September 11th, 2008

Chris Keeley

September 11, 2008

September 11, 2008

Lost Horizon

WHEN the 9/11 attacks took place, I thought of this photograph. I’d taken it many years before — on my first visit to New York, in 1961, in fact — but I looked for it anyway. It reminded me of Lower Manhattan, the twin towers, and then, of course, of their absence.

The view is from the back of the Staten Island Ferry. I remember it as the first all-American moment of my life, looking at the Statue of Liberty while eating a hot dog. I also remember the Financial District skyline, which appeared to me to be forlorn and empty, as if you could feel the buildings that were supposed to be there but weren’t.

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Imam Mohammed continued the business enterprises long favored by Black Muslims, including importing

Imam Mohammed continued the business enterprises long favored by Black Muslims, including importing clothing, real estate development and developing skin care products. He also kept social services like improving access to health care and helping convicts after their release.

Information on survivors was unavailable. In 1994, The Los Angeles Times reported that at that time Imam Mohammed was married to his fourth wife and had eight children and five stepchildren.

Imam Mohammed was almost preternaturally reserved compared with Mr. Farrakhan and sometimes appeared in public only once a year. His last appearance was in Detroit in August.

“We all,” he counseled, “should try to be more Christ-like.”

September 10, 2008

W. Deen Mohammed, 74, Top U.S. Imam, Dies

Imam W. Deen Mohammed, a son of the Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, who renounced the black nationalism of his father’s movement to lead a more traditional and racially tolerant form of Islam for black Muslims, died on Tuesday in Chicago. He was 74.

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Thubten Jigme Norbu dies at 86; symbol of Tibetan independence struggle

Thubten Jigme Norbu dies at 86; symbol of Tibetan independence struggle

The eldest brother of the Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1950. He taught Tibetan studies at Indiana University and established a Tibetan cultural center there.
By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

September 11, 2008

Thubten Jigme Norbu, the eldest brother of the Dalai Lama and a tenacious symbol of the Tibetan struggle for independence, died Friday in Bloomington, Ind., his home in exile for four decades.

He was 86 by Western standards but 87 according to Tibetan tradition, which considers a person to be a year old at birth. A major Buddhist figure in his own right -- he was believed to be the 23rd reincarnation of a famous high lama -- Norbu had been in declining health after a series of strokes. He died of natural causes, said his son, Jigme.

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A brief appreciation of the work of Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Slightly NSFW - Mirwais "Naive Song" from Production

Nearly twenty years after Les Rita Mitsouko, Mondino choreographed the removal of Mirwais' cabaret makeup to the infectious beats of French electronica. Admittedly, I really love trashy French house music and this is a particularly fine example.

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French Advertisement for Kodak

Neither unknown nor underappreciated, Mondino's place in fashion, photography and directing is rock solid. Before the days of YouTube, I would pay attention if I heard of a Jean-Baptiste project, but how the hell would I ever be able to see French commercials?

Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" from Building the Perfect Beast

It would be wrong to leave the reader with the impression that Mondino's talents are restricted to frenetic overloads. The Henley "Boys of Summer" video swept the MTV Music Video Awards and is a beautifully shot, wonderfully restrained, example of the best of the 1980s.

Mondino.jpg Mondino2.jpg In addition to Mondino's considerable directing talents, he is also a tremendous photographer who continues to amaze.

Mondino's Page
Jean-Baptiste Mondino at wikipedia
Comprehensive music videography at