Rather than using professional models to show his clothes during Paris fashion week, Rick Owens had experienced steppers perform in them. These women were of diverse races and ethnicities, plus diverse shapes and sizes. The clothes look fucking great. The ladies killed it.
Read about it:
- Into the Gloss: Interview with dancer/choreographer LeeAnet Noble
- Fashionista: Rick Owens Taps Step Dance Team for Mind-Blowing Runway Performance
- The Guardian: How Rick Owens’s dancers conquered Paris fashion week
- The Cut: Rick Owens’s Powerful Rejection of Conventional Beauty
- The New York Times: Power to Women
Last month a famous blogger ( very few read blogs in India and fewer write) asked if Indian men understood feminism. Another not so famous columnist ( a publication which is read by readers in metros) replied that Indian men are too neanderthal to understand feminism.
I found both the questions funny for two reasons. One, both of them were addressing India or Indian men while posting on a medium which hardly reaches beyond the privileged few. Two, both claimed to understand feminism better. Since addressing India like that is not possible and having a notion like that is a foolish thing, I decided to find about feminism,and if we Indian men understand it.
I have been reading articles, meeting people and asking questions and then questioning the notions about India, its men and their understanding of feminism. After a month of trying to find the answers, I can at the best confess that it is not as simple as the writers/ thinkers blog or write or micro celebrities of social media tweet.
Even the institutions and researchers who are researching exclusively on feminism and gender related areas don’t have clear opinions and 140 character solutions.
From my preliminary research two things are evident and urgent. One, improving the law and order situation. Two, learning to respect people around us irrespective of their gender and background. The above two things can be implemented and worked upon now.
I share the articles on twitter with the hashtag #fem101 and I will also share interesting content here. I came across the above video which shows how a fashion designer rejected the notion of the conventional beauty and collaborated with steppers for his fashion show.
With this column I’m saying goodbye to you and to “Zinsser on Friday.” After almost two years of weekly deadlines it’s time to change the rhythm of my life. I want to try a more informal kind of online writing—on my own website, williamzinsserwriter.com. Look for me there in the new year.
My best to all of you in your various life quests. Don’t forget to keep stretching your capabilities.
Today marks the end of a beautiful two-year relationship between the Scholar’s blog and William Zinsser. Click through to read his farewell post.
Here, a selection of our favorite Zinsser pieces over the years.
Zinsser on Friday, all 82 entries of it, will be kept online here.
I discovered Zinsser through DHH of 37 SIgnals. He had recommended few books including Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and On Writing Well by Zinsser. I can not thank enough both of them, Zinsser for writing and DHH for recommending.
Now everyone in our team has read the book and applying its learnings. Above is a compilation of some of his writings. The only person whom I think Zinsser will read and appreciate from India will be R K Narayan.
Since I get to spend a lot of time on the internet, I also goof around and find interesting personalities, new & old trends, pathbreaking new companies and other such useless things. But, these are the things which have shaped me. Therefore, I value them.
In the initial years of internet in India, which is late 90s, my parents would warn me against spending time on it. I understood their worry, for I had no plans and no strategy as most of the people around me had. Every time when I logged on to the screen and connected to the net, a whole new world would open up.
There were songs on Napster, there were people on AOL, there were chat rooms on Yahoo and there were blogs post 99. There was Gutenberg as Wikipedia was yet to happen in 2001. You see, there were endless possibilities, which I could see, but I had no idea what to do with them.
Without wasting much time let me share three gems today.
1. A Cool Video about Biking.
2. A clip of Public Speaking, a documentary on Fran Lebowitz by Scorsese.
3. A video essay on Dylan, a spectacular skateboarder from LA.
I founded Shack right at the end of 2007. As soon as I founded it , the 2008 financial meltdown struck the world. Not a good time to start anything. Wrong. It’s generally believed that any crisis is a good time to start things, personal or business related. Google, Tumblr, Facebook, Make My Trip are good examples.
And 5 years later. They say surviving first three years is a huge task in a business. Shack will complete its sixth year this October. We have had our share of struggles, learnings and achievements, but so does every start-up. We grew to 12 employees and shrunk back to 6.
We started as a web development agency, and then became a content agency, then a social media agency and then a digital strategy agency, and now we are dabbling in Product for Digital Marketing and Knowledge Games. Don’t think that we left one thing for another. It’s just that we graduated on to better things. The formative years taught us and shaped us.
And then another economic crisis. Rupee is a pale imitation of itself. Growth numbers are down. Investments aren’t happening. Industrial sector has come to halt. Inefficient farm sector is the only sector which is growing. Inflation is at all time high. There are so many indicators foretelling the economic gloom. And this time we brought this to ourselves not American eagles, not South East Asian tigers or European nations.
I see two reasons for the state of affairs.One, since we the people choose the government, we get what we ask for. If we ask for more infrastructure, more education, more law and order, we will get it. Therefore, the state capacity is the direct projection of the masses asking for it. We didn’t, so we don’t have it. Economists have more complex explanation for the same.
Two, crony capitalism and barriers to entry are mostly responsible for the halting economy. When people hail liberalisation, they don’t see that it was the elite and not the able which got access to capital and resources. Infosys to Mahindras to Tatas to Wipros to GMRs to GVKs to Appejays to Saharas prove that the nexus between the state, individuals and business houses can only take us as far.
Business houses don’t innovate.You see, these business houses have stagnated and forgotten to innovate. Their focus is more revenue and more profits. Whatever there was to be copied from steel mills to cars to petroleum to mobile phones to software coding, has been copied and done to death. And, now our economy is crumbling.
Now it’s time of the fresh and new ideas . We have bright minds and able individuals, who can look around, spot a gap and offer products, ideas and solutions. And, this economic crisis is like the mountain pass, allowing the new to get into the sphere and proclaim.
Economic crisis leads to opportunities. I feel that we are at an inflection point. We need to ask the government in 2014 to do the right thing. We should not allow any barrier to entry and focus on creating things of value for our people. We won’t get this opportunity again.
We might not become as big as US or China, but we will take care of ourselves. I see great businesses coming up, not from the old boring corporate houses, but from people like us. I see new things on the horizon, not to forget endless hard work and toil and sweat and sacrifice.
I have this belief that this time, we might just do it!
" The night before his assassination in April 1968, Martin Luther King told a group of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee: “We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in Memphis. We’ve got to see it through” (King, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” 217). King believed the struggle in Memphis exposed the need for economic equality and social justice that he hoped his Poor People’s Campaign would highlight nationally. “
In this video a self confessed guerrilla garden explains how it is important to grow your own food, which most importantly makes you love food and obviously eat. Very beautifully he says that the problem itself is the solution. All one needs to do is to grow food, which is like printing your own money.
When I was graduating from college, I used to dream to own a farm and grow food, but then life had other plans for me and I never got around to doing it. However, after watching this video the aspiring farmer in me has woken up. As he says in the end I should plant some shit. Yes, I will.
t is becoming more and more important in a world that is destructive and degenerative that there should be a place, an oasis, where one can learn a way of living that is whole, sane, and intelligent.
"Education in the modern world has been concerned with the cultivation not of inteligence, but intellect, of memory and its skills. In this process little occurs beyond passsing information from the teacher to the taught, the leader to the follower, bringing about a superficial and mechanical way of life. In this there is little human relationship.
Surely a school is a place where one learns about the totality, the wholeness of life. Academic excellence is absolutly necessary, but a school includes much more than that. It is a place where both the teacher and the taught explore not only the outer world, the world of knowledge, but also their own thinking, their own behaviour. From this they begin to discover their own conditioning and how it distorts their thinking. […]
A school is a place where one learns the importance of knowledge and its limitations. It is a place where one learns to observe the world, not from any particular point of view or conclusion. One learns to look at the whole of man’s endeavour, his search for beauty, his search for truth and for a way of living without conflict. Conflict is the very essence of violence. So far education has not been concerned with this, but in this school our intent is to understand actuality and its action without any preconceived ideals, theories, or beliefs which bring about a contradictory attitude towards existence.[…]
The whole movement of inquiry into knowledge, into oneself, into the possibility of something beyond knowledge, brings about naturally a psychological revolution, and from this comes inevitably a totally different order in human relationship, which is society. The intelligent understanding of all this can bring about a pofound change in the consciousness of mankind.”
JAZZ is my religion and it alone do I dig the jazz
clubs are my houses f worship and sometimes the concert halls
holy places are too commercial (like churches) so I
don’t dig the
sermons there I buy jazz sides to dig in solitude Like
Harlem U.S.A. used used to be a jazz heaven where most of
sermons were preached but now-a-days due to chacha
rotten rock ‘n’roll alotta good jazzmen have sold their
souls but jazz
is still my religion because I know and feel the message
like reverend Dizzy Gillespie/Brother Bird and
Armstrong/Minister Monk/ Deacon Miles Davis/ Rector
Priest Ellington/ His funkness Horace Silver/ and the great
John, John COLTRANE and Cecil Taylor They
Preach A Sermon
That Always Swings!!
Yeah jazz is MY religion Jazz
is my story
it was my mom’s and pop’s and their moms and pops
from the days of Buddy Bolton who swung them blues to Charlie
Ornette Coleman’s extension of Bebop Yeah jazz is my
Jazz is unique musical religion the sermons spread
joy to be able to dig and swing inside what a
jazz is/YEAH BOY!! JAZZ is my religion and dig this:
it wasn’t for
us to choose because they created it for a damn good
reason as a
weapon to battle our blues!JAZZ is my religion and its
international all the way JAZZ is just an Afroamerican
and like us its here to stay So remember that JAZZ is
but it can be your religion too but JAZZ is a truth that is
black and blue Hallelujah I love JAZZ so Hallelujah I
dig JAZZ so
Yeah JAZZ IS MY RELIGIO
I have always learnt from people around me.
I remember how my grandmother used to read the magazines and get excited looking at a design pattern and then use it for embroideries. She encouraged me to read books and I lapped it up.
I remember how the headmaster at my boarding school got upset, when I threw the wrappers on the basketball court, and later I saw him picking up litter from the ground and disposing in the bin.
I remember how men in my family and the places I have lived, misbehaved and neglected women and kids, who cursed themselves for being born as women and had to be dependant on someone for their day to day existence. I consciously try to avoid becoming like them.
So, yes it is important that we are watchful when we act with others and it is even more important that we introspect if we have been doing things wrongly and it is the most important thing to have the courage and humility to admit it, apologize and correct it.