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Amazing images from André Courrèges‘ heyday in Assouline‘s beautiful tome.  Why no one has re-taken this bull by the horns is beyond me.  Maybe some things are better left alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Covers

12/15/2008

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Amazing artist Coralie Bickford-Smith designed these book covers for Penguin‘s classic collection.  Flaubert, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Brontë and Austen are among the lucky literati.  My favorite, of course, is Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Wilde + peacock feathers = irresistibly genius subtlety.  Unfortunately, they are only available in the UK at the moment.  Ugh.  Of course.

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As Matt and I were shopping for Christmas gifts this weekend, Matt pointed out that Halle, our youngest, didn’t have a proper copy of Madeline.  I loved Madeline as a little girl, when Paris was still – literally and figuratively – a world away.  So we picked up a copy.  Matt mentioned that the author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, was the man that our favorite bar in our favorite New York hotel was named after.  (How I never made this connection is beyond me, but pparently everyone on the planet was hip to this but me.)  In any case, it makes me love Bemelmans Bar and the Carlyle even more. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Rainbow

11/10/2008

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There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World. That was the name of the project undertaken by San Francisco artist Chris Cobb at Adobe Books back in 2005. Basically, the premise was that despite all the problems of this cruel world, there is always a way to create something beautiful. The exhibit may be long past, but that’s some thinking I can still get down with.

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Golden Doodles

11/10/2008

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As I research illustrators for my own book, I remember how awesome those mid-century children’s book illustrations were – most of them could be found in the classic Golden Books series. Remember those? Here a few of my favorites…

Medicine Cabinet

10/24/2008

I am very very fortunate to have made the acquaintance of one the greatest spiritual teachers and visionaries of our day, Marianne Williamson. Aside from being a prolific writer with over eight spiritual classics under her belt  (including five New York Times #1 Bestsellers: A Return to Love, Healing the Soul of America, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, and The Gift of Change) she is a brilliant speaker, and a vigorous activist for peace and the spiritual evolution of our planet.  

In 2004 She founded The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a cabinet-level United States Department of Peace.  Can you imagine? A Secretary of Peace?  Needless to say, Marianne is not only a genius, she will make history. Here is an excerpt from the Peace Alliance Site:

Peace is not a utopian ideal; it is an issue critical to our national and human security. Either we continue reactively addressing ever-increasing levels of violence and the consequent human and economic costs, or we take a fresh approach. This isn’t about the politics of left or right; it is about what is practical and effective. We must create the possibility for applied peacebuilding to identify and resolve conflict before it erupts into violence. The science of peacebuilding has significantly expanded over the past 30 years, creating previously unavailable tools for dismantling violence. Yet nowhere in the highest echelons of our government is there a platform from which to launch a focused, strategic approach to reducing and preventing violence. 

Get Involved HERE.

Im Thinking…

10/22/2008

I’m currently re-reading this classic.  Essential reading by the brilliant Napolean Hill who was given invaluable insight by the great Andrew Carnegie.  Watch Mr. Hill kick knowledge.  (again and again and again and again if you have to.)