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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Follwow Up Goop

Ok, the Imaginary Goop post at kottke.org did make me chuckle.
But I still love Ms. Paltrow's Vegge BL(A)T and her sharing the recipe(s).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I don't mind Goop (unlike others). Here and there I read the newsletter and I love some of the recipes Ms. Paltrow has shared. The husband and I just had a Veggie BLAT sandwich 'a la Gwynnie' for dinner. It was quick to make and very delicious (she is right to obsess over Vegenaise!).
Tomorrow I will make her Un-Caesar with Rosemary and Thyme Crouton Salad and top it of with the Agave-Sweetened Lemonade (so true that Agave is the best sweetener).
I appreciate and tips for healthy & easier living -- especially if hey are not intricate. Life is hectic.
So I don't really understand why Goop and its author draw that much criticism. Gwyneth Paltrow is just blogging like the rest of us. No one is forcing you to read it or prescribe to any of Ms. Paltrow's views.
The name is a bit goofy, I admit, but so is Nymphoto. So what.
PS: More vegge recipes please, Ms.Paltrow.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

(Art &) Money

The New York Times reports today on Annie Leibovitz money troubles and it made me think about how little most art schools prepare their students for the real world. I went to a major university (twice) to study art history and photography. My alma mater is also home to one of the best business schools in the world, but I never took advantage and never took any business classes. My dad always wanted me too and I should have listened to him (Sorry Pappa!).

I think art schools and probably all colleges should add financial planning (or shall I call them financial awareness) classes to their required curriculum. I know we are all ultimately responsible for ourselves, but school is one place where one should be taught & guided.
(Art) schools often completely neglect to prepare their students for real life (and leave some students also with huge debt). If you are lucky enough to actually make a living at what you love, often (as a creative person) you end up with a small business. And when you do, you have to learn on the go and fast -- especially in New York.
I am still playing catch-up when it comes to my financial education. And it is not even just about succeeding in the market place, it's also about how to manage money long-term -- Ms. Leibowitz's current situation illustrates this clearly.

You can find The New York Times article For Annie Leibovitz, a Fuzzy Financial Picture by Alan Salkin by clicking here.