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prized posessions

  • Kids and their most prized possessions. (PSFK)
  • J. Crew, Sweet Valley High, McNuggets, and a bunch of other things that turn 30 this year. (Mental Floss)
  • Cool. (Mental Floss)
  • Check out this rather delightful—and also quite poignant—selection of Harlem rent party cards from the 40s and 50s, which were collected by Langston Hughes. (Slate)
  • I find these photographs of porn stars before and after makeup totally fascinating. And sad, of course, but  also very I-stood-behind-that-chick-at-Gristedes-yesterday common too. (The Frisky)
Posted on March 15th, 2013 7 Comments

7 Responses

  1. Donna says:

    Love the before and after make up photos!
    Donna




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  2. Shannon says:

    Just read a critique of the kids and toys genre of photography the other day. Thought you might find it interesting:

    http://africasacountry.com/2013/03/14/your-camera-is-not-a-toy-photographing-children-from-around-the-world/




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    • Viajera says:

      I can’t remember who does it, but there’s some group that goes around giving out cameras to kids, so they can take their own pictures. Those would probably be illuminating.

      I read the linked piece. I think it raises some good points, and rather politely. I doubt if I’m alone in this, but I resent having my picture taken without permission too, so to the extent that’s what the article is getting at, I rather agree. Otoh, I think it’s always valuable to go places and talk to people, too. Even if we have to take ourselves with us.

      My fantasy — which someone may have done already — would be one of those coffee table books, just made up of poor American kids. Or heck, just neglected rich ones. It’s not like they would be hard to find. There is a very interesting subject – to me at least — of why people feel compelled to go so far away to find “the other.” They’re right here, too. But somehow, that’s too uncomfortable, probably because we in the US blame the poor for it, whereas, foreign poor people are all saints or something. I hope I don’t sound pro-poverty!!! That’s not what I’m trying to say at all. I’m agin’ it. But the whole let’s save Africa thing is … interesting. Plus, isn’t it a continent, not a country? Last time I heard?




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      • Viajera says:

        And just in case I haven’t alienated enough people yet, but one of my favorite things about things like the National Geographic magazine is how great many of the people who live on $2 a day look. They are very poor, and they still manage to look so much better than I do. Color and style. This may seem a superficial thing to say, but I think it says something about a cultural wealth that we could envy.

        And before everyone hates on me, I think it’s great to help struggling people, wherever they are. It’s just interesting to me how it gets done, or not done.




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  3. Susan says:

    I have Earth sandals that I bought a few years ago- the only ones that are comfy enough to wear all day & not have achy feet or back. Not the best looking, but not as horribly fugly as the ones pictured, either.(Meaning I wasn’t embarrassed to be seen wearing them.)




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  4. ADS says:

    I love the link to the photos of kids and their prized possessions–poignant. My preschooler looked at all the photos with me and now he’s setting up his toys so I can take a picture.




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  5. RJS says:

    Good thing that I’m not a porn star. I’d hate wearing such heavy makeup to “work.”




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