Had a great time teaching my Visual Communication class yesterday at Artemis. It was their fifth lesson and I definitely saw some homework that could go straight into the pages of Vogue. Most of my students are pretty young so sometimes they come up with – say – a picture of Grace Jones and they have no idea who it is. Which is where I come in! I show them some Eighties art direction by Jean-Paul Goude, the video to Slave to the Rhythm and bing, bang, boom they’re minds are blown. It’s so enormously rewarding to help students discover all the white areas on their cultural map. I love getting older and sharing the enormous amount of pop culture and history that resides in my brain. One source I am definitely going to talk about next week is the Scala Regia blog and Facebook page. It’s a veritable who’s who of cool throughout history: count and countess such and such, fashion designers, actors, artists, writers – an endless procession of cool and eccentric people throughout the ages. I especially like the Scala Regia Facebook page, which is updated by someone who must have precious little else to do in his life because it is often updated more than a dozen times a day. I know, that sounds like an awful lot but who doesn’t want to be surprised with something new or reminded of something old ten times a day. Right?