First of Autumn

First of autumn
We spent most of August away, escaping the city heat and soaking up every bit of summer left. I like to refer to it as my baby boy’s first summer holiday and he absolutely loved it. Autumn is here now, although it looks like we’re in for an Indian summer. Its usual more structured and paced-up schedule may be one of the new season’s best parts, but it just happens that fall is my favourite time of year for travelling, too, so we have a couple of trips in mind. Here are a few other things I am currently enjoying or looking forward to this autumn.

Reading (or better said, trying to) right now: What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career and re-reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (in fact, I am not sure I read it completely the first time around, about fifteen years ago).

It’s true, I’m mostly listening to white noise these days, but my brother has recommended to me Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On and I can’t wait to give it a go. I am also excited for Morrissey’s concert next month.

I miss going to the cinema on a regular basis, but I am perfectly fine with re-watching my favourite Hitchcock movies (there are about 10, no kidding) whenever I can (usually stretched out on several days). They work like a charm to unwind me every single time. But there are a few releases I wouldn’t like to miss, like Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal (I do love the mountain and I would love to see the subject approached more often in films – Touching the Void is still vivid in my mind), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s the Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role, and the new Bond film, naturally. And, of course, it’s time for season five of Homeland.

It’s fashion month, but I find myself more interested in leafing through books like Havana Street Style or be inspired by this Fall essentials video than in viewing the runway shows. I haven’t read Vogue magazines, or any kind of fashion magazines as a matter of fact, except for Porter, in months, so there you have it. “Give me something I can use”, a friend was recently commenting on the subject. I can’t argue about that.

In line with the previous paragraph, do take five minutes if you will and read designer Jesse Kamm’s laid-back approach to life. The best piece on style and lifestyle I’ve read lately.

It’s the beginning of September, so, yes, I am keeping an eye on the US Open, too, at the moment.

photo by me

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