Happy Friday (and birthday weekend for Queenie V). I’m missing the Canadian long weekend at my cottage in Norway Bay but I can’t complain considering Memorial Day’s up next.
It’s been a very long week (aren’t they all?) so I’m excited for tonight’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic Opening Gala at the New York Public Library. A mouthful to say and a seemingly pretentious thing to be attending but I’m secretly looking forward to being allowed inside the NY Public Library after dark! It usually closes at 6pm so it feels midly bad ass to be given access outside regular library hours.
When else can you speak as loudly as you want, sip copious amounts of cocktails and listen to a live band with Faulkner, Hemingway and Fitzgerald perching casually on a shelf beside you? An old lady with glasses sliding down her nose can’t even “shhhhsh” you for turning a page too loud (it’s happened). Lastly, the whole thing makes me think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey goes to the NY Public Library for the first time (and how often does a girl get to channel her inner Hepburn?)
Over 25,000 cocktails promise to be served but they probably won’t be as potent as the mix of air-kissing and schmoozing I imagine goes on at anything referred to as a “Gala.” No harm in that though, the pure entertainment value from witnessing the airs of Manhattan’s elite is a Gossip Girl re-run waiting to happen.
I’ve posted mostly music lately (words and images to follow in the coming days, for a bit of diversity ya know?) but I’m currently working on a top secret project (well I pretend it’s top secret; all shall be revealed in due time!)
In any case, I like to listen to music (and wear my specs) while I work on it. I’d describe it as a relatively “mellow” playlist but I always get the urge to kick people who use the word “mellow,” so I’ll refrain.
Thought I’d share the wealth (few new, mostly old):
1. The National – Start a War
2. Current Swell – Too Cold
3. Sea Wolf – Middle Distance Runner
4. Band of Horses – The End’s Not Near
5. Radiohead -Karma Police
6. New Order – Ceremony
7. Vance Joy – Riptide
8. Lord Huron – Time to Run
9. Tallest Man on Earth - Love is All
10. Bright Eyes – First Day of my Life
Celebrity Culture and the Media-Privacy Invasion
By: Louise Johnson
In a culture of over-sharing, very little feels sacred anymore. With the influx of social media platforms, everyone has a voice and a hungry audience ready to comment, like or re-tweet it. The exchange of information is so lightning quick that it is virtually impossible to control once a rumor is leaked or an incriminating photo released. Whether the information has been substantiated or not is irrelevant. Speculation merely fuels the fire and we become moths to the flame.