1. Breaking news – We take reporting from the front lines for granted too often. Whether reporters and photographers put themselves in the arms of danger out of a compelling duty to report a story or to satisfy an adrenaline addiction, the end results don’t change: the best reporting puts us in the midst of world events and allows us to make up our minds and to become more educated in the process. Alissa Rubin of the NYT recently reported from the mountain where Yazidi refugees were trapped, and when her refugee-packed helicopter crashed, with an impressive amount of broken bones – including both wrists – she still dictated her moving account from her hospital bed. In the wake of the brutal beheading of photo journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS, I thought I would share some of the best video reporting being done at the moment, by those daredevils at Vice News. If you are still foggy on what ISIS is or does, this 5 part video footage, which gets up close and very personal, will dispel any doubts.
2. A matter of thanks – I cannot pass up a stationery store whenever I see one, a habit acquired as a child when back to school meant popping over to the nearest “cartoleria” and choosing new exercise books. I am also a stickler for proper thank you notes hence the winning combination of graphic designer Garance Dore and stationery had me piqued from day one. Corsican Garance Dore started a blog way back when, a stylish mixture of her drawings and all things fashion: understated, beautiful and wildly popular. With good reason.
3. Street Art – Stopped at a traffic light on LaBrea Avenue, I turned to look on my right and I was faced with a giant silver Lenin head. What on earth?? I snapped a picture before heading off again and, once home, I did a bit of research: the Ace Gallery also opened an Ace Museum of contemporary art, the entrance to which currently sports a Lenin head by the Gao Brothers from China. One of the million reasons we love to get lost in L.A.
4. End of Summer – Once again, I did not take advantage of the beaches close to home and Summer is now coming to an end. Still a bit of time to get a tan and one more excuse to splurge on a simple beach sack creatively made of rope. Found on Etsy.
5. All good – Tired of the ice bucket challenge? Even President Bush has now participated, that is how far the ALS video fundraiser has travelled. If you don’t live in the States and are not familiar with it, start by watching this video. Maybe you don’t know anyone personally who suffers from either ALS (commonly knows as Lou Gehrig’s disease) or SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), and watching a video is a far cry from walking into somebody else’s shoes but this is one instance when social media really kicked butt.