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Padma Lakshmi, José Andrés and More of Anthony Bourdain’s Close Friends Mourn His Death

Anthony Bourdain‘s closest friends and fellow chefs are turning to social media to mourn his shocking death on Friday.

The 61-year-old chef, TV host and author died of apparent suicide while in France Friday morning, a Strasbourg police spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE.

Chef José Andrés mourned the loss of his friend on Twitter, writing: “I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing…” he wrote. “You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes. You only saw beauty in all people. You will always travel with me.”

Andrés followed his tweet with a photo Bourdain posted on his own Twitter on May 30 of himself on a ferry in Hong Kong while filming a recent episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.

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Andrew Zimmern, Padma Lakshmi, Emeril Lagasse and Marcus Samuelsson also paid tribute to the late chef on social media after learning of his passing.

“Tony was a symphony,” Zimmern wrote. “A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning. And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind. Tony was a symphony. I wish everyone could have seen all of him. A true friend.”

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Chef Ludo Lefebvre shared a photo of a tattoo on his hand, which matches the ink that Bourdain had on his bicep.

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“Looking at the spoon tattoo we share fills my heart with so much sadness today, but forever will be a reminder that you believed in me, where I came from, and you wanted the world to know me,” Lefebvre wrote on Instagram. “Truly heartbroken today. The world is a better place for you being in it.”

On Sunday, Lefevre shared another heartfelt tribute to his friend, which featured a series of photos of the two of them together and the search to find his best memory with Tony. “There were so many moments, over the years. Never really thought about it before, but I was lucky enough to spend more than 100 days with Tony.” The chef detailed his experiences with Bourdain through work, including work on the shows The Taste and No Reservations. But ultimately, he said the best memories came from their “long talks,” learning drinking songs, meals, ping pong matches, getting matching tattoos, and chats about everything from politics to whiskey. “A minute has not gone by in the past two days when there hasn’t been a great memory rushing through my head. Tony, I want to personally thank you for all you did for so many people. Your spirit, drive and passion were infectious. You were such a brilliant mind. You changed the culinary world. I am honored to have been blessed to have you in my life. I am just sorry you could never say you won The Taste!”

Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman shared his feelings on Twitter, writing “My heart hurts really really bad.”

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Chef David Chang quoted Will Oldham’s song “I See a Darkness,” alongside a black photograph.

The owners of Big Gay Ice Cream owner Doug Quint also paid tribute to the late chef on Instagram with a series of photos, including one of Bourdain holding a rainbow unicorn. “Here are some photos from my vault that I thought I’d share. I’m not going to ‘make a statement,’” he wrote. “I’ll let the photos do that.”

Colmar, France, public prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel told PEOPLE that Bourdain died by hanging at a luxury hotel in Kaysersberg called Le Chambard, noting “at this stage, nothing suggests the intervention of a third party.”

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Books of The Times: Rachel Kushner’s ‘The Mars Room’ Offers Big Ideas in Close Quarters

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Sears to Close Last Chicago Store

Sears Holdings Corp. is set to close its last Chicago store in the city where the retailer opened its first store back in February 1925.
The last surviving Sears store in Chicago is located at the area known as “Six Corners,” the intersection of Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park Roads.
Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears, said the store would close in mid-July, with the Sears Auto Center at the site closing in mid-May. The store site is part of the 265 stores sold to Seritage Growth Properties. Sears has been leasing the store site. The sale agreement allows Seritage to recapture both the store and the auto center.
Riefs said, “The store will remain open for customers in the meantime and will begin its liquidation sale by April 27. The Sears at Six Corners was the shopping district’s anchor business since it first opened to large crowds on Oct. 20, 1938. We have proudly served our members and customers on Chicago’s northwest side for the last eight decades.”
The spokesman emphasized that Sears, for more than 120 years, has called Illinois home and “that is not changing.” He added that while the last Chicago store is closing, that does not change either the

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Toys ‘R’ Dust! Toys ‘R’ Us to Close or Sell the Remainder of U.S. Stores

Geoffrey the Giraffe is out of a job, along with about 33,000 other Toys “R” Us employees, according to multiple outlets including USA Today and CNN.

After 70 years in business, the iconic toy retailer — once proclaimed as “the world’s greatest toy store” — will shut down or sell off the remainder of its 735 stores in the United States, according to U.S Bankruptcy court documents filed early Thursday and obtained by CNN.

It also comes six months after Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in an effort to shed $ 5 billion it had accumulated in debt and reinvest the $ 400 million it was spending a year to pay that off, into its stores,  CNN reported.

Originally, the troubled toy chain had hoped to keep some locations in the U.S. open — announcing in a letter to customers in January that 182 stores would be closing the following month, according to Business Insider.

“The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus,”Toys “R” Us CEO Dave Brandon wrote in his memo, according to Business Insider. “The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company.”

But according to court filing, the company still didn’t have the money to operate that many stores and was spending $ 50 to $ 100 million a month, USA Today reported.

“The stark reality is that the Debtors (Toys “R” Us) are projected to run out of cash in the U.S. in May 2018,” documents say, USA Today reported. “ have determined that the best way to maximize their recoveries is to liquidate the existing inventory in all…735 remaining U.S. stores and begin an orderly wind-down of the U.S. operations.”

They added they only have money to pay their employees for “no fewer than 60 days,” USA Today reported.

Though Toys “R” Us was once one of the go-to places for families to do their toy shopping, the retailer has struggled to compete against online stores like Amazon, as well as big chain companies like Walmart and Target.

As the Chicago Sun-Times previously noted, the store has had difficulties capturing the attention of children who can now find entertainment in a smartphone or tablet.

Toys “R” Us began in Washington, D.C. in 1948 as a small store. The business is now headquartered in Wayne, N.J.

Shoppers can expect liquidation sales over the next few monthsThe New York Times reported.

On Wednesday, the company announced it was also closing all its stores (approx: 100) in the U.K., The Washington Post reported.


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He’s Back! Shirtless Tongan Flag Bearer Helps Close Out 2018 Winter Olympics Alongside Lindsey Vonn

Who better to help close out the 2018 Winter Olympics than everyone’s favorite hunky Tongan?

Pita Taufatofua was back —and shirtless — at Sunday’s closing ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea, and posed for photos alongside fellow Olympians including Lindsey Vonn.

During a series of speeches from Olympic officials, several well-known athletes, including Vonn, 33, and Taufatofua, 34, posed for a group photo with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

As the smiling athletes made heart gestures with their hands, Taufatofua (in all his oiled-up glory) dropped to one knee and stretched out his arms. The display marks the Polynesian athlete’s fourth consecutive Olympic ceremony — he has been shirtless and shiny for them all.

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On Sunday, he wore a traditional outfit from his nation, just as he did for the opening ceremony more than two weeks earlier, and for the opening of the 2016 Summer Games, as he proudly hoisted his nation’s flag.

“It still feels quite strange actually being here, because it took me 20 years to get to Rio, and just one year to get here,” Taufatofua has said of his Winter Olympics debut. “It’s just an honour. I mean, how many countries in the Pacific get to go to a Winter Games?”

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Despite a lackluster performance at his first Winter Games, Taufatofua has proved to be a fan-favorite, prompting praise from Twitter users simply happy to see the athlete in his now-signature ensemble.

He finished in a distant 114th place in the 15km cross-country skiing event, but was praised for his positive attitude after the loss.

“People from the Pacific, these kids who are watching now, they’ll have access to something that they never knew existed before,” he said in a press conference, according to the Huffington Post. “And to me, that’s why I’m here.”

As for Vonn, the famed ski racer won a bronze medal in the downhill alpine event, and has been outspoken about how much her appearance at the Olympics has meant to her.


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CanneSeries to Close with Michael C. Hall’s ‘Safe’

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Rating how close every NFL team is to winning next year’s Super Bowl

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Barnwell: Two big favorites, two close races and one drama-filled AFC playoff field

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P&G Board Vote Is Too Close to Call

The most expensive proxy fight in U.S. history left Procter & Gamble’s shareholders evenly split over whether to put activist investor Nelson Peltz on the board.
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Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Glenn Close Speak Out on Harvey Weinstein

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Fantasy Fallout: Will any other rookies come close to Kareem Hunt’s debut?

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Close Reunions of the Best Kind

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Cannes: Noomi Rapace to Headline WestEnd Films’ Action Thriller ‘Close’

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Roku Got Close to $400 Million Revenue in 2016

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J.C. Penney to Close More Than 100 Stores

J.C. Penney will shutter two distribution centers and 130 to 140 stores as the big-box retailer contends with falling foot traffic. The company also reported its first annual profit since 2010.
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Sears Sells Craftsman Brand, Will Close 150 Stores

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Todd Snyder to Close Japanese Stores

TOKYO – Todd Snyder is pulling out of Japan, the market that was home to his brand’s first flagship stores.
Snyder opened his first Japan location in the hip area of Harajuku in March 2014. Called Todd Snyder Townhouse, the three-story shop carries his men’s line, as well as products from other select brands. After the Tokyo store, locations in Kyoto, Osaka and Yokohama followed.
At the time of the Tokyo opening, Snyder said, “Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.” What he likely didn’t realize at the time was that one of the things to come would be a deal with American Eagle Outfitters to sell his company for $ 11 million.
Since acquiring both the Todd Snyder brand and Tailgate, a collegiate-campus retail concept started by the designer and his father in 1991, American Eagle has been investing in store openings and flashy advertising campaigns in the U.S. The first Stateside Todd Snyder flagship will open on Dec.  6 in the Madison Park area of Manhattan, and a Tailgate store opened at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in May, with others planned for next year. The Madison Park store is expected to have elements that had proved successful in

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Carson Street to Close Store

Carson Street will cease to exist.
The men’s wear store, which was originally named Carson Street Clothiers, will close its doors on June 15.
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“When our doors opened in March 2013, we had one goal: to bring something new to the men’s clothing market, both in New York City and around the world. We approached the business from a ‘fan-first’ perspective, which fueled our desire to continuously bring new product to the market, find and cultivate new brands and relationships, and keep Carson Street interesting to its loyal, amazing customers.”
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‘Intimacy Art Show’ Will Make You Want To Get Close To Somebody

“Intimate”: It’s one of those loaded words that can imply everything from meaningless sex to a revealing, heartfelt conversation. It can sound warm and inviting, but it can also awaken unsettling fears of risk and vulnerability.

Artists Aaron Tsuru and Kate Sweeney, in an August 22 pop-up show they’ve curated at Rabbithole Studio in Brooklyn, NY, lean in to the saccharine and the sharp-edged implications of the term. “Intimacy Art Show,” a first-time curation collaboration from the two artists, who have been friends and collaborators in other forms for several years, captures their shared fascination with the human urge for closeness. “It may mean something a little different for everyone, but we’ve all experienced it in some way or another,” Sweeney told The Huffington Post via email.

The show features photography by both Tsuru and Sweeney, which reveal the poignancy and risk inherent in getting intimate with someone else. But the curators also admitted that they were overwhelmed by the unexpected and revealing submissions they received from other artists.

“‘Jewels from the Hinterland’ … addresses questions of place, belonging, and perceived cultural identity within the African Diaspora,” said Sweeney of a photo series by Naima Green. “There is such a beautiful, deep sense of intimacy with nature.” In her artist’s statement, Green pointed out, “There is a dominant narrative that situates brown bodies in green spaces for work, never for leisure.” Her photographs subvert this, showing black and brown people relaxing and connecting with their natural surroundings.

Tsuru commented on a rather shocking photograph, by Molly Broxton, of herself with her late dog’s fur. “It was just so beautiful and touching and exactly the kind of atypical thinking I was hoping to see,” Tsuru told HuffPost. “Intimacy is many things, it’s letting people or other beings or things into our lives in a deeper more personal way.” 

Intimacy seems like a self-evidently desirable experience, as the loving smiles and tender embraces in many of these works suggest. But it’s also a fraught process for many people, one that invites the possibility of heartbreak, loss and betrayal. At best, intimacy can be weird, occasionally intrusive, exclusionary to those on the outside. Tsuru told HuffPost they want viewers to confront the more difficult aspects of intimacy as well. “We’d love if some of the viewers even felt a little uncomfortable, in a good way, like feeling a bit broken open.”

“In a good way,” of course, is still the operative phrase. “We hope people walk away from the show with more of an open mind about being intimate,” Tsuru added. “The risk is worth the experience.

View more selections from “Intimacy Art Show” below, and if you’re near NYC, head to Brooklyn to enjoy the one-night-only show Saturday, August 22 at Rabbithole Studio. For more from Aaron Tsuru and Kate Sweeney, check out their personal websites.

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When Death Comes in Close

I’m so acutely aware of Death in the field right now.

Always with us, Death is. And yet I’ve been carefully and heartfully tracking, as I know so many of us have been, the very recent deaths of several people in close social circles of mine; noticing the holy ripples these deaths create, through the hearts of loved ones, and everyone their lives then touch — rippling out, making waves, through the sacred web and field of life we blessedly share.

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We wailingly grieve our lost one, fluctuating between glorious celebration of our beloved’s beauty, humbled gratitude to have been blessed with such a miraculous love, and then utter devastation in the face of our losing them, and our world losing them. Sometimes reveling in bittersweet joy and relief upon the passing, knowing that the suffering their life may have included has been released, transmuted and transcended now; they are flying free.

Or perhaps we carefully watch from the periphery those closest in to the loss; our hands resting on our tender, beating hearts, empathizing, bowing, sending love, sending prayers that their grieving hearts might just keep breaking open even wider into the love that holds it all.

Counting our blessings, cherishing those closest to us, while knowing it is truly just a matter of time before we all return to the other side.

When Death comes in close enough to touch us personally, we think of everyone we love so dearly, and remember, at least for a moment, that all form is temporary and fleeting, and know that we, along with all of life, are present here, embodied like this in our world, for only a brief moment.

We look down at our own slowly aging hands, our own bodies, breathing, full of blessed life for now. We pull our beloved children in close to us, and breathe their scent deeply in. We behold our lovers, our parents, our furry creatures, our dear friends, and even those we don’t know, and see them through fresh eyes, taking in their light, their warmth, their utterly unique beauty.

With Death Medicine close we remember to notice what it feels like as the soles of our feet touch the earth, and as the sun kindly lifts our face to kiss us, we notice the sweet smell of flowers on the wind. We revel at sunsets and starshine. We wonder at the mysterious animating force filling these bodies, infusing these senses, only for a time.

We notice when we’re dancing how much gravity loves us to lean in and taste this delicious place where breath and sweat, music and movement allow us to be taken, swallowed up by Life’s aliveness.

We notice, in Death’s presence, if we’re lucky, what, if anything, at this moment of our lives is still left for us unlived; what remains unspoken, unblessed, unthanked, unacknowledged, unforgiven, unloved, unsung?

We notice what we’ve been postponing, and we feel the sacred urge to leap.

We notice our fear of really loving and living life in the way we yearn too. And then we notice our even deeper fear: of waiting even another instant to show up fully for these lives of love we took birth for. What did we come to say, to give, to live, to serve? And what on earth are we waiting for?

We notice that we are alive, and we are surrounded, literally surrounded and graced: by the living and the dying and the dead. Led by the light of our ancestors and the dreams of our unborn great-grandchildren.

And we notice that we truly love to live, to take our humble place in the great circle of life, and we confess quietly to our own hearts how vulnerable we feel in this love and this aliveness.

We pray for right relationship with all of life. We pray for clarity, humility, maturity, discipline, discernment, dignity and integrity. We pray for wisdom, empathy, truth, kindness and compassion.

And then we bow to one another and to ourselves. We bow to this Death Medicine that never fails to shake our hearts awake to Life. We stand at the threshold of inevitable death, and we say to Life: “I give in. I surrender. Yes.”

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London Fashion Industry Favorite, Kids Company Charity, Set to Close

END OF AN ERA: Kids Company, the London charity that has long been a favorite of many a British fashion label, is set to close its doors on Wednesday after months of turmoil and the resignation of its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh, who founded the charity in 1996. The charity, whose aim was to help vulnerable, inner-city children, is closing over claims of financial mismanagement.
Labels including Fendi, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Folli Follie and Matthew Williamson have all hosted events or collaborated with Kids Company in the past. Last year, Fendi organized an auction of its Peekaboo bags, designed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Hall and Cara Delevingne, in aid of Kids Company. The event marked the opening of Fendi’s New Bond Street store.
In 2013, Paltrow and Williamson hosted a dinner in London to raise awareness for the charity, while in 2010 Stella McCartney hosted a Fashion’s Night Out event for the organization, showcasing creations by children that Kids Company supported. Folli Follie and Mulberry have both produced designs in collaboration with the organization.
Batmanghelidjh founded Kids Company in 1996, with the aim of supporting children, young people and families in need. Batmanghelidjh, who cuts a striking figure, with her

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Painfully Close Photos Of Human Faces Look Strangely Inhuman

Glance at a crowd of people from a great enough distance and they’ll cease to even look human, their particular parts fading out of focus until the pack resembles a uniform army of flesh-colored toy soldiers. 

Zoom in and you’ll see their hands and hair and the choice of shoes. Keep going and you’ll make out the shapes of their noses, the textures of their faces, the color of their eyes. Keep zooming and the temporary relief of human familiarity is ripped off like a scab, as every tooth, every ear, every pimple, every scar, becomes a singular visual event. 

Brooklyn-based photographer Bruce Gilden gets close. So close, in fact, that by gazing upon one of his color portraits you can almost feel hot breath emanating from them, smelling just a bit sour. “You know, I’m photographing people that are not only left behind in most cases, but they’re actually invisible because people don’t want to see them,” Gilden explained in an interview with GUP Magazine. 

“I get close because I try to get close to the soul of the people in my pictures,” he added. On the way to the soul, Gilden surely gets a good glimpse of the face, every blemish, wrinkle and pore, turning one of photography’s most tried and true tropes — portraiture — into something unsettling, a little gut-wrenching.

Gilden, who is now 68 years old, has been taking photographs since 1968, when he was a student in college. He’s known for his impulsive style, catching intriguing pedestrians off guard, leaping before them with his camera in one hand and his flash in the other. “Some are taken unawares, some are surprised,” he told PBS. “Some didn’t know what hit them. And I think most people like to be photographed. But since I work in a spontaneous way, I have to be a little bit sneaky because I don’t want them to know that I’m going to take a picture of them.”

Gilden’s series, “Face,” captures the full frontal expressions of people he describes as “underdogs,” those outside the zones of gentrification, not privileged enough to possess the plasticky exterior of the masses. Finding subjects in places from Las Vegas to Des Moines to Milwaukee to West Bromwich, England, Gilden snaps their every quirk and blemish with the authority of a mugshot and the precision of a medical image. Whiteheads bulge with the promise of puss, foundation cakes up like dust gathering on a corpse. What Lucian Freud did to the body Gilden does to the head.

Gilden is not, however, spotlighting his subjects as particularly grotesque aberrations of the human being. He himself identifies with the outsider status of his subjects, and he respects them for it. “I identify with these people in my pictures, because I’m actually photographing myself. The people in my pictures interest me. I like them, and they motivate me.”

Gilden’s portraits may be unforgiving, brutal, ugly, even grotesque. Yet this visceral ugliness isn’t the signal of a monster, but of a human being. One not sanitized and scrubbed clean, buttoned up and plugged in. For Gilden, the ugly is the good stuff, and maybe even lets the soul peer out.  

Bruce Gilden’s Face is available courtesy Dewi Lewis Publishing

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Northwestern Magazine May Close In ‘Vetting Committee’ Standoff

A Northwestern University professor who edits a bioethics magazine has shelved the publication over a dispute with administrators, who demand that public relations staff approve content.

Katie Watson, a professor in the university’s Medical Humanities and Bioethics program who edits the journal Atrium, said the demand followed recent controversy over the school’s censorship of an essay called “Head Nurses,” recounting sexual experiences with nurses. Watson said medical school administrators told her she must allow a “vetting committee” to review her editorial choices “and veto them if they were perceived to conflict with other institutional interests.”

“Approximately a week after this vetting committee told me what I would, and would not, be allowed to publish, I canceled the issue,” Watson told HuffPost, explaining she is “not moving forward with the publication under that condition.”

The standoff follows Northwestern’s censorship of last year’s Atrium issue containing an article written by Syracuse University professor William Peace about oral sex performed by nurses on hospital patients in the 1970s. Northwestern, a private university in Evanston, Illinois, removed the article from its website, but backed off when a faculty member threatened to expose the censorship.

Watson said she had been selecting proposals for the next issue of Atrium, which is published roughly once a year. She met with a hospital administrator, a medical school administrator on the faculty, a person from the medical school communication department — the members of Atrium’s new vetting committee.

Around the same time, Northwestern slashed Atrium’s budget, according to a letter Watson wrote to Peace, which was posted on his blog.

Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage declined to comment on Monday. The university wouldn’t answer questions from HuffPost last week about the Atrium censorship, and instead provided a statement saying, “The magazine now has an editorial board of faculty members and others, as is customary for academic journals.”

Watson and other faculty members disputed the statement, saying the vetting committee is not an editorial board, evidenced by the presence of a university public relations person. The nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has suggested Northwestern’s vetting committee threatens academic freedom.

“It’s unusual for the PR department of a university to have any oversight of a peer-reviewed journal edited by a faculty member at that university,” said Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog and a professor in New York University’s journalism and medical schools.

Watson told Peace she has staunchly guarded editorial content against administrative tinkering not because she necessarily is a fan of each article, but to preserve the free expression of “all the challenging, illuminating voices” in Atrium.

Watson is considering ways to make Atrium independent, to find another publisher, or to close the journal permanently.

“I work with good people in both the medical school and the hospital, and I remain hopeful,” Watson wrote. “But if I become convinced Atrium can no longer move forward with integrity here, I will drop the publication’s MH&B and NU affiliations and move it elsewhere, or I’ll throw a party for the terrific run it enjoyed and end it.”

Alice Dreger, a Northwestern medical professor who guest-edited the controversial Atrium issue, said if the administration “honestly believes” it’s normal to allow “administrators and PR folks tasked with making sure we don’t publish anything that might offend anyone ever again … then our administration seems to be made up of people who have never worked with scholarly journals.” She said the finds the administration monitoring of journal content “extremely disturbing.”

“They said, ‘We paid for it, so we get to say what’s in it,'” Dreger said. “I asked them whether, under the new ‘Northwestern Medicine,’ brand, I was expected to run all of my work past them — my articles, my books, my tweets, my talks, my blogs, my op-eds — given that Northwestern essentially funds all of my work. To this, they had no good answer, but to repeat that they could ‘monitor’ Atrium.”

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Closing the Gap: Chain to Close 25% of Its North American Stores

Today Gap Inc. announced plans to shutter 175 stores across North America. In addition to the closings, the company will cut 250 jobs at its headquarters in San Francisco.

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While Gap will still operate 800 stores across the country—including 300 outlet stores—today’s announcements mark a harbinger of change for the clothing chain. Earlier this year Rebekka Bay, creative director and executive vice president for Gap Global Design, left the company. Her title was eliminated and the company hired C. Wonder alumna Wendi Goldman as its executive vice president of product design and development in late February.

“These decisions are very difficult, knowing they will affect a number of our valued employees, but we are confident they are necessary to help create a winning future for our employees, our customers and our shareholders,” said Gap global president Jeff Kirwan.





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“Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands:” The Inspiration Behind the Novel

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It’s one of those classic, absolutely reasonable questions–that is, alas, as impossible to answer briefly as the meaning of life. But I am asked it often. All novelists are.

Where do your ideas come from?

The glib answer–always offered with a smile–is this: “Macy’s.”

The reality is that each of my 17 novels sprang from a very different seed and grew in a very different fashion. My most recent novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” is a case in point.

Emily Shepard, the 17-year-old Vermonter who narrates the book, was born in Beirut–or, at the very least, she was conceived there. It was December 2012, and I had arrived in the city while on a seven-day speaking tour in Lebanon. My plane landed around 3:30 in the afternoon, which my body clock adamantly told me was really 10:30 at night. I went out to dinner with my hosts from one of the universities, and returned to my hotel around 11 p.m.–at about the time I would be rising if I were back home in Vermont. I had slept on the plane, but not very much. I was exhausted and knew I should go right to bed, since the next day was going to begin with a breakfast meeting.

But I didn’t go to sleep, because I had started reading a novel on the flight and had to finish it. It was riveting. The book? Emma Donoghue’s “Room.” It wasn’t simply the plot that held me fast, as taut as it is; it was the narrator. As a novelist, I was dazzled by the authenticity of the voice Donoghue had created for her five-year-old male storyteller. That’s right, a little boy named Jack shares with us the wrenching, adult story of his and his mother’s imprisonment in a shed, and his mother’s desperate attempt to save them both.

I finished the novel around two in the morning in Beirut, and knew I wanted my next novel to be a first-person tale with a voice that genuine and unexpected. I had no idea, however, who that storyteller would be. An important detail, I know.

Ten days later I was back in my beloved 802. (We have just one area code here in Vermont: 802.) I went to lunch with a friend of mine, Annie Ramniceanu, a therapist who at the time was working with teens in trouble. She told me how a couple of homeless kids–teens who were falling through the system–had built igloos against the Lake Champlain cold out of trash bags filled with wet, frozen leaves, and I knew instantly the novel I wanted to write.

The very idea of a teen girl living alone in one of those igloos broke my heart. That image haunted me–and spurred me on.

And I knew my narrator. I knew Emily Shepard was a cutter and Oxycontin addict, and an aspiring poet with a girl crush on Emily Dickinson. She was a homeless kid and an orphan trying desperately to keep it together after a Fukushima-scale meltdown of Vermont’s lone nuclear plant.

Most of my novels begin very much like this: an inspiration. An anecdote. An unexpected synaptic connection.

Now, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” is not the first time I’ve had a female narrator share with my readers a story. “Midwives,” “Trans-Sister Radio,” “Secrets of Eden,” and “The Sandcastle Girls” had female narrators, too.

But, as I will reveal in my post here next week, this was the first time I found myself texting my teenage daughter for hipster-speak synonyms for “hookup” and “stoned.”

Stay tuned.

(The paperback of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” arrives this Tuesday, on May 26.)

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Shanghai Fashion Week Comes to Close

Shanghai Fashion Week closes today after more than a week of runway shows and surrounding events. Here, a look at three of the standout designers who showed during the season.
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Born in Beijing to a Chinese mother and Russian father, Natasha Ivachoff migrated with her parents and three siblings to Australia in the mid-Seventies.
A 20-year career as a design consultant, including for Australian fashion brands Camilla and Marc and Sass & Bide, Ivachoff moved to Shanghai six years ago and launched her own leather-focused brand, Missy Skins, two years ago.
“Coming here is the best thing I’ve ever done, it’s given me the unique freedom of being able to dream however big I want to and know that, with some hard work and persistence, that can happen,” she said.
Currently designing a main line, including a core selection of machine washable, stretch-leather leggings, as well as a diffusion collection, Ivachoff has been pleasantly surprised by the response of Chinese consumers, with stores online (a Taobao store and also Nasty Gal internationally) and multibrand stores in Shanghai and around China doubling their sales from month to month.
“Missy Skins is recognizable as a brand because we specialize

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As Marilyn Monroe once put it, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And that statement holds especially true at the Oscars. The awards show, also known as the biggest night in Hollywood, brings out the brightest of stars who are only outshone by the glittering jewels they wear on the red carpet. And with the […]
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Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals are closing in on a multiyear deal that will enable the veteran wide receiver to finish his career in Arizona, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josh Weinfuss.
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Watch Jimmy Fallon & Glenn Close In A Strange & Messy Eating Contest

Jimmy Fallon, a man of many talents, can now add accomplished competitive eater to his resume.

In Friday’s episode of “The Tonight Show” Fallon and his guest, Glenn Close, faced off in the ultimate test of willpower: an eating contest with strange utensils.

Fallon and Close were tasked with eating spaghetti with two whisks, full-loaded nachos with salad tongs and for dessert, blueberry pie with their faces. By round three things got pretty messy.

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Are You Too Close for Sex?

“This may sound strange, but at times I wish my partner were less available. More of a jerk, even. Not so willing to and ready to connect all the time. I guess I wish he would let me come to him sometimes,” a client shares.

“I feel like we’ve seen too much to be sexual with each other, like we’re more like family now. It’s almost like we’re too close to have sex, having seen and heard everything about each other. Is that strange?” another client shares.

None of this is strange at all. In fact, these sentiments are reflected quite often in my practice and program forums. They come from the fact that most people in this culture are wired to equate love with longing, so when there’s no longing the person misses the intensity of feeling, passion, and certainty that normally accompanies being the one in the pursuer position of the common pursuer-distancer dynamic. To rectify the problem, my client, as expressed in the first quote above, is hoping that her partner will withdraw or act like a jerk in the hopes that this will activate those “in-love” feelings that she’s missing. While this tactic may work for an hour or a day, it’s obviously not a long-term solution to what my client is perceiving as a problem.

Her idea is reflected in a popular theory that is making the Internet rounds via a TED talk. In this talk, the author poses that we need space or air in relationships to fan the fire of desire. It’s a fascinating video and will help you feel less alone if you’re struggling with the “too close for sex” issue. But while I agree with this to a point, meaning that when each person values their separateness and spends their alone time filling their inner well of self, so they can bring this passion to the relationship — I don’t agree that it’s realistic to infuse mystery and forced longing into an established, committed relationship. Great in theory, but I haven’t figured out how to execute that in practice. (To be fair, I haven’t read her book, so it’s quite likely that what she’s proposing is entirely feasible in practice. If anyone has read it, please comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

But the truth is that I’m not particularly interested in trying to create more distance or mystery. I’m interested in helping people feel turned on by the closeness. I’m passionate about helping them rewire their conditioning that says “longing equals love and passion” and instead teach them to equate presence, availability and kindness with love and passion. It’s never easy to rewire beliefs and patterns of behavior, but if we’re going to create a new template for relationships where people are actively seeking closeness instead of dynamics that replicate old models that are dependent on separateness and even drama, we have to teach the principles that will result in the new, healthy wiring.

So if creating more distance isn’t the solution, what is? This is an excerpt of my response on one of my program forums when this topic emerged:

You wrote in your initial question that the closeness feels overwhelming and scary and that’s why you don’t have sex. If he pulls away or shuts down, you feel safe again. I understand this completely, and again, it’s really what this program is about: It’s the classic pursuer-distancer dynamic, and when you identify and work with your fear walls, you’ll be able to feel them but not let them control your behavior. In other words, you can feel the fear and do it anyway (great book with that title, by the way). And in fact, it’s through having sex that the fear walls start to melt. Making love from a heart-centered, non-goal oriented place can be such a powerful way of dissolving fear walls as you see through action and evidence that it creates safety and additional closeness, not danger. But you have to work through those first signs of fear that arise when you start to have sex, and they will almost always be there.

So your walls are not caused by the familial-like closeness you feel with your partner but rather your fear of loss, as you shared in your initial question. You can’t force your partner to play “hard to get” or pretend to be a jerk, right? For me it’s about learning how to create real sexual desire between two people who are fully available, and that occurs when both partners are connected to their own fire individually. Her theory rests on the assumption that it’s your partner’s ‘job’ to turn you on, and I don’t agree. It’s your job to connect to your sexuality and aliveness, and from there you bring that energy to your partner. If your partner is willing to meet you there, you’ll nurture a creative, alive, exciting, evolving sexual relationship together.

This is echoed in a wonderful book called The Intimate Couple, by Jack Rosenberg and Beverly Kitaen-Morse, where the authors write:

Many people look toward others, rather than within themselves, for the source of their sexual excitement. ‘You just don’t turn me on anymore,’ is an implied demand. The notion that sexual charge should be generated by somebody else is a fib we love to believe. We can, of course, be stimulated by others at time. But if we come to believe that our excitement must come from our partner, we are left without the empowering sense of self necessary for heightened sexuality. In long-term relationships we each must learn how to keep love and sexuality alive within us… (p. 9)

This. This is it. This is where we find true power in ourselves and in our intimate relationships. Through practicing loving actions you can learn to connect the dots and begin the process of rewiring the faulty conditioning that says, “Love equals longing.” You can learn to love the one you’re with and create a sex life and feeling of love based on closeness instead of distance and mystery. Despite what the popular culture says, it’s entirely possible! And entirely wonderful.

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Sheryl Paul, M.A., has counseled thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, her bestselling books, her e-courses and her website. She has appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, as well as on “Good Morning America” and other top media shows and publications around the globe. To sign up for her free 78-page eBook, “Conscious Transitions: The 7 Most Common (and Traumatic) Life Changes”, visit her website at http://conscious-transitions.com.

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