Book Patrol: The worlds first multicolored printed book.
“Thanks to Cambridge University we can now see inside the world’s first multicolored printed book ...” My goodness, how nice.
The Atlantic: Story of My Life - How Narrative Creates Personality.
Scotsman.UK: Art knows no boundaries, only influences.
“Culture – high, low, and the everyday – has always been mongrel; it’s always been hybrid. It bears the imprint of other times and people, crosses history and geography, and contributes to the creation of something new. We should say no to self-imposed cultural immigration controls. Culture should know no borders.” Well-argued. Yet I can’t feel ‘pro-culture’ about the use of Native American symbols as fashion accessories at raves. Now that I know how Picasso found his influences, I’m not sure about that either. The context of how some arts have been transmitted - via conquest, enslavement - surely such context matters? How the arts are used - with respect, or as throwaway objects - matters?
I don’t know. Just voicing my uneasiness with such a simple, no-commitment answer. If culture had no border, it would be like the rainbow of color without distinction ... we’ll all be a runny greenish-brown goo.
NPR: The Art Of Drinking Absinthe, The Liquor Of Aesthetes.
“In Five O’Clock Absinthe, the late-19th century poet Raoul Ponchon wrote that, if you have warm absinthe, boire du pissat d’âne ou du bouillon pointu — which translates, more or less, to ‘you might as well drink donkey’s urine or “enema broth”’ instead. So cold water it was.”
Luminous Landscape: The Perfect Photograph.
Wonderful, the story within. Not that you don’t already know the answer, but it’s beautifully expressed here.
Photoshelter Blog: Bruce Gilden & the Absence of Empathy.
Watch the video, too. See, this I don’t get. This style of ‘street photography’ is intrusive. And the attitude - my subjects are never just pieces of meat. It’s like a kid poking a frog with a stick. What do you think?
[Speaking of empathy, I put up a longer post about Humans of New York’s latest image[s] from Pakistan over on Facebook. Those who are connected, go take a look and share your view.]
Archaeology News Network: ‘Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt’ at the Arab World Institute, Paris.
50 free videos, gathered from around the ‘net. Variable length and value.
A Clerk of Oxford: ‘Thou wandrest in this fals world.’
MessyNessyChic: The Little Provencale Hotel with More Important Art than Most Museums.
A bit grimey and thoroughly gorgeous.
Open Culture: Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy: Hear the 1973 Radio Dramatization.
The original Foundation Trilogy was my generation’s litmus test for ‘serious’ SF readers. “Have you read the ENTIRE THING?”
The Verge: The New Devil’s Dictionary.
Oh, don’t miss this one. Take your time and browse through. Sample: “eyeballs (n.): The round parts of the eyes of a vertebrate, traditionally amputated and shipped to advertisers upon the viewing of content.”
Art of VFX: Daenerys Escape by Wired.
Aha. “Dragonriders of Pern” is possible now, with convincing dragonflight. I wonder if someone’s already working on it.
wood s lot looks at the work of the late Kenneth Irby today.
Small world. I attended school with his nephew, Paco. Funny how threads of a life twist, untwist, knot ... or just shiver away to dust.
The Nation: The Virtues of Difficult Fiction.
“To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination if you are going to make use of all that the novelist—the great artist—gives you.”
You know, I still get into deep reading with the classics. Modern books, notsomuch. Perhaps it is stylistic in nature for me. Yet I have to have the right kind of chair, good lighting - perhaps a whiff of raw tobacco and coffee - and the proper book. Atmosphere is essential for good deep reading.
After all, in cracking a physical book, we seem to be honoring traditions.
Later: Leather chair. Worn. But still smelling like leather. Higher back. Arms you can throw your leg over if you want. One you can’t buy anymore - you can only find via years of trolling thrift stores.
PublishersWeekly: What Publishers Read at Home with Kids.
I must be old.
Paris Review: Think Like a Mountain—Aldo Leopold’s Path to Conservationism.
And I have to point out - he wasn’t a 20-something doing this. Worldchanging work is still done by those over 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 ...
New Criterion: Dying art.
Sounds like a fun read. Tie culture down and poke it with a judgmental finger.
ArtDaily: Vintage posters and advertising signs at Showtime Auction, Oct. 2-4.
For when I redo my office (shortly) ...
Guardian.UK: Does the age of an author matter when writing YA fiction?
“One thing we’ve learned from Yalc, is that writers of all ages - young and old – write exactly the kind of fiction that YAs want to read, and long may it continue!” Who comes up with story ideas like this? Ageism!?! How old was Dr. Seuss?
Time: Happy B-day, BUGS!!!
Lookin’ good for seventy five years young.
RISD Fleet Library: Special Collections/Dazzle patterns for ships.
Jane Austen Gift Shop: New Portrait Painting.
Apparently, every young lady needs a Mr Darcy. Early Xmas gifts?