<strong>The Real Thing:</strong> A model poses on Friday at the Kate Spade show during New York Fashion Week. In <em>The Knockoff Economy</em>, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman argue that copying major designers is good both for the industry and for consumers.
During New York Fashion Week, designers will present looks that you might find in a department store next spring ... or, as knockoffs at Forever 21. That's because copying fashion designs is perfectly legal — and that's a good thing, if you ask Kal Raustiala.
Raustiala is the co-author of a new book called The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation. He talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about who copies fashion designs, why it's legal and how copying ultimately benefits the consumer and the industry.
Michael Chabon's books include <em>The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, <em>The Yiddish Policemen's Union </em></em>and <em>Manhood for Amateurs. </em>He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
Michael Chabon's latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, is named after the famed road between Oakland and Berkeley in California.
In the book, that's also where two couples — Nat and Aviva, who are white, and Archy and Gwen, who are black — are struggling to get by. The two men are friends, partners in a vinyl record shop. Their wives work together as nurse midwives.
Over the course of a couple of weeks, the characters deal with threats to their work, to their relationships and their very way of being. Chabon delves deeply into issues of art, race and sexuality.
<em>Knitting Is for Pus****</em> is a work by <a href="http://40u40.beancreative.com/artist28.html">crochet sculptor Olek</a>. He has created an entire apartment blanketed in brightly colored, crocheted camouflage.
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<a href="http://40u40.beancreative.com/artist24.html">Cat Mazza</a>'s <em>Knit for Defense</em> is a nine-minute, black-and-white video made from footage of 20th century conflicts. The war footage is rendered with software that makes each pixel look like a knitted stitch. "For me, 9/11 made a huge impact and had an impact on this piece as well," she says.
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<em>Green Balance </em>is a 2011 work by <a href="http://40u40.beancreative.com/artist08.html">Erik Demaine</a> and his father, Martin Demaine. As a scientist, Erik Demaine says he works to "explore curved creased folding from both a mathematical and an artistic perspective."
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<a href="http://40u40.beancreative.com/artist38.html">Anna Von Mertens</a> made a series of quilts depicting what the night sky looked like if you looked up during a moment of terrible violence in American history. Above, <em>2:45 a.m. Until Sunrise on Tet, the Lunar New Year, January 31, 1968, U.S. Embassy, Saigon, Vietnam (Looking North).</em>
When museum curator Nicholas Bell was putting together the show Craft Futures: 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery, he realized the artists had something in common besides their under-40 status. Because of their youth, he felt that each of them could be classified as "post 9/11" artists.
"Their worldview is defined by the angst, the unease, the trepidation of the difficulties of the 21st century," he says.
In the 1960s, Lynn Povich worked at Newsweek — where she became part of a revolution.
"At Newsweek, women were hired on the mail desk to deliver mail, then to clip newspapers, and, if they were lucky, became researchers or fact checkers," Povich tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer, whom she knows personally. "All of the writers and reporters were men, and everyone accepted it as that was the way the world was — until we didn't."
Though not the capital, Istanbul is the cultural, economic and financial heart of Turkey. Situated on the Bosporus strait, this metropolis spans Europe and Asia — and has a storied history as a gathering place for spies.
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Harold "Kim" Philby (shown here in 1955), the infamous double agent who spied on Britain for the Soviets, is one of many spies who prowled Istanbul.
British writer Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy thrillers, visits the set of the film <em>From Russia, with Love</em> in Istanbul on June 23, 1963.