Yearly Archives: 2012

The Winter Solstice And
The Rebirth Of The Sun

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Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the sun is at its lowest and weakest. It’s a turning point, after which the light grows stronger and brighter until it reaches its apex at the Summer Solstice in June. The Romans knew the solstice as Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun. I love the sound of that, the way it beckons us remember that, though our powers may wane, we are unconquered and immortal souls.

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How To New Begin

 

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A new beginner is someone who starts off in a new direction. Little kids make great new beginners because they aren’t self-conscious and they aren’t afraid to fail. They throw themselves into whatever they’re doing with fearless abandon. If they’re building a Lego castle, they are building a Lego castle. If they fail, if it all comes crashing down, they sweep up the debris and start again.

The best new beginners are the ones who set off in the direction of their true north. They’re like that little kid with his Lego castle. They put it all on the line. And if they stumble, they pick themselves up… and begin again.  

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Ambition & The Story Of Your Life

 

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I’ve wrestled with ambition for as long as I can remember, alternately running towards it and away from it, as if, by outpacing the ghost of ambition, I could somehow keep myself safe. What was I afraid of? Of being seen only through the lens of my accomplishments I suppose. I never was sure how to square the big life I wanted with the deeper desires I harbored for the kind of love that doesn’t depend on accomplishment. I wanted to be loved “just for me,” and early on developed a suspicion that having my name writ large might interfere with that. My fears made a certain kind of sense. On Oprah’s Next Chapter, Steven Spielberg spoke about the challenge each of his children faced working out whether people liked them or their high-powered name. Jamie Foxx said something similar the year his Academy Award win catapulted him into the stratosphere. He opined that he’d never marry due to the difficulty of finding a woman who wanted him for him rather than for the shiny package he comes in. He gave the dilemma a different spin on Oprah’s Next Chapter where he talked about “the mist” and how, when you’ve got “the mist”, you look really good, but if the mist evaporates, you go right back to being a frog, in the eyes of the hangers-on at least. 

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Waris Ahluwalia’s Iconic Life

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Waris Ahluwalia has followed the rhythms of his own peripatetic life, and landed on the shores of some enchanted land, where you can do anything you fancy, and all of it seemingly well.  All of Ahluwalia’s wandering and exploration have turned him into a sort of “renaissance adventurer,” one who, on the one hand, makes glorious, luxurious, bohemian jewels and, on the other, stars in movies both big and small (from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited to The Inside Man). He collaborates thither and yon with this one and that one (like the panty line he did for Yoox.com or diamond collaboration he did with Forevermark), gets profiled in the grooviest online places (mrporter.com, theselby.com, thesartorialist.com and the list goes on), and shows up at so many creative happenings that you can get a creative royalty contact high just from perusing the photos of his gallivanting about. 

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Zero Dark Thirty In Theaters Today

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A few weeks ago, we posted an early review of Zero Dark Thirty, as the press and the creative community in Hollywood were getting their first look. The film, a cinematic masterpiece from Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow and journalist and Academy Award winning screenwriter Mark Boal, hits theaters today. It stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Jennifer Ehle. For a great insider’s look at the film, read this interview with Jessica Chastain which appeared in last week’s Huffington Post.

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