A writer for Vogue could barely contain her jubilation on Celine Creative Director Phoebe Philo's decision. Headlines exuded a sigh of relief. Was this the first time a talented woman (or man) of substance became the face of a coveted fashion label? No. But it sure feels like a rare and distant concept.
The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who've had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance. Let's turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, looked uncomfortable at the head table in the Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom where we had come to celebrate Joan Didion's PEN Lifetime Achievement Award. He struggled for the words; "I'm so sorry to have to tell you," he said, "Joan Didion will not be with us tonight."