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Vive la France


Once more the shock. Once more the horror. As always, artists are on the front line capturing what we didn’t even know what was in our hearts. Liberté, Egalité, Creativité.    

On the road and off


In the pantheon of pain, air travel ranks up there with root canal and tax prep. From security theatre to DVT-inducing seats, the reality of life in the air contrasts cruelly with the promise and romance of the open skies. Not so with Delta Airlines whose new spot keeps its messaging focused on the horizon…

Belsomra wakes up a tired category


A few years ago, The New Yorker ran a fascinating story about the FDA and the long, nightmarish process Merck underwent to get approval for a new class of anti-insomnia drugs. The article appeared in December 2013 and this month, the first commercial promoting the medication arrived…with a whisper. Unlike most sleeping pills, which knock…

Too old to make excuses


A few weeks ago, Dominique Browning, writer, gardener and woman of a certain age, declared her independence from the insecurities and “annoyances” that, in her younger days, would have “knocked her off her perch.” Her new mantra? “I’m too old for this.” I know the feeling. I’m too old for the profession I once loved.…

PSAs that pack a punch


Our devices are killing us…literally. AT&T reminds us that no text/post/email or phone call is “worth a life.” Put that phone away! And if you can’t–if the addiction is too strong–get help. Seriously. A brilliant and much needed campaign.

Where iron is more precious than gold


It was the week that was—politically, culturally and creatively. Herewith, some work that crossed our radar. The sublime: – At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (where presumably women can wear any shoes they like), Geometry Global (Dubai) was awarded the product design grand prix for its ingenious work for Lucky Iron Fish, a…

When even the happy songs are sad


Don’t let their sunny sound fool you. Behind the Beach Boys’ happy songs was Brian Wilson whose beautiful mind conjured up sounds both sublime and terrifying in equal measure. More than a bio-pic, Love & Mercy is a portrait of the artist—as a traumatized and exploited young man, who was ultimately saved by the transformative…

It’s a dog’s life


We love our dogs. And they love us. Or at least they know how to fake it. When they look at us with those soulful eyes (and we look back), we’re flooded with oxytocin and bond like glue. In less skillful hands (paws?), the new Beneful dog food campaign could have been a mess of…

airbnb brings the magic home


While MadMen (returning tonight) takes pride in its fetish for period detail, airbnb brings to life the magic and modernist vibe from advertising’s golden age. A superlative ad in every way. 

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