Week In Review
The Week in Review is a roundup of interesting, inspiring, or thought-provoking things I've read this week, covering Fashion, the Environment, and Humanity. Explicitly designed for slow Sundays.
Sorry for a late-day week in review. I'm keeping things brief this week, sharing only links and excerpts but no commentary. Sorry! Say you forgive me by reading anyway, and by telling me what cool things you've read this week.
Michelle Obama: The First Lady who proved loving fashion is no longer a feminist crime | Lisa Armstrong, The Telegraph
"What else did the Flotus do for fashion? Made it more approachable for one thing – less the joy-sapping preoccupation of neurotics and narcissists, and more of a self affirming, enjoyable activity. She demonstrated not only that you don’t have to be skin and bone to partake in high fashion, but that it’s probably better if you’re not."
In a Copyright Case, Justices Ponder the Meaning of Fashion | Adam Liptak, The New York Times (h/t my friend Helen)
"Turning aphoristic, Justice Breyer mused about how people dress to express themselves. 'The clothes on the hanger do nothing...The clothes on the woman do everything. And that is, I think, what fashion is about.'”
Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here | Rowan Jacobsen, Scientific American
"We are standing above the new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis desal facility in the world, and we are staring at Israel’s salvation. Just a few years ago, in the depths of its worst drought in at least 900 years, Israel was running out of water. Now it has a surplus. That remarkable turnaround was accomplished through national campaigns to conserve and reuse Israel’s meager water resources, but the biggest impact came from a new wave of desalination plants."
The Paris climate agreement is a game-changer – and business risks being left behind | Sam Mostyn, The Guardian
"The mindset of business leaders and regulators around the world has shifted – the business and financial risks climate change poses are not only real and significant but they are here now. As the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, said in September, if climate change is a “tragedy of the horizons” then the Paris agreement – and the markets that are already pricing in major changes in business as usual – bring that horizon forward."
Treating Battered Horses in the Shadow of Egypt’s Pyramids | Diaa Hadid & Nour Youssef, The New York Times
"...Jill Barton, who came for the Great Pyramids of Giza in 2013 but stayed to help battered workhorses in Nazlet el-Samman, a ramshackle slum nearby...Ms. Barton faces strong resistance from an impoverished community that has long seen horses and donkeys as working beasts, with little sentimentality about their pain."
Is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the most influential woman in Africa right now? | Phoebe Park, CNN
"Adichie has not hidden her issues with the beauty industry. Like many women of color in the spotlight, she has previously admitted to carrying her own foundation with her at all times, in case the makeup artist does not have her shade. She has also spoken about the false promises peddled to women to world over. "I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise -- that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a 'fantasy' to aspire to..." she said in an interview with British Vogue."