Speaker of the House
: Ballpoint pen drawings of John Boehner. Daily and sublime. [via mefi projects
In his new book Ciphers
, German photographer Christopher Gielen
) reveals haunting images of our endlessly repetitive development through aerial views of American urban sprawl. [more inside]
Retail Therapy: What Mannequins Say About Us
Like the larger fashion industry, mannequin design echoes seasonal styles that come and go, both in regard to technological improvements and the way we view our bodies. “It’s often the body attitudes and facial expressions that reflect what’s going on socially,” says Hale. Accordingly, the stiff, unnatural bodies of early mannequins were well-matched for the Victorian Era‘s restrictive ideas about women’s rights and fashions, which dictated they wear many layers of heavy fabric over tight-fitting corsets. [more inside]
Ramiro Gomez (Facebook page
) (Gallery page
) is an artist whose paintings at the blog Happy Hills
"document the predominantly Hispanic workforce who work tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain the beautiful imagery of these affluent areas." He also places painted cut-outs of workers on the lawns
in pricey neighborhoods. [more inside]
What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now?
"With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed."
The NFL's Modern Man: How Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin — a bike-riding, socially conscious, Animal Collective–loving hipster — is redefining what it means to be a football player.
In February 1963
, a new publication
took advantage of the New York City printers strike and launched with a daring editorial
: It does not, however, seek merely to fill the gap created by the printers’ strike in New York City but to take the opportunity which the strike has presented to publish the sort of literary journal which the editors and contributors feel is needed in America.
The New York Review of Books
is now 50
. [more inside]
The Trans 100
is a list curated by We Happy Trans
based on nominations of 100 key trans people breaking ground in American culture, arts, social justice, and politics. [more inside]
"Aaron Sorkin is why people hate liberals."
The writer of Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60
and The Newsroom
makes Alex Pareene's Hack List
The lack of Corporate and Governmental transparency has been a topic of much controversy in recent years, yet our only tool for encouraging greater openness is the slow, tedious process of policy reform.
Solution? The Transparency Grenade
, a champion slam poet
has collaborated with artist Julio Salgado
, who is "out and proud
" as gay and undocumented, on a new set of works called "Five Tips for Queer Boys" (#1
, and extra
). [more inside]
Welcome to the testing room of the Parallax Corporation's Division of Human Engineering. [more inside]
Some lives are exemplary, others not; and of exemplary lives, there are those which invite us to imitate them, and those which we regard from a distance with a mixture of revulsion, pity, and reverence. It is, roughly, the difference between the hero and the saint (if one may use the latter term in an aesthetic, rather than a religious sense). Such a life, absurd in its exaggerations and degree of self-mutilation — like Kleist’s, like Kierkegaard’s — was Simone Weil’s.
- Susan Sontag [more inside]
In this time of corrupt politics, police brutality, media dereliction, and increasingly vicious culture wars, there's perhaps no graphic novel more relevant today than the brilliant and blackly funny Transmetropolitan
Created by Warren Ellis back in 1997 and inspired by prescient sci fi novel Bug Jack Barron
, the series covers the work of gonzo journalist
, vulgar misanthrope, and all-around magnificent bastard Spider Jerusalem
in a sprawling futuristic vision of New York
so chaotically advanced that humans splice genes with alien refugees, matter decompilers are as common as microwaves, and a new religion is invented every hour.
As a callous Nixonian thug nicknamed The Beast
prepares for his re-election to the presidency, a primary battle heats up between a virulent racist and a charismatic senator whose rictus grin
masks some disturbing realities. When Jerusalem delves into the machinations of the race
, he breaks into a web of conspiracies that threaten the future of the country -- a problem only he, his "filthy assistants,"
and the power of intrepid journalism
More: Read the first issue
) - browse images
from the new artbook
- Tor's read-along blog
) - Jerusalem's touching report on cryogenic "Revivals"
- dozens of original sketches
and sample pages
Johannes Grenzfurthner on subverting subversion
and on how subverting the system has become more difficult over the years as society has changed. Features imaginary artists saving Taiwan, Jackass and the far too banal blood sausage made from your own blood.
When a family of beavers
moved in to a creek in the bayside town of Martinez, CA, in 2006, they gained both fans and detractors. Concerned about flood control in the struggling downtown area, the city council formed a Beaver Subcommittee
to explore the options, including extermination, relocation, and engineering fixes. [more inside]
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
(1980) [part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10] was the film which ended Robert Altman’s relationship with Twentieth Century Fox, the studio for whom he had made M*A*S*H. ... During the editing of the film Altman’s main supporter, Alan Ladd Jr., left the studio and release was shelved. Altman distributed the film himself to the festival circuit. ... But it has never been released on VHS, DVD or BluRay and thus remains one of the least seen of Altman’s ouvre. This is unfortunate as it is a very entertaining film, even if it falls short of its ambitions as a political satire.
Ronald Reagan disagreed - calling it "the world's worst movie".
Cartoonist Tim Kreider
) of The Pain
talks about the last decade, our "disastrous decline" and his latest book of cartoons and essays, Twilight Of The Assholes. Part 1
This Isn't Happiness
— what we remember weblogs to be a decade ago, like MeFi, it's all about the links. It features art and photography, music and books, even occasional politics. But it never fails to be beautiful. [occasional nsfw image]
Fascinating and inspiring interview with playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard
by Riz Khan on the subject of Belarus, a country ruled by the dictator Alexander Lukashenko, and whether artists can have an impact on the world of politics. Recently, the troupe Belarus Free Theatre has been touring the West with Being Harold Pinter, to rave reviews
. Stoppard himself was a child refugee, escaping with his family from Czechoslovakia in 1939.
"Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh on making art
about sex and politics in the Middle East..." and how they fled and what they're up to now.
More images here
’s Heyoka Magazine project January 2005 though June 2010 is now completed.
All 34 volumes
The Interviews section
is a treasure trove from
to Rick del Savio
to David Michael Kennedy
Many reference Native American culture today:
Tommy Lightening Bolt
Mala Spotted Eagle
William Under Baggage
and Pete Catches
The range is great from
Photos of the Apatani
in Arunachal Pradesh to extreme bikram yoga
and Leonard Cohen Everybody knows
. The list goes on.
Heyoka has morphed into non duality magazine
40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years
For it's 40th anniversary issue, Smithsonian magazine asks experts in various fields for insights into our future and compiles a list of 40 predictions about the future of science, nature, the arts and technology. The feature essay is by President Obama, in which he explains why he's optimistic
about America's future. (VIA) [more inside]
is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with." [more inside]
The Wisdom Of Rats
- A personal essay on art and time and everything, by Charles Bowden
"This may truly be the most important new painting of the twenty first century."
The McNaughton Fine Art Company
presents "One Nation Under God" [cache]
, an... interesting
take on American history in a nifty zoom interface. Artist John McNaughton
, who calls himself "the only living artist in the world today"
to practice the Barbizon School
of French Impressionism, has an extensive body of less opinionated work
for you to admire. Interview
. Character list
Tales of the New Frontier
- Adventures in a mythical 1960's Kennedy administration. Comics by Todd Ramsell
Overlooked New York
, Impassioned New Yorkers from an Artist's Perspective
by Zina Saunders
, who is now becoming better known for her darkly humorous political images. Her blog
on the illustrator blogsite, Drawger. [more inside]
The political cartoons of Clifford K. Berryman
lampooned American politics from the era of Grover Cleveland to the Truman administration. If he's known today it's mostly for having originated the teddy bear
. While some of his cartoons have
today, many remain
. Of the many historical events he drew there are women's suffrage
, the 1948 election
and the 1912 Republican primaries between Taft and Roosevelt
Biomaterial charges against N.Y. art professor dismissed.
A judge has thrown out the charges against Steve Kurtz
. Finally. Kurtz's case was previously discussed here
"The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency.
Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants." [Via Threat Level.]
The Feel Tank.
"We are a feel tank, but this does not mean that we do not think. We are governed by outrage
that the desires and demands for a less bad life
and a better good life continue to go unrecognized."
Burmese artist Htein Lin
was imprisoned by his country's military government from 1998 to 2004 on charges of planning opposition protests. In prison he was forced to improvise to continue painting
, using paints smuggled in by guards and white cotton prison uniforms as canvases. In place of brushes he used his fingers, cigarette lighters, syringes, pieces of netting, dinner plates, and blocks of soap. Burma Inside Out
(PDF), an exhibition of some of his prison work
, will be on display at the Asia House
Gallery in London from July 27 to October 13.
When he's not writing for The Adventures of Chico and Guapo
, Colin Quashie
is creating his own brand of political art (with some help from elementary school kids on that last one)
. He has even put together a free coloring book
to help you sort out the civil rights movement
. What does it all mean? He'll tell you
In 1980 artist Lars Vilks
began construction of two sculptures
in Skåne, Sweden. The works—once they were found—were considered houses by the local authorities and therefore condemned because they were built on a nature reserve. After many lost appeals, Vilks protested by declaring the area as the micronation of Ladonia
with the motto of suum cuique
. And while there is no possibility of receiving work or actually living in Ladonia
, you too can become a citizen of Ladonia
. For a nominal fee you can even become nobility, and choose your own title!
is a good place to watch videos of lectures and discussions on topics ranging from politics and science to religion and the arts. Whether you'd like to see Jim Lehrer talk about politics and prose,
or watch Brian Eno and Will Wright discuss
the joys and techniques of generative creation, you might find something here to like