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- i just spent a few hours reading all of Simon Doonan's editorial content for Slate. My favorites are: Why the Art World Is So Loathsome, Beware of Normcore... I want to list about 7 other great pieces by him... how can I choose the best ones? I can't. Instead I am going to recommend just heading over there and spending an hour or two reading his hilarious and perceptive insights. You will be all the better for it.

- a thought provoking essay on Funny Face

- a hypnotic expert of Trisha Brown's 1987 performance Newark

- round up - day one of Milan Design week - two of my favorites, Faye Toogood (more here - watch the video!) and Max Lamb (his instillation for dzen looks bananas)!

- shows I am excited to see: long time favorite, Polly Apfellbaum in the group show CHERUB, Isabelle Carnaro at Hannah Hoffman, Math Bass at Overduin & Co, Anthony Pearson at David Kordansky. Shows I wish I could see: Karla Black at David Zwirner in New York, and IRL.

A beautiful and educational film by Temujin Doran 'about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed ... based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp.' This is amazing!

- now on to something very near and dear to my heart. I have recently started volunteering at OUR HOUSEThe OUR HOUSE mission is to provide grief support services, education, resources and hope to the Los Angeles community. I work with kids and have two groups right now, one in-house group and a weekly school group. Although I have only been working with them for a few short months these kids and this experience has changed my life so profoundly. It's work that is deeply personal to me and I think what OUR HOUSE does and what they offer people, especially kids, who are facing tremendous loss is so very important and essential.
Last night I had the privilege of going to a screening of the HBO Documentary made about Camp Erin,  a grief camp for kids. One Last Hug will premiere on HBO Monday night, if you can watch it please do! It is deeply moving, these kids are so brave and inspiring, and they experience such healing and transformation in the short time of a weekend. I am so excited to be at Camp Erin this year and work with these amazing kids!
Also - Our House is doing their annual Run For Hope on April 27th! If you would like to participate in the event and walk or run in memory of someone close to you who has died please join me! You can read more about it here, and I have also set up a fundraiser page if you would like to donate to this amazing non-profit organization!

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