Posts Tagged ‘books’

Spook Country Cinema

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Steve McQueen and a Mustang: This car chase scene from Bullitt has long been regarded as one of the all time classics in cinema. Someone has taken the time to “geo-broadcast” that scene using a site called Seero. Seero lets you geocode timeframes within your videos, and view the route in real time via map overlays. The result is reminiscent, though less grand, than the VR installations of celebrity death scenes imagined by William Gibson in Spook Country. (via peterme)

More for the machine-aided-geography set: Polipoly, from the industrious Sunlight Labs, is a compact Python library for associating addresses with congressional districts. I’d missed it before, Sunlight Labs also created Capitol Words, a dead simple website that tracks the most popular word from the Congressional record each day. They have released an API as well.


Soak in the geometric color abstractions from both Owen Gildersleeve and Andy Gilmore. Gildersleeve created a set of unique posters in collaboration with artist Thomas Forsyth. Forsyth’s spinning top auto-drawing contraption creates ghost scribbles atop the circular fields designed by Gildersleeve. Courtesy of Matthew Buchanan, the color abstracts by Andy Gilmore remind me of this poster by Otl Aicher, from his collection for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Four years earlier: a graphic uprising in 1968.


Michael Agger explores how we read online, while fewer and fewer people read books offline. RIP Cody’s. Who needs books when you can purchase an abstraction artifact of your favorite product at Daniel Becker’s Barcode Plantage?

Visuals: Lovely portfolio of Wayne Daly (via It’s Nice That). The artwork of Sandra Kassenaar. The photography of Christian Wander. A gallery of sawn in half cameras (via DF). YouWorkForThem presents ZINETWO, a PDF magazine/design flyer. Raymond Biesinger drew the icons above this paragraph, and he has a striking portfolio of vintage-styled illustration that look plucked from a Boys Life issue from the 1950’s. Pin-Up a magazine for architectural entertainment (via EG).


Featured up top, Raymond Pettibon cover art for the Dim Stars 1992 EP. Not so grim as this caped crusader poster, but a bit more subversive.

Dæmonomania, Itself

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

“Well I’ve failed. I failed. Yes I think that’s evident now.” He said this with what seemed great anguish. “The conception was just too huge, the parts too many. No matter how long it was let to go on, it got no closer to being done.”

“It’s a corrupted text,” Pierce said. “I believe.” There was, he now saw, another bentwood chair beside the man, exactly like the one he sat in.

“I so much wanted it to knit,” the other said. He interlaced his own fingers. “Past and present, then and now. The story of the thing lost, and how it was found. More than anything I wanted it to resolve. And all it does is ramify.

 — John Crowley, Dæmonomania

Above, the title page from French jurist Jean Bodin’s 1693 handbook Dæmonomania, used by judges presiding over witch trials. (via BiblioOdyssey)

Ampersands & Phantoms

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Island of Capri, from the back cover

“If you want to read it as a mystery, a clue is: the bald spot.”

So reads the inner flap to Ellen Raskin’s 1974 young adult novel Figgs & Phantoms. Raskin’s second novel (and twelfth book) wraps playful meditations on life, death, identity, family, and dreams in a mysterious romance (or a romantic mystery). Raskin created the cover, supplied several illustrations, and designed the intricate playbill and posters that add to the story.

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Bodies Like Pillows, Eyes Like Clouds

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Nina Katchadourian’s series of uninvited collaborations with nature contains a project wherein she attempted to mend broken spider webs using starched red sewing thread, sometimes adding new dimensions to the web. All of her repairs were rejected. Another of her works captures her attempt to patch mushroom caps.

Also crawling out of the forest, the eerie and organic folk of Big Blood’s Grove at Grown So Ugly. Digital facsimiles of the rituals will suffice for now, as the disc is only available at performances. Wild in the city and long hair in many stages, the coiffal history of Black Flag.

Anne Hardy’s world of interiors, scenes with no need for human characters. Scan galleries: 1968 Fender catalog, 1950’s - 1970’s advertising, and most striking of all Chutes Libre covers.

Ben Fry traces the roads of the America using US Census data’s TIGER/Line files, changing our understanding of our byways and identifying stark contrasting regions. Andy_house, a house that speaks through Twitter.