01. Guto Requena (pictured)
“Guto Requena is one of Brazil’s most innovative up and coming architects. His work is based on the ever-evolving world of communication and technology, reflecting how these new advancements affect us. Drawing from his bucolic childhood in Brazil, Requena creates a world where flexibility and reclamation of materials and objects make the space both simple and comfortable.
His projects always push the envelope, redefining both physical and virtual space. With the Google offices in Sao Paulo as his next venture, it seems for Requena the sky is the limit.” (FvF)
02. Bozella gets helping hand from Hopkins
“Dewey Bozella’s story is an amazing one that certainly could be made into a movie.
If the man’s life ever does become the subject of a film, the outcome of his professional boxing debut won’t be a proper ending. The movie should end with the mere act of him stepping into the ring to fulfill the most unlikely of boxing careers.
Bozella’s well-chronicled journey has been incredible. He is 52 and set for his first pro fight — and only one, because he wants only one — on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson undercard. Oh, and there’s also this: Bozella served 26 years in prison — half of his life — for a murder he didn’t commit and was released in 2009 after witnesses against him recanted their stories.” (ESPN)
03. 20 Years On: A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory Revisited
“There’s a wonderful moment in Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Rapaport’s fascinating new documentary about A Tribe Called Quest. Jive records CEO Barry Weiss recalls the label’s internal reaction when staff first heard the group’s second LP, The Low End Theory. “It was very different to the first album,” Weiss tells Rapaport. “It wasn’t as ‘left’ in some ways, and we were concerned that maybe it was gonna miss the mark – that maybe they were trying to go too commercial, that it didn’t have the artistic integrity that [the debut] People’s Instinctive Travels [In the Paths of Rhythm] did. Um… and we were fuckin’ completely wrong.” (The Quietus)
“If you are a writer with any presence on the Internet, even a very obscure one, you often get e-mails from strangers. Sometimes these strangers are quite eccentric, like the guy who once sent me a short story about men who were enslaved for breeding purposes and fed dog food. So I didn’t give much thought to a cryptic e-mail I got in the summer of 2009 from a person named Innocente Fontana.” (The Paris Review)