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Living In: Ghost World

by Maxwell Tielman



I first saw Ghost World when I was entering my freshman year of high school and, in retrospect, it was the perfect film to usher in that period of my life. Based on the Daniel Clowes comic of the same name, the film centers around Enid (Thora Birch), a sarcastic, slightly misanthropic artist during the summer after her high school graduation. Without any college or career prospects, Enid whiles away much of her time with her best friend, the equally jaded Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson)—hanging out in diners, following strangers, and swapping witty observations about the world around them. Enid and Rebecca’s relationship hits a speed bump, however, when the two stumble upon Seymour, an introverted blues enthusiast (Steve Buscemi) who draws Enid in with his bizarre interests and offbeat charm.

Thora Birch is no stranger to playing angst-ridden teenagers in middle-American suburban wastelands (anyone remember her role in American Beauty?). Daniel Clowes’ Enid, however, proves a fantastic foil to the monotonous, oftentimes nonsensical world around her—she is brimming with curiosity, artistic drive, and wry wit. With a killer sense of style, amazing taste in music, and the little black bob that launched a million little black bobs, Enid is certainly the style icon of a generation—and the perfect alt role model for any teenager (or teenager at heart). —Max


1. Plaid Dress | 2. Fetch Eyewear Glasses | 3. Dr. Martens Boots | 4. Manic Panic Hair Dye | 5. Milkshake Glass | 6. Batman Mask | 7. Patio Folding Chair | 8. VHS Tapes | 9. Wall-mounted Ironing Station




1. Enid’s Raptor T-shirt | 2. Skip James, Devil Got My Woman Album | 3. Smeg Refrigerator | 4. Foil Door Curtain | 5. Replica Phonograph | 6. Red Bantam Armchair | 7. Reading Lamp | 8. Chucho el Remendado Poster | 9. Pink Wool Blanket



Film: Ghost World

Year: 2001

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Illeana Douglas, Bob Balaban, Stacey Travis, Brad Renfro

Production Design: Edward T. McAvoy

Art Direction: Alan E. Muraoka

Set Decoration: Lisa Fischer

Costume Design: Mary Zophres

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