The Visual Telling of Stories
Chris Mullen’s collection of magazine and book covers, notes and lectures on design, brochures and ads and… well, it’ll take more than a weekend to exhaust.
“What we have now is not real capitalism. I give it the name ‘ersatz capitalism’ because what we’re doing is socializing losses and privatizing gains.” Joseph Stiglitz
“Yes, it’s the Obama Biennial: alternately moving and frustrating, challenging and disappointing—and a big improvement on what came before.” Jerry Saltz, New York
The Girl in the Abstract Bed →
Ezra Pound? How in the name of all that is surreal did the Tea Partiers get...– John H Richardson, “Ezra Pound in Tea Party Movement Emails,” Esquire You cannot make this stuff up.
Several weeks ago, I wrote up a quick list for Matt Dentler, “Top 10 Eye Candy Dispensers of 2009.” #4 on that list is The Casual Optimist, and today, Dan Wagstaff presents a tremendous list himself, “10+ Flickr Groups for Book Design and Inspiration.”
Nobody outside scattered camps of academic realism gets an elevated pulse...– Peter Plagans, “The End of Political Art,” Newsweek
Nice collection of finds today from Eric Baker at Design Observer.
“So how much do Americans like your country?”
Heavens, Emily Dickinson may have been “some sort of nymphomaniac”? Claire Harman reviews Lyndall Gordon’s Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds: “Gone is the slightly daffy New England dreamer developing her genius in genteel solitude; Gordon takes the lid off the violent emotional life of the Dickinson family and its far-reaching effects on...
MA Orthofer reviews Ian McEwan’s Solar and compiles reviews for Martin Amis’s The Pregnant Widow, noting that both “mention ‘dysmorphia’ right at the start of their new novels: the old geezers are apparently really preoccupied with the physical decline that accompanies aging. (McEwan: ‘An early sign of Beard’s distress was dysmorphia’; Amis:...
The Caustic Cover Critic collects work by top-of-the-line designers for Penguin Classics’ (RED) editions.
Streets and Tweets →
George Packer’s experience of reacquainting himself with Kierkegaard? I’ve been there, too, with countless texts I devoured as a grad student. Even so, I think Richard Brody’s response is right on the money.