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Looking Smart! The Latest Fashionista's Must-Have Accessory Is A *Book Bag*

The newest trend on the red carpet: Why are it-girls and stars carrying a book under their arm, heading to a movie premiere with Nabokov's Lolita or Albert Camus's La Peste? Well, look inside.

Feeling bookish? (Olympia Le-Tan)
Feeling bookish? (Olympia Le-Tan)

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That's Sartre, not Prada: the newest must-have accessory for fashionistas is – a book.

The idea is to look intellectual, but horn-rimmed glasses perched on your nose are so, well, yesterday. What you need is a clutch bag that looks exactly like a book -- giving new meaning to the word "pocketbook."

Some people might think that anybody who spends their time flipping through ad-filled glossy fashion magazines has probably forgotten how to read and definitely has no idea who Thomas Mann or Emily Dickinson are. But American actress Chloë Sevigny, French model and actress Clémence Poésy, and other high-brows, are trying to prove the contrary by carrying clutch bags embroidered with the covers of literary masterpieces by the likes of Nabokov, Salinger or Fitzgerald.

The bags, which have gold frames and clasps, are the brainchild of London-born French designer Olympia Le-Tan who is part of the clique surrounding Purple Fashion Magazine founder Olivier Zahm in Paris. It was just a question of time before the daughter of renowned French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan came up with her own creative pursuit. Three years ago, armed with a love of literature and a penchant for embroidery ("I inherited a talent for it from my grandmother"), she launched her first accessories.

A brief look at all the "sold out's on www.net-a-porter.com is enough to see that Le-Tan's clutches are very sought-after. That they cost more than €1,153 (over $1,500) each doesn't seem to deter those in search of just the right literary fashion statement.

Read the full original article in German by Olivia Muller

Photo – Olympia Le-Tan

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As More Land Turns to Desert, Fights Over Water Erupt In Mongolia

There are too many animals for the available water supply in the Gobi desert region. The situation worsens each year.

Bolortuya Bekh-Ochir, right, and Jargalsuren Tungalagzaya fill a trough with water for a herd of goats outside of Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia, June 5, 2022.

Uranchimeg Tsogkhuu, Global Press Journal Mongolia.
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DALANZADGAD — The scorching sun glares at them from directly above, and everything under their feet is parched, dusty and barren. The sheep and goats squeal and squeak, their nostrils sunken, their eyes glazed. Batbaatar Tsedevsuren, a herder with more than two decades of experience, knows this is how his animals behave when extremely thirsty.

He has walked with his 700 animals for several days in Mongolia’s Gobi desert in search of water and green pastures, when suddenly Batbaatar sees a well, and a fellow herder sitting on its edge. He comes closer with a smile, he later recalls, but the herder doesn’t reciprocate. “There is no water in the well,” the other herder quickly says. Batbaatar knows that isn’t true, and that the herder is just acting stingy. But he can’t afford a fight.

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