Willy Vanderperre Captures Caravaggio's Essential Contradictions In 'Ad Arte' For Vogue Italy September 2017

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Willy Vanderperre Captures Caravaggio's Essential Contradictions In 'Ad Arte' For Vogue Italy September 2017

Models Mica Arganaraz, Mariacarla Boscono, Kiki Willems, Amandine Renard, Blesnya Minher, Clement Chabernaud, Jonas Gloer, and Paul Hameline are styled by Olivier Rizzo in 'Ad Arte'. Willy Vanderperre captures the entourage for Vogue Italia September 2017./ Hair by Tina Outen; makeup by Lynsey Alexander

The editorial 'Ad Arte' is inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio, an artist who belonged to the shadowland, writes Vogue Italia, in an entire September issue is devoted to Italy. Caravaggio's most famous painting of the 'Medusa', a Gorgon among three sisters with snakes for hair who held the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone, was actually a male youth and not a female. 

In reality, Caravaggio was "wayward and violent", says David Leavitt. The artist killed more than once and lusted, mostly after boys. Simultaneously, he considered himself a devout Catholic who frequently used Catholic iconography in his paintings. In many respects, this apparent schism in Caravaggio's devout Catholicism continues to play out behind walls of the Vatican. On this day, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, Cardinal George Pell of Australia, is on a leave of absence to answer multiple charges of sexual assault in Melbourne. 

Caravagglio's 'Medusa' meets the viewer’s gaze with an anguish beyond pity, writes Leavitt for Vogue Italia, as if to say, "You knew all along you could not resistNow see what I see every day in the mirror." Most of us do turn away from horror, as Leavitt suggests in writing about Carvagglio. In principle, we have defenses against this sort of seeing. 

Lily Collins Talks Anorexia In 'Patterns Of Behaviour' By Stas Komarovski For The Edit June 29, 2017

Lily Collins Talks Anorexia In 'Patterns Of Behaviour' By Stas Komarovski For The Edit June 29, 2017

Actor Lily Collins dazzles in richly-colored,  vintage prints styled by Tracy Taylor. Photographer Stas Komarovski captures Lily in 'Patterns Of Behaviour' for The Edit Magazine June 29, 2017./  Hair by Rob Talty; makeup by Fiona Stiles

The 28-year-old daughter of British musician Phil Collins and his second wife American Jill Tavelman reflects on the gravitas of her new film 'To the Bone', directed by Marti Nixon for Netflix. The role required Lily to play a troubled anorexia sufferer in the film, which mirror's Nixon's own struggle with eating disorders. 

That's plenty enough of gravitas; now add Collins' own struggle with anorexia, which she detailed in the memoir 'Unfiltered'. Collins explains that her mother was "a bit in shock" the first time she saw Lily's weight loss. By the end of the nutritionist-supervised weight loss, her mom was sobbing, hit very hard by her daughter's condition. 

Rethinking Federal vs State & Local Governing Thru A Democratic Lens

Rethinking Federal vs State & Local Governing Thru A Democratic Lens

Futurist and urban planner Richard Florida moved his family to Toronto a decade ago. Stunned by Hillary's loss, the theorist pulled back his new book from his publisher to do some serious soul searching.

His meaty article in Politico taps into my own mindset, one that is a total reversal of previous thinking among progressives on the role of the federal govt vs state and city govt. The idea is conservative -- one that puts key decisions about our urban and rural areas more in the hands of state and local govt.

Presently in America, rural Americans in red states are running the country. While it's great that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Democrats' lawsuit about gerrymandering state districts, the decision could go against Dems. The electoral college is stacked against progressives, urban areas and Democrats generally.

The solution? It could only work if we pack up our money, the disproportionate amount of tax dollars blue states send to the federal govt.

Israeli Cabinet Bows To Ultra-Orthodox Demands, Nixing Western Wall Mixed Gender Plan

POLICE ESCORT ANAT HOFFMAN HOLDING A TORAH SCROLL FROM THE WESTERN WALL, ON JULY 12

POLICE ESCORT ANAT HOFFMAN HOLDING A TORAH SCROLL FROM THE WESTERN WALL, ON JULY 12

Israeli Cabinet Bows To Ultra-Orthodox Demands, Nixing Western Wall Mixed Gender Plan

Sunday’s decision to cancel the new Western Wall arrangement has drawn denunciations from liberal Jews in Israel and the United States. It also appeared to threaten Netanyahu’s fragile coalition, with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman — head of a faction that represents secular Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union — vowing to fight back.  

“It actually causes terrible harm to Jewish unity and to the alliance between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry,” Israeli media quoted him as saying. 

“It’s a terrible day for women in Israel when the prime minister sacrifices their rights while kowtowing to a handful of religious extremists, who want to enforce their religious customs while intentionally violating the rights of the majority of the Jewish world,” said Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall.  

Faye Cuevas Brings Higher Intelligence To Africa's War On Elephant Poaching

Faye Cuevas Brings Higher Intelligence To Africa's War On Elephant Poaching

Calling herself "the accidental conservationist," (Faye) Cuevas can pinpoint the moment she realized that she wanted to fight poaching.

"The first time that I saw an elephant in the wild was in Amboseli National Park here in Kenya two years ago," she said in Feb. 2016. "It was life-changing."

"At the current rate of elephant decline, my 6-year-old daughter won't have an opportunity to see an elephant in the wild before she's old enough to vote," she said. "Which just is unacceptable to me, because if that is the case then we have nothing to blame that on but human apathy and greed."

"The Kenya Wildlife Service and other many conservation groups are doing fantastic conservation work," Cuevas said. "However, the reality is that there are other challenges — from a cyber perspective, from a global criminal network perspective — that really necessitate security approaches integrated into conservation strategies."

Enter tenBoma -- or '10 homesteads' -- which uses technology to pull together diverse sources of information, from rangers to conservation groups. She analyzes the data to "create value in information in ways that it rises to the level of intelligence."