“I was in Italy looking for love. On assignment for a National Geographic story that sought to scientifically explain it and its three stages—lust, romantic obsession, and long-term attachment—I roamed the streets searching for photographs to interpret that soul-searing, primal swamp of desire that rearranges our brains and our lives. I nearly walked by the solitary woman in the cafe reading a newspaper. But something about the white ruffle of her skirt and the deep tan of her leg attracted me, and I made a couple of frames and walked on. I didn’t think the picture had anything to do with my assignment. But when I got home and looked closer, I noticed the headline on what was actually a greeting card: Ai Lov You. In the end, I found that searching for an image of love is very much like searching for love itself: The harder you look, the harder it is to find. But when you least expect it, it sneaks right up on you.”
I sat down the folks at my thanksgiving party and made them watch the tamil film 96. This song has been playing on repeat in our home since.
Some very essential life advice for the colder months : Do dishes, rake leaves, let the darkness come.
For readers who understand the telugu language : this interview of designer Shilpa Reddy.
Designer babies are here !! Will CRISPR IVF tourism begin ?
Unfollowed this account. To scroll and do nothing is giving me heartache.
On CDG going mainstream. ( If you like their merchandise with the red heart printed on top, do listen. )
How should one converse about climate change : Vague & Fearful ? Concrete & Actionable ?
The apartments photographed by Mieke Verbijlen. Raw, pure and honest.
This interview by Norma Kamali.
Words that Stayed :
Climate scientist Peter Kalmus—who has not flown since 2012—summarizes this attitude: “I try to avoid burning fossil fuels, because it’s clear that doing so causes real harm … . I don’t like harming others, so I don’t fly.” One person skipping a flight will not solve global warming alone, but when one person withdraws from a system that causes harm, they make that harm palpable to others.
How many trees should I plant to recycle the emissions from my flight ? Read this reply by a ‘low carbon innovation strategist’. And how effective are carbon offset programs ?
Are you a prophet or a wizard ? The prophet advocates preserving forests, being zero waste, consuming less, … expects “humans to do the right thing” to slow down climate change/have a more sustainable future. The wizard thinks “expecting humans to do the right thing is never going to work” and hopes that tech will provide ways to cope in the new futuristic world. This podcast is based on a book that explores two very different approaches as a solution.
I believe in a “do good” approach instead of a “do no harm” approach. Erin writes about why she prioritizes buying ethically made clothes instead of shopping second hand.
This series on building a vintage wardrobe :
Step 0 : Quick notes. Step 1 : Who are you ? Step 2 : Elements of Style. Step 3 : Assessing assets. Step 4 : Before you shop. Going shopping. More shopping pls. Online and flea markets. Step 5 : Putting it all together.
On my wishlist : this Ikea sawhorse.
Second hand finds of the month :
Summer is long gone and only a memory now but blue shift dresses have that quality of an eternal sunshine about them.
A metric to remember this month by :
Amount I spent during the Thanksgiving sales : 42$