Who Needs International Fame?

A photo project captures local celebrities from around the world.

At one point, being an international celebrity seemed to be a considerable accomplishment. Remember John Lennon stating that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus? If you can say one positive thing about the Justin Biebers, Lindsay Lohans, and Kim Kardashians of the world, it’s that they’ve made the absurdity of celebrity worship crystal clear. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti spent two years traveling through five continents, capturing subjects who wield extraordinary cultural power. Galimberti’s subjects elicit curiosity more than they do prostration. “They are admired, but they are also your neighbors,” says Galimberti. “People talk about them at the bar, and race to offer them a coffee when they enter. They are called by their first name.” In our hyper-connected age of late capitalism, who really wants to be bigger than Jesus, if you can be a local celebrity?


Seventy-five years ago, on January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

Auschwitz was the deadliest of Nazi Germany's 20 concentration camps. From 1940 to 1945 of the 1.3 million prisoners sent to Auschwitz, 1.1 million died. That figure includes 960,000 Jews, 74,000 non-Jewish Poles, 21,000 Roma, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and up to 15,000 other Europeans.

The vast majority of the inmates were murdered in the gas chambers while others died of starvation, disease, exhaustion, and executions.

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In a move that feels like the subject line of a spam email or the premise of a bad '80s movie, online shopping mogul Yusaku Maezawa is giving away money as a social experiment.

Maezawa will give ¥1 million yen ($9,130) to 1,000 followers who retweeted his January 1st post announcing the giveaway. The deadline to retweet was Tuesday, January 7.

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