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  • Spread @3:36AM, 2017-09-22
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    Stephen King on the art of fiction 

    “The keepers of the idea of serious literature have a short list of authors who are going to be allowed inside, and too often that list is drawn from people who know people, who go to certain schools, who come up through certain channels of literature. And that’s a very bad idea—it’s constraining for the growth of literature.” —Stephen King

    Read the full interview from Paris Review

  • Spread @3:15AM, 2017-09-22
    Tags: , lebensztejn, piss, putto, urine   

    A Secret History of the Pissing Figure in Art 

    [Via The New Yorker] What happened? Whither urine? Looking through the centuries, the modern observer can’t help but sense some uric conspiracy, a secret society of piss disclosed to modern man only in dribbles and drabs. It’s no accident that so many pissing putti, from their earliest days, appeared at bacchanals, foisting their “little members”—a favorite phrase of Lebensztejn’s—in sprawling, tawdry scenes, lousy with musicians and revellers. It’s as if life then were an endless party, a riot of fluids and fun where every jet, spurt, torrent, and dribble had its place and people were comfortable in their skins. Our forebears knew something that we don’t. They could laugh at what was holy to them. They could regard piss, through some parallax, as a symbol of both purity and Rabelaisian excess. Read the full article.

  • Spread @1:15AM, 2017-09-20
    Tags: beauty warrors, evija laiviņa,   

    Evija LaiviNa’s “Beauty Warriors” 

    The series “Beauty Warriors” is collection of photographs featuring strange and unusual-looking beauty products. All the products were bought on Ebay, and most items were made in China. These products promise instant cures to almost all beauty problems; they fight “problem zones” and promise to cure problems without surgical intervention. Read the rest.

  • Spread @1:49AM, 2017-09-18
    Tags: , , schubert, sviatoslav richter   

    Schubert Everlasting 

    [Via The American Scholar] Nobody played Schubert like Richter. I could bring up any number of felicities—his sense of narrative and structure, his exquisite touch, the attention he paid to the most innocuous detail, the way his interpretations of the standard repertoire seemed at once controlled and improvisatory—but when I think of Richter’s Schubert, one thing comes to mind first: tempo. Slow tempos, glacial tempos, tempos that make no sense on paper, but that, when heard, transport the interpretations into visionary terrain. Read the rest

  • Spread @1:20AM, 2017-09-17
    Tags: global city, informal dwellers, informality, manila   

    This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city 

    [Via Aeon Ideas] Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, Manila. Few would think of Manila atop a list of the 21st century’s premiere cities. Nor would most think of the Philippine capital as a critical node in the global economy. Yet Manila is indisputably at the centre of some of the most important urban trends of the past half-century: it is the world’s most densely populated city, and continues to grow at an exponential pace. It serves as the headquarters to one of the fastest growing economies in the world (10th in 2017, according to the World Bank). Filipinos, especially residents of Manila, travel all over the world as nurses, nannies, construction workers and sailors. They provide the mass labour fuelling the global service economy.

    In our urbanising world, Manila, and a few other rapidly growing world cities, are not only just helpful in understanding how global cities work; they are indispensable.

    Read the rest: Aeon Ideas

  • Spread @1:09AM, 2017-09-17
    Tags: academics, bureaucracy,   

    Where Poetry Meets Bureaucracy 

    Poet-critics long ago traded the patronage of aristocrats for that of the government, foundation, or university administrator. That system is now partially in ruins.

    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Spread @1:05AM, 2017-09-17
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    Techie parents reinventing school for kids 

    “Content is not as important anymore. Content is in our back pockets, literally,” Habib says, gesturing toward his iPhone. “Whatever knowledge you’ve gained, how do you apply it? That is the central thesis of this school. We feel that the creative process of taking an idea and then producing something out of it is so important, so important for the future.”

    Read the full article: fastcompany.com

  • Titus Toledo @1:59AM, 2017-08-16

    Is Handwriting History? 

    Have you got a pen? My answer to such a question, following some clumsy digging in my backpack, is increasingly no. Sometimes, embarrassment giving way to defensiveness, I wonder why anyone bothers to ask. For years an “e-signature” has sufficed for my letters of recommendation; it’s months since I wrote a check. Presented with a credit card, more and more cashiers point me to a screen to scribble on with my right index finger. (I worry that the scrawl bears no resemblance to my real signature, but on the other hand—ha! hand!—I’ve begun losing all sense of what that indication of my individual personhood might look like.)

    Read the rest: Public Books

  • Titus Toledo @1:51AM, 2017-08-16
    Tags: , lettering, martina flor   

    Martina Flor 

    The message you give to the world comes back to you in terms of clients and work. I told the world I was a lettering artist and I only show work related to that. Read the interview at 99U

  • Titus Toledo @2:38AM, 2017-05-21
    Tags: a day in the life, , ,   

    How the Beatles Wrote ‘A Day in the Life’ 

    [Via The Atlantic] “The song has so much happening that when I casually listen I feel the accumulated effect, but attempting to really figure out what’s going on, I fear may take the fun out of it. Liking songs is risky. They are aural fireflies, and you can get too close and lose them. If ‘A Day in the Life’ is about anything, it speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people. It’s Ulysses in a pop song, the typical day made unforgettable.”

    Read the rest: The Atlantic

  • Spread @2:33AM, 2017-05-01
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    Milton Glaser’s The Piero Project 

    Certainly no designer and perhaps no artist has been more involved in an open dialogue with artists of the past than Milton Glaser. From Piero della Francesca and Piero di Cosimo to Matisse, Seurat, Cézanne, Lautrec and Dumchamp, et al, Glaser has been inspired by and responded to their work for the last 60 plus years, beginning during his studies with Giorgio Morandi in Bologna in the early 1950s, on a Fullbright Scholarship.This fascination is in evidence in two concurrent exhibits at the Binghamton University Art Museum: Milton Glaser: Modulated Patterns and The Piero Project, both which run from March 31 through May 20, 2017.

    Read the rest: Print Magazine

  • Spread @2:26AM, 2017-05-01
    Tags: , , Kiki de Montparnasse, mistresses   

    Kiki de Montparnasse 

    Alice Prin, known as the Queen of Montparnasse, was at the centre of Parisian bohemia in the 1920s. Raised in poverty, she moved to Paris when she was barely a teenager, took the nickname Kiki, and started posing nude for artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Cocteau and Fernand Léger, while also selling her own paintings. Hemingway provided an introduction to her 1929 autobiography, Kiki’s Memoirs, and for a few years in the 1930s she owned a nightclub, “Chez Kiki”. For six years, she was Man Ray’s lover and muse, starring in several short films as well as hundreds of his photographs, including the iconic Le Violon D’Ingres. When he communicated his decision to leave her for his protegé, Lee Miller, she famously made a scene and threw plates at him in their local café.

    Read the rest: Iconic Mistresses in Art History via AnOther

  • Spread @3:06AM, 2017-04-30
    Tags: , , rituals, wiccan, witches night   

    How to Celebrate Witches Night April 30 

    Witches’ Night — also known as Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht — happens annually on April 30th, and has been celebrated throughout Europe since at least the 17th century. Likely an evolution of Saint Walpurga’s Feast, it marks the halfway point between Halloween festivities (or as practicing Pagans call it, Samhain).

    Over time, it has morphed from an occasion to protect oneself from witches into a holiday that now revels in the iconography of the witch.

    And lucky us: this year it falls on a weekend.

    Read the rest: Medium

  • Spread @3:31AM, 2017-04-29
    Tags: nick cave   

    The Love & Terror of Nick Cave 

    “Some say why waste your time believing in God when there is so much natural beauty and awesomeness around us. Some say that there is more beauty and wonder looking at a butterfly and I agree, butterflies are beautiful things, but if you get a human being to look closely at a butterfly, to look very closely and get some more human beings to look at that butterfly so that there is a collective of people all peering intently at the butterfly they will ultimately fall to their knees and worship that butterfly. It’s the way humans are put together. I don’t think that makes them stupid. I think it’s kind of sweet. Until someone says well my butterfly is the true butterfly and yours is not and flies a plane into the twin towers.” —Nick Cave

    Read the rest: GQ

  • Spread @3:29AM, 2017-04-29
    Tags: , , , modernity   

    Gardening Beyond Reason 

    If there is a Zen to gardening it is this simple fact: it’s not about the food, it’s not about the politics, it’s not about the greater good, the health or the DIY collectives; it’s about recovering a piece of irrationality, living beyond the efficiency at the core of our civilization’s malaise.

    Read the rest: Utne Reader

  • Spread @3:27AM, 2017-04-29
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    Seneca’s 7 Commandments to Himself 

    I) I will look upon death or upon a comedy with the same expression of countenance.

    II) I will despise riches when I have them as much as when I have them not.

    III) I will view all lands as though they belong to me, and my own as though they belonged to all mankind.

    IV) Whatever I may possess, I will neither hoard it greedily nor squander it recklessly.

    V) I will do nothing because of public opinion, but everything because of conscience.

    VI) I will be agreeable with my friends, gentle and mild to my foes: I will grant pardon before I am asked for it, and will meet the wishes of honourable men half-way.

    VII) Whenever either Nature demands my breath again, or reason bids me dismiss it, I will quit this life, calling all to witness that I have loved a good conscience, and good pursuits.

    Read the rest: Aeon Classics

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