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The Smell of Books: a documentary on Steidl, the legendary publisher

December 7, 2014

In 2010, Gereon Wetzel made a documentary on the best restaurant in the world, El Bulli (in Barcelona/ Spain), who had as head chef, the man who became a legend Ferran Adrià.

AND also in 2010, he made a tv movie documentary on the publisher/ printer Steidl, titled How to Make a Book With Steidl (along with director Jörg Adolph). A small publisher in Göttingen (Germany) who made it big by struggling to keep small. Focusing on quality and not on quantity, working tirelessly with one printer only.

The documentary is not brilliant but Gerhard Steidl is. For those who are book lovers and love the smell of books.

Joel Sternfeld‘s book preparation, iDubai, features. He’s one of my favourite contemporary photographers and I loved seeing the creative process behind the book. The documentary also features: Robert Adams, Günter Grass, Edward Ruscha, Martin Parr, Karl Lagerfeld and Jeff Wall.

To explore Steidl Verlag’s catalogue click here . Full of gems.

John Cleese: The killer combination

November 24, 2014

…. speaking on Monthy Python:

On November 21, 2014, comedian John Cleese was interviewed by Bill Maher (on Real Time will Bill Maher).

Amazing man, amazing talent, amazing sense of humor… and how refreshing is it to see a man who is 75 years old laughing, genuinely, so much? I laughed so much watching this. Intelligent, quick minded humor: killer combination.

Pearls of wisdom on the interview below… “Almost nobody has no idea what they’re talking about.”

He has recently released his autobiography (Oct 2014). I will start reading it this week but I recommend it already in a blink.

anyway_john cleese

So… finally, the day of your funeral arrives. Which soundtrack will you choose?

November 24, 2014

The British seem to agree that Monty Python‘s “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life” is the right choice. A few years ago Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was number one.

I’m not sure if Monty Python had this goal in mind when they made the song… but I’m sure that, knowing so, they don’t mind either!…

According to Funeralcare top 20 is as follows:

1. ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ – Monty Python
2. The Lord Is My Shepherd Psalm 23/Crimond
3. ‘Abide With Me’
4. ‘Match Of The Day’ theme
5. ‘My Way’ – Frank Sinatra
6. ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’
7. ‘Angels’ – Robbie Williams
8. ‘Enigma’ Variations – Nimrod (Elgar)
9. ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ – Gerry & The Pacemakers
10. ‘Soul Limbo’ – Booker T & the MG’s
11. ‘Canon In D’ – Pachelbel
12. ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – Celine Dion
13= ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’ theme
13= ‘Only Fools And Horses’ theme
14. ‘Time To Say Goodby’ – Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
15. ‘Four Seasons’ – Vivaldi
16. ‘Ave Maria’ – Schubert
17. ‘Coronation Street’ theme
18= ‘You Raise Me Up’ – Westlife
18= ‘Over The Rainbow’ – Eva Cassidy
19. ‘World In Union’ – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
20= ‘Nessun Dorma’ – Puccini
20= ‘Adagio’ – Bizet/Albinoni

Stop Looking At Your Phones: The 1890s version

November 22, 2014

Even when you’re insecure, you can share something beautiful

November 19, 2014

… they do crave a different kind of buzz and I like it.

Two live acts by London Grammar and Lorde, with their insecurities clearly showing, but doing it anyway, sharing their amazing talent. As Missy Elliot would say: get your freak on!…

As confused as we are about new generations (past or our own!) it’s a ver good feeling to know that there will always be people doing beautiful things.

Women and men: Double standards, right in front of you, advertised everyday

November 17, 2014

Can you spot it? Something is being advertised to you. What is it?

Angered by the sexism he saw being heaped upon his female colleagues – and attempts to downplay it – Karl Stefanovic (Australian TV presenter) decided to conduct an experiment.

He wore the same blue suit on air, for ONE WHOLE YEAR. The result? Nobody noticed.

I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour – on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is … that’s [what I wanted to test].”

Röyksopp: Dance/ electronic music with a warm feeling

November 14, 2014

Röyksopp‘s latest album The Inevitable End was fully released on November 4, 2014. It’s really really nice.

Below, the first single featuring Robyn “Monument”, released in early September. Go Norway! Go Sweden!


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