705 posts categorized "Art & Culture"

Fashion As An Expression of Individuality: Take 4.

Jul 07 2015


As my regular readers know well, I like to poke holes in the notion that fashion is an expression of individuality.

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I Salute You Misty Copeland.

Jul 01 2015


I greeted yesterday's news that Misty Copeland had been promoted to principal dancer by the American Ballet Theater with utter elation.

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Sad But True.

Jun 29 2015

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Pierre Bergé, longtime companion of Yves Saint Laurent and co-founder of the fashion house, is well known for his acerbic pronouncements. Interviewed in this morning's U.K. Telegraph, he had this to say on the state of our culture:

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Thank You Vogue.

Jun 25 2015


It's not everyday that U.S. Vogue profiles a woman who is neither white, wealthy, already famous (or infamous as the case may be), an entertainer, stick thin and/or under thirty. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to read the profile of Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.

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Well Said Dame Helen.

Jun 24 2015


When asked what she thought about thirty-seven year old actress Maggie Gyllenhaal being turned down to play the part of the love interest of a fifty-five year old actor, Dame Helene Mirren had this to say:

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Nine Thousand Hidden Women.

Jun 23 2015


Today's post is dedicated to a review of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. In the interest of full disclosure, please note that the book's author, journalist Carla Power, is a dear friend.

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When Authenticity Is In Short Supply.

Jun 22 2015

Fall of Brian Williams:social media

We're frequently told that digital platforms constitute a "disruptive force". Streaming services like Spotify threaten to disrupt the recording industry, Uber the taxi industry, Airbnb the hotel industry, and so on.

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Something In The Air?

Jun 15 2015

Hollywood misogyny:sexism

I don't know whether a truth serum has been surreptitiously released into Hollywood's water supply or some air born version thereof but Hollywood actresses seem more willing then ever to publicly call out their industry's rampant sexism and double standards.

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Well Played PETA.

May 26 2015

Peta:Pamela Anderson:David Lachapelle

Last week, Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) released a very clever advert featuring their celebrity ambassador Pamela Anderson shot by David Lachapelle in a pose reminiscent of the classic Hitchcock thriller Psycho.

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Can You Blame Her?

May 25 2015

Gerard Depardieu:Isabelle Hupert:Cannes 2015

"I'm sorry but I just .... can't."

The 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival has just wrapped. The awards have been handed out, the distribution deals have been cut and the borrowed jewels and frocks have been returned. And what sticks in my mind after nearly two full weeks of this annual circus? The rampant sexism on display.

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