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Baz Luhrmann‘s deafeningly-hyped interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is many things. It’s excessive, it’s artificial and it is, indeed, visually arresting. And it’s a great study on a guy who works so tragically hard to acquire all the stuff – the house, the clothes, the cars, the parties, the fake friends – and still doesn’t get the girl. Money won’t save us, kids. One of the most exciting things to look at in the film is undoubtably … Continue reading
Last week on on Bullseye, one of my favorite podcasts, host Jesse Thorn spoke with writer, public speaker and dryly hilarious (and honest) social critic Fran Lebowitz. In 47 of the most worthwhile minutes I’ve spent listening to a podcast, Lebowitz speaks of her childhood in Morristown, NJ, her high school years, her first years in New York and many of the things that make Fran Fran. In one of my favorite quotes from one of the most quotable people … Continue reading
Grant Petersen is on a mission. The mission is to blow up the unnecessary but pervasive and powerful influences from the professional racing world on bicycling. He hopes to bring us back to the simple joy we had riding a bike when we were kids. In terms of equipment, attire and bicycles themselves, for example, bicycle riding has been overrun by the idea that we need specialty shoes that lock into the pedals, unflattering scuba suits refitted with taint padding, … Continue reading
Maurice Sendak died today. He was 83. Having written and illustrated many children’s books and poems, he is most famous for his 1963 book Where The Wild Things Are. He was a man who devoted his life to his art, never having children and coming out as a gay man late in life. (He lived with his partner Eugene Glynn for 50 years until his death in 2007.) The audio clip here was from his interview with Terry Gross from … Continue reading
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Taschen – publisher of some of the most delicious books gracing coffee tables and showcase shelves today – has released a new collection that will surely be a lot of fun: Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era by Jim Heimann by Steven Heller. The two-volume hardcover set features a carefully curated collection of American print ads from the 1950s and 1960s, advertising’s age of the “Big Idea.” The ads offer a snapshot of the American zeitgeist from the … Continue reading
Anyone who doesn’t love Pixar movies is either blind or irrevocably bitter. The stories, the humor, the emotion, the animation… I have been thoroughly charmed by every Pixar film I’ve ever seen (though I thought Cars was an anomalous misfire). My personal favorites are Toy Story (all of them), Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up and Wall-E. Beyond the astounding technical achievement and gold standard of animation for which Pixar has become so well known, the movies excel on the … Continue reading
Ever wanted to make a photo book out of your Instagram photos? You can. Blurb will take your photos and make them into a physical book. Books are printed in a 7″ x 7″ format, and start at $10.95 for a 20-page, softcover book. Upgrade to hardcover or go up to 240 pages with just a few clicks. Blurb app for iPhone Blurb app for iPad Blurb app online