Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Zurich, 28-Aug-2012

Still Life with Swiss chocolate, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

‘Sweets’ is this week’s twitter travel theme for #FriFotos; this was the only image to immediately come to mind. All things considered, nothing was as sweet this year as the few days I spent with Patti Smith‘s memoir, Just Kids. (But yes, the chocolate was pretty good, too.) Indeed, if …

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Be a Book Giver on World Book Night – Boing Boing

Friends and foes in the western hemisphere, you’ve got until midnight EST to register. So g’head, ok. Thanks! Be a Book Giver on World Book Night – Boing Boing.

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Missouri school district bans ‘biblically contrary’ novels by Kurt Vonnegut and Sarah Ockler – Kansas City News – Plog

This inspired a mouthful of biblically contrary language. Missouri school district bans ‘biblically contrary’ novels by Kurt Vonnegut and Sarah Ockler – Kansas City News – Plog.

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Future Shock, rescued

I rescued this yesterday, a Croatian translation of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. If anyone wants to borrow it, lemme know. Published by Otokar Keršovani, Rijeka, Croatia (then Yugoslavia) in 1975, six years before I first read it in high school. The publishing house was named after a Yugoslav journalist and …

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Bicycle Diaries Audio Book excerpt

Just a few days after Christmas last year, I was slowly worming my way through the security line at Montreal’s airport reading through the last pages of David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries. The first security guard stopped me to ask just one question: “So, you’re reading a little Che Guevara?” I …

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Remembering Emerson, briefly

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading voices in the American Transcendental Movement in the early part of the 19th C., who died 127 years ago today. Ralph Waldo Emerson, originally uploaded by George Eastman House.

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Grains of sand as art.

Via Discover is this fabulous gallery of magnified grains of sand. From A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, by Gary Greenberg, published last week. Check it out. A nifty promo video is here.

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Seven Days in the Art World

I just finished reading Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton, a fabulous account of a microculture –the high-end modern art world– that 99% of us will never experience. Those seven days are actually seven chapters, drawn on experiences over five years, a period during which, as Times …

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The Chavez Effect

According to this post by Jake Tapper of ABC News, just after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave Barack Obama a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano yesterday, the book’s Amazon sales rank was 54,295. Before I …

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Eight Years Later

Discussing his latest novel, Man in the Dark, Paul Auster tells The Guardian about the root of his frustrations in recent years. If there is something getting Auster’s goat, it’s American politics. It was his disgust at the outcome of the 2000 US elections that sparked the story-within-a-story at the …

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