Added a scan of the Time 100 Most Influential (05/11/09) magazine, thanks to Kimber! In related news, the W photoshoot (one of the pictures is also used in the Time spread) by photographer Chuck Close, has been woven as an eight-foot-tall tapestry and can be viewed at PaceWildenstein 25th Street from May 1 – June 20, 2009 in NYC. Read more. Thanks NS!
• Time (Thanks to Kimber).
During the civil rights movement, the distinction was made between those who would “talk the talk” — i.e., attend parties, fundraisers and speeches — and those who would be willing to “walk the walk” — that is, use their bodies as a backstop for nightsticks and clubs.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the news media and New Orleans itself were inundated with people who were willing to talk the talk. And from this gaggle of talkers emerged one who took the long walk with our city.
Brad Pitt found, after listening to residents, that this horrible man-made disaster created an opportunity to build something better than what had existed before. From starting the Make It Right Foundation, which is building hundreds of affordable and sustainable homes in the Lower Ninth Ward and elsewhere in the city, to his advocacy on behalf of New Orleans with congressional leaders to his filming of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which featured our city so beautifully, Pitt has remained committed to the people of New Orleans. Read more. Thanks Sandra.