This & That: No. 103

Apr 08, 2014

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A documentary for art and history buffs, jazz music to enjoy, a lifestyle blog to add to your reader and a scarf from France you might just want to add to your spring wardrobe.


~The Daily Basics

A lifestyle blog that brings together a bevy of talented bloggers, it is a wonderful destination for reading those many articles you love to discover in magazines – food, travel, style, home, garden and arts and literature. Right up my alley, I’ve been following them on Twitter for awhile now, and think you will enjoy as well.


~Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

In Rebecca Goldstein’s recently released book, Plato is brought into the 21st century. The great philosopher is brought to life as a way to remind us how philosophy is indeed relevant in our modern world and working, possibly unbeknownst to many of us, in the arenas of religion, morality, politics and science. As someone who wishes I had had the opportunity to take more philosophy in college, I’m curious, to say the least, of what she concludes.


~The Rape of Europa

Back in February I mentioned on This & That the release of George Clooney’s new film The Monuments Men, and while the film was a lovely introduction to the history of art and its recovery during WWII, my palate was eager to learn more. If you too were intrigued, and wanted to learn far more than the film divulged, first read the book by Lynn H. Nicholas The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War, and then watch the documentary that was released in 2007. Narrated by Joan Allen, the tale of how the Nazis acquired at least one fifth of the artwork known in Europe during one of the darkest periods in modern world history, reveals how the allies were resolute to return as much of the confiscated art as they could find (while most of the displaced art was found and returned, sadly much is still missing and some thought to be forever destroyed). If history excites you or art is your calling, you won’t be disappointed.


~Best of Miles Davis & John Coltrane

Over the weekend, a reader on Twitter asked me where to begin when it comes to jazz, and while it truly depends, no traditional jazz collection is complete without a little Coltrane and Davis. And while my other favorite jazz albums can be found here in my Amazon store, I recently picked up this album as it offered both said talents in one location. One Saturday afternoon I found myself relaxing on the sofa, perusing through a new book while listening to the lovely jazz notes that were as wonderful as I had hoped.

~A Trumpet in the Morning by Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble

A modern master of reed instruments, Marty Ehrlich brings together a group of A-list musicians and composes the large ensemble as they play his original compositions.  A wonderful soundtrack to play throughout your home, while on a walk or lounging around the home on the weekend, if you are looking to introduce your ears to something new, yet classic, take a moment to listen to Terry Gross’ Fresh Air interview of Ehrlich here which is where I was finally introduced to his talents.


~Isabel Marant Ghazo cashmere-blend scarf

As spring arrives and turns into summer, I actually look to my scarves even more. The color palettes become lighter, but I prefer a scarf over a jacket in the early morning as the crisp air wakes me in the morning or in the evening when walking to dinner downtown. So when I saw French designer Isabel Marant’s soft blue scarf, I almost bought it on the spot. As it is, I am going to be patient, but not for long. Far too ideal to pass up.

3 thoughts on “This & That: No. 103

  1. Oh my!!!

    Thank you so much for the shout out! I am beyond thrilled! By the way, I am a fan of yours also – you have amazing content and an exciting site! This means a lot coming from you!
    Thanks so much!

    Cynthia, The Daily Basics

  2. Hi, As always a lovely blog! A small correction, The Isabel Marant Ghazo cashmere-blend scarf link goes to the Daily basics website.

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