Thursday, January 19, 2012

Film and Cosmetics

Film is a bit like skin: both contain collagen. Just as photos fade because of oxidation, cosmetics firms would like you to think that skin is preserved with anti-oxidants. In Fujifilm’s library of 200,000 chemical compounds, some 4,000 are related to anti-oxidants. So the company launched a line of cosmetics, called Astalift, which is sold in Asia and is being launched in Europe this year
.More from the tale of two companies in the economist

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beyond the Abyssinian Plain

With Robert, I was not transported into the Abyssinian plain, but into the valley of uncontrollable laughter. I told him that pot was supposed to be for writing poetry, not fooling around. But all we did was laugh. "Come on," he said. "Let's go to the B&H." Patti Smith with Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids