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The Literary Loves of Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion’s Greatest Book Lover

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and one of fashion’s most prominent and recognizable visionaries has passed away aged eighty-five. The native of Hamburg, Germany, affectionately known as The Kaiser in fashion circles, had missed the Chanel haute couture show in Paris last month, sparking speculation about his condition. According to Closer, on Monday night Lagerfeld was admitted to hospital in Paris, however his cause of death has not yet been released.

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Lagerfeld started out in 1955, as assistant to Pierre Balmain, before joining Chanel in 1983, where he spent thirty-six years. In addition to these roles, he also held long-term design positions at Fendi, Chloé, and established his own Karl Lagerfeld label. However, not only was Lagerfeld a revolutionary designer and fashion icon, the renowned polyglot was also a great lover of books.

In September of 2005, Lagerfeld gave an interview to Vanity Fair, in which he revealed his favorite writers in his many tongues, saying “I like poets best, E. Dickinson (English), R. M. Rilke (German), Mallarmé (French), Leopardi (Italian). I speak no other languages and I don’t believe in translated poetry,” as well as his fictional hero, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. In 2008, he spoke to Women’s Wear Daily, saying “I hate leisure, except reading.”

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In addition to this, in September 2017, French Vogue ran an article simply titled ‘Karl Lagerfeld’s Favorite Books’ in which he listed works by the likes of Neitzche, for who’s entire works Lagerfeld was an editor in Germany, Spinoza (“the person who wrote the phrase that I live by: ‘Any decision is a refusal'”), Didion, Homer, and Borges among many others. In this piece, he also noted that he ‘wrote literary reviews for Vogue at the start of the 1970s, using Minouflet de Vermenou as [his] pen name.’

Lagerfeld had a personal collection of over 300,000 books. At the 2015 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Lagerfeld explained “Today, I only collect books; there is no room left for something else. If you go to my house, I’ll have you walk around the books. I ended up with a library of 300,000. It’s a lot for an individual.”

In addition to this, Lagerfeld’s name appears on a number of books, including The Karl Lagerfeld Diet, The Glory of Water: Daguerreotypes, and Casa Malaparte among others.

Lagerfeld has been commemorated on social media by his many A-List friends and supporters, including Kim Kardashian, Kaia Gerber, Florence Welch and Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan Magazine Phebe Wahl whose post read ‘It was King Karl’s world, we were all lucky enough to enjoy it for a bit.’


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Raccoon Who Inspired Rocket in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Passes Away

Mr. Oreo, the raccoon who was the inspiration for the character of Rocket in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has passed away aged ten, after a short illness.


Mr. Oreo assisted animators in capturing racoon behaviour and movements to create the character of Rocket, who was voiced by Bradley Cooper. Rocket made his first appearance in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and featured in the 2017 sequel, as well as in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. He will also appear in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which we can only hope will be dedicated to Mr. Oreo.


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When Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in Hollywood, Mr. Oreo accompanied director James Gunn on the red carpet.

Mr. Oreo’s death was publicly announced via a Facebook fan page for Guardians of the Galaxy, who received the information from Mr. Oreo’s humans, who thanked their “wonderful vets for their compassion and care.”

RIP Mr. Oreo.


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Legendary Children’s Author and Illustrator John Burningham Dies at 82

There is something magical and pure about children’s picture books. Even more than any other books, they teach and bring joy. Furthermore, for younger generations to grow up loving books and being introduced to the wonders of creativity and imagination is a fantastic thing!


To all the children’s authors today, I thank you for your work! But today specifically, we honor one particular author and artist who we have sadly lost, children’s author and illustrator John Burningham.



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According to his official website, johnburningham.com, Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating in 1959. With his degree he worked on several illustration commissions, including posters for London Transport. Each commission was made with whimsy and childlike imagination.



John Burningham poster, LT, 1961

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John Burningham poster, LT, Zoo Ahoy

This piece was designed to convince people to visit a local zoo. | Image Via twentiethcenturyposters.com

John Burningham Poster for London Transport

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The aspiring artist continued his work creating these charming illustrations for a living for some years, until finally his first book was published! That book was Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers


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Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster are delighted when their six eggs hatch into adorable baby goslings. But one has them worried: Borka, who was born without feathers. The doctor encourages Mrs. Plumpster to knit Borka a fuzzy sweater, but while it helps keep out the cold, it doesn’t keep all the other young geese from teasing Borka — until, come migration day, her siblings fly off without her. What is the tearful goose to do? In a brand-new edition of his debut book for children —awarded a prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1963 — the incomparable John Burningham turns a sad beginning into a whimsical tale of pluck and serendipity, kindness and kindred spirits, as he celebrates the rare birds among us.



This adorable and, at first, somewhat tragic tale about finding your own way no matter how “different” people may see you, helped jumpstart Burningham’s career in children’s books. Since then John Burningham has illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world.


Included in his vast collection Burningham has also published books collaborating with other artists and writers. The well-known novel Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, which had its own film, entitled Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, was one  book Burningham illustrated .


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Ian Fleming, best known for his James Bond novels, wrote only one children’s book—and it is a classic! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the name of the flying, floating, driving-by-itself automobile that takes the Pott family on a riotous series of adventures as they try to capture a notorious gang of robbers. This is a story filled with humor, adventure, and gadgetry that only a genius like Fleming could create.

Goodreads.com, synopsis of Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang



Burningham also took the challenge of solely writing a book! With the help of his wife Helen Oxynbury, who is an illustrator herself, the book There’s Going To Be A Baby was born (pun fully intended)!


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From two of the world’s best-loved picture-book creators, an absolute gem for new-siblings-to-be. When is the baby coming? What will we call it? What will the baby do? We don’t really need the baby, do we? As the arrival of a new sibling draws nearer, the questions that stream through a young child’s mind are followed with sensitivity and humour in this enchanting book. Exquisitely illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, these pages brim with love, excitement and reassurance as the child in the story imagines all kinds of colourful futures for the brother or sister he is waiting to meet. Full of warmth and promise, this is an instant and timeless classic.


This incredibly endearing story book is perfect for ever-growing families, and for the past eight years has been helping parents explain to their children that new baby is on the way. I can imagine it being the perfect project for the Burningham and Oxenbury!


Since his start from college as a poster illustrator for his community, he skyrocketed to famous children’s book author and illustrator. John Burman has brought whimsy, joy, and inspiration to the people of London and across the world! In honor of all his work in children’s books, John was awarded with the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award last year. His imaginitive and unique stories and charming illustrations will be remembered!


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All the Writers Who Passed Away in 2018

In 2018 we lost many writers who made a variety of contributions to the written word. The following are just a few to celebrate and remember.



Philip Roth, 85


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The prolific and darkly humorous novelist was known for his intensely autobiographical characters that explored the American identity against the backdrop of the 20th century.



Neil Simon, 91


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Simon was one of the most successful writers in American history and known for his grand comedies. He wrote more than 30 plays and received more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.



Anthony Bourdain, 61


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The former chef turned writer and TV host showed us the world through his explorations of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. His essays, books, and comics found millions of readers who became instant admirers.



Evelyn Anthony, 92


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The best-selling British novelist was one of the first female authors to explore the spy genre and wrote over fifty novels. She wrote suspenseful thrillers of Cold War espionage and was even once approached about becoming a spy herself.



William Goldman, 87


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The Academy Award winning screenwriter wrote many beloved classics that made the silver screen shine even brighter. The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are still among the medium’s most treasured films.



Jin Yong, 94


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The “Tolkien of Chinese literature” wrote fantastical martial arts novels that inspired countless films, television series, and even video game adaptations. His work has resonated with generations of fans.



Meena Alexander, 67


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The poet and scholar explored themes of feminism, post-colonialism, dislocation, memory, and more. Alexander’s work reflected the search for identity that came with her almost nomadic lifestyle that took her throughout India, Africa, Europe, and the United States.



Stan Lee, 95


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The legend behind the Marvel comic book universe gave us a world of inspiring heroes and characters that will forever be cherished. His legacy only continues to grow with the increasing popularity of his pantheon.\



Wendy Beckett, 88


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Sister Wendy became an international star with her BBC documentaries that made her one of the most popular (and fun) art critics in television history. She wrote fifteen books on art, religion, poetry, and meditations, and made dozens of documentaries that charmed fans around the world.






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