nov 06



S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky was one of the few early photographers to use the triple color technique – photographing one imagine through blue, green and red filters all at once. This website recreates the images he captured in Russia at the turn of the century:



The website is a little difficult to manuever –and half in Cyrillic – but the images are mostly incredible. Some, unfortunatly, are not available in larger jpg files – like this or this. (via Dennison)

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This week:

I reviewed Shelley Jackson’s Half Life for the Washington Times.

Interviewed Alain de Botton for Bookslut

And mused about art forgery and Elmry de Hory on Brainwash

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Oh, how I wish that you would help me.
I need another chance to state my case.
I have been suffering for years now.
Golfing and nightclubbing in disgrace.

– Ben Greenman on McSweeny’s

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It’s still 1993 on my blog this week. A group of activist artists calling themselves the GALA Committee assisted in the set design of Melrose Place. Among their contributions: a homemade quilt in the pattern of RU-486’s chemical structure and condom-printed bedsheets, “We’d noticed that the characters on the show have a lot of sex but are never depicted using condoms or contraceptives, so we turned this bedroom scene into a safe-sex PSA, although we had to break the law to do it.”


And that’s what the mailman carried. (via Daily Awesome)

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If you were a slightly “alienated” youth in the early to mid-90’s, you very likely subscribed to Sassy magazine. And if you subscribed to Sassy, you most certainly had feelings of kinship with and worship of Adrienne Shelly, muse of Hal Hartly and indie filmmaker in her own right.


Sadly, last week, she died. Her death is said to be a suicide.

Update: Now it’s a murder case. How terrible.

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Last night, PBS aired pretty amazing documentary on Dr. Suess. Now, it’s not difficult to see his political agenda –specifically, a strongly anti-racist, anti-totalitarian voice – at play in his famous work, but I’d never have guessed he first paid his dues as a political cartoonist. His earlier books were extremely subversive: the ‘who’ is Horton Hears a Who, was to represent Japan post WWII. Yertle the Turtle was modeled after Hitler.

He also made several short films for the troops that his biographers explained were extremely radical at the time. Following WWII, feeling burnt out, he turned to children’s books. But it was never a simple, Sunday afternoon activity for him. His editors explained he’d go through hundreds of pages and hundreds of drawings before he was satisfied with a book. Another interesting point that was made, was the author was extremely shy around children, not having any of his own. As he was no jolly Santa Claus kind of figure, he worried his public appearances disappointed childen and was delighted when the rumor began that it was the Cat in the Hat that wrote all those books.

What’s really interesting to consider is that these books are in the fiber of nearly everyone in the Western world. Prior to his writing, children’s literature was stodgy, “See Dick and Jane Run” stuff. But thanks to these books, all of us had the chance to conceptualize racial egalitarianism, underdogs, and irrelevance at an early age

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(via Pruned, offering countly other examples of these stunning works.)

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