dice and discussed his not-so-secret love of comedy. Believe it or not, he took the whole thing very seriously.

Below is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.

How did you end up playing yourself on Dice?

They created the concept in the screenplay and they assumed I’d find it as funny as they did. And I did. And you know, I’m a fan of [Andrew Dice Clay] and I thought, what an interesting idea. It’s a very complex way of playing a character, because I’m creating a character of myself and at the same time creating an interpretation of him and playing it from the perspective of myself. And all of that is just so funny to play with. Also, because I’m very serious about my work, it’s an opportunity for me to do a broader comedy, which I love and appreciate. But it was also a chance to poke fun at a certain perception of how I might be.

Is this the first time you’ve played yourself on screen?

That’s a good question. Probably. There may have been one time — I don’t think so, actually, this might have been it.

So, what considerations did you make about how you wanted to portray yourself?

Well, we didn’t change anything really [in the script]. We enhanced it by having a lot of improvisation and a playfulness of how we both interpreted ourselves. Dice is also playing a character, playing a version of himself, not entirely himself. And it’s about that dance. He’s wonderful to act with.

What was your relationship, if any, with Andrew Dice Clay before this?

We may have seen each other or bumped into each other somewhere, but I didn’t know him at all. I loved his earlier stand-up bits growing up, when I was in high school. I remember running the cassette tape of his into the ground, I just thought he was hilarious, as did most of my adolescent friends. He’s a really great guy and was really fun to collaborate with and we’re friends now, so that’s cool.

As you said, you’re not known for comedy, which makes this performance so surprising. Did it spark in you a desire to do more comedy moving forward?

Well, I’ve always had it. The odd thing is how, I think, the intensity and devotion to my craft and the intensity of certain performances or types of roles I’ve played overshadow the comedic stints that I’ve had. Darjeeling Limited is a comedy, The Brothers Bloom is a comedy. I’ve done myriad smaller independent films. Dummy, which is a wonderful film that I did with Vera Farmiga years ago. Playing Dalí in Midnight in Paris is a comedic turn. The issue is, it’s a perception thing. I love comedy and I think it’s so much fun. There are different challenges and it requires a similar kind of focus. But there are levels of freedoms in it that are not often afforded to me in a more serious dramatic role.

In the show, you describe yourself as a “method actor” and that’s why you’re following Dice around, to learn from him. Is that the type of thing you’ve done for actual movie roles in the past?

Yeah, sure, that’s one aspect of it, but I’ve done many things to help create a transformation that is authentic to me. The more I have a sincere connection to something, the less acting is required. And the more it’s about creating the space to feel that connection and to feel that shift from yourself. And start interpreting things through new eyes. And the only way to do that for me is through quite a bit of work and research and associations from another perspective. And really living that for a period of time, like a meditation. You start to be able to key into things, like a way of responding that’s instinctual to a character and not your own instincts. It’s necessary. Some roles require less and some roles require a great deal of commitment.

Can you think of one role that stands out to you that you did a ton of that kind of research for?

I’ve done it across the board on many films. The Pianist would be a perfect example, where I taught myself to play Chopin and simultaneously lost a tremendous amount of weight and inundated myself with historical details of the time. And omitted all modern music in my life and sold my car and put my stuff in storage and disconnected my phone. It was very extreme and I was able to do that at that point in my life, but I basically had nothing comforting to return to or dream of. They were gone. I basically disconnected and reconnected in that phase as that character. And then had to slowly try to climb back into my life, which took a long time.

That obviously paid off in terms of awards, winning you the Best Actor Oscar. Your friend Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar this year. Have you given him a hard time about beating him to it by 13 years?

[Laughs.] Definitely not. No, I’m very happy for him. We just spent time in Sumatra fighting the deforestation in the rain forest there. And I was fortunate to get to experience that and learn about the impact on the biodiversity of that region. And I admire all of those efforts that he makes and try to do my share as well.

Source: The Daily Beast

Adrien Brody and Leo Dicaprio visited Mt. Leuser National Park in Sumatra on 2016/03/27

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American actor Leonardo DiCaprio waves to fans during the Japanese premiere of his new movie The Revenant in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. The environmental campaigner paid a visit to Mount Leuser National Park, located in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, on March 27, 2016.

Accompanied by fellow actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens, he took a tour around the park’s research facility in Ketambe, Southeast Aceh regency. During their visit, they met three Sumatran orangutans and closely watched the great apes’ behavior.

DiCaprio waves to spectators while crossing the Alas River accompanied by fellow actors Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens during his trip to Mount Leuser National Park.

According to DiCaprio’s official website, his 1998-launched foundation is partnering with Acehnese conservationist Rudi Putra to create a wildlife sanctuary in the Leuser ecosystem of Aceh. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is set to support Rudi’s project to maintain the forest by constructing barriers, training wildlife patrols and rangers, and recording and reporting ongoing habitat destruction.




Info: The Jakarta Post 

Adrien Brody On Painting Booze, Bullets and Big Macs.

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Adrien Brody at his debut Art serie “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns”

Oscar-winner Adrien Brody can add collectible artist to his long list of accomplishments. The 42-year-old entertainer, who skyrocketed to fame with his leading role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, debuted his artwork—a series titled “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns” on December 2, 2015 at Art Basel Miami. Here, Brody, who will next star in screenwriter Brian Tucker’s action-thriller Expiration, talks about violence in media, art-world pressures and finding inspiration in a fortune cookie.

The cerebral actor is riding high after debuting his political pop-art paintings at Art Basel Miami.


What’s your takeaway after showing your art for the first time at Art Basel Miami Beach?

It was exciting and exhausting. I had a really lovely time connecting with friends and sharing my thoughts about the work. Taking the leap of being willing to show it was a very positive experience. I got to spend a lot of time with some artists there that I like—it was very exciting, all in all.

What do you think of the high-stakes art world, now that you’re in the midst of it—overwhelming at all?

In general, I have a certain degree of pressure that I’m accustomed to with my normal work. Showing my work at a film premiere, for instance, where I go and work and collaborate with lots of people and it’s put together and on display. So there’s a certain degree of pressure there that I’m used to. My ambition is to paint and to have a creative outlet that I’m autonomous with. To have the freedom to continue to evolve as an artist and that’s really been the goal. These are the first steps.

A piece from “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns”
A piece from “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns”


Such a compelling name for the series, “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns.” What does it mean?

It began as an amusing take on how fast food in our culture has gone beyond just that and infiltrated so many other aspects and elements of our lives. We have the belief that in general things should be relatively accessible, instantly gratifying. It evolved into a reference of how violent imagery and violence are unfortunately as commonplace as fast food in our society. What we’re witnessing in reality, in our imaginations, in the media, in entertainment is an overwhelming amount of violent imagery.

I try to incorporate some humor in the depictions, as well. For instance, I did an installation at the show with stuffed animals in basically a street homicide scene, which I call “Family.” What I’m referencing is that there are so many children, specifically in urban environments, who do not have a family to go home to. And this unfortunately results in them falling victim to finding families on the street, or a family structure within the gang culture. Those codes become the rules of the house. The consequences are not evident and ultimately this cycle leads to incarceration, drug addiction, alcoholism, violence. The depiction shows the loss of innocence—the purity of the stuffed animals, representing children, the smaller ones looking up to the larger ones, there’s a degree of playfulness in it but it’s also referencing something that’s horrific and tragic.

How do you find inspiration for your artwork?

It varies. The theme led to the greater meditation on the subject. I have lots of inspiration—from every encounter, things that I read, people that I meet, something that was said, a fortune cookie, stubbing my toe, paint dripping on my shoe. I’m constantly finding an idea that leads to a new idea. I love that. What’s exciting is to be able to apply it.
In this case, I’ve homed into something that I feel is very much in the zeitgeist and speaks to an urban environment and speaks to images and imagery that I feel were a part of my upbringing in New York, as well.


A piece from “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns”
A piece from “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Handguns”


What’s up next for Adrien Brody, the painter?

I’m about to have a conference call and then I’m headed to the art store to get some more canvas because I feel like painting right now. I was at a friend’s house for a party and he had a really beautiful display of flowers that was floating in water. That’s been on my mind to paint since then—and also to kind of maybe purge a bit of the shadowy imagery that I’ve depicted in the show. I’ve sold a few pieces and I may continue with this series, as well. I enjoy painting a lot of the foreboding imagery, but I think I’ll bring a little lightness into the work and see how it feels.


Source and credits: David Foxley

Adrien Brody sends a message with his artwork.

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Adrien Brody has appeared in more than 30 films after winning the Oscar in 2002 for The Pianist, so you’ll have to excuse him for not wanting to talk about acting. These days, Brody is more focused on his artwork.

The 42-year-old Queens, New York, native heads to Art Basel this year to debut his painting series titled Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns at Lulu Laboritorium, owned by Brody’s mentor, artist Domingo Zapata on December 02, 2015.

Interview with Brody before the show:

Can you explain the series?

It’s an exploration of how, in our culture, we gravitate toward instant gratification. That guns are as commonplace as fast food. There’s a parallel between the way we reach for a hamburger to solve our hunger pangs and reach for a handgun to solve greater issues. I also want to delve into the conflicting messages that we receive as a young age, especially as boys, to play with guns.

When did you first decide to undertake this project?

Overall, it started in a much lighter capacity. I was painting last year with my good friend Domingo in Mallorca, and he has this long series related to Spanish culture on matadors that is really beautiful, poetic imagery. When I thought about American culture, the first thing that popped into my head was a hamburger! That was funny to me and very much a part of my upbringing. The meditation began.

How do you enjoy painting as opposed to acting?

I love it. The beauty of painting is you have such creative autonomy and your ideas can evolve at your own pace. I love the purity of the connection between brush and canvas. It’s fulfilling and gratifying in the way that acting, for instance, is not. Better put, I should say painting affords me more freedom than acting. It’s not something I have to focus on like a job — it’s my release.

What do you want attendees to know about the exhibit?

I don’t need to reference all the horrific, current stuff happening, but there’s a plethora of violence in music, cartoons, cinema, video games. We’re also bombarded with the ever-presence of fast-food marketing. Even though most of us are pretty aware of the benefits of a healthy, well balanced diet, when we’re running around busy, sometimes we’ll grab the cheeseburger and fries. I’m conscious of all that, and guilty of all that. That conflict is a big part of this. I just hope people can respond and see both the humor and tragedy that I’m expressing.

In your vast résumé you really haven’t played too many gun-toting baddies. Was that a conscious decision?

I’m a huge pacifist, but I don’t feel this exhibit is a reflection on the parts I’ve taken. Roles that resonate with me are ones that take the character on a journey. If he’s flawed, sometimes that’s more enticing.

Info: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns opens to the public Thursday at Lulu Laboratorium, 173 NW 23rd St, Miami;; 305-438-0071. Brody will attend a private reception 10-11 p.m. Wednesday- December 02, 2015.


Adrien Brody on The Hollywood Reporter Magazine – November 2015.

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Photos: Adrien Brody on The Hollywood Reporter Magazine. November 2015.

Read full article and interview HERE! 🙂

Adrien Brody was photographed Oct. 18 at The Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, N.Y. He’s wearing his Bulgari Octo Bi-Retro in 18-karat pink gold with ceramic lacquered dial.


CREDITS: The Hollywood Reporter.


Adrien Brody on parallels between ‘The Pianist,’ ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ (TIFF 2015)

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The Canadian Press - Actor Adrien Brody is pictured at a Toronto hotel as he promotes
The Canadian Press – Actor Adrien Brody is pictured at a Toronto hotel as he promotes “Septembers of Shiraz ” during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody admits he wasn’t initially eager to play a character like the one in his new film, “Septembers of Shiraz.”
Brody stars as a law-abiding Jewish-Iranian jeweller who’s arrested in Tehran in the wake of the 1979 revolution and unjustly accused of being a spy for Israel.
As he’s interrogated and tortured, his wife — played by Salma Hayek — desperately tries to find a way to free him.
Wayne Blair directs Hanna Weg’s screenplay, which is based on the book by Dalia Sofer.
Brody says the character reminded him of the one he played in the 2002 Holocaust drama “The Pianist.” That role, of a Polish-Jewish musician struggling to survive in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War, earned him the best-actor Oscar. The similarities between the two parts had Brody hesitant for two reasons.

“I think in one sense they’re very difficult to shake off in a way, which I’m not afraid of, but it does increase my awareness of the sadness,” he said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, where “Septembers of Shiraz” is having its world premiere.
“Even though there is personal growth for the character, there is a great deal of humanity. Just internalizing torture and the abuse inflicted on an individual and absorbing that and conveying that somehow, even though it’s fictional, doesn’t sit well.”
Brody said he’s passed on other films where his character “would inflict a great deal of torture.”
“Because I also don’t want to connect into the ability to do that and the viciousness and the darkness there.”

Brody said he’s “immensely grateful” for the recognition he’s received from “The Pianist,” noting it’s provided him with much of the work he’s come upon since then.
He then got emotional as he admitted that his role in this new film brought him back to the experience of “The Pianist.”

“But it also reminded me that people continue to fall down the wrong path,” he said, his eyes getting watery, “and there’s so much intolerance in the world and there’s so much ignorance and resentment and misplaced resentment and helplessness that fuels this sentiment.
“And that’s heartbreaking.”

By: Victoria Ahearn.

Source: The Canadian Press

The model Lara Leito about Adrien Brody.

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On May 05, 2015, the ‘top model’ of Russian origin was in Spain on a fashion show in Barcelona for designer Rosa Clara.

She has three years of dating but without wedding plans with actor Adrien Brody.

Lara Leito, in the 'fitting'. Photo by: ANTONIO MORENO
Lara Leito, in the ‘fitting’. Photo by: ANTONIO MORENO

The model of Russian origin Lara Leito (21), current girlfriend Adrien Brody (41) traveled from California to Barcelona for a fashion show to the designer Rosa Clara in The Barcelona Bridal Week.

Before the show, on Tuesday May 5, the ‘top model’ attended the site to present the ‘fitting’ collection with other ‘top’, Clara Alonso.

After waiting her appearance more time than usual in the ‘celebrities’, very discreet and shy to be a top, she appeared before the media model clad in a design inspired by the twenties with tulip-shaped skirt design. Apparently, the delay was because she was dizzy twice and still felt ill. The idea about pregnancy with actor was inevitable among those present. Quickly she says:

I like children, everyone was once a child. I like watching them and care for them, I would get [childrens] in the future but I still see it as something far away.

Adrien and she met in 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival, from that day they are dating and have not separated. Maybe because “We are not possessive” recalls Lara.

So far, the most serious girlfriend that he met after his romance with Elsa Pataky, but as Lara mentioned, we are no plans of marriage:

“All the girls would like to marry someday, but I’m not ready”

And visibly uncomfortable alluded the name of his famous couple, she said:

“Nobody has asked me and nobody answered. I do not know when the day will come… That everything has to happen be naturally. We will see”.

But said she would like to dress like “a princess” with “a slight tail-end”. Would use two dress, “a long dress for the ceremony and one short for the party”. The place for her is not important, no think of castles princesses, said that for her: “Any place is fine if you marry with the person you love” adding ” the beach would be a good place”.

The model also showed the elegance and simplicity of dresses Rosa Clara and said: “As soon as I received the proposal to come to Barcelona looked at the new collection of Rosa Clara and I really love the chic and beautiful they are, his designs also perfectly suited to my personality, I like feeling “nice and simple”.

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