Showing posts from November, 2012

Memoirs of the Original Hustler

I just finished reading Jane Raphaely: Unedited, and I am so glad that I did.
It offered me perspective into the industry I so badly want to be a part of (magazine publishing), the impact it has on a person's personal life, and the hard work it takes to be successful in this type of work.

When I read it a second time, I might be tempted to write down some notes and put some of Jane's candid, sage advice to work in my own life. The book is inspirational, without really trying to hard to be. It is a story told in a frank tone, with almost no detail left out.

There are many quotable passages in the 349 pages of this memoir. Here's one that I came across in the last few chapters:

                   "The truth is that good magazines demand slow cooking, hard thinking, much polishing and revision. I have been called 'famously picky' and it is a badge I wear with pride. There are some things that you can't be too picky about, and magazines are one"

This for …

Born Too Soon? (Or: "Oh, To Have Been A Teen In the 80s...")

I really wish I had been born in the 80s. Then I would have an excuse to wear really big hair, gaudy jewellery, and oversized, colourful clothing (which is somehow still so stylish).
I would've been so happy then.

The best place to get information on the "spirit of the times" is, of course, in music videos.
These videos from Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston showcase the fashion and the feisty attitudes of women back then. I love every tacky moment.

Janet Jackson - What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Paula Abdul is in this video! (Also, she choreographed it). I see so much of what people are wearing on the streets right now in this: the waistcoats, shirts, leggings and blazers have become wardrobe staples again for a group of nostalgic young people with an eye for fashion.

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

I love the black dress, and her shoes. The make-up is so wonderfully loud.
The classic "just jeans and a white T-shirt" look which can be seen in So…

Now Reading: JR's Memoirs

I like to read up on and follow the lives and careers of women who I think are inspirational. It's great for days when I've had one bad assignment after another, the arrows pointing out the the direction of my life have been blown asunder by the winds of life, and I feel like there's no hope. (So, the last 4 months of my life, then).


This weekend I got my copy of Jane Raphaely's memoirs- Jane Raphaely: Unedited. So far, I'm really enjoying reading about the life of the original 'fun, fearless female' (Raphaely was the first editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for South Africa).

This woman lived through the war. The war. Reading about how she and her family struggled through that time of food rations and a volatile political climate- Jane all the while working towards growing into the Jewish part of her identity ("I have never regretted my decision to accept the Jewish soul that took charge of my half-Irish body...")- reminded me that I h…

Lianne la Havas

Lianne la Havas is a London-born singer of mixed Greek and Jamaican descent who sings with the soul, quirkiness and honesty which can be associated with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and Erykah Badu.

I'm so grateful to Sabu over at All That Haberdash for introducing me to Lianne. Had I not begun searching YouTube for the above song, listened to it, and loved it, I would never have discovered Forget:

I can't get over the way Lianne arranges the notes in her music, and then sings them so naturally that it actually induces goosebumps. There are no frills here, only talent and commitment to the art.

Lianne has been working hard for the past few years, touring and building her fan base in her native country, but also in places as far as Australia and America.
She needs to play in South Africa next. She and Elle Varner. If I saw the two of them live, I would be content with life- then I would run away to some deliciously deserted island and write reams of poetry about the night th…


I like music, and live or a capella versions of my favourite songs are on a much higher rotation on my playlist than the radio versions. This fact is well-documented. (No, really: it is).

So allow me to share with you Live Your Life, by Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna:

Pure voice, sincere lyrics. Listen and be simple for this 4 minutes.