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Gloria Vanderbilt, Author and Fashion Icon, Passes Away at 95

An icon has passed away. Gloria Vanderbilt, according to CNNhas died at the age of ninety-five after a long battle with stomach cancer. The news was reported by her son, famous anchorman Anderson Cooper. Vanderbilt died at home, surrounded by friends and family. She had been in slowly declining health for the past few months. She was a famous socialite, fashion designer, and author, producing numerous well-known and celebrated fashion magazines. She licensed her name for numerous brands, including those that made scarves and designer jeans. Her lines were hugely successful, garnering her international fame, which was difficult for Vanderbilt due to her shyness in public. Later in her career, she branched out into art exhibitions, which included Dream Boxes and and thirty-five paintings at the Arts Center in Manchester.


Gloria Vanderbilt holds a cigarette in a black and white photo

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Throughout her life, Gloria Vanderbilt was also a successful novelist. During her lifetime, she wrote two books on art, four memoirs, and three novels. She was also a regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Her novels include Obsession: An Erotic Tale, Never Say Goodbyeand The Memory of Starr Faithful. 

She also wrote the memoir The Rainbow Comes and Goes with her son, Anderson Cooper. The novel told about their relationship, offering an intimate glimpse into their lives, careers, and Cooper’s coming-of-age under his mother’s unconventional house rules. This book offers a portrait of two great people who dearly loved each other, making it all the more heart-wrenching to see Cooper announce his mother’s death: the memoir showcases just how strong their bond truly was behind closed doors.


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Gloria Vanderbilt remains an icon of design, fashion, and authorship. She will be remembered both for her forceful personality and her loving relationship with her son. It’s safe to say she made a huge mark on the world and will be remembered forever as a genuine icon!



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10 Wild Jack Kerouac Quotes for When You’re On the Road

Jack Kerouac was a famous American novelist of French-Canadian descent, born in 1922 and dying in 1969. Considered a literary iconoclast, he was a pioneer of the Beat Generation, his works covering themes such as Buddhism, Catholic spirituality, jazz, and promiscuity. Some of his well known novels include Desolation Angels ,Mexico City Blues, The Dharma Burnsand, most famously, On the Road

Kerouac’s literary prestige has grown since his death, his previously unseen works being published posthumously. To celebrate his birthday, here are ten quotes from Kerouac’s all too short career.


The cover to Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
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1. “The fact that everybody in the world dreams every night ties all mankind together.”


2. “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”


3. “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”


Jack Kerouac sitting at a stove, facing the camera in a black and white portrait
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4. “So shut up, live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.”


5. “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view.”


6. “It always makes me proud to love the world somehow — hate’s so easy compared.”


Jack Kerouac on the road, walking forward under the sky in a black and white photo
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7. “Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken.”


8. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”


9. “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”


10. “One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.”




Jack Kerouac, happy birthday, and we hope you’re out there somewhere, on the road.



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