The Week in Review: What Defines an American?

In 1993, 12-year-old Jose Antonio Vargas boarded a flight in his native Philippines and landed in the United States, where he’s lived ever since as an undocumented immigrant. Today Vargas is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and filmmaker. On Tuesday, Vargas was in McAllen, Texas, to report on a story about Central American migrants when he was detained and eventually released by Border Patrol.

The drama around Vargas’s detention shifted to a discussion about undocumented immigrants who, like Vargas, consider themselves to be Americans—at least culturally, if not legally. But some think this was a stunt: illegal aliens, even those formerly employed by the Washington Post, should tread carefully.

Vargas revealed his plight in a 2011 article for the The New York Times Magazine, in which he wrote that he first learned of his illegal status at the age of 16 and thereafter committed himself to “earning” citizenship. Vargas went on in the piece to detail his childhood, his reconciliation with former colleagues and his lifelong dedication to immigrant rights.

Legality aside, the story is uniquely American. The contributions of immigrants to the United States aren’t being denied; however, they are being discussed with a renewed vigor. We collected some of the more interesting and objective takes below:

Immigration by Gavin Newsom: As California’s Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom has extensive experience on the impact of immigration. See what he reads to educate himself.

Immigration Reform 2014 by Tanveer: While the debate about immigration reform has been raging for years, it seems like Democrats and Republicans are finally reaching a consensus. Will it hold up? Find out here.

Immigration Policy News by Keith Fitzgerald: Learn what each political party says it’s going to do—and measure against what might actually happen.

Immigration & Equality by anditosan: For many, immigration, like gay rights, is about equality. Contrast and compare the situation here.

The Children at the Border by Vicki Penrose: The term “undocumented immigrants” obscures one crucial fact: many of those making the dangerous trek across the border are children. What’s happening with them? Find out.

Us-Mexico Border by Michelle Del Campo: Though Vargas’s story brought media attention, the border bubbles with activity each and every day. In this magazine, get updated with the latest developments from America’s frontier.

~ShonaS is curating “Compulsive & Conscious”
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What I’m Reading: artnet’s Sophie Neuendorf

Keeping up with the art world requires curiosity, persistence and good taste. But when the internet has opened the floodgates for artistic expression, it becomes hard to tell what “good” means, or whether the criteria needs to change.

One of the people establishing context in that conversation is artnet’s Sophie Neuendorf. As Social Media Director, Neuendorf, who splits time between the US and Germany, restates the importance of curation and conversation in an online marketplace. At artnet, a place for “buying, selling and researching fine art online,” she focuses on helping people develop a literacy for art by engaging on the channels and platforms most familiar to them. To understand how she does that, we asked her to show us what she’s reading:

During the week, most mornings are very rushed for me as I’m trying to catch up on all of the European news. I grab coffee and use Flipboard to quickly catch up on the latest headlines. This is a time when I use Flipboard as a customized quick and efficient source of information.

On the weekends, I relax with guilty pleasures from Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, or The Sartorialist. Stories that I’m keen to share are saved in my magazines, such as ‘Curate’ for art world-related reading.

TechCrunch: I read TechCrunch to stay abreast of the latest developments in the tech industry.

Wired UK: Their in-depth science and tech articles never cease to fascinate me.

CNN: The resource to swiftly catch up on current events.

The New York Times: The cartoons, obviously. Quite seriously, I read the NYTimes Opinion and Arts pieces.

Vogue: Art and fashion are collaborating more than ever before, so I read Vogue for the beautiful, detail-orientated stories—and of course, the latest trends.

Vanity Fair: I adore Vanity Fair for their witty, pointed commentary.

Coming from the arts, I adore Flipboard because it’s all visual: from beautiful imagery to typography and great layouts. Looking at artwork on a retina display while flipping the pages is quite a magical experience, especially when I touch the screen and am able to manipulate it. Beautiful imagery is the essence of great storytelling in the digital landscape.

Browse the wonderfully weird world of art news on Artnet

~ShonaS is curating “Compulsive & Conscious
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The Week in Review: Violence in Gaza

Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen to a boil. Blaming the resistance group Hamas for the killings, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a swift retaliation. This week both sides launched military strikes, effectively ending the ceasefire agreement of 2012.

With Israel poised to launch a ground invasion, neutral parties rushed to mediate. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged restraint in the face of a “full-blown war,” while President Obama offered to help broker a truce. Neither Hamas nor Israel has expressed any interest in such a proposal, citing the other as aggressor.

To get a sense of how and why the situation has deteriorated so quickly—and whether there will be any hope for enduring peace—brush up on the articles curated in these magazines:

News stories from Israel by HighlightFilmsIsrael: Pulling from countless gripping photos, informative articles and point-of-view social media posts, this news magazine offers recent updates on the conflict in Gaza.

Palestine by ali h campos: This collection of articles tracks the Israeli-Palestine conflict as it unfolds.

Arab Art Gazette by Spot On: Despite recent turmoil, the Middle East is also home to a thriving cultural scene. See how Arab artists live amidst the turbulence and what they create as a result.

Ancient Israel by Michael James: Relying heavily on anthropological and theological texts, this collection of scholarly articles explores Israel’s ancient history.

Jewish Progressive by Village Press: The Jewish diaspora has many nuanced perspectives concerning the Gaza conflict. This magazine offers a look at the community’s progressives leaders committed to working with Palestinians for peace.

Middle East Tensions Rise by Flipboard Newsdesk: From death toll reports to U.S. involvement, this magazine highlights the escalating situation in the Middle East and documents global reactions.

~ShonaS is reading “Vanity Fair Long Reads
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Spotlight On: Travel Back to Japan Through Flipboard

Every time I look at a Flipboard magazine from Japan, I feel I transported back to my country, which I left in 2005 to become a freelance editor. I’ve since found my way to Palo Alto, California, where I now work as Flipboard’s Japanese curator and international coordinator. Of course, there are parts of Japan I don’t miss—the bureaucracy, packed subways and never-ending work hours. But these magazines remind me of some of my country’s best things, such as people’s generosity and cooperation, the great food and peaceful neighborhoods.

My favorite Japanese magazines on Flipboard include the ones into which the curator flips personal photos that offer a glimpse into Tokyo life . Take a look:

きちでんせいけんフォトライフ by きちでんせいけん: This collection of street photography was taken by an artist in Tokyo. While the photos are all recent, the colors and lights make me nostalgic.

世界を旅する写真 by sawaflip : Travel lover sawaflip took Instagram photographs throughout the world and created a Flipboard magazine with them. These beautiful pictures feel like a coffee table book in a magazine layout.

シロの休日 by u7046 : The main character of this peaceful magazine is a fluffy cat named “Shiro,” (“white” in Japanese) who likes to walk around the neighborhood.

LIFE WITH CATS by enjoynews: Also featuring cats, this magazine captures the daily life of two felines who live with this curator.

コップのフチ子 by chimateer: This magazine gathers photos of a small, popular figure in Japan called “Cup no Fuchi-ko,” a little toy girl meant to sit on the edge of a cup. Photos of this figure in various scenes have been going viral in Japan, so user chimatter collected them into this magazine.

~YasukoK is reading “クロの休日 (Kuro’s holiday)
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On the Red Couch with Style Icon Garance Doré

The fashion industry is like a walled garden: beautiful inside, full of exotic and towering specimens holding court. Perched on a hedge you’ll find fashion writer and illustrator Garance Doré, whose eponymous blog brought humanity and charisma to haute couture.

To Doré, good style depends on a great personality. She calls her blog a “visual diary,” a place where she can document the people that inspire her. Through her conversational prose and understated photography she naturally reveals a sense of the individual behind the subject.

Raised in France and now living in New York, Doré is a modern cosmopolitan: sharp, inquisitive and self-conscious. It’s this fresh combination that landed her featurettes in the New York Times and Vogue. After Doré and boyfriend/fellow blogger Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist won the CFDA’s Media Award in 2012, it wasn’t a crowning achievement per se—because fashion finally felt democratic.

Garance spoke with us about growing her blog, breaking habits, and the importance of being funny.

You’re a French blogger with a primarily Anglo audience. Was that something you intentionally set out to cultivate?
It’s interesting. The thing that pushed me to start blogging in English is that when I started publishing photos on the blog, the conversation took place in every language. And obviously on the internet, people—even if they are from China—if they want to be read in the comments, so they’re gonna write in English.

Naturally, I started responding in English. My blog is in French and English—it will always be like that—but I felt like the French [language] was very small. I love France and I love speaking in French and I’m much better at French. My English is still terrible…At the same time, I wanted to reach these people and be able to create a larger conversation.

Your style is classically French but maybe less conservative. Who are some of your inspirations?
I think the French [Vogue] editor Emmanuelle Alt is one. [J Crew's] Jenna Lyons is daring. She does what she wants: She’s changing the way people look at dressing for evening. I think that’s inspiring. It’s not that this is really my style. I am more quiet and everything, but I love what she does, and I think she always looks fantastic.

What do you do when you splurge on yourself?
I bought a bag by Yves Saint Laurent two days ago. I buy bags usually. I don’t know why, but I love bags and shoes. But the biggest luxury I have—and I hope I could do it more often—is that I love massages. I love spas. This is a mix of treating myself, making my body feel good [and] also I get very inspired when I let go between the hands of a masseuse. I get so many ideas. It’s really a win-win. If I could, I would do it every week.

Tell us about your blog’s career column. What are some things that you’ve learned from those interviews?
When we do the interviews, we’re in love with the people. I’ve learned a lot, but most of it is more about my young readers. That’s what makes me the most happy.

When I was young, I didn’t have any of that. I didn’t have any connection to the industry. I’m doing this for myself at 16, and I’m very excited when people tell me that they love the career piece. Now people see that it’s interesting, but when I started, they were like, “Having a career interview in a fashion blog?”

But you can be cool in any job—you can be a lawyer and be the coolest lawyer. Own your shit. Own it and make it cool. That is why also I didn’t want necessarily to interview—as much as I would love to—Arianna Huffington, because she’s obviously somebody that’s exceptional. We don’t all want to be exceptional like that.

It’s about keeping it real and giving real tools for young people to think: “Oh, I can do that. That could be cool.” That’s the goal.

So how do you keep your life fresh and interesting? Do you have systems in place to make sure that you try new things?
No, I think that life throws stuff at you. I think every new [age] is a different experience and it’s a different point-of-view. I think if I was always the same person that I was when I started or when I was 20, I would be pretty bored with myself.

I used to be very curious about certain things and now I’m curious about other things. I want to infuse that in my blog. I use my life as a background for that, and that’s also one of the reasons why I want to open my blog to different voices. It’s cool to see what a 20-year-old has to say about fashion. How do they live it now? It’s a totally different generation.

You’re dating a high-profile blogger [The Sartorialist]. Are you able to separate work and personal life?
We mix it all up. We love to encourage each other and work together. [My assistant] Emily is used to talking with him for business [reasons] and I think he’ll have a better point-of-view than me. It’s organic. It’s never really been a question.

Tell us a little bit about what’s new on your blog. You recently introduced a love and sex column.
Yeah, it’s true. I’ve always thought that a blog is something alive—you have to grow it. It’s like a flower or plant or tree—you have to add things and remove others, you know?

I thought that one day I would have contributors and that I would talk about love. But my love life does not just involve me. It’s a subject that’s a bit more difficult to talk about.

I like diversity; I like when a rhythm is broken. I think it’s important to break habits or else people get bored.

See more vignettes from Garance Doré on Flipboard:

~ShonaS is reading “Café!
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The UK’s Spectator Brings Its Provocative Voices to Flipboard

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Established in 1828, The Spectator is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language and has long had a taste for controversy. From George Brimley’s essay questioning the intellectual worth of Dickens (1853) to then-Editor Ian Gilmour’s firm views on ending capital punishment in Britain (1955), the magazine has been a forum for bold ideas and articulate voices. The Conservative weekly is often seen as a step on the ladder into politics, with Westminster figures such as the Conservative Party’s Iain Macleod and London Mayor Boris Johnson holding past editorships.

Other notable writers have found a home here, too. Nigella Lawson began her career writing restaurant columns for The Spectator; Graham Greene worked as Literary Editor and film critic; and Quentin Blake helped to illustrate the magazine. In recent issues, Russell Brand wrote about his drug addiction; John Allen exposed the new persecution of Christians; and James McConnachie asked, “What do conductors actually do, other than wave their arms about?”

“Our writers are the best in the English language—their interests range from politics to poetry, molecular genetics to tequila slammers,” says Editor Fraser Nelson.

The magazine is now available on Flipboard, where it’s been paginated and otherwise redesigned for better browsing.

~JessE is reading “Scenic Paris”
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Eight Fan-Curated Magazines Remain. Only One Will Represent the 2014 World Cup Champion

From an initial field of 32 national teams, the 2014 World Cup has now been winnowed down to a quarterfinal group of eight. There’s been plenty of drama and surprise, with early favorites England, Spain and Italy eliminated in the early rounds, while Uruguay’s Luis Suárez was banned for taking a bite out of an opposing player. Here in the United States, high hopes for Team USA were dashed after a tough loss to Belgium. It’s already been a World Cup to remember.

Amid all the soaring highs and plummeting lows, we’ve been impressed by the the hundreds of MagMakers who have volunteered to co-curate our lineup of Brazil 2014 team magazines.

Every one of our 32 fan-curated magazines delivers a perspective on the World Cup that you won’t find anywhere else. Yet with the quarterfinals set to begin, all eyes are now on the eight magazines that represent the teams still in the running for the championship: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

From that elite group, one team will emerge as the 2014 World Cup Champion. Follow the action in our Brazil 2014 magazines, and save some applause for all the fan-curators who will bring it to you!

~ToddL is reading “Eating in Japan
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#flipshopping: Beach Reads

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Reading outside is one of the greatest parts of summer. Whether you intend to spend some time at the beach, a lake, a pool, or just hanging out in your backyard, we’ve picked our favorite page-turners just in time for July 4. In this new magazine, Beach Reads, you’ll find:

  • The Silkworm is the latest novel by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame). This is her second book in the Cormoran Strike Series after last year’s hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling. People magazine called it “a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year’s stealth hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling…. Astutely observed, well-paced…The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel.”
  • Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a story about an orphaned boy and the art underworld. Once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. In The New York Times, Stephen King wrote that “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.”
  • Helen Fielding’s third book about the funny, flighty and terminally relatable Bridget Jones chronicles Twitter, dating with children and younger guys. The New Yorker called it “tender and comic.”

~MiaQ is reading “Put an Egg on it
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What I’m Reading: Todd Mundt of Audible.com

Todd Mundt reads for a living. Formerly the editorial director for NPR Digital Services, Mundt narrates the New Yorker and both the Harvard Business and Technology Reviews on Audible.com. With over 25 years of experience working in radio, Mundt has spent a good chunk of his life telling stories.

Consequently everything falls on his radar—from the scintillating sentences of La Belle Epoque-era writer Marcel Proust to The Verge’s tech-focused narrative journalism, Mundt’s interests are all encompassing.

So it’s with great pleasure that we asked the radio veteran the following question: What are you reading on Flipboard?

Early mornings, I’m usually sitting in a cafe with coffee, and I’m quite directed about how I use Flipboard: I follow essentially the arrangement I’ve outlined above. But on weekends, I wander more and let Cover Stories and Recommended for You surface things for me.

I arrange the tiles based on a loose topicality, with technology news sources, morphing into cities/urbanism, photos, wine, food, fitness, a section of Boston and Montreal stories and photos, etc. I also have tiles built out of search terms in Flipboard, like “Marcel Proust.” That lets Flipboard do the heavy lifting, showing me stuff from all over the Internet that I might be interested in.

GigaOm: This is the best “big picture” technology news source I’ve found. I read it for developments that will likely have an impact on us in the next 3-5 years.

MacStories: Federico Viticci’s blog is about Apple news, but I find his in-depth reviews of apps incredibly useful, and he’s a champion of using a tablet for most of his computing—something I agree with and practice.

Vinography: I started by having Flipboard import Alder Yarrow’s tweets, but it seems like Yarrow got the Flipboard bug because he started his own magazine with content from his wine blog and other sources. It’s a go-to magazine if you like wine.

The Verge Weekender: Another Saturday morning read. What stories have I missed? What interesting stories would I never have encountered?

MidSetBreak: Nicholas Berry updates his magazine often and for me, it’s a great example of the power of Flipboard curation. I’m interested in fitness but I don’t have time to deal with a mountain of blogs and magazines, so I trust a few Flipboard curators to do the work for me, Nicholas chief among them.

My Twitter lists weren’t useful to me until I imported them into Flipboard. Now I can browse my Core Tech, San Francisco, and Food and Drink lists easily. The Flipboard format is so perfect for following Twitter lists that I can’t imagine using lists without Flipboard.

I also read a lot of sources in a traditional RSS reader. For a long time, I couldn’t present a clear rationale for why I read one source on Flipboard and another on Reeder/Feedly, but over time, I’ve found that sources that produce a lot of content I want to browse and read end up in Flipboard, while in my RSS reader, I may prefer to scan a row of titles from blogs I read less often and select a few for reading.

To see more of Todd’s good taste, flip through some of his own magazines below:

Making a Better Me: Going way beyond bite-sized advice, Todd’s curated a coherent philosophy on how to live a better life—in more ways than one.

Time Regained: French writer Marcel Proust’s long, wonderfully winding sentences could stretch for yards at a time. Todd has gathered some short, sweet vignettes from Proust’s own fascinating backstory.

On Wine and Food: With an unpretentious eye and a taste for the delectable, Todd’s down-to-earth guide to wine and food is, yes, the perfect pairing.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (7/4)
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The Week in Review: The Evolution of Marriage Equality

Though it’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both political and public opinion is evolving. On Wednesday, federal courts in Utah and Indiana overturned a ban against same-sex marriages, citing crucial violations of the 14th Amendment.

Forty-three years after college students Richard Baker and James McConnell were denied a marriage license, 19 states now legally recognize gay marriage. Wednesday’s decision set a major precedent for similar cases pending in New Mexico, Virginia and Oklahoma, among others.

With a majority of Americans in favor of marriage equality, the case has led some members of the opposition to reconsider their positions. Following Wednesday’s ruling, Senator Susan Collins from Maine became the fourth Republican senator to publicly support same-sex marriage.

Whether the issue continues to be politicized, the LGBT community is already a visible part of American society. Take a look through the magazines below to see what equality really looks like in the 21st century.

Marriage Equality by Gavin Newsom: California’s Lieutenant Governor and the former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom has curated this magazine about an issue that’s very close to his heart.

Gay Voice by Chris Cash: This magazine offers news and views for LGBT community.

LGBT by Grant Broberg: Featuring articles from The New York Times, TIME, CNN, Buzzfeed and more, this magazine has the latest on LGBT news.

Same-sex marriage: 1 year later by CNN: In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act), this magazine recaps CNN’s coverage of events since the ruling.

Gay Marriage 2013, and beyond by Chris Maines: Dig into this magazine for a variety of perspectives on gay marriage, including reactions from the Catholic Church.

Marriage Equality by Christian Munoz: This magazine collects news about marriage laws in the U.S., plus lighter fare like AdWeek’s best-loved brands in the LGBT community.

~HannahB is reading “Interior
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