Instagram is not only a great platform to be inspired by food, fashion and travel. You can also get in touch with incredibly exciting people.
Imagine meeting a personality at a party that you didn't know before. What do you spontaneously talk to her about? We are starting a new series here, in which we ask the interviewees not only for three answers, but also three questions. And they usually don't know to whom their questions will be asked next.
Meet Frank. Frank Bodin is one of the most renowned advertisers in Switzerland. He studied piano at the conservatory and law at the University of Zurich. He has received numerous awards from all major competitions worldwide, was Advertiser of the Year and is Twitter Ambassador Switzerland. His latest book “Do it, with love – 100 Creative Essentials” is a bestseller in its seventh edition.
Frank got the questions from Marine that were originally formulated by Peter :)
What drives you to do what you do?
What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
A mistake: The fear of making a mistake.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
Sharing time with my children.
Here are his questions for hopefully inspiring answers:
It's Marine's turn now. Marine Tanguy managed her first gallery at age 21 and opened her first art gallery in Los Angeles at age 23. After seeing the restrictiveness of the traditional gallery model, Marine launched MTArt Agency in 2015. MTArt is the first talent agency for visual artists worldwide. Marine was awarded Forbes 2018 30 under 30 Europe: Art & Culture and UK entrepreneur of the year for the 2019 NatWest Everywoman Awards.
Marine answers Peter's questions. You can find his section below.
What drives you to do what you do?
I love to work with the most inspiring artists. It’s such a joy to see their art enhancing the life of our community, clients and partners.
What was the worst mistake you’ve ever made?
I make mistakes all the time. We innovate daily with our business so mistakes are a part of it. I would say that I am much better at handling the consequences of my own mistakes and moving forward positively.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow morning, what would you do tonight?
Invite all my loved ones over, I would have a last dinner surrounded by art and laughter.
Marine chose to pick the same three questions that Peter sent us:
We're starting this adventure with Peter Cincotti, best known for his mega hit "Goodbye Philadelphia". 88 keys, a bench and a mic. Give those things to Peter and he can take you anywhere.
We get the impression that your Italian roots become more important to you lately. True?
Well they have always been important to me. But in recent years, I have had more and more opportunities to perform in Italy and visit many beautiful places within the country. So Italy has continued to influence me as a person and as a songwriter.
Your career started when you were still so young. How did you evolve personally and as a musician?
Music has been a part of me ever since I can remember. So how I evolve as a person goes hand and hand with how I evolve as a musician and writer. Life and music are kind of inseparable in that way, and as I learn and change as person, so does the music I make. Hence my latest album being quite different than my first album, because I am quite different now than I was at 18.
What in life are you most proud of?
I am most proud to have the family and friends that I have. Without them, little else would have been possible.
From a musical standpoint, I am most proud of being true to myself artistically and I feel lucky to have a fan base (for the most part) that supports my musical expansion and creative evolution.
I am very proud of that.
And here are Peter's questions. You're already curious who we'll ask his questions to? Come back soon and find out!
Star 111 by Lutz Seiler
Winner of the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2020
A panorama of the first years after German reunification in East and West: After his bestseller Kruso, which was awarded the German Book Prize and has been translated into 22 languages, Lutz Seiler continues the story in two grand narrative arcs – in a road trip that spans halfway across the globe and in a Berlin novel that shows us the first days of a new world. And in passing, he tells the story of a family blown apart by the Autumn of ‘89 who must now find each other again.
Night Work by Thomas Glavinic
How does it feel to be the last man alive?
There's nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds. Nothing. No one. Anywhere.
An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he's the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there's no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one's answering the phone.
Jonas is the last living being on the planet. What happened? How? Why? And why is he still here?
Thriller and philosophical investigation wrapped up in an intensely compelling, eerie mystery, Night Work is compulsive and exhilarating - but don't read it when you're all alone
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The border between the conscious and the unconscious mind.
Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle—yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.
How to keep up the travel bug
Like many people, we've had to hit pause on our travel plans for the time being, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still thinking about all the places we’ve been—and all the places we hope to get to sometime soon. The excitement whether it’s the hours we spend searching the internet for inspiration on where to go next, or the ways a place influences us long after we’ve left, from the food we cook and the souvenirs we fill our homes with to the music we listen to and the scents we recognize bringing memories back to distant lands.
Travel is always a state of mind and you do not necessarily need to go far away to immerse yourself somewhere on this planet, even if for a short time.
We put together a list of ways to travel without leaving your house, which we hope will help you feel a little more entertained, a little more inspired, and, most importantly, a little more connected with the rest of the world.
Working from home, or WFH, can feel like bliss, or the abyss: You are free... but also sometimes lonely, and frequently unshowered, and wearing pajamas until 3 p.m. We picked up a few best practices along the way. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of it:
1. Exercise during your would-be commute.
Working from home is a gravitational pull toward sloth-like behavior, but getting a sweat in, even if briefly, starts the day on a more energetic note. Seize the time in the morning that you’d normally spend getting to the office and do a home workout class!
2. Exile any family members if possible.
Your partner and kids may live in the same house, but this home has also your office and you need them to vacate it at a reasonable time so you can get going. Discuss the hours you’ll need space and privacy. Locked doors are sometimes necessary.
3. Shower and change your clothes.
This may seem only obvious and hygienic, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to convince oneself that it’s better to just jump right into work first thing, than to take even a short amount of time to bathe. Note: We are not suggesting that putting on a “real outfit” or “jeans” is a must, but even a swap from last night’s PJ’s to athleisure goes a long way to making you feel like a functioning adult.
4. Make fellow WFH friends.
The loneliness of working from home is perhaps the hardest part( if you are living on your own).
Make time for Whatsup or Skype chats with fellow WFH colleagues, family and friends.
5. Log out of Twitter or your preferred social media.
There’s nothing and no one stopping you from near-constant social media scanning while WFH, but signing out has a chastening effect: Instead of clicking right in to an endless stream of content, you’re greeted with a log-in screen, and reminded that you’re supposed to be doing work.
6. Don’t become Cinderella.
Spending all day at home, you suddenly realize just how many chores and projects await: dishwashers needing unloading, messy drawers demanding organizing, kids’ toys strewn about. Do a quick straightening-up in the morning so you are not working amidst a mess, but try not to let too much housework seep into work.
7. Set boundaries.
You may find that other people who work in conventional job settings have a tendency to believe that “working from home” means “not working at all,” and will call or text you at random with questions/concerns/rants, etc. A polite “I’ll be working until 5 and can chat later!” or “Call you back on my lunch break” usually works.
8. Beware idle snacking.
Overeating a constant stream of fun size Easter candy,eggs and all sorts of „soulfood“ snakes like cupcakes,muffins and homebakes( we admit to be endangered ourselves) is a longtime occupational hazard of from working from home. By all means, we endorse eating and snacking, but not for eight hours straight. Stocking healthy snacks—chopped veggies and tzatziki, apples and peanut butter!
9. Make yourself a decadent lunch.
The work-from-home vortex can mean coming to at 2 p.m. and realizing you never ate lunch, only to grab a granola bar or a container of leftovers and call it a day. But on occasion, we believe to use a WFH lunch break—do take a lunch break, for both sustenance and sanity—cooking has a calming and meditative effect.
10. Enjoy & be positive about the situation
Enjoy the mid-day freedom of having no in-person meetings or bosses lurking around the corner, take a power nap and attend your work load with a fresh mind!
Last week I realized how much I miss Bella Italia. So here's my personal little hommage (Since my mother tongue is German, the titles are neither in Italian nor in English. Hopefully they are also available in your preferred language.):
Wo man im Meer nicht mehr stehen kann
by Fabio Genovesi
A virtuoso narration of family history full of lovable, quirky characters and summery Italian atmosphere. With its autobiographical traits, the novel is at the same time a declaration of love to the (literally life-saving) power of writing and fantasy.
Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht
by Jan Weiler
A wonderfully witty, warm-hearted book. If you don't have Italian relatives yet, you will definitely want to have some after reading it.
Blätter von der Via Veneto
by Ennio Flaiano
and other texts about life, film and book writing, about Rome and the Italians, god and the world.
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
La Dolce Vita
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.
Levante lives in a small city near Florence (Tuscany, Italy) and his life is plain and a bit boring, until the day the twister arrives: a bus with six Spanish flamenco dancers that will twist Levante and his family life.
The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham
Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful, but love-starved Kitty Fane and her scentist husband. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri
The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe.
The Swan Thieves
by Elisabeth Kostova
The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
by Deepa Anappara
Three friends venture into the most dangerous corners of a sprawling Indian city to find their missing classmate.
2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho.
A riotous social satire that’s as gloriously entertaining as it is deeply sardonic.
Meg Ryan and Kevin Klein - a romantic comedy - a fear of flying and the beautiful French
way of life.
Heart-wrenching performances punctuate this sophisticated, literary film about the messy aftermath of world war II - staring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard and Jason Clarke.
Set in French Indochina during the politically turbulent 1930s, Regis Wargnier's film stars Catherine Deneuve as a plantation owner who becomes involved in a torrid love triangle between a handsome French soldier (Vincent Pérez) and her beloved adopted Asian daughter (Linh Dam Phan). Won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
It's christmas time. To help you choose amongst the vast selection of English books out there, here are some recommendations:
"Death In The East" by Abir Mukherjee (9781787300583) CHF 24.90
1922, India. When Captain Sam Wyndham visits the ashram of a sainted monk he hopes can help him with his opium addiction, he sees a ghost from his past life in London, a man he thought to be long dead and one he had hoped to never see again. Is this man the key to what happened to Bessie, an old flame of Wyndham's, almost twenty years ago?
"The Art Of Dying" by Ambrose Parry (9781786896704) CHF 24.90
Edinburgh, 1849. All across the city people are dying despite all medical efforts. On top of that, Dr. James Simpson is seen to be responsible for the suspicious death of one of his patients. In an attempt to clear their patron's name, Simpson's protégé Will Raven and former housmaid Sarah Fisher must unite for the second time and plunge into Edinburgh's deadliest streets to find the cause of these deaths and clear Simpson's name.This is the second novel in the Raven, Fisher and Simpson series.
"Children's Literary Christmas" an anthology (9780712352796) CHF 24.90
Including tales by Charles Dickens, Michael Morpurgo, A. A. Milne and Matt Haig and many more, this is a wonderful collection of tales for the christmas time. Complete with lots of colourful illustrations, this book is perfect for those long and dark winter nights to snuggle up and read to each other.
"Alpine Cooking" by Meredith Erickson (9781607748748) CHF 48.90
Recipes and Stories from Europe's Grand Mountaindrops, this is a beautiful collection of recipes from the alpine regions of Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France with lots of tasteful pictures and background stories. Perfect for food and mountain lovers alike.
Johanna Braithwaite the english bookseller of Orell Füssli Basel recommends:
„Swisstory“ The Untold, Bloody, And Absolutely Real History of Switzerland / CHF 19.90
by Laurie Theurer and Michael Meister published by Bergli Verlag
Do you know when the Affair of the Sausages took place and what it was all about? If not this is just the book for you:
Starting with ancient cave people right up to women's right to vote, this funny and entertaining book provides great lessons on the history of Switzerland for all ages enriched with lots of fun illustrations by Michael Meister.
Johanna Braithwaite, the english bookseller of Orell Füssli Basel, recommends:
Kate Weinberg: „The Truants“ CHF: 27.90
This coming-of-age debut by Kate Weinberg is a great mixture between Agatha Christie's murderous love triangles and Donna Tartt's dynamics in „The Secret History“.
Jess Walker has mastered the art of vanishing in plain sight to perfection, her being the middle child in a middle class family but when she starts first year at university her world flares with colour and new opportunities as she is soon drawn into a group of rule breakers and their charismatic teacher Lorna Clay. But soon the dynamics between the friends begins to turn sinister as they share secrets, lovers and finally a tragedy...
A remarkable first book that will hopefully mark the start of a great literary career.
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