Things that inspired and pleased us in the month of present overload.

  1. The Swimming Pool in Photography. Only December and already dreaming of summer? That’s the MURMUR team alright. And since escapism is always a great way to get through the freezing, cloudy days, we recommend flipping the pages of this beautiful photo book. Swimming pools can be status symbols, as the Jet Set pictures of Slim Aarons show, but they’re also places of leisure and relaxation for those who love being in and near the water. From basic basins to opulent splendors, get ready for a piece of cultural history via the works of famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth and Alex Webb. And don’t forget your cocktail.
  2. Indecent Exposure. John Waters, now 72, is one of the great living multi-media artists, an “agent provocateur” who has noticed and  and challenged conventions and prejudices all throughout his career. “Shocking” and “scandalous” are the adjectives that usually go along with his work. Never afraid of controversy or of speaking his occasionally preposterous mind, Waters embodies a type of artistic shamelessness that is sure to fuel conversation for decades to come, as it is being explored, layer upon layer. This year, he got his first ever retrospective at the Baltimore Museum of Art (closing on January 6th), and if you’re anyway nearby, you should go for the wild ride.
  3. What Michelle reads. End of year “best of” lists are fun in the beginning, but they quickly become exhausting or, worse, frustrating. After all, how many books can you regret not ever having the time to read? So we’re keeping it simple, with some reading recommendations from first lady supreme, Michelle Obama. And if you mean business, you should also check this list out.
  4. On the Basis of Sex. Since we’re talking about strong, inspiring women, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is most definitely a name to remember. Since being appointed Supreme Court Justice (and also before), she relentlessly and successfully fought against gender discrimination, becoming a feminist icon and even a pop culture fixation. Now, her story has been made into a Hollywood movie starring Felicity Jones. Watch the trailer here.
  5. Janelle Monáe and Ariana Grande are two of the celebrities who wore MURMUR Signature pieces in their videos this year. They are also two of the singers whose songs appear in almost all the “best music of 2018” lists. 2018 has been a great year (fashion and culture-wise). As Ariana made the whole planet say: Thank you, next.

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