Lu Xinjian: City DNA
First of two posts looking at the work of artist Lu Xinjan from Shanghai.
Lu creates works based on abstract arrangements of symbols aesthetically, which are actually based on information and reality. In the City DNA series, maps of famous cities from around the world are codified with Lu’s unique design grammar.
You can check out all of Lu’s current collection of the ongoing series here
Next post on the artist’s work: Invisible Poems
on Roger Ebert’s Life Itself.
Grand Central Publishing, September 2011. 448 pp.
For many people, Roger Ebert was, is, and always will be a television personality. Television images are hard to shake, particularly when they’re nationally syndicated. Ebert’s show — co-hosted first, and most famously, with Gene Siskel, and later with Richard Roeper — could make or break a flick. It defined film criticism for over a decade, transforming it, to the frustration of anyone who considered criticism an exalted and solitary and written practice, into a popular onscreen pastime for two, comprehensible to most anyone, and condensable into a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” The show also defined Ebert in our minds: blazers, sweater vests, oxford shirts, unmoving eyes behind glasses, authoritative but dryly delivered pronouncements. Ebert was Costello to co-host Siskel’s Abbott: shorter, heavier, rounder.
Since Ebert’s prime, everything has changed: television is facing death by a thousand channels, TiVos, and webisodes; film criticism has become largely crowdsourced; and, most devastatingly, thyroid cancer has drastically narrowed Ebert’s face and taken his ability to speak, leaving him only the written word with which to communicate. But that’s plenty. Life Itself, a beautiful memoir of staccato sentences and chapters, covers the height of Ebert’s televised fame and the transition of his medium, his industry, and his health, and it shows that the heart of Ebert’s life lies offscreen.
Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands are working on a new instrumental project. Peep a track!
Recorded this afternoon for a friend.
Image © Paul Bausch onfocus.com
John D’Agata’s latest book, The Lifespan of a Fact, has caused quite a fuss. We’ll be running a couple of interesting pieces about the book and the kerfuffle this week: one tomorrow by Creative Nonfiction founder and editor Lee Gutkind, and one the next…
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.”
― Victor Hugo
Name Slaughterhouse 90210
Location New York
One of the most popular book-related blogs on Tumblr, Slaughterhouse 90210 is a perfect marriage of high and low culture. Editor Maris Kreizman pairs screencaps from beloved (and reviled) television shows with befittingly suited quotes from literature. It’s where Kurt Vonnegut meets Brenda Walsh, Oscar Wilde meets Arrested Development, and Snooki meets Somerset Maugham. This classic Tumblr celebrates its three-year anniversary this week.
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At only 19, this prolific comic artist makes us think about life. And giggle.
Poetry Society of America
The nation’s oldest poetry organization helps promote the artform through vintage photos and comtemporary commentary.
The Trevor Project
Provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, plus great quotes, images, and videos about being yourself and loving it.
Name Every Hall of Famer
Location Austin, TX
Summer Anne Burton is drawing a picture of every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That’s 295 drawings, each studded with annotations, stats, and quotes, in the order they were inducted. Starting last year with Ty Cobb, who was inducted in 1936, today she’s up to 1978 with Eddie Mathews. Summer got the idea after posting drawings of baseball players on her blog. As she told ESPN.com, “I had some old Astros programs that my grandmother found in her garage and gave to me, so I started drawing all these old Astros players I’d never heard of before, and I got really into it. And then it hit me as a fully formed idea: I’m just gonna draw every Hall of Famer.” Summer also enjoys bad TV, good books, and tacos.
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Roads & Kingdoms
Journalism, travel, food, murder, music. First stop: Burma.
Collaborative project using only mobile phones as the medium to create unique compositions.
If you’re looking for creative inspiration, motivation, ideas, or insight, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re in Chicago next week for the AWP writers conference and will be throwing a happy hour for Tumblr writers of all stripes. We’d love to see you there.
The venue, Uncharted Books, is a new bookstore funded on Kickstarter which had a Tumblr blog before it was born. It’s a dream spot for book-web-community nerds and we absolutely can’t wait to see it (and all of you.)