14 7 / 2013
CAPUTO: What do you think the difference is between a tourist and a traveler?
HEAT-MOON: I think the higher category is the traveler, in that the traveler makes a deeper penetration into the landscape and into people’s lives… I think it’s penetration of the land, and that begins by going more slowly, by listening, and by getting out from behind the windshield and looking and doing.
CAPUTO: I think a tourist is usually someone who is on a time budget. A tourist is out to see sights, usually which have been enumerated for him in a guidebook. I think there’s a deeper degree of curiosity in a traveler."
12 7 / 2013
You mention that “Dia cannot be a mausoleum, it needs to grow and develop.” The primary purpose of Dia has been to collect and present bodies of work by a select group of artists in permanent installations and to realize site-specific commissions, also in permanent situations. It is uninformed and disrespectful of your history to equate permanence with mausoleum…
Your remarks about having too few Twomblys and too many Chamberlains are facile. Cy believed that all his drawings, collages, sculptures and paintings at Dia and Menil that were not installed at the Cy Twombly Gallery should form a reserve to be used by both institutions and should never be sold. “Poems to the Sea” is enough to fill an entire gallery itself. It has been done before, beautifully. It would be brilliant at Beacon… A little creative thinking goes much further than a trip to the auction house and does not damage your integrity and reputation."
11 7 / 2013
However, 1970s sexism in banking is best illustrated by an interview question which was then included in Merrill Lynch’s broker trainee programme. “When you meet a woman, what interests you most about her?,’’ it asked. The correct answer, for which trainees received the most marks, was ‘her beauty.’ Trainees who responded with, ‘her intelligence,’ were penalized and awarded the fewest points of all. One applicant successfully sued Merrill Lynch for sexism on this basis.
11 7 / 2013
I was dressing a model from the US on a beauty shoot, and I noticed scars and scabs on her knees. When I queried her about them she said, nonchalantly: “Oh yes. Because I’m always so hungry, I faint a lot.” She thought it was normal to pass out every day, sometimes more than once.
On another shoot I was chatting to one of the top Australian models during lunch. She had just moved to Paris and was sharing a small apartment with another model. I asked her how that was working out. “I get a lot of time by myself actually,” she said, picking at her salad. “My flatmate is a ‘fit model’, so she’s in hospital on a drip a lot of the time.”
The longer I worked with models, the more the food deprivation became obvious. Cigarettes and Diet Coke were dietary staples. Sometimes you would see the tell-tale signs of anorexia, where a girl develops a light fuzz on her face and arms as her body struggles to stay warm. I have never, in all my career, heard a model say “I’m hot”, not even if you wrapped her in fur and put her in the middle of the desert.
When a model who was getting good work in Australia starved herself down two sizes in order to be cast in the overseas shows – the first step to an international career – we would say in the office that she’d become “Paris thin”.
In 1995 I cast a lovely Russian model for a studio shoot in Paris, and I noticed that by mid-afternoon she hadn’t eaten a thing (we always catered). Her energy was fading, so I suggested we stop so she could have a snack. She shook her head and replied: “No, no. It is my job not to eat.” It was one of the only sentences she knew how to say in English.
A few years later we booked another Russian girl, who was also starving herself, on a trip to Marrakech. When the team went out to dinner at night she ordered nothing, but then hunger would get the better of her and she would pick small pieces of food off other people’s plates. I’ve seen it happen on many trips. The models somehow rationalise that if they didn’t order anything, then they didn’t really take in the calories. They can tell their booker at the agency before they sleep that they only had a salad. By the end of the trip, she didn’t have the energy to even sit up; she could barely open her eyes.
09 7 / 2013
The new CD is slipped into a DVD player. Music spews from the Panasonic flat screen speakers. For the next 30 minutes or so, I slump at the desk like a prisoner of war during an interrogation in an Auto-Tuned language I don’t understand.
Limited to mental notes, all I can really tell you about the new album is that the second song sounded like the fourth one. Or maybe the fifth one sounded like the seventh one. Around the ninth track, I was tempted to risk a lifetime ban from Universal Music and grab my pen — not to take notes, but to repeatedly stab myself in the cochlea."
08 7 / 2013
Bill Cohan has a column today under the headline “Wall Street Spin Machine Mobilizes for Corzine”. His lede:
The highly compensated Wall Street spin machine never ceases to amaze me. Case in point: defending the indefensible Jon S. Corzine.
Now is it just me, or does this make it sound as though Wall Street, along with its spinmeisters, is coming to the defense of Jon Corzine?
Most of Cohan’s column is a rote denunciation of Corzine, but at the end he finally names the spinners: Andrew Levander and Steven Goldberg. The former is Corzine’s lawyer; the latter is his flack. In other words, they don’t represent “Wall Street”, in this case, they represent Corzine himself.
How is it in any way surprising or amazing that Corzine is being defended by the people paid to defend him? Is Cohan saying that Corzine should not be allowed legal or PR representation? Or that there’s something unethical about taking Corzine on as a client? If so, he should say so.
But he doesn’t: in fact, he doesn’t even identify Goldberg as Corzine’s flack. He just identifies him as “a partner at communications firm RLM Finsbury”, which is decidedly unhelpful in this context.
The fact is that Wall Street is not spinning for Corzine; in fact, Wall Street has precious little love for the man at all. And much as I’m shocked by Corzine’s behavior, I see nothing wrong at all in him hiring legal and PR representation. Otherwise, the CFTC would never have to prove anything at all: it would just need to file a complaint, and that would be the end of the matter.
The CFTC is making the case for the prosecution; that case now needs to be judged. It violates all fairness for there to be no case for the defense. Yet that seems to be what Cohan wants. I’d say that’s pretty astonishing.
04 7 / 2013
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02 7 / 2013
"A lack of a helmet requirement, blocked bike lanes and inexperienced cyclists hitting the road are all reasons Rutgers University public policy professor John Pucher cited in predicting that the number of cyclist injuries and fatalities will double or even triple in Citi Bike’s first year."