Debbie Harry and David Bowie backstage at an Iggy Pop concert in 1977.
I can’t stop watching this brilliant / heartbreaking video for Stromae's song “Papaoutai,” which is about absent fathers.I interviewed the Belgian-Rwandan musician Paul Van Haver for New York last week before the sold-out concert in NYC.
I wrote about the art scene blossoming in Rwanda for the New York Times. It was fun zooming up and down Kigali’s green hills on a motorbike. Pete Muller’s photographic slideshow is just gorgeous.
Some genius at Warner Brothers asked Stevie Nicks to do audio commentary for 80s-era Fleetwood Mac videos. The commentary on “Stand Back” is quite possibly the best Stevie thing on YouTube (here’s the best article.) You’re welcome.
Zoe Flood and I tackle the “Top 10 Affordable Safaris in East Africa.” Subtitle: Cheap lions, gorillas, and wolves!
Tove Lo - Habits
I’m super charmed by these vintage travel posters for Kenya, Congo, and Angola. Feeling very tempted to start a collection I can’t afford…
My article for The New York Times about Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s vibrant music scene. Stay out late, dance on the beach, and eat chicken pilau. Nichole Sobecki captured it all on video.
— James Wood, writing in The London Review of Books “On Not Going Home”
Eliza Doolittle - MoneyBox (remixed by Jamie of The xx)
Happy New Year! Here’s an illustration of a toast by Elizabeth Shippen Green, from the 1902 Bryn Mawr College calendar.
My latest, on arty happenings in Europe’s last divided capital, Nicosia.
So, it looks like I’m a wildlife pornographer. Gorilla love in Rwanda. On a volcano. Why yes, the tracker did say, “that female wants…jiggy-jiggy.”