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February linkfest

“Trade characters” like Aunt Jemima and the Quaker Oats man used to be much more common in American commerce than they are today, writes logo expert James I. Bowie in Marker. They were so common, in fact, that the US Patent and Trademark Office assigned six-digit codes to trademark applications to “capture personal characteristics, including race and gender, as they were perceived in American culture many decades ago”: There are codes for Native Americans and Asian Pacific people, but not fo...
Tags: Art, Design, Instagram, Film, Washington Post, Punctuation, Government, White House, Cars, US, Domains, German, New York Times, Linguistics, Contests, Interior Department


Will Upright Citizens Brigade Ever Reopen? ‘I Don’t Know’, Says Amy Poehler

In a feature interview for The New York Times Magazine, the co-founder of the famed, and now troubled, improv company and school said, “It’s been brutal for us. We’re basically using the fire of COVID to start some new version. We’re changing our school and our theater to not-for-profit.” (She and her co-founders have said they’ll give up leadership of UCB when that happens.) “Whether or not we’ll be able to get there, I don’t know.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Theatre, Amy Poehler, New York Times Magazine, UCB, 02.22.21


Another Step In New York Times’ Turn Toward Hollywood

“In a move expanding the news outlet’s presence in Hollywood, The New York Times has named Caitlin Roper executive producer for scripted projects. Roper, who has been a senior editor at The New York Times Magazine since 2016, will develop Times stories for film and TV, ‘developing and producing alongside Hollywood producers using our stories as the launching point for fictional projects.'” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, New York Times, Times, New York Times Magazine, Roper, Caitlin Roper, 07.27.20


January linkfest

I’ll get to the regularly scheduled links in a bit, but I wanted to lead off with some recommendations from my 2019 media diet (a term I’ve borrowed from Jason Kottke, whose blog always makes for tasty consumption). A couple of magazine articles: “What I Learned in Avalanche School,” by H eidi Julavits for the New York Times Magazine. The story is indeed about avalanche school, but because Julvaits is a brilliant writer, it includes passages like this one: “The pursuit of joy, even if tha...
Tags: Books, New York Post, Science, Design, Television, Writing, Film, China, New York City, Advertising, Sports, Tel Aviv, America, Domains, Amazon Prime, Chinese


Photographer Jack Davison Captures The Best Actors Of 2019 With A Minimalist And Inventive Approach

Adam Driver by Jack Davison/The New York Times Released in December, just before awards season, the Great Performers Issue is one of The New York Times Magazine’s most anticipated of the year. After watching many hours of movies released in 2019, The Times’s co-chief film critic A.O. Scott and critic-at-large Wesley Morris narrowed down their choices for most striking performances in film this... Source
Tags: Photography, Hollywood, Design, Celebrities, Movies, Times, New York Times Magazine, Minimalist, Wesley Morris, Scott, Jack Davison, New York Times Released


A Mid Century Modern Designer Whose Name You Should Know: Mel Smilow

If I asked you to rattle off some famous Mid Century Modern designers, I already know which names you'd say. Chances are it wouldn't have included this fellow, but you should certainly know his name, and how his combination of design skills and business savvy led to a successful career. And how his deep portfolio has led to a recent resurgence of interest in his work.Mel Smilow was a kid from the Bronx who, in 1939, got accepted into Pratt Institute. His plan was to become a commercial artist. U...
Tags: Europe, New York, Design, Washington, Nazis, New York City, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Manhattan, Bronx, New York Times Magazine, Mel, Furniture Design, Judy, Steven, Cooper Hewitt


Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy

Image by J. F. Horrabin, via Wikimedia Commons Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each of which contain the seed of the other. The best course for steering clear of either one, Russell maintained, is liberalism. "The doctrine of liberalism is an attempt to escape from this endless oscillation," writes Russell in A History of Western Philosophy. "The essence of liberalism is an attempt to...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, History, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Facebook Twitter, Russell, Wise, John Locke, Bertrand Russell, Healthy Democracy, Bertrand Russell Authority, J F Horrabin


Graffiti has been a part of military life for at least 5,000 years

War is a thing of terror, traditions, heartache and often, boredom. Passing the time between patrols, and the banality that comes from life in the field, is a constant challenge. Some people read. Most exercise. Everyone complains about the food. Soldiers write, train and call home--if there's someone there that'll pick up the phone. Video games? Totally a thing, in some instances. If you have a Sharpie, or a knife, there's a good chance that you might wind up doodling, scratching or scrawling s...
Tags: Art, Europe, Post, News, History, War, Afghanistan, Military, Soldiers, Street Art, New York Times Magazine, Stalin, National Guard, Kilroy, Kilroy Was Here, Folk Art


Brian Eno’s Advice for Those Who Want to Do Their Best Creative Work: Don’t Get a Job

"Once upon a time, artists had jobs," writes Katy Waldman in a recent New York Times Magazine piece. "Think of T.S. Eliot, conjuring 'The Waste Land' (1922) by night and overseeing foreign accounts at Lloyds Bank during the day, or Wallace Stevens, scribbling lines of poetry on his two-mile walk to work, then handing them over to his secretary to transcribe at the insurance agency where he supervised real estate claims." Or Willem de Kooning painting signs, James Dickey writing slog...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, Los Angeles, Economics, Brian Eno, Seoul, Coca Cola, New York Times Magazine, Philip Glass, Willem De Kooning, Eno, Facebook Twitter, Lloyds Bank, Charles Bukowski


Link About It: An Algorithm to Predict the Death of Terminally Ill Patients

A thoughtful, riveting piece from author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee in the New York Times Magazine touches upon the current, general inaccuracies in predicting how much time remains in the lives of patients with terminal illnesses. Mukherjee...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Health, Design, Tech, Computers, New York Times Magazine, Linkaboutit, Illnesses, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Algoithms, Terminalillnesses, Palliativecare


Fred Herzog’s Vintage Vancouver

I’ve seen the street photography of Fred Herzog previously but a brief essay by Geoff Dyer in today’s New York Times Magazine prompted me to look anew at Herzog’s work.  Herzog came to Canada in the early 1950s from Germany and from the late 1950s through the 1960s pioneered color street photography in his adopted […]
Tags: Art, Photography, Germany, Religion, Inspiration, Urban, History, Canada, Vancouver, Vintage, British Columbia, New York Times Magazine, Cityscape, Herzog, Fred Herzog, Geoff Dyer


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What Does One Do in a Philosophy Paper? A philosophy paper consists of the reasoned defense of some claim. Your paper must offer an argument. It can't consist in the The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits by Milton Friedman. The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1970. Copyright @ 1970 by The New York
Tags: Design, New York Times Magazine, Milton Friedman


A Photographer Takes To The Streets to Snap Pictures Of New Yorkers’ Legs

Photographer Stacey Baker navigates New York with her eyes cast down. But unlike most of us, she’s not looking at a smartphone screen. She’s looking at women’s legs. Baker, the associate photo editor of The New York Times Magazine, launched Citilegs in March of 2013, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a chronicle of the most interesting legs in New York City, photographed from the waist down and captioned only with the cross streets where Baker discovered them. h/t: citylab On her Instag...
Tags: New York, Design, New York City, New York Times Magazine, Baker, Inspirations, Citylab


Re-examing Steve McCurry’s iconic imagery: an unphotoshopped image can still deceive

Steve McCurry has been in the news lately, and not for good reasons. The latest hubbub really got going when Italian blogger Paolo Viglione posted a manipulated photo he saw at a retrospective exhibition, Steve McCurry’s World, in La Venaria Reale, one of 13 currently touring McCurry exhibitions. The image appears to have a poorly-done clone stamp applied to a lightpole and person in the background. On May 6, PetaPixel and two other images that people posted about on facebook. PetaPixel’s pos...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Photography, News, India, Time, Journalism, Links, Ethics, Reddit, Truth, New York Times Magazine, Steve Mccurry, Discussion, Magnum, Mukherjee



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