On current world affairs…


Coming back to real life, currently the world is going through one of the hardest epochs of its history. Between terrorism and economic crisis, people are more and more concerned about the future. Do you think there is still room to read books in this reality?
During some of the most turbulent times in the history of man, it is our art, literature and artifacts that are the first to be destroyed by fire, looting and bombs. Without knowledge and education, we are ignorant, and therefore become better followers rather than educated decision makers. Creativity is the source of knowledge, the very essence of humanism, and perhaps this is why art and books are the first to be destroyed. We will always need musicians, artists and authors to take us on journeys; to show us character development and communication skills that in turn help us problem solve. I’m pleasantly surprised at the number of people reading, and now with eBooks, reading is just a touch away. So yes, I do believe there is room for reading books in this current reality.

About the future, what is your wish for the new year?
That’s a huge question… On a wider scale, my wish for the New Year is that every child has access to an education, and has food in their stomachs. That we communicate through words rather than brutality, and that we take better care of this wondrous planet. And for me as an individual…I hope the Uffizi isn’t too crowded in April…hope to see you there!


About Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Mandy Jackson-Beverly studied flute in Sydney, worked couture fashion in London, and has been a successful costume designer in LA, working with artists such as Madonna and David Bowie. She’s danced the tango with Robert Duvall, sewn buttons on coats with John Galliano, and discussed the art of sobriety with Alice Cooper and Russell Brand.

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