the lives they lived : essays & images

mag-30Vargas-t_CA0-jumbo Chavela Vargas, above

Last weekend, the New York Times Magazine was devoted to a collection of essays titled "The Lives They Lived." I found it very moving and an inspirational/educational way to reflect on the past year. Each essay is written by a different author, artist, critic, whatever. I encourage you to visit the interactive feature online and explore the collection fully. It's also a beautiful collection of photography and artistic representations.

You click on the names along with these images to read the corresponding essay. There are many more names in the article but these were a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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Above, photograph of Italian actress Silvano Mangano by Eve Arnold.

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Zelda Kaplan; Handmade gifts by David Rakoff


Dave Brubeck (paper illustration by Katrin Rodegast)


Don Cornelius


Paradise Park, New Jersey


Sylvia Woods


Vidal Sassoon


Adrienne Rich


Whitney Houston

The Lives They Lived, The New York Times