Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why should your plants stay at home?


Indeed, why?


Jon Stewart on Page One

Further to the Page One trailer, I found this clip from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, interviewing one of the New York Times’ staffers from the film. Interesting, and funny too. Hurray!

Wearable art


I finally managed to get to the Met to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty, this weekend. The crowd must have been 1,000 long at 10am yesterday, and I’m not surprised: the exhibition is just beautiful. I took some photos (in the gallery) but the highlight for me was the replica hologram of Kate Moss, the finale for the 2006 Widows of Culloden collection, shown in the clip. The music used, from Schindler’s List, was the music for the hologram and for the show, and the installation is pitched just perfectly.

As indeed was the whole exhibition. McQueen’s show designer and music director created the setting for this exhibition, and the design house and its collaborators lent some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing / art I have ever seen. Standouts for me were the gold-painted duck feather coat (pictured) and a balsa-wood fan skirt.

The installation also included clips from McQueen’s shows, which go some way to reminding you how dramatic they were, and some of the jolie laide jewellery – including a spine corset with tail bone and facial tusks. I’m actually a little bit obsessed with the whole show (hence my return the next day when it was a little quieter).

Get your daily paper – while you still can

Yesterday, I went to see the excellent documentary Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times. The film looked at the fourth estate and how it faces collapse in the face of the onslaught of news sites and social media. But my main take-home from the film was the pride the reporters took in their job, and how newspapers are in their blood – too easily forgotten. And as one reporter points out: “You don’t see the Huffington Post down at the Baltimore Courthouse.” (No mention of the fact the food in the NYT canteen is great.)

The film covered the launch of the iPad, scenes with the founders of Gawker and the Huffington Post, and one reporter’s request to move to Iraq to cover the Baghdad beat. And there were redundancies, including one woman who had vowed to stay for a year, but remained 21 years in service. Following a month of New Corp in the headlines, director Andrew Rossi may just wish he could add a postscript.