The Straight Pride Parade

He nailed it apart from the last seven words. There are many straight white people who somehow get offended when minorities are protected, which is silly, but I’m not sure they are necessarily homophobic.

Many people get upset when a group of people that they do not identify with gets something seemingly extra, even if it’s to balance things out. Their argument is that everyone should be equal and that no one should get special anything, be it a parade, or affirmative action, or whatever. While the basis of their argument is correct, that everyone should be equal, regardless of whatever, that’s not the case yet and if we truly believe in equality, then we must make the effort to ensure that everyone is equal, even if that means that some of the efforts are not equal.

People’s attention needs to be focused on the inequality in order to identify and rectify that inequality. That’s why Pride Parades and Black Lives Matter and the Feminist movement and many others are important. If you don’t call attention to it, people assume everything’s okay even when it’s not… Bob

The new TWA Hotel

The soaring, yet spartan, 200,000-square-foot lobby was still being put together on opening day, but it buzzed with energy all the same. Guests enjoyed cocktails in the red-carpeted Sunken Lounge, served from two round bar stations on either side. The hotel’s vintage Lockheed Constellation and part of Terminal 5 can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows. The main entrance to the former TWA terminal is to the right, out of frame… More here.


Queuing for Everest

Officials and mountaineering agencies confirmed to NBC News on Friday that three Indian nationals died Thursday while trying to climb the world’s highest mountain, which sits on the border of Nepal and Tibet, an autonomous region of southwest China… More here.

Look closely at the image above and consider that Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953. That isn’t so long ago and now people are queuing…

Life in Miniature

Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A proud Yorkshire woman, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures.


Street Artists Transform an Ordinary Building

“We’ve noticed that this project brought people together without pushing it,” Is De Man tells My Modern Met. “They meet each other through books. Regardless of the differences in cultures, regardless of the differences in political point of views. Regardless of being extreme right or extreme left. Books are magical. They tickle your brain. And everyone can read the same book, but feel something different.” More here.

That is stunning.

Why Do We All Have to Be Beautiful?

With other, smaller mirrors, like those in my bedroom or the camera on my phone, I could prepare myself and decide my approach. But with the mirror on the street I saw myself as I was, plodding down the little hill without grace or charm. All at once I could see the truth so plainly. No matter how long I had spent applying makeup or adjusting my outfit or psyching myself up to go out, I was not beautiful… More here.

Brilliant article.

Tokyo Street Art Pieces

While the graffiti scene in Asia has been a relatively new import from the west, it’s been a well established subculture in Tokyo ever since it made its way to Japan in the late-1980s. Growing to include more than just graffiti bombed on random rooftops, street art of all types have found homes in many corners of Tokyo, with some of the world’s most respected artists contributing to the ever-growing scene… More here.

Makes me want to dig out my passport.