OpenCulture: Frida Kahlo’s Colorful Clothes Revealed for the First Time.
Oh my. Certainly the period B/W photographs don’t do these enough justice. Take a peek at modern color photos.
Globe and Mail.CA: Despite an explosion of e-publishing, Writers’ Union survey finds incomes h
That title. “Despite”? E-publishing by nature drops writer incomes.
Vanity Fair: Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil.
“What if Guillot-Guyard had been more experienced in her role? What if she had not ascended so quickly, or had been in a fetal tuck? What if the rigger on the grid hadn’t had trouble hooking into his S.R.L.? What if the wire had not jumped the pulley wheel? What if the wire had been stronger?” Many different weaknesses, all in synchrony. I have to say, seeing “O” at the Bellagio in Vegas, was a religious experience.
Co.Design: The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck.
Nice step. Now, how about cleaning up the skanky formatting on some books that break sentences?
PDN: “SuicideGirls” Deliver Clever Response to Richard Prince’s Instagram Grab.
The Atlantic: The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children’s Fiction.
1905? Bah. Atlantic, vet your articles better. Mid-1800’s. Dumas was the first to turn ghostwriting into a cottage industry; small-scale, sure, but his remains the dominant archetype.
Farnam Street Blog: How to Read A Book
Would that school effectively taught switching between the levels. Most would just chuck a book at you.
Telegraph.UK: Mary Renault’s hardcore classicism.
In These Times: Inside the Happiness Racket.
“The happiness industry exonerates capitalism. It’s not that the job is underpaid, the hours unreasonable or the product pointless. It’s that the employee is just unhappy. She should be encouraged to eat better, exercise and practice mindfulness. Or, if those things fail, seek a pharmaceutical remedy.” It’s enjoyable to be happy. Melancholy in solitude (*not* depression or sadness) tends to make me superhumanly creative. And I’m not the only one.
Italian Ways: Anselmo Bucci and the Giro d’Italia - a sports commentary by images.
These speak to me. They make me want to break out my soft pencils, charcoal and newsprint.
BBC: ‘True face of Shakespeare’ appears in botany book.
Bigger questions: Why put Shakespeare on a book of herbals ... furthermore, his popularity and influence during his lifetime are still up for debate.
The Rumpus: The Well Speaks Of Its Own Poison, By Maggie Smith.
Columbia.EDU: The Penguin Atlas of Medieval History.
Scans from the 1961 edition. Random find.
NY Review of Books: The Robots Are Winning!
“In Book 5 of the Iliad we hear that the gates of Olympus swivel on their hinges of their own accord, automatai, to let gods in their chariots in or out, thus anticipating by nearly thirty centuries the automatic garage door.”
fxguide: RenderMan: under the (new) varnish.
Always great results. When you know what you’re doing!
The Mischiefs of Faction: The Threat the STEM Focus Poses to the Social Sciences.
Telegraph.UK: Why do so many liberal parents hate Thomas the Tank Engine?
Are Thomas shows indoctrinating your children in Stalinist propoganda? A bit overwrought, to my ears ... but I haven’t watched an episode in many years.
Collectors Weekly: Did an Addiction to Fads Lead Marie Antoinette to the Guillotine?
William Yan: Cartier-Bresson ‘tells how’. 1958.
MessyNessyChic: The Lost French Castle that’s taking 25 Years to Re-Build.
Locus Online Perspectives: Cory Doctorow, ‘Shorter’.
“Talent is a destructive myth. To call someone talented is to imply that their abilities are intrinsic. Having written and taught for decades now, I’ve satisfied myself that the improvement of a person’s art isn’t drawn from the mystical well of their soul: it’s generated by practice.”
Pantone formula guides have gotten cheap.
Sandra’s just broke, after limited use. The plastic screw-hinge sheared off on the fifth open. A shame that one must, after a high $ purchase, seek third party help. The paper’s gotten thinner too. For shame, Pantone. For shame.
The New York Review of Books: ‘Nadja à Paris’ by Nadja Tesich.
BBC: When did curators become cool?
“Motley backgrounds!” I need to work that into my CV at some point. Note that, he tips into involuntary psychoanalysis here ... which is generally a fragrant load of ruminant animal ejecta.