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  • Happenings, Music, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 18-19 May

    16.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 18-19 May

    Greetings!

    Here’s our weekly run down of what’s on about this splendid city during the weekend.

    The mind blowing moving image exhibition “Moving On Asia” has only a fortnight left at Wellington’s City Gallery.

    Our freshest up and coming young comedians perform at Bats theatre in “Class Comedians“.

    After some free film? The New Zealand Film Archive is currently hosting Samin Son TV – a self titled exhibition of Son’s time in the Korean Army. It sounds pretty interesting and is… the big ol’ price of NOTHING.

    The Documentary Edge Film Festival continues.

    In music news it’s still New Zealand Music Month. Lorde released the music video for Royals (below) this week – she’s going to be a superstar. The Naked And Famous snuck this single, ‘A Source Of Light’, into the webosphere off of their upcoming remixes and b-sides follow up to Passive Me, Aggressive You.

    Big international drops for the weekend playlist include The National’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (itunes streaming), Daft Punk’s  ‘Random Access Memories’ (itunes streaming) and Vampire Weekend’s  ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’.

    Canada’s most famous (and only) astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield returned to earth this week but not before gifting planet earth another of his amazing videos. Music + science = awesome!

    Happy weekending!


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Looking forward to:

    15.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking forward to:

    The fall of Five, Pittacus Lore (August) – for fans of the Lorien Legacies, here’s the next one! The Garde have taken refuge in Nine’s penthouse in Chicago: they don’t have enough fire power to defeat the Mogadorians… yet. When they receive a sign from Number Five – a crop circle, awesome – they know they’re close to being fully united. But is it a trap? (Book cover to be revealed!)

    Gorgeous, Paul Rudnick (May/June) – “When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she’s summoned from her Missouri trailer park to meet Tom Kelly, the world’s top designer. He makes her an impossible offer: He’ll create three dresses to transform Becky from a nothing special girl into the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he’s producing a hidden camera show called World’s Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she’s remade as Rebecca. When Becky looks in the mirror, she sees herself – an awkward mess of split ends and cankles. But when anyone else looks at Becky, they see pure five-alarm hotness. Soon Rebecca is on the cover of Vogue, the new Hollywood darling, and dating celebrities. Then Becky meets Prince Gregory, heir to the British throne, and everything starts to crumble. Because Rebecca aside, Becky loves him. But to love her back, Gregory would have to look past the blinding Rebecca to see the real girl inside. And Becky knows there’s not enough magic in the world.” (goodreads.com)

    Isla and the happily ever after, Stephanie Perkins (September) – this book revisits Anna and Etienne, and Lola and Cricket from Stephanie Perkins’ previous two books, yay. “From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.” (goodreads.com)

    The Lucy variations, Sara Zarr (May/June) – “Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain. That was all before she turned fourteen. Now, at sixteen, it’s over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano – on her own terms. But when you’re used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?” (goodreads.com)

    Fathomless, Jackson Pearce (soon) – Jackson Pearce gets back to fairytale retellings (as seen in Sisters Red and Sweetly). “Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant – until Celia meets Lo. Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea – a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid – all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her… and steal his soul.” (goodreads.com) The Little Mermaid!


  • Rachel and Rebecca, Tremendous Trilogies

    Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Five.

    14.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Tremendous Trilogies, Volume Five.

    Gosh, volume five! That means we’ve been finding you gems (we hope) for nearly six months now! This is exciting for us, even if it’s not for you. Anyhoo, remember ages ago when we raved about Kristin Cashore as one of our favourite authors? That’s because of her Seven Kingdoms trilogy which really needs to be talked about as a whole. There’s Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue, all of which are awesomely awesome. Tamora Pierce goes as far as to say (about Bitterblue) “There aren’t enough words to describe how awesome this book is.” So that’s a pretty big recommendation!

    book cover courtesy of Syndetics book cover courtesy of Syndetics book cover courtesy of Syndetics

    Unusually, all three books feature the same villain (who is one scarily sadistic psychopath) but at different stages of his life. If you read them out of order the second book will give away a MASSIVE plot point of the first book. This is a fantasy trilogy and as such it takes place in a magical realm separate from our own. What makes it different is the presence of ‘Gracelings’ who are ordinary people with incredible abilities. Their eyes are two different colours and they are (mostly) feared and hated by everyone else. Their abilities can go from things like being able to hold one’s breath forever or being a master in the kitchen to extreme fighting skills or the ability to read people’s minds. In the spirit of three, we’ll give you three reasons why we love these books:

    1. The badass heroines. Each book features a very different young woman, all incredible for different reasons, but who are all embarking on major ‘save-the-world’ quests. All three go through a transformation as they work out who they are, what their place is in the world, and accept the power they have (in this case, a literal power that no one else has). It’s so well done though, you almost don’t notice the coming-of-age element. Because there is just so much awesomeness happening. BUT after all that they don’t get their happy ever after. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway. This is a sneaky reason number four why we love these books. You may not agree, (plenty of people on GoodReads hate this part) but we think that while it makes it frustrating, it also makes the books a whole lot more believable. We don’t want to ruin it for you but essentially they all choose to be part of something bigger than them at a personal cost.

    2. Kristin Cashore is a marvelously adept storyteller and gets more so with each book. The books are told entirely from each heroine’s perspective and function like a mystery, we discover things as they discover things. It’s obvious that this is Kristin Cashore’s world and that we’re only visiting. As such, you feel like she has the entire narrative carefully worked out in her head, with each piece of the puzzle released to keep you guessing till the end. But at the same time you know that all the mysteries will be solved and a happy ending (of sorts) reached, making it an extremely enjoyable read.

    3. The diegesis (fancy talk for setting). Often when I read fantasy novels (especially those that are grounded in our world like The Raven Boys) I find it hard to fully embrace or believe in the world (or diegesis) of the characters. Kristin Cashore makes it so easy to do this. She explains her diegesis and it doesn’t change (their almost magical capabilities are never increasing for example). The aspects that link this world to our world are in human nature. For example, being (magically) different in the Seven Kingdoms makes you feared and an outcast. Which is similar to how difference is treated in our world. Furthermore, the plot is driven by human conflict. So things like rivalry and love and anger and friendship are the cause of character’s actions firstly, and then secondly will be the influence of their magical component. When you can relate to a character’s emotions, it makes their world so much easier to believe in. Well, that’s what we thought anyway, feel free to disagree.

    The best thing about this tremendous trilogy? Kristin Cashore hasn’t ruled out a fourth book!


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Winter Watches

    10.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winter Watches

    Karl Lagerfeld Selby 1
    Image from Tom Selby, via TheNewsGallery

    Firstly!! This made me laugh. Karl Lagerfeld in a library…lol.

    Aaaaand, onto business. I know it’s not quite winter yet, but the weather has been feral. And one of the highlights of feral weather is DVD time! I don’t know if you realise, but the library has really good fashion documentary DVDs; I have been well-stocked for the entire time I’ve worked here, and we still get more! SO good. Our DVDs are $4 for one week. I’ve watched most of them and, so far, these have been my favourites: 

    I love this DVD for the insider’s view on the world of Vogue… one woman really shines in this DVD and, I can tell you, that for me it is not Anna Wintour.
    The September issue [videorecording] / an A&E Indiefilms production in association with Actual Reality Pictures presents a film by R.J. Cutler.
    An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the making of the coveted September Issue of Vogue in 2007, which was the largest and most sold to date. An intimate, funny and surprising look at the legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team of larger-than-life editors. This is the captivating story of how they create the must-have bible of fashion. At the eye of this hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Anna and Grace Coddington, incomparable creative director and fashion genius.

    This was quite a startling look into the world of modelling. A real eye-opener, and an insanely good watch.
    Picture me [videorecording] : a model’s diary / Digital Bazooka presents a film by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff.
    “It’s one of the most glamorous and controversial jobs in the world, but what is it really like to be an international fashion model? In this frequently shocking behind-the-scenes documentary, filmmaker Ole Schell presents a visual diary of his partner Sara Ziff’s rise to international acclaim as a globe-trotting fashion icon. Ziff soon realises that the fairy-tale glamour of the modelling industry has a thin veneer, under which a culture of sleaze, exploitation and sexual abuse is prevalent. With her unparalleled access to fellow models, she and Schell present a hard-hitting and honest insight into the dark side of fashion”–Container.

    This was my absolute fave; SO entertaining and I demand you watch it.
    Valentino [videorecording] : the last emperor / Acolyte Films presents a film by Matt Tyrnauer.
    It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of fashion, featuring unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. Follows the legendary Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti during the final two years of their careers, and shows the struggles the two men face as they confront the final act of a nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game. An intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy’s richest and most famous men. Tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores the larger themes affecting the fashion business today.

    We have a few documentary movies on Chanel; I’ve watched them all and this is by faaaar my favourite. Audrey Tatou is so incredibly charming, and Coco Chanel’s story is really quite amazing.
    Coco avant Chanel [videorecording] / a film by Anne Fontaine.
    Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan’s former best friend Arthur Capel.

    These were also really great to watch:

    L’amour fou [videorecording] / Les Films du Lendemain and Les Films de Pierre present a film by Pierre Thoretton.
    A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.

    Lagerfeld confidential [videorecording] / Realitism Films presents a Realitism Film production ; a film by Rodolphe Marconi.
    A look at the life of the man who ruled the House of Chanel for over 20 years through interviews with those who knew him best, including Lagerfeld himself. Features Princess Caroline of Monaco and Nicole Kidman.
    (omg, SO entertaining. lbr)

    Catwalk [videorecording] / a Daniel Wolf production.
    A camera follows model Christy Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York one year in the early 1990s, probably 1992. She and others dash from one designer’s unveilings to another. Extended footage looks at Versace and Armani in Milan, Galliano, Gaultier, and Langerfeld in Paris, and Isaac Mizrahi in New York. With Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Turlington, we see the nature of friendships among models.

    Syndetics book coverThe tents [videorecording].
    New York. The name is enough to make fashionistas weak at the knees. But only a few years ago, New York’s now-famous fashion scene was a mess of mismanagement. THE TENTS traces the genesis of New York as a fashion powerhouse, the success of which is linked almost exclusively to the setting up of “The Tents” at Bryant Park, which finally brought the couture together under one (removable) roof. Featuring interviews with world class designers and fashion personalities such as Caroline Herrera, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Carson Kressley and Miss J Alexander, THE TENTS is an insight into the coveted and glamourous world of New York’s fashion scene…and how it almost failed.

    I have recently had this DVD recommended to me and am excited to watch it:
    Syndetics book coverBill Cunningham New York [videorecording] / the New York Times and First Thought Films presents ; a film by Richard Press.
    For decades, Bill Cunningham “has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the New York Times Style section in his columns ‘On the Street’ and ‘Evening Hours.'” Presented “is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace”–Container.

    Have also just put a somewhat nervous hold on this… having read the synopsis, I think this could either be a super awesome or super painful watch! Will keep you posted!
    Shopgirls. Series 1 [videorecording] / directed by Giorgio Capitani.
    Marta, Roberta, Fiorenza, Paola, Lucia and Romen are very different but work together in an elegant Roman fashion boutique. They must put up with their overbearing manager Francesca, and each has dramas of their own.

    We also have a whole lot of your favourite episodes of Project Runway, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City and, one of my all-time faves, Ugly Betty! Does that show my age too much?!


  • Happenings, Movies, Music, NZ Music Month, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 11-12 May

    09.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 11-12 May

    Brr! What a week. Floods, a (very tiny) earthquake and although the great day star showered us in splendour the mercury hasn’t climbed very high. It’s probably safer indoors with weekend warmers. We’re going for a blog in two halves today Wellington’s what’s on closely followed by a continuation of last weeks NZ music scrape over.

    The New Zealand International Comedy Festival is in its final weeks and the hilarious “The Boy With Tape On His Face” performs in Downstage Theatre Friday night. 
     
    Our friendly neighbours Lower Hutt have some sweet badge making going down for Youth Week at The Dowse Gallery if you’d like to pimp your bag, hat or jacket for free. Here’s a full run down of Youth Week events in the region.
     
    Want to get inside a navy ship and see what goes down? HMNZS Wellington will be open up for your viewing pleasure on Queens Wharf this Saturday. Don’t forget the sea legs.

    There’s also a fascinating film festival in town this weekend. Documentary Edge Festival 2013 has all sorts of interesting offerings including Only The Young a study in youth and coming of age. 
    This week we’ll take a look at the “naughties” (2000-2009) for the weekend playlist. At times you could’ve been forgiven for thinking that music had taken a turn for the worst this decade. International offerings like Axel F’s totem to annoyance Crazy Frog weasled themselves to number one. Reality superstar competitions started to change the face of how musicians are made (you web-savvy folk may’ve already encountered Dave Grohl’s thoughts about these competitions via meme). Here in New Zealand we had a go. Yes we did. New Zealand Idol delivered us (briefly) Ben Lummis and Michael Murphy, we also got Stan ‘yous’ Walker through Aussie Idol. The decade had gems, don’t get me wrong. The star of the decade was a (then) young rapper from Christchurch, Scribe. He dominated 2003’s charts with his debut single Stand Up. Hip Hop/R&B were the champion genres across the airwaves with acts like Savage (with Swing), Dei Hamo (We Gon’ Ride), swaggy Dane Rumble in his past life act Misfits Of Science, Nesian Mystik, P-Money (who has some new stuff too!) and Smashproof. Our other genres did well with Fur Patrol, Goodshirt, Atlas, Tiki Taane & company keeping the singles chart kiwi. Some other favourites include Stellar*, Zed, Salmonella Dub, Che Fu, The Datsuns, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Anika Moa. Many of these artists albums are still lingering in our CD collection, if any take your fancy have a dig through their discographies.
     
    Here’s a kiwi music video treasure from the decade to take us out, cue Kora and their EPIC anime video for Skankenstein.


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Looking forward to:

    08.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking forward to:

    Some cool stuff.

    Invisibility, Andrea Cremer & David Levithan (June) – from the author of the Nightshade series and a master collaborator (e.g. Will Grayson, Will Grayson). “Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life – because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible – because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.” (goodreads.com)

    The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater (September) – the second in the Raven cycle after The Raven Boys, and featuring lots of Ronan and Chainsaw, and at least one very bad person. “Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…” (goodreads.com)

    Winger, Andrew Smith (June) – An American author on rugby, hm. “Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.” (goodreads.com) Reviewers say it’s funny and sad in equal measures.

    This is what happy looks like, Jennifer E Smith (May/June) – From the bestselling author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. “When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?” (goodreads.com). Sounds totes adorbs.


  • Music, New Zealand, NZ Music Month, Rachel and Rebecca

    On a high note…

    07.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on On a high note…

    High note… Geddit? Music puns are such fun. Since you’ve all been reading about music after last week’s list in honour of New Zealand Music Month, this week we thought we’d let you know what’s happening!

    Unfortunately for us, Auckland seems to be getting most of the action 🙁 HOWEVER, based on this list of Wellington events, at least lots of the events here are free 🙂

    NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, RIANZ, APRA, Independent Music NZ, and the Radio Broadcasters Association. You can find out more about the organisers here. NZ Music Month is a 31 day celebration of our homegrown talent across the length and breadth of the country. So get involved! Go to a gig, buy some merchandise, or just rent some New Zealand music from the library this month! Here are our personal favourites:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0014DBZXS/ref=ase_wellingtoncit-21Flight of the Conchords because, if nothing else, we love a good laugh. And because Bret McKenzie was in the library the other day. But mostly because no one combines comedy and music quite like they do. Don’t believe us? Check out our exstensive collection in the library or check out this rather amusing charity song written for Cure Kids last year.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0017UOUGW/ref=ase_wellingtoncit-21Essentially that video plays like a who’s who of New Zealand music, including the wonderful Brooke Fraser. We love her, not only for her incredible talents as a singer and songwriter, but also for her willingness to use her fame to get behind a cause. As well as Cure Kids, there’s World Vision (which inspired the song “Albertine”) and in 2010 while on tour in the States, she raised over $54,000 for charity: water to build clean water wells in Ethiopia.

    The favourite that you may not have heard of: Ivy Lies. I fell in love with these ladies after hearing “Never Enough” and it’s safe to say the rest of their album, Little Mind Games, is just as good. The girls of Ivy Lies have perfected pop-rock with high energy, aggressive drums and assertive rock guitar, making music that makes you pound your invisible drum sticks.

    Not your thing? Come check out the New Zealand music selection here at the library. In case you didn’t know, the YA CDs are FREE on your YA card so really, what’s to lose?

    We’ll leave you with some photos of NZ Music Months gone by…

    R n R


  • Happenings, Music

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 4-5 May

    03.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 4-5 May

    Kia ora!

    Welcome to the last weekend of the school holidays. First thing’s first, pump up the volume and press play.

    Marvel at John Williams conducting. Now there’s suitable ambiance may the fourth be with you! Today is Star Wars day – woohoo. George Lucas’ profound trilogy unleashed a science fiction frenzy on the world just short of 40 years ago and today geeks and not-geeks unite to celebrate the great trilogy-cum-saga. Light saber warbling and “Luke I am your father”-ing is totally appropriate today (and the other 364 days).

    Nearly every day or month is a celebration to somebody somewhere. Obviously today (Saturday) has Star Wars covered and tomorrow, for instance, is Children’s Day in South Korea and Japan as well as Cinco de Mayo in The States and Mexico. Cinco de Mayo isn’t the celebration of mayonnaise I will add. Now in that vein I am proud to announce that, for those who aren’t already aware, we are four days into New Zealand Music Month. Throughout the month Teen Blog will bring you all sorts of NZ music know-how. Our libraries will also transform into venues for local musicians to perform – take that shush-fingers!

    For a quick scrub-up on what exactly music month is about check out the official website here. In short though it is an epic celebration of the lads and lasses that have gifted ours and the worlds airwaves with amazing music. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll scratch the surface of some of the sweetest acts from the last few decades of kiwi music for weekend playlisting. This week we’ll start with the current decade. Globe conquering has been a bit of a pattern lately with The Naked And Famous first through the gates followed closely by Avalanche City’s Love Love Love (it was originally free to download). Many more have found international success too, especially Hamilton’s favourite child Kimbra. In our local charts Dunedin lads Six60 happened as too did J Williams & Scribe and Wellington’s Brooke Fraser. Away from the top of the charts acts like The Checks, Ladi6 and Cairo Knife Fight hungout with a huge amount of great and fresh music that is just too numerous to list here. As for new stuff be sure to keep an eye on/checkout The Phoenix Foundation, Minuit, Lorde, Shapeshifter and Beastwars.

    For the duration of the month The New Zealand Herald will be streaming new and old recordings including their studio Sundae Sessions daily – a concert a day, sweet!

    Finally, a video. We’re going to skip viral this week and stay in kiwi theme. Borrowing some funny from 2001 here’s Goodshirt’s Sophie. Enjoy!


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    The Prada Project

    03.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Prada Project

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    Image from fashiongonerogue

    Did you know that luxury designer brand Prada is actively supporting arts and academia? Neither did I. But it turns out they are, and they’re hosting a writing competition! Yep!

    As you may or may not know, Prada’s creative director Miuccia Prada has a PhD in political science (pretty impressive) and, together with her husband, she has launched the Prada Foundation; a not-for-profit organisation devoted to contemporary art.

    The competition is inspired by their new range of prescription glasses, and is seeking out those “who can see the world with a unique, rare gaze.” The brief is “What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?” Entries are accepted from all around the world and must be between 4,000 and 8,000 words. They are to be submitted here, via Prada’s website, by June 18.

    Winners will be revealed in September with €5,000 up for grabs! So if you, or anyone you know, is a budding (or established, for that matter) writer, you should get IN!


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: May 2013

    02.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: May 2013

    We still really love John Green. This doesn’t change even if you skip a month (oops). It’ll be a little while before we get something new from him – “Untitled” is due to be published in January next year. Until then, this post for other reading ideas.

    Public service announcement: 1D, the story of One Direction’s X-factor experience: we have only one copy of this book! We asked nicely for more, but unhappily there are none available, so they’re rare things. Consequently we can’t do much about the reserve queue. We have another book about the fab five, here.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [up 1]
    2. Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare [down 1]
    3. Looking for Alaska, John Green [no change]
    4. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [no change]
    5. Light, Michael Grant [new]
    6. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
    7. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [up 1]
    8. Chosen at Nightfall, C C Hunter [new]
    9. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl [down 3]
    10. Scorched Earth, Robert Muchamore [down 2]


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