The Last Impressario Called Michael White

Michael White is a rather unknown british film and TV producer. A documentary film about Michael White called “The Last Impressario” is now coming out and the critics are raving.

Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. The London theatre and film impresario, produced over 200 shows and movies over the last 50 years. Bringing to the stage the risqué productions of Oh! Calcutta!, The Rocky Horror Show and to the screen Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, as well as introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences, he irrevocably shaped the cultural scene of the 1970s London.

Apart from that I love his private photo archive and it makes sense why the film is called “The Last Impressario”.

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David Fincher Does What He Does Best – Gone Girl

David Fincher has a new movie coming up. It’s typical and well-shot Fincher darkness and tone throughout you are getting here. Sounds like Atticus Ross has again contributed the soundtrack after The Social Network, which is a very fine OST by the way.

Airport Worker Stealing $160,000 Ring Traded For A $20 Bag of Weed

Clearly this guy had made the wrong move.

A former UPS worker has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing a $160,000 diamond ring and then trading the valuable item for a $20 bag of marijuana.

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The 22-year-old Arizona resident was not available for comment.

Via The Indpendent

On The Road With Anthony Bourdain

Famed Chef and Traveller Anthony Bourdain (A celebrity since his first book) has started to write at Medium and chronicle his adventures around the globe. His account is called “Parts Unknown”.

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Before I set out to travel this world, 12 years ago, I used to believe that the human race as a whole was basically a few steps above wolves.

He published his first from the El Minzha Hotel in Tangier. Quite mesmerzing.

via @msquinn

Best Headline This Week So Far

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Our Differences Unite Us

When a girl named Sophie wrote a letter to president Obama she surely did not expect an answer. However, Obama replied. On an official White House letterhead he intimately responds to little’s Sophia’s remarks and questions – also to her invitation for dinner.

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Dear Barack Obama,

It’s Sophia Bailey Klugh. Your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember okay that’s fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other. But at school kids think that it’s gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings. So I come to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other, and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?

Please respond!

I just wanted to say you really inspire me, and I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place.

Your friend Sophia

P.S. Please tell your daughters Hi for me!

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President Barack Obama

November 1, 2012

Miss Sophia Bailey-Klugh

Dear Sophia,

Thank you for writing me such a thoughtful letter about your family. Reading it made me proud to be your president and even more hopeful about the future of our nation.

In America, no two families look the same. We celebrate this diversity. And we recognize that whether you have two dads or one mom what matters above all is the love we show one another. You are very fortunate to have two parents who care deeply for you. They are lucky to have such an exceptional daughter in you.

Our differences unite us. You and I are blessed to live in a country where we are born equal no matter what we look like on the outside, where we grow up, or who our parents are. A good rule is to treat others the way you hope they will treat you. Remind your friends at school about this rule if they say something that hurts your feelings.

Thanks again for taking the time to write to me. I’m honored to have your support and inspired by your compassion. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to dinner, but I’ll be sure to tell Sasha and Malia you say hello.

Sincerely,

(Signed, ‘Barack Obama’)

The images above belong to Shaun User of the excellent Letters of Note. He also recently published a book with some of the best letters availble.

The Closest You Can Get To The Universe

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Hubble Deep Field

The Hubble Deep Field (HDF) is an image of a small region in the constellation Ursa Major, constructed from a series of observations by theHubble Space Telescope. It covers an area 2.5 arcminutes across, about one 24-millionth of the whole sky, which is equivalent in angular size to a 65 mm tennis ball at a distance of 100 metres. The image was assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Space Telescope’sWide Field and Planetary Camera 2 over ten consecutive days between December 18 and December 28, 1995.

Something From Nothing

Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins were touring the world promoting their film The Unbelievers when they stopped by in Sydney. I suggest you go watch them “as they discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics.”

It’s really fun and in every sentence there is so much truth. If you ever asked yourself the question what was before the Big Bang then either order Krauss’ book A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing or watch the video below.

Real Natural Fragrances

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“Natural” and “Organic” became ubiquitious terms these days. A californian startup named Juniper Ridge is taking the wording very seriously. They’ve developed a fragrance and skincare line based on this very principle and the process is tedious:

We are the world’s only wild fragrance company. We’re hikers and backpackers, not fashion or luxury-industry types. We distill colognes and perfumes from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today we’re the only ones who handle every step of the process ourselves, from beginning to end. That process can look pretty ridiculous at times. We go camping. We crawl around in mountain meadows. We smell the wet earth beneath fir trees, and spend whiskey-fueled hours arguing over the scent of a wind sweeping over a glacier. We make our fragrances throughout the West Coast—on dirt roads and trails, around campfires, and in our Oakland, California workshop. All to capture the quiet beauty of the Mojave Desert at sunrise, or a late-season Sierra trailhead with winter right around the corner.

Passing AirBnB

In 2009 Silicon Valley Star Angel Investor Paul Graham tried to convince his friend and fellow Investor Fred Wilson, a partner at Union Square Ventures, to invest into a small startup from the latest Y Combinator batch. That small startup was called AirBedandBreakfast is now on the verge to really make a dent in the hospitaly industry under the name of AirBnB.

You must understand that Graham is investing smaller amounts of money at earlier stages of a company life cycle. Wilson’s USV would take it from there to the next level.

In 2011 both investors decided to publish their e-mail correspondence whether USV should invest into AirBnB or not (which they eventually did not and miss out on a billion dollar company).

Here’s the full transcript:

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