• The Valley, Larry Sultan

Admittedly, not a whole lot. The Viennese philosopher was consumed by the boundaries of language and knowledge whereas the actress-cum-train wreck seems more concerned with testing the limits of the law. Wittgenstein gave us Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, perhaps the finest piece of philosophical thinking to come out of the 20th century. Lohan gave us Herbie: Fully Loaded. And while I don’t really have time to debate which of those contributions has done humanity the greater good, I would like to draw your attention to the shaded portion of the Venn diagram that is Wittgenstein and Lohan: Larry Sultan.

I was reminded of the photographer’s work while reading about The Canyons, a forthcoming movie from director Paul Schrader (who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull) and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis (Less than Zero, American Psycho). The movie stars Lohan, bravely cast against type as a failed actress, and James Deen, a prolific porn star making his first foray into mainstream film. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine chronicled the daily travails on set, which culminated the night a four-way sex scene was to go down between Deen, Lohan, and two other porn actors. Writer Stephen Rodrick describes the bizarre scene that night in the stark Malibu mansion where the movie was shot: Deen, a seasoned performer with more than 4,000 films under his belt waiting, patiently and professionally, to get it on; the journeyman porn stars, brought in for the day, milling around naked, killing time; and Lohan, perhaps understandably, locked in a closet, allegedly with a drink, refusing to come out until Schrader, age 66, disrobed to make her more comfortable. For Sultan, this strange little shit show would have been pay dirt.