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Cool Stuff: Jeff Victor’s Latest Pop Culture Evolutions Art Book

We’ve been fans of artist and illustrator Jeff Victor for a long time here at /Film. We’ve especially enjoyed his “Pop Culture Evolutions” series, an illustrated timeline of famous pop culture characters as they change through the years. Now he’s compiling his most recent work into a new book called Evolutions: The Art of Jeff Victor, and he’s turning to Kickstarter to fund it. Check out his video pitch below, and find out what kinds of rewards you can get for helping to make the book a reality...
Tags: Art, Books, Movies, Instagram, Disney, Kickstarter, Cool Stuff, Victor, Billy Dee Williams, Lando, Boba Fett, Skywalker, Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian, Jeff Victor, Jeff Victor @jeffvictorart


Celebrating in the Midst

After surviving a catastrophic brainstem stroke when she was just 26 years old, Katherine and her husband Jay have dedicated their second-chance life to boldly disrupting the myth that joy can only be found in a pain-free life. As an advocate, speaker, author, and mother navigating the world  with both significant disabilities and significant joy, Katherine poignantly embodies what it looks like to fully lean into a good/hard life. She and Jay have paid a precious price for their wisdom and ins...
Tags: Books, Death, Family, Hope, Instagram, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jay, Sarah, Katherine, Zondervan, Pepperdine, Katherine Wolf


How dating apps reflect our changing times

As we look forward to explore what’s next in love and sex, it makes sense to examine to the heart. That which lovers have once worn on their sleeve is now being navigated in the palm of our hands. With mobile devices and apps letting us literally explore desires with our fingertips, as social scientists we are in a new frontier in which to examine who we pursue for love, and why. Is this the end of romance, or the beginning of a new way to love and connect to one another?With over 1,500 dating a...
Tags: Books, Featured, Instagram, Washington Post, Dating, Sociology, Dating Apps, Social Psychology, Sex And Love, Gen Xers, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Drone Technology, Rob Hampson


Random Excellence: Giants?

Might call this "random interest" rather than excellence, but it's curious. You might want to look at the picture carefully before reading on. We were talking about the novel Giants in the Earth the other day, and I ran across the old snapshot above on a site called Ipernity. The original poster, Alan Mays, was given it as a Christmas present. A few different elements conspire to create a visual illusion. The small size of the tractor and the boy driving it, the looming hill in the background, ...
Tags: Books, Photography, Earth, Giants, Leonard Cohen, Michael Johnston, Wayne, Cohen, Michael C Johnston, Solomon, KJV, Efren Reyes, Random Excellence, Lawrence Durrell, Durrell, Alan Mays


Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali

A compilation of both well-known and unpublished photos, Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali, as the title simply implies, focuses on two instances where the incredible photojournalist (and author, director, and composer) profiled the prolific boxer. In 1966, Parks covered Ali for Life Magazine. In 1970, the pair reconnected for a feature in The Great American Magazine. Intimate and incredibly artistic, the photographed moments represent pivotal points for …
Tags: Photos, Books, Photography, Design, Sports, Boxing, Muhammad Ali, Ali, Boxers, Sports Photography, Steidl, GORDON PARKS, Great American Magazine Intimate


Open Mike: Rereading and Anne Fadiman (and an Aside)

['Open Mike' is the often off-topic, anything-goes Editorial Page of TOP, wherein Yr. Hmbl. Ed. rambles afield very slightly more than usual. It appears either on Wednesdays, or when I get it finished.] - In response to this, a couple of days ago: "I loved C.S. Forester's Hornblower books...and read the whole series through twice," Stephen Gilbert commented: "You only read the Hornblower books twice?" Made me smile. But to answer seriously, I'm not actually a big rereader. I've gotten to the a...
Tags: Books, Photography, America, Earth, Jane Austen, Batman, Shakespeare, Giants, Dick, James, Michael Johnston, Buddha, Siddhartha, Anne, Mike, Michael C Johnston


Cecil Castellucci talks surprising resurrection of Plain Janes, her graphic novels about artful teen girls

In 2007, DC Comics’ teen girl-centric imprint Minx published the graphic novel “The Plain Janes” by Cecil Castellucci and artist Jim Rugg; the story concerned high school students who make art installations covertly around their small town. While a sequel hit shelves a year later, Minx ultimately folded and the series was left incomplete. That is, until now: Little, Brown Young Readers just released an omnibus edition last month, including the first two tales and one new one, “Janes Attack Back....
Tags: Books, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Denmark, Batgirl, Brussels, Jim, Jane, Janes, Irish Republican Army, Castellucci, Metro City


Soft in the City: Mandy Lee’s Serene Apartment in Hong Kong

A serious home renovation, the kind that involves more than just a new paint color or a powder room refresh, is an exercise in keeping sane. The months-long disruption, the draining bank account, the incessant dust, the steady stream of strangers in boots—none of it is something that most homeowners want to go through again. Mandy Lee, the blogger (Lady and Pups) and cookbook author (The Art of Escapism Cooking), lived through the down-to-the-studs ordeal twice…in nine years…in the same apartmen...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Hong Kong, Books, New York, Instagram, California, Asian, Beijing, Brooklyn, Apartments, Taobao, House Tour, Plaster, Happy Valley, Mandy


First Look: Leadership Books for February 2020

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in February 2020. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World by Tom Rath Life is not what you get out of it . . . it's what you put back in. Yet our current means for summarizing life's work, from resumes to salaries, are devoid of what matters most. This is why the work we do is often bad for our wellbeing, when it should be making us happier and health...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, New York Times, Russell Wilson, Don, Kirby Smart, Nick Saban, Shay, Steve Brown, Harvard Business School, Emily Balcetis, Patrick Lencioni, Tom Rath, Andy Staples


Author Tour for Controversial Novel ‘American Dirt’ Canceled Citing Safety Concerns

(NEW YORK) — The publisher of Jeanine Cummins’ controversial novel “American Dirt” has cancelled the remainder of her promotional tour, citing concerns for her safety. The novel about a Mexican mother and her young son fleeing to the U.S. border had been praised widely before its Jan. 21 release and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club. But Mexican American writers have been among those strongly criticizing “American Dirt” for stereotypical depictions of Mexicans. Cummins is of Iri...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Books, New York, News, Instagram, California, Uncategorized, Associated Press, Oprah Winfrey, Seattle, St Louis, Cummins, Winfrey, Flatiron, OXFORD MISSISSIPPI


Svinkløv Badehotel: The Reincarnation of a Beloved Seaside Hotel in Denmark

A perk of Instagram-stalking people whose style we admire is seeing where they stay on vacation. If we had to generalize, it’s usually a considered, smallish hotel that has design cred, a buzz-worthy restaurant, and a notable lack of amenities (no wi-fi, no televisions, and definitely no night clubs). The newish Svinkløv Badehotel, one of our favorite Insta-stumble discoveries ever, is all of these things and more. The historical hotel, located on the coast of the North Sea in Denmark, is a belo...
Tags: Books, Instagram, Denmark, Copenhagen, Blue, North Sea, White, Kenneth, Louise, Scandinavian, Finn Juhl House, Praksis, Hotels & Lodging, Louis Poulsen, Painted Floors, Chris L Halstrøm


Unlimited Free Extra Pages+40% Off Shutterfly Photo Books, Plus Save More With AMEX Offers!

Shutterfly Photo Books Linky You can click on this link to apply codes to your Shutterfly account. All of the following codes can be stacked on the same order: 40% off all photo books, no code required. Use the following code for unlimited additional extra pages from Shutterfly (Exp: 1/26): FREEPAGES If you order $39+ […]
Tags: Deals, Photos, Books, Amex, Shutterfly, FREEPAGES


Get An 8×8 Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book For Just $7.99 Shipped

Get An 8×8 Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book For Just $7.99 Shipped You can click on this link to apply codes to your Shutterfly account. Use code (Exp: 1/20): THANKS Shutterfly photos and photo book book quality is far superior to photos and photo books from Snapfish/Amazon Photos. The 8×8 photo book will be just $7.99 with free […]
Tags: Deals, Photos, Books, Shutterfly, Snapfish Amazon Photos


The beauty of sewers before the first flush

Our cities' sewers are some of the most incredible structures in the built environment. In a new book, "An Underground Guide to Sewers: or: Down, Through and Out in Paris, London, New York, &c." historian Stephen Halliday explores the systems (and people) that deal with our shit so we don't have to. From the book description: Halliday begins with sanitation in the ancient cities of Mesopotamia, Greece, and Imperial Rome, and continues with medieval waterways (also known as “sewage in the str...
Tags: Post, Books, Photography, Design, News, Infrastructure, Prague, Sewers, Hamburg, Built environment, Imperial Rome, Paris London New York, Stephen Halliday, Better Call A Plumber, Mesopotamia Greece, Liverpool Boston Paris London


Three Books Chosen by Ken Tanaka

Written by Ken Tanaka 2019 saw the publication of another crop of excellent, engaging photobooks. Frankly I cannot imagine nominating any of those I’ve seen as “best.” But if I had to choose a few most likely to be of interest to my fellow TOP readers it would be these. Let’s start with two books associated with museum exhibitions. 2019 was the year that photography’s first commercial format, the daguerreotype, got new and deeper looks. The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and New York’s Metr...
Tags: Books, Photography, New York, California, France, Paris, Kansas City, Mediterranean, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Michael Johnston, Kenneth Tanaka, Nelson Atkins Museum, Ken Tanaka, Girault, André Kertész, Kertész


Wednesday Open Mike: A Writer's Writer (OT)

["Open Mike" is the often off-topic Editorial page of TOP, in which Yr. Hmbl. Ed. sometimes wanders into double, double toil and trouble. It appears on Wednesdays.] - Things have slowed down here as I'm a bit under the weather. I don't feel bad, but I'm very tired—listless—and once again I've got the voice I always wanted...about two registers lower than my normal voice. As often happens when I get a "bug."  :-) An off-topic placeholder: If you remember the TV shows "Alfred Hitchcock Presents,...
Tags: Books, Photography, UK, England, Hollywood, Youtube, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, US, Alfred Hitchcock, Off-topic Posts, Open Mike, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Esquire


My Book of the Year

Written by John Camp Interesting that Mike should ask me about my favorite books of 2019. In addition to being a thriller writer [John writes thrillers under the pen name John Sandford —Ed.], I’m a thriller fan, and also read a bit of sci-fi and general adventure novels and also quite a bit of non-fiction. I think I probably read 60–70 books a year—something more than one a week—plus dip into quite a few more that I don’t finish. For me, the outstanding thing about 2019 was the number of extreme...
Tags: Books, Photography, Stephen King, Los Angeles, John, Shutterfly, Michael Johnston, Mike, Colorado State University, Sandy, Cindy, John Camp, Kenneth Tanaka, John Sandford, Jim Arthur, John Believe


The Pillar by Stephen Gill (Mike's Book of the Year 2019)

A fashion lately: photobooks without a photo on the cover. It's a thing. Birds as artA problem with photography these days is that many approaches are becoming trite through no fault of their own, due simply to overdeployment. Too many people taking the same sorts of pictures, and, in that way, the pictures become unoriginal and lose their incantatory frisson. Not their fault, but ours, because we're saturated. A spread from American Winter. Beautiful book, but been done. One example: Swedi...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Usa, London, Sweden, Colorado, Vogue, Edinburgh, Gloucester, Arles, Leica, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, James Wood, Huey Lewis


Dear Australia...

I’m doing another shout out to you because things don’t look any better since the last time I asked. I’ve been following the news and also fundraising updates via the amazing Celeste Barber’s Instagram posts. Celeste has raised an astonishing amount of money very quickly, but the situation looks precarious and very frightening, so our thoughts are with you. Please stay safe and do let us know how you are if you can. [Author: dovegreyreader]
Tags: Books, Instagram, Australia, Celeste, Celeste Barber, Dovegreyreader


First Look: Leadership Books for January 2020

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2020. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Teaching by Heart: One Professor's Journey to Inspire by Thomas J. DeLong Teaching by Heart summarizes the author's key insights gained from more than forty years of teaching and managing. It illustrates how teachers can both lift people up and let them down. It proposes that the best teachers are also leaders, and the best leaders are also teachers. In exam...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Maxwell, Don, Huang, John C Maxwell, Jacob, Harvard Business School, Kanter, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Jacob Morgan, Wayne Baker, Theodore Geisel, Thomas J DeLong


President Obama Shares His Favorite Books, Movies of 2019. Here’s What Made the Cut

Former President Barack Obama released lists of his favorite books and movies of 2019 in a series of Instagram posts, as part what has become a “fun little tradition,” he wrote. In the coming days, he will also be releasing his favorite music. “Outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences,” Obama wrote on his Instagram post. “They’re the fabric that helps make up a life — the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to ...
Tags: Books, New York, News, Instagram, Obama, Uncategorized, America, Barack Obama, Netflix, New York Times, Arizona, Harper Lee, Lee, Franklin, Yellow House, Jim Rooney


I found a great way to make the most of your Amazon Gift Card

You know that Amazon gift card you got for Christmas (or Hanukkah), and you’ve been wondering what to get with it? Well, if I could make a suggestion, here’s something you should definitely consider, but once you get this (spoiler alert: it’s my brand new book, ‘The Natural Light Photography Book”), you can use the value left over on the gift card on an accessory I talk about in the book that will have a massive impact on the quality of your natural light photos outdoors. It’s a win/win kind of ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Photography, Featured, Amazon Gift Card, Bucs Falcons


Sunday Support Group: Thorny Issues (*Added: Sale Update)

[Ed. note: This is my second-to-last post until December 27th. I'm taking a few days off for Christmas. The problem with that is that this is what I like doing, and I don't particularly like not doing it. But our year-end holiday break is traditional!   :-)  ] - A few supportive recommendations this Sunday, some reiterated: Confused about food? How Not to Diet is out, and it's utterly wonderful. An encyclopedia of diet demystification. I've been reading it since two weeks before it was publish...
Tags: Books, Photography, Sony, Jack, Michael, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Peter Turnley, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Fred, Michael Greger, Timothy Egan, Edward Curtis, Bessel van der Kolk, Fred Herzog


Sunday Support Group: Thorny Issues

[Ed. note: This is my second-to-last post until December 27th. I'm taking a few days off for Christmas. The problem with that is that this is what I like doing, and I don't particularly like not doing it. But our year-end holiday break is traditional!   :-)  ] - A few supportive recommendations this Sunday, some reiterated: Confused about food? How Not to Diet is out, and it's utterly wonderful. An encyclopedia of diet demystification. I've been reading it since two weeks before it was publish...
Tags: Books, Photography, Sony, Michael, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Fred, Michael Greger, Bessel van der Kolk, Fred Herzog, Bessel, Bruno Bettelheim, Sunday Support Group


Bohemian rhapsody: inside New York’s Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel has been home to cultural icons from Janis Joplin and Andy Warhol for decades. As controversial renovations continue, Colin Miller photographs the hotel’s last remaining apartments and their residentsIn 2015, an architecture firm approached me to take some photographs of the renovations they’d made to the historic Chelsea Hotel after the building was sold. The photographs I took were forgettable, but when I looked down the iron staircase I saw something of the hotel’s former gl...
Tags: Books, Photography, New York, Hotels, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Chelsea, Homes, Madonna, Andy Warhol, Dylan Thomas, Patti Smith, Interiors, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen


Kitchen of the Week: The ‘Angry Food Blogger’ at Home in Hong Kong

Google “angry food blog” and you’ll come up with Lady and Pups, founded by Mandy Lee in 2012. You’ll also find a profile of her on Vice, an online outlet better known for its edgy news reporting than its cookbook author profiling—and therein lies the appeal of the self-described “Taiwan-born, Vancouver-raised, and slow-aged in New York” blogger. Her adventurous cooking (scallion popover s’mores, anyone?) captures the attention of food enthusiasts, while her unfiltered musings—yes, much of it ang...
Tags: Google, Home, Hong Kong, Books, New York, Instagram, China, Taiwan, Green, Marrakech, Plywood, Brass, HK, Mandy, David Tanis, Remodel & Renovation


Word of the week: Secondhand

There was a time, not so long ago, when brands avoided the word secondhand, with its overtones of “second class” and its toxic whiff of “secondhand smoke.” If they had to broach the subject of non-newness, they used tech-sounding words like upcycling—Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the year for 2019—or coy circumlocutions like nearly new. Or they opted, as Stan Carey noted in a 2011 blog post, for euphemisms like preloved or even experienced—as in “experienced cars,” the winner of William Safire...
Tags: Books, UK, Instagram, US, Linguistics, Retail, Oxfam, Cnbc, Jcpenney, William Safire, Minter, Macy 's, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Adam Minter, Euphemisms


The Best Leadership Books of 2019

LEADERSHIP development is a lifelong process. It is made possible with a quality that we spend a lifetime acquiring: self-awareness. People don’t experience our intentions; they experience our behavior. It is a theme that runs through most of these titles. Books like Helping People Change and The Power of Bad, have the power to change forever how we work with others and address the things that hold us back. Grace is a tough concept to sell in today’s environment. Grace looks at the bigger pictu...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Abc, Steve Jobs, America, Netflix, Walt Disney Company, Roy, Iger, Hull, Random House, Grace, Liz, Kevin Kruse


First Look: Leadership Books for December 2019

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. Become: The 5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership by Mark Hannum Mark Hannum reveals the evidence-based secrets that surfaced from vast data Linkage has collected on leadership effectiveness. He details the five commitments that the best leaders make to themselves and their organizations: Inspire others to join the pursuit of a common vision, Engage every ...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Leadership, Instagram, Iraq, Don, Alan Weiss, Redman, John Tierney, Ram Charan, Roy F Baumeister, Max Mckeown, Jim Mattis, Mark Hannum Mark Hannum, Leadership Techniques of America, Jason Redman Adversity


Current Obsessions: Winter Light

Above: This coming week we’ll be dropping in on the newly opened Audo hotel and event space in Copenhagen; stay tuned. Photo by Mario Depicolzuane. We’re in full swing with our holiday gift guides; keep up with our picks at Remodelista Gift Guides 2019. Remodelista’s own Meredith Swinehart has just launched Faunamade, a line of good-looking pet stuff for the design-minded dog or cat owner. Peruse the offerings at Faunamade and take 20 percent off everything on Cyber Monday. In other Remodelist...
Tags: Books, Instagram, La, Paris, Copenhagen, Margot, Design News, Current Obsessions, Meredith Swinehart, Erica Tanov, Margot Guralnick, SCI Arc, Mario Depicolzuane, Remodelista Gift Guides 2019 Remodelista, Faunamade, Garett Wade



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