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  • 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
    Tags: , , stoicism   

    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

  • Spread @4:02AM, 2017-04-27
    Tags: , , knitting, women   

    The Revolution Will Be Handmade! 

    At one time, women’s education included critical training in needle arts like sewing and knitting, which were “not only necessary skills but also political tools for the women involved in resisting authority.” At PBS, Corinne Segal reports on pussy hats and brain hats as just two examples in a long line of handmade symbols of women pitting themselves against the status quo. Then and now, knitting circles are perfect environments in which to sew the seeds of political and social discontent.

    Read the rest: Longreads

  • Spread @3:10AM, 2017-04-26
    Tags: , , ron athey   

    Ron Athey 

    “What is this desire for faith? When my whole world was consumed by AIDS, when people around me started dying, when every one of my heroes was gone, it felt like the book of apocalypse was happening. So that period influenced and scarred me in such a way that I lost faith. I had what you call a God hole.” —Ron Athey, performance artist

    Read the rest: BOMB Magazine

  • Spread @2:57AM, 2017-04-26

    Capitalizing on an Old Tradition 

    When I first started as a self-taught newspaper/magazine designer all those many years ago, my inspiration came from illuminated manuscripts. This lead me, naturally, to initial capital letters used in 19th-century book and periodical design. I went crazy making letters that somehow illustrated the text but also stood on their own as letters or typography.

    Read the rest: Print Magazine

  • Spread @1:57AM, 2017-04-26
    Tags: , , surrealism   

    Salvador Dali’s 1973 Playboy photoshoot 

    For his photo shoot for Playboy magazine, Salvador Dali, long-time Playboy photographer Pompeo Posar, a gaggle of Playboy Bunnies and a giant egg headed to Cadaqués, a seaside town in Spain near where Dali lived in Port Lligat, a small village on a bay next to the town. The event would turn the sleepy village upside down during the shoot and local Dali-devotees would wait outside his home so that they could pay homage to the Surrealist by chanting “Master! Master!” whenever he left the residence to go to work under the blistering hot Spanish sun.

    Read the rest: Dangerous Minds

  • Spread @11:27PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: , cinema, david lynch, ,   

    David Lynch on Memory, Chance and Intuition 

    “I saw a picture of the volcano Mt. St. Helens exploding and when you look at the smoke, it’s thick and it flows and roils a certain way. This is exactly the way the Elephant Man’s flesh looked. It was like a slow-motion explosion of flesh. Here’s the thing: just like in a painting, there are fast areas, and slow areas. These relationships are kind of critical, and how a thing flows is critical, but again, it’s not an intellectual thing. It’s an intuitive thing. You can’t really talk about it, but things have a way of wanting to be.” —David Lynch

    Read the rest of the interview with David Lynch, America’s foremost auteur about the principles powering his unique vision, here

  • Spread @11:16PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: , , grant snider,   

    Styles of Writing 

    Credit: Grant Snider

  • Spread @11:05PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: exorcism, exorcist, , Theophilus Riesinger,   

    The Most Horrific Exorcism in American History 

    [Via Cult of the Weird] I’ve lived in Wisconsin my entire life, researching its fascinating and unexpected ties to the weird, dark corners of history for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it seems this state exists in some kind of anomalous vortex of the bizarre, with a unique concentration of ghost stories, murderous cannibals, circus history, world-famous hoaxes, and incredibly eccentric (or just plain mad) individuals. We have Ed Gein, Goatman, the Beast of Bray Road, pancake-serving aliens, and…famous exorcists.

    Last fall I discovered Father Walter Halloran, who assisted in the exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949, was buried in Milwaukee. Having weird history like that so close to home is exciting, but it turns out that Wisconsin was the stomping grounds of another even more legendary exorcist, one who participated in a case that shocked the world.

    In the first episode of a new podcast called Wisconsinology, historian Frank L. Anderson tells the story of Theophilus Riesinger, a Capuchin friar from Appleton, Wisconsin who became America’s foremost exorcist. Riesinger performed at least 22 exorcisms in his lifetime, but it was the harrowing case of demonic possession in 1928 that became the most publicized case of exorcism in American history.

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  • Spread @11:00PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: atlas myth, bodybuilding,   

    The Literature of Bodybuilding 

    [Via The Paris Review] The Atlas myth is a critical part of bodybuilding lore, an eternally recurring ur-story. From the famed Greek wrestler Milo of Croton, who allegedly invented resistance training by toting a calf on his back and increasing the load as it gained weight, down to the tales of men like Lou Ferrigno, who fashioned weights out of milk jugs and sand, bodybuilding stories are, at base, creation myths. Something muscular is forged from frail nothingness, and the creator lives happily ever after. (Milo, the story goes, was eaten by wolves or lions after getting stuck in the tree he was attempting to split with his bare hands, but at least he perished doing what he loved.)

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  • Spread @10:52PM, 2017-03-25
    Tags: album covers, bands, , pentagram, pink floyd   

    Pentagram’s identity for Pink Floyd Records 

    [Via Creative Review] Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson’s record sleeves for Pink Floyd are some of the most memorable of all time. Working under the name Hipgnosis, the pair’s surreal imagery inspired generations of designers and have become enduring symbols of the band’s music. Think of Pink Floyd, and it’s near impossible not to imagine the prism on the cover of Dark Side of the Moon or the bright pink pig on the sleeve of Animals.

    Pink Floyd’s music and visual output is the subject of a major retrospective opening at London’s V&A Museum in May. In November last year, the band released a 27-disc box set of early singles and recordings on their record label Pink Floyd Records.

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