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Amazing images from André Courrèges‘ heyday in Assouline‘s beautiful tome.  Why no one has re-taken this bull by the horns is beyond me.  Maybe some things are better left alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Classic Covers

12/15/2008

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Amazing artist Coralie Bickford-Smith designed these book covers for Penguin‘s classic collection.  Flaubert, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Brontë and Austen are among the lucky literati.  My favorite, of course, is Wilde‘s The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Wilde + peacock feathers = irresistibly genius subtlety.  Unfortunately, they are only available in the UK at the moment.  Ugh.  Of course.

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As Matt and I were shopping for Christmas gifts this weekend, Matt pointed out that Halle, our youngest, didn’t have a proper copy of Madeline.  I loved Madeline as a little girl, when Paris was still – literally and figuratively – a world away.  So we picked up a copy.  Matt mentioned that the author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, was the man that our favorite bar in our favorite New York hotel was named after.  (How I never made this connection is beyond me, but pparently everyone on the planet was hip to this but me.)  In any case, it makes me love Bemelmans Bar and the Carlyle even more. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Rainbow

11/10/2008

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There is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World. That was the name of the project undertaken by San Francisco artist Chris Cobb at Adobe Books back in 2005. Basically, the premise was that despite all the problems of this cruel world, there is always a way to create something beautiful. The exhibit may be long past, but that’s some thinking I can still get down with.

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Albo Grease

10/19/2008

Mike Albo is a genius writer, thinker, and performance artist. When I was 18 years old, I worked at Paper Magazine and he was the fact checker there. One night he said he was having a performance so I went to check it out and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Also, make sure to check out his hilarious “The Underminer” series of writings on Gawker.com.

Lost Keys

10/16/2008

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Writing was just plain better when it was captured on machines like this one. Expensive and tedious correction methods demanded thoughtfulness and linguistic precision.

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