Jenni Avins

VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA SITE: Sweden.Closettour.com

Sweden.closettour, a multimedia story about searching for sustainable style in Stockholm, was an experiment in long-form storytelling for the iPad before it was released. I’ve been told it’s like a “Choose Your Own Adventure.” I’ll take it. Click here to visit....
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Is Backlash the New Pink? VanityFair.com

Is Backlash the New Pink? by Jenni Avins October 20, 2009, 5:32 PM It was when a news item about a tuna-fish company’s pink Breast Cancer Awareness cans crossed our desks that we couldn’t help but wonder: When did breast-cancer awareness turn into a compulsory commercial endeavor? As it turns out, there’s a bit of a backlash against the branding of the disease, and...
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No Age Rocks the “Won’t Grow Up” Set, VanityFair.com

No Age Rocks the “Won’t Grow Up” Set by Jenni Avins October 19, 2009, 4:22 PM A Peter Pan syndrome seems to be permeating pop culture. Last Friday night, the premiere of Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are sent droves of man-children to midtown Manhattan’s IMAX theaters—likely encouraged by the movie’s tear-jerker trailer, Karen O’s...
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On the Road: Madagascar, for Foam Magazine

I watched out the backseat window of an old Renault as we weaved between chalky magenta and aqua cement shantys, rickshaws resting on the side of the road, and people with African and Asian faces carrying baskets and bundles atop their heads. Nearly every taxi in Antananarivo is a painstakingly maintained old Renault or Citroën—distinctly retro European shapes repainted in Madagascar’s...
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Wanderlust: Alex Kopps, Foam Magazine

Alex Kopps insists he’s not a nomad, but then again, he’s also in denial about being identified as a surfer. A nomad is a person who keeps on moving, usually in the search of some seasonal supply. Whether Kopps’s path is tracing a source of waves, artistic inspiration, or both, he doesn’t seem to stay in one place long—all the while producing work that could be the fantastic result of a...
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First-time Voter Feels the Power, New York City News Service

The new face of politics is an old face with a white beard. Jagir Singh Bains has served in the Indian and Zambian armies, discussed hate crimes against his Sikh community with the late Pope John Paul II and currently represents Democrats as a county committeeman in Queens. The 76-year-old man may sound like a career politician, but Tuesday marked the first time he exercised his most basic...
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Holliswood Temple Rededicated as Mosque, The Queens Courier

So a politician, a Sikh and a rabbi all sat down in a mosque… This was not the beginning of a joke, but rather the start of a new life for a Holliswood temple that was rededicated Sunday, October 12 as a mosque in a ceremony that drew a variety of local political and religious leaders. The Temple Israel of Jamaica, on the corner of McLaughlin Avenue and 188th Street, was turned over to the...
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Matador Travel, SOMA Magazine

In 1997, at the age of 26, Alex Garland published a novel called The Beach, later made into a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The book was a critique of a generation of disillusioned travelers in search of an authentic cultural experience. Anyone who had ever slept in a hostel, boarded EuroRail with a backpack, or danced under the full moon in Koh Phangan was likely to relate to the characters...
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C’est la Vie, Mirth Magazine

This playlist is inspired by a road trip, mountain sunsets and an instrumental version of The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?” A song that begs the question, among others, “Do you realize that everyone you know, someday, will die?” Every bit as appropriate at a funeral as they are at a wedding, Mirth offers the following eternal tunes that give the sweetest sense of...
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