Lartigue again


Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)
“Etretat” (1907)
Silver gelatine, print around 1965

Via Galerie Berinson

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Lartigue - The ZYX takes off

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)
“The ZYX takes off… Piroux, Zissou, Georges Louis and Dédé try to fly, too, Rouzat, September 1910”
Silver gelatine, print around 1965, 60,1 x 74 cm

Via Galerie Berinson

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Whale and Calf

“Whale and Calf,” artist unknown, ca. 1830.

“Whale and Calf,” artist unknown, ca. 1830.

“What it shows is a whale calf in the mouth of its mother. She is not, of course, eating it. (Those teeth are useless.) She is trying to rescue it. And that, my friends, was all part of the whalers’ fiendish plan. If whalers — big drivers of the economy in early industrial America — could get their harpoons into a whale calf they never missed their chance, because harpooning the baby was a perfect way to lure in the adult. The bigger the whale, the more oil.” More on this painting here.

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Good F***ing Design Advice

Good F***ing Design Advice


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Still lifes by Christopher Stott, cont’d

Chris Stott - Inner Conflicts

Christopher Stott
“Inner Conflicts”
24” x 48” Oil on canvas, 2012

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Fenway ’56

rain check

August 7, 1956. 68 cents + 7 cents tax. Via Eephus League.

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The original death of publishing


The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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New York, 1908

Manhattan Bridge

The Manhattan bridge under construction, seen from Washington Street, June 5, 1908. The bridge wouldn’t open for another 18 months and wouldn’t be completed for another four years. More newly released historical photos of New York here.

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Graham Greene by Yousuf Karsh

Karsh portrait of Graham Greene

Graham Greene, 1964. Portrait by Yousuf Karsh.

Imtiaz Dharker: Carving



Others can carve out
their space
in tombs and pyramids.
Our time cannot be trapped
in cages.
Nor hope, nor laughter.
We let the moment rise
like birds and planes and angels
to the sky.

Eternity is this.
Your breath on the window pane,
living walls with shining eyes.
The surprise of spires,
uncompromising verticals. Knowing
we have been spared
to lift our faces up
for one more day,
into one more sunrise.

— by Imtiaz Dharker

Noticed this poem on the London Tube last week, on one of the “Poems on the Underground” posters.

From: Imtiaz Dharker, The Terrorist at My Table (Bloodaxe Books, 2006).

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Cannes Festival poster

The official poster for the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

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Our golden age of reading

reading chart

Alexis Madrigal: “our collective memory of the past is astoundingly inaccurate. Not only has the number of people reading not declined precipitously, it’s actually gone up since the perceived golden age of American letters.”

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This morning in the Public Garden

Boston Public Garden

An early sign of spring in Boston: the pond in the Public Garden has been refilled. No swan boats yet.

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UK pub day

Defending Jacob UK hardcover

Today is the UK publishing day for Defending Jacob. Safe journey, little book!

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Ad of the day

Berliner Philharmoniker

Cool print ad campaign for the chamber orchestra of the Berliner Philharmoniker featuring expansive photos of the cramped spaces inside musical instruments. More images here. (Via Andrew Sullivan)

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L.A.P.D Archives, 1955


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Richard and Mildred Loving, 1965


Richard and Mildred Loving (1965), by Life photographer Grey Villet.

Exiled from their native Virginia for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation laws, the couple were the appellants in the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia (1967). The Lovings’ story is told here. More on the Life magazine photos here and here.

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Making Gatsby

Gatsby manuscript

Fitzgerald’s handwritten manuscript of The Great Gatsby (via)

Iconic images colorized


Iconic images restored and colorized. (via NPR)

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Missing the West End

West End demolition

Architecture critic Robert Campbell has a nice essay in today’s Boston Globe asking “What makes the memory of this neighborhood so durable? Why do the people, half a century later, still feel that they are members of it?” Of course, the demolition of the West End figures prominently in my novel The Strangler. (Photos: Boston Globe.)

West End demolition

(Images: Boston’s old West End under demolition, ca. 1958-60.)

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