Interesting Vancouver happened. It was different than prior years, as planned. As always.
I am rather proud of how Lauren, Mark, Jason and James have grabbed the event, stayed true to its ethos, while enlivening each year. This year, found a new venue, brought in some other great volunteers.
I was rather gutted not to be there. They again humoroured me and asked for a video to participate from abroad.
I am not an innately interesting person, hence why I first organized the event to celebrate other people's interestingness. Nonetheless, rather than just say hi the obligation to attempt interestingness led me to ramble about something increasingly of personal interest:
I like unreasonable people, because unreasonable people do unreasonable things.
This doesn't mean they are rude, nasty or hatful. In fact, many are lovely, warm and compassionate people. Though that's not always the rule.
Rather, as a rule they all don't do the reasonable and usual thing.
For those there last Friday, following is the promsied links/notes. For those not there, the video will be up eventually on interestingvancouver.com, but you’re probably better off watching the good speakers.
- Reasonable people don’t accomplish unreasonable feats
- Especially when it comes to climbing mountains, cliffs and hanging glaciers, never climbed before, with traditional gear
- Read My Life in the Mountains
- Luxury architect, who in his motorcycle fetish uniform and black leather pants 365 he designs the most striking retail spaces of our time
- Even if you do not buy into luxury goods, when in Tokyo, Paris or Milan steal the experience of walking into his shops (Dior, Louis Vuitton, Ermengildo Zegna, etc) for overwhelming luxe
- Some say it's unreasonable he still gets to make movies
- Watch Midnight in Paris his recent film worth it because of his amusing depiction of Earnest Hemingway
- Few have more consistently written such striking and true, yet accessible prose as he, much is being revealed as the Cuban government opens up his final studio. Read The Paris Wife or Vanity Fair's tale of first expeditions to his work
- Known best as the first photo journalist on the beach on D-Day
- Read Slightly Out of Focus
- Telling, revealing and brisk tale of the mold maker of today's vision of a war correspondent.
- Would you risk your life for an unproven profession?
- A Chinese kid from Ohio who grew up in the back of a laundromat and became the creative director of Bloomingdale then the man behind Nike's golden era at Wieden & Kennedy
- Eat at Ping in Portland - honouring the Chinese heritage of the Pacific North West
- Why is a daily indulgence to indulgently terrible?
- Why can't coffee reflect a terroir?
- Why can't a decent coffee be served in a rock and roll vibe without pretension?
- I recently visited Picasso’s rarely open only intact studio at Cahteau de Vauvenargues
- Picasso was a great multi-diciplinary artist, probably only truly on display at this, his last studio
- I realized there, Douglas Coupland, is Canada’s equivalent – from books to sculptures, to park designs to art installations, to historian
- Celebrate this wandering around his Vancouver scuptures or his non-fiction