Andrew Solomon on Robin Williams:
“He played an alien so well because he was an alien in his own mind, permanently auditioning to be one of us. Suicide is a crime of loneliness, and adulated people can be frighteningly alone. Intelligence does not help in these circumstances; brilliance is almost always profoundly isolating.”
Above: Robin Williams, September 14, 1978. Photograph by Jim Britt/Getty
Jonathan May - La Vie, L’Amour, La Mort (2012)
"Mauritania is considered to be one of the least visited places in the world. The country’s only real exposure to photography is through journalism, and unfortunately after many Al-Qaeda kidnappings of tourists the media has ruined any potential travelers’ plans by painting it as an extremely dangerous place to visit. This in turn makes photography in the country extremely difficult. Journalists spreading fear have ruined the tourism industry, and many people’s livelihoods.
Chinguetti, established in the 13th century as a trans-Saharan trade route is considered to be the 7th holiest city of Islam. Sunni pilgrims en route to Mecca gathered here annually to trade, gossip, and say their prayers in the mosque built from stone. Desert caravans were the source of Chinguetti’s economic prosperity, with as many as 30,000 camels gathering there at the same time. The animals, which took refreshment at the oasis retreat, carried wool, barley, dates and millet to the south and returned with ivory, ostrich feathers, gold and slaves.
Today’s Chinguetti is a shadow of the prosperous metropolis it once was, and with the tourism industry basically dead the town and a lot of its workers have fled to larger cities like Nouakchott to survive.
When drinking tea with a nomad in the desert you must drink three glasses: the first glass is for life, the second glass is for love, and the third glass is for death.”
I love to combine abstract spaces, shapes, and colors with fragmented figurative elements. My drawings and paintings pursue and clarify the marriage and interaction between people and the abstract and the confusing world they inhabit. I view my work as a resolution, a way to manifest my curiosity and accept the mystery…
My latest subject is someone that I can truly relate to. We met in a writing class three years ago and have encouraged and sometimes challenged each other to write, ever since. Her snapshot was surprisingly hard to nail down, most likely because I think that writers sometimes hide their own essence in order to shape shift for the sake of the story.
AURORA - WEAVER OF BANKABLE YARN
Aurora is a prolific weaver of the most bankable yarn. Like all great writers, the fact that she’s a gifted wordsmith is only a small part of the equation. She falls in love, at least a little bit, with everyone she meets. When you’re around her, you can’t help but feel interesting and beautiful. She asks lots of questions. She is genuinely interested in the answers. She knows that a good story, well told, is what makes anyone invest in anything - from a tee shirt, a piece of jewelry or even, an online diet plan. It’s emotional. This makes her an invaluable asset to the brands that she works with, who benefit from her love of stories, romantic nature and a natural way with words. With experience as the in-house multimedia storyteller for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands, Aurora has seen her words translate to business growth because her words are the ones that facilitate not just transactions, but long lasting relationships.
Could you walk away from a job that paid more than half a million a year? That’s what Kathryn Cicoletti did when she created MakinSense Babe, a video-driven site that translates financial news and investment advice into language that everyone can understand. Described by Forbes as “The Daily Show, but swap out Jon Stewart for an attractive blonde using clever analogies and wry wit to simplify financial topics,” Cicoletti’s videos skewer the mainstream financial industry, while making savvy investors of her subscribers.
"I spent a lot of time looking at the landscape to see what is out there and what other people were doing. I wanted to be sure that I was coming at finance and money topics from a different angle. I love the idea of taking things that are generally boring—sorry, finance is really boring, let’s be honest—and making them entertaining.”