The Observer.UK: The beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn’t dead.
ArtDaily: Jesse James, Butch Cassidy & Billy The Kid ride together again.
The typography is surprisingly staid.
Presentation Zen: The Beautiful Spirit & Creativity of Zina Nicole Lahr.
ArtDaily: Archaeologists find 3,600-year-old Egyptian mummy in well-preserved sarcophagus.
The reason I link this subject again, is for the extra information about the decorations on the sarcophagus. Can’t wait to see it cleaned. Looks like amazing paintwork.
The Atlantic: Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators.
“… first, I put it off for two or three weeks. Then I sit down to write. That’s when I get up and go clean the garage. After that, I go upstairs, and then I come back downstairs and complain to my wife for a couple of hours. Finally, but only after a couple more days have passed and I’m really freaking out about missing my deadline, I ultimately sit down and write.”
SF Chronicle: Write like Hemingway? There’s an app for that.
Oh, cool. Gotta try it.
“Morning arrived with the abruptness of flipping on a spotlight. The piñon trees brushed loud in anticipation of the warmth. Birds, ignoring the sounds of nearby traffic, chirped and flitted through the dense sage.
Grunting with brief effort, pulling on clothes, I venture outdoors to thaw the birdbaths …”
I only had one adverb. Apparently I’m already Hemingway-esque.
Open Culture An Online Gallery of 30,000 Items from The British Library.
Leonardo and Wolfgang Amadeus, included.
NY Times: Artworks Removed From Austria Home of German Who Holds Huge Trove.
“How many depots and caches were there?” Indeed.
BuzzFeed Style Guide.
Interesting. Mostly common sense.
NY Times: Impatience Has Its Reward - Books Are Rolled Out Faster.
Pacific Standard: You’re Missing Out on Great Literature.
Decided it would be easier to learn French than to wait for the rest of Jean Giono’s works to be translated.
ArtDaily: Napoleon 200-year-old folding chair blunder gets museum worker into hot water
A genius, this person. I have wooden folding chairs from just 10 years ago I wouldn’t try to sit in.
Rawz: An Iron, Iron Man.
Independent.UK: Michelangelo’s fame built on forgery, claims author.
Ummmm. ‘Forgery’ wasn’t defined the same way back then. I just attended the Renaissance to Goya exhibit in downtown Santa Fe, and was quite astonished by all the outright copying that was being done between artists. One artist would create a beautiful lithograph, which would never see the light of public day (being done for a rich patron). Other artists would copy the piece, publish those copies in books and other media for wider (public) consumption. Some just copied in order to improve their technique. Some copies would far surpass the original; some did not.
Further, it seems it was not necessarily the first — or the best — that received the fame of their time period. It was the most popular artist of that time period — those who grabbed the most eyeballs with the greatest amount of compiled reputation, first. Surprising how a near-cartoon almost-childlike rendering of a scene could garner more period enthusiasm than a finely proportioned and beautifully executed realist rendering.
Which rang a bell: sounds an awful lot like today’s social media.
After many decades, the better artist(s) are now recognized as being the archetypes of that time period.
Which makes me wonder about our social media/weblog/photography future. What is archival? What will survive? Certainly our current DVDs and hard drives and tape will not be around in 200 years. We live in a consumer throwaway society. I suspect we should be rendering our creations to traditional archival materials, if we wish them to survive. Make those prints, print that text.
Shatzkin Files: Sony exits and the ebook business loses an original player.
Penguin Books reveals new design for Pelican Books.
Hopefully a better reception than ‘Flappy Birds.’
New Statesman: The lady vanishes - what happens to the women forgotten by literary history?
“Behind most great male authors, there is a chief muse and bottle washer; a one-woman literary agency.” Great read; recommended.
Paris Review: The Habits of Highly Erotic People.
“Finally, the cultural historian suggested that French men could be encouraged to help out more with household tasks, with an important caveat: ‘Egalitarianism is wonderful in the kitchen but boring in the bedroom.’” Depends on what you do with the dishsoap suds.
OpenCulture: 14,000 Free Images from the French Revolution Now Available Online.
I should be ashamed to say, don’t lose your head over the selection.
ArtDaily: Rare French ceramics featured in new installation at Metropolitan Museum.
Pretty wild. Not quite what one pictures being made during the mid-late 1800’s.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Alfred Stieglitz Photographing on a Bridge.
Not a shrinking violet, for sure.
The Atlantic: What Great Artists Need: Solitude.
“You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work.” Works with social media too, I think. Those who are most active, are not ‘doing the work.’ (Providing that work is not social media marketing itself.)
Hyperallergic: Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use?
“Visual art professionals are not making use of fair use, a new report issued by the College Art Association (CAA) says, in large part because they’re concerned about the repercussions of not obtaining copyright permissions.” Damned straight.
Guardian.UK: Jane Austen fragment found - but what’s behind it?
A little humidity, and the scrap may perhaps peel off to reveal an original bit of writing, rather than this copied-over bit.
Book Riot: Teddy Roosevelt’s 10 Rules for Reading.
Nice. Didn’t need the inter-rule ‘clarification’, IMHO.