anonymous asked:

What was the theme for Gucci that made you like the photoshoot?

at first I thought Tom Hiddleston and Gucci was an odd pairing but then I learned more about the new campaign. Tom Hiddleston was announced as the face of the Gucci Cruise 2017 Tailoring campaign: 

Gucci’s new Cruise 2017 campaign is a celebration of British culture.

the Gucci Resort 2017 line (which was presented at Westminster Abbey) is also very much influenced by British culture with tartan prints, Union jack flags and throwback to highland footwear. 

So, if you’re going to have a campaign that focuses on British culture then it only makes sense to use British Talent to promote it. 

There was also a video for the Gucci Resort 2017 campaign starring the legendary, Vanessa Redgrave. 

And similar to Tom working with Armani earlier in his career, Gucci has been dressing Eddie Redmayne for years 

As for the unisex clothing in Tom’s campaign (which was probably most people’s biggest complaint): The new creative director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, said this in an interview

Women in suits. Men in lace shirts. What drives your fluid approach to dressing?

If you walk down a street in any town or city in the world today you realize there’s a kind of marvelous anarchy that characterizes young people, actually people of all ages. My collections reflect something that is happening around us: a strong affirmation of freedom beyond what’s already established, beyond cataloguing, beyond labeling.

*but honestly if you ignore the shoes and just focus on the clothing then the ad campaign doesn’t seem that far from what Tom has already worn. 

goodnamesweretaken  asked:

Hi, I'm looking for a good biography of Ulysses S. Grant and 'American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant' by Robert C White just popped up on my Goodreads as a suggestion. Have you read it? Would you recommend any other biographies of Grant instead?

Yes, definitely. I just recommended Ronald C. White’s American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (BOOK | KINDLE) the other day. It’s very good. Definitely check it out when it’s released on Tuesday.

Another biography about Grant that I would recommend is The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands (BOOK | KINDLE). You can never go wrong with a book by Dr. Brands.

There’s also an interesting dual biography of Grant and Robert E. Lee released in 2014 by William C. Davis that I’d suggest: Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged (BOOK | KINDLE). 

And Grant’s own autobiography, completed days before he died in 1885, The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (BOOK | KINDLE), is the best autobiography ever written by a President, although it focuses mostly on his military career and not at all about his time in the White House.


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Portrait of Union officers of the 120th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment in Kingston, New York, June 3, 1865.


March of the Red Calvary 

Shocking: The World's Largest Association of Earth Scientists Is Funded by Climate-Denying Exxon
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At their September meeting, the board of directors for the American Geophysical Union, the largest association of Earth scientists in the world, made a bad decision. They decided to ignore the organization’s own sponsorship policy and continue to accept money from Exxon, one of the world’s leading funders of climate change denial.

The AGU’s decision puts those of us here in the imperiled Pacific Islands in a difficult position. As a professor of climate change, I teach my students to stand for scientific integrity—that the power of science emerges from careful evaluation of the data and drawing conclusions based on the data. I tell my students we need to lead by example, with integrity, to speak the truths that are revealed by the data, even when it is politically inconvenient.

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