I finished this in an afternoon and evening but I'm not sure if I'll count it toward the years challenge because there wasn't much reading involved an...moreI finished this in an afternoon and evening but I'm not sure if I'll count it toward the years challenge because there wasn't much reading involved and out of the writing in the book I read maybe half. I basically flipped through the artwork and when something caught my eye I read the snippet about the artist. I ended up surprised at two things - the first was just how many artists I liked and the second was the differences between the art.\ The artists I liked most out of this book, in no particular order are: Slinkachu (London) Pablo Delgado (London) Nick Walker's "Does My Head Look Big In This?" (Bristol) Pinky (Brighton) Dave the Chimp (Berlin) Swanski (Warsaw) Banksy (Bristol) Jon Burgerman (New York) Shantell Martin (New York) ESPO/Stephen Powers (Philly) - I was really surprised that I recognized none of these. Philly is where I was first introduced to graffiti and street art and I can recall numerous images to this day. Boris Hoppek (Barcelona) Spike (Luxembourg City) Aryz (Cardedue, Spain) Zosen (Barcelona) Pez (Bogota, Colombia) Gola (Rimini, Italy)
I can see this being a four or five star book for a person who is more of an artist, especially one into this type of art. I'm no artist and I'm probably one of the most uncreative people in the world but I found it interesting myself. It's made me think. (less)
Like I said in an update, I'm not real impressed. I don't know if I built it up in my head (I know it's been a few years at least I've waited to read...moreLike I said in an update, I'm not real impressed. I don't know if I built it up in my head (I know it's been a few years at least I've waited to read this) or something else entirely. A good number of the photos are replicated elsewhere. Who hasn't seen Franz Muller's faceshot? Or William Kemmler strapped into the chair in N.Y. in 1890? (The first person executed in this manner as anyone who reads this material knows.) Louis Higgins hanging from the bridge after being lynched in 1907. I wanted things I hadn't seen, stories I didn't know. As it is the only part I've really become interested in so far are the few Holocaust related photos/stories. The photo of the Jewish prisoners brain after having had "research" performed I've seen somewhere but I never fail to be interested with anything related to the Holocaust. Everyone's heard stories of the soap the Nazi's made from the fat of people they'd killed. Seeing a photo of such soap is another matter altogether. Again, it's an exact copy of a picture I've seen but again, shocking. So far I've been basically skimming, I look at each page and if the photo and/or title of the story jumps out at me I'll read the accompanying caption. (I've seen little more than what can be called a caption so far.) I'll finish it at least in this manner. Some photos I'd never seen before and the story I hadn't heard. On page 92, in the Outlaws section, a photo shows a man, Rafael Lopez, presumably posing for the camera in 1913. I say presumably because moments after the photo was snapped Lopez shot and severely wounded the photographer. On page 246 a man is shown holding two photos of Dutch civilians after being murdered by Nazi's. the man is a captured German officer and if you really look at his face you can see a track down the side if his face from a tear falling. I agree with my friend Love who also reviewed this book that the photo on pages 258 and 259 is rare and I'm glad I got the chance to see it. Anyone who reads this type of material knows who WeeGee is, real name Arthur Fellig, but I'd never seen a photograph of him. That may have been the upshot of the book for me personally. Actually, the one other photo if say was worth the wait for the book and worth reading it for is on pages 268 and 269. The photos shows us a man, a freed Russian slave laborer as he's pointing directly at a former Nazi guard. According to the Russian this guard was particularly brutal. After reading so much on the Holocaust and seeing so many photos this is one I'll always remember. The German mans eyes are so telling as to his feelings. I think I saw this elsewhere at some point but the photo and story on pages 280 and 281 are of Marcel Petoit's home-made gas chamber. It's enough to fill you with terror. I did learn a few new things also though. Page 428 "Acid Stash" tells about a police haul in Wales in 1978 of a massive amount of acid. The author tells how the Catholic Church used two groups of seminary students for research in 1965. One group used prayer to "achieve divine bliss" while the other group... well, they used acid. It was "learned" that the religious visions seen while tripping "could not be disallowed as possibly true revelations from God." Another thing I learned was that acid may not be as dangerous as we tend to think. Apparently there is isn't much proof, if any proof, that acid, or LSD as it's called by most, makes its users violent or reckless. I know this to be true personally from having used it when I was younger but honestly I kind of assumed since then I just got extremely lucky when in fact it seems like I wasn't the exception but more likely the norm. Another thing previously unknown to me - our government conducted a test in the early 1980's that acid actually increases IQ on first-time users by up to 10%. Interesting. It should also be mentioned that habitual users or people suffering from an imbalance are risking a serious psychological breakdown. I don't know. This is news to me although if someone had asked me before reading this my thoughts on the danger of acid I'd have answered honestly that it's not something I'd take a chance with now, it's not something I'd want my daughter to ever play around with, but from my own personal experience as well as the experiences of friends I used the drug with, I saw no evidence of it being dangerous in any way. Most people who have had some introduction to the drug, or maybe even any drug, have heard the acid "stories". The author included the one about the person thinking they could fly and ending up splattered on the ground. The one that was most widely spread when I was a teenager was the orange one. A person took a hit - just one hit mind you - and ended up going from a good trip to a bad trip. The bad trip ended up being 6-8 hours of thinking they were an orange and by the last few hours the person - er, uh, orange, thought people wanted to peel it. So yeah, basically everyone in my high school knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who had a cousin or great-grandmother who was an orange in a mental hospital. But like I said, I knew no one acid ever affected like this. I did have a "bad" trip one day and I didn't want to settle in for the hours I knew were still ahead but it wasn't anything to where I'd have gone crazy over it. I did get high once with a group of friends, one of whom was very racist against black people. I kind of intentionally goaded him from time to time (granted, goading someone while tripping isn't a very nice thing to do) and I turned on BET and started rapping along. He (predictably) got annoyed and starting talking shit so I talked it right back. I told him I didn't like being white, that I wanted to be black, that black people were so much better than us lowly white folks, etc. Yeah well, he ripped off every shed of clothing he had on, ran into the street outside and starting shouting, at the top of his lungs, how much he hated black people. Looking back he could have been killed. Or at least arrested. I think some friends retrieved him. I don't know for sure. I kept watching videos. But that's my wildest acid story and I think people will agree in pales in comparison with the orange/person story. The Jonestown Massacre is mentioned along with the main photo that's been shown with the story since it happened in 1978. The mention of Henry Lee Lucas threw me slightly. I had no idea that Texas authorities let Lucas read files before asking questions and him "confessing" to hundreds of murders. Shame on them. How many murderers the country over went free over this? And why did Senator George W. Bush commute his sentence? Why? I mean, what is the purpose exactly of a jury or judge sentencing for someone to come along and commute the sentence given. I'm sure Lucas' victims families were thrilled. Ramirez is shown here and if you don't know the full story there - and want to - read The Night Stalker. It's not a slim book but trust me, the way Philip Carlo writes it doesn't matter. If you're like me you'll be through it in no time. Ramirez's story - and Ramirez - are enough to give any nightmares for the rest of their days. Oh jeez, how could I almost forget. I can now say I've seen a picture of a severed penis. And yeah. It's about as gross as you can get. (I don't mean to speak like this about a victim but it must be said - unless the wife whacked it off at the tip poor John Bobbitt had plenty o' problems before she ever even did that. If that's even a quarter of the full length of his penis I feel sorry for him AND her.) OJ and the Unabomber are included of course along with plenty of others you've heard of. Plenty of stories and people I hadn't heard of also though but it wasn't enough to interest me. I need more than one or two bland paragraphs personally. I'm definitely in the minority though because most of the ratings and reviews on this are great. The Brussels Anti-Paedophile Demonstration of 1996 was interesting but again, just not enough info for me to get really involved. I guess this is why I prefer my true crime like the average t.c. book. I wouldn't try to sway anyone away from reading it though. It's written and set up well, just not for me.
Not sure yet whether I'll count it towards the years challenge. It won't matter as I'll make my number but I'll probably leave it out just the same
**I'm not going to count it to the challenge. Just decided.**(less)
I don't know that this actually "counts" as 'photography' but I'm listing it there for us for our own reasons. That I can't articulate. :) Sooo... we s...moreI don't know that this actually "counts" as 'photography' but I'm listing it there for us for our own reasons. That I can't articulate. :) Sooo... we saw the movie last week! Rented it from RedBox and went straight home to watch it. I personally could have done with more Winter, less everyone else but it's a good movie. I wish I knew exactly how much was exactly true but I suppose it's not as important as I tend to think sometimes. I like to know which details are true and which are the idea of someone behind the movie (book/whatever). The photos of Winter are magnificent. This is a dolphin that, in another day and time, or even in this day and time, with a lesser person involved, we wouldn't be seeing. Yet we're not only seeing Winter, we're watching her swim and play, make friends, animal and human, and love. If that's not amazing I don't know what is. I can't remember a book ever making me seriously plan a trip but after seeing the movie, reading this book and visiting the website (I'll link at the end) we have to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. There is no doubt in my mind that I have to take my daughter there. She deserves to see Winter with her own eyes. Imagine what Winter has done and is doing for kids - and adults - all over this world! Kids who have been made fun of for a defect of whatever kind, kids who are scared or lonely. We don't give animals enough credit. I said this just a few minutes ago in reference to the people who helped Tarra and Bella (see Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends) but it's proves true again. These are the people we should be seeing on t.v. and reading more about. These people are the ones I'll buy a magazine for. These are the people who deserve to be idolized. Not Jay-Z and Lady BlahBlah. Not any football player or Tiger Woods or Danica Patrick. I wish people would use their heads more. I'm using mine at the moment and I'll die happy if Julia ends up happy, doing something she loves with enough money to have what she needs and to help others. I'll be a happy Mom is she's doing what these people are doing if she so wished. This would make me proud. Not her staring in the mirror, wanting a boob job and wishing she were a rich movie star. And I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure she keeps knowing what's important. ('Keeps' because at 6 years old she already knows... it's later that it gets hard.) Everyone knows Winter's story so I'll skip that. Julia and I both loved the photos of Winter and the fact that they showed younger people and older people helping Winter. Kevin Carroll (featured in the back of the book) was extremely interesting to me but Julia's a bit too young for that right now. She was interested in the basics, that he cared enough to come up with this tail, that he worked so hard for it, etc. We both loved the pictures of the children with Winter - so touching. Website time - www.SeeWinter.com - live camera feed people. Top that. When we looked the camera was showing on Winter, Panama and Hope. It's somewhat difficult to see *everything* but you can see them swimming, playing and "jumping". Freaking cool as hell. Julia's mind was blown.
**These people are heroes and that's all these is too it. I have to admit something - most of the time my ratings reflect the actual book, lesser so the story. In this case and that of Tarra & Bella it's the opposite. I can't help it - I just can't help it. The stories themselves deserve a thousand stars IMO so anything less than the max, from me, isn't acceptable.**(less)
This is another I may have built up in my head. The subject fascinates me yet I barely got into this before deciding not to finish. (If anyone wants to...moreThis is another I may have built up in my head. The subject fascinates me yet I barely got into this before deciding not to finish. (If anyone wants to get ignorant about me rating a book I "barely got into" I'll make you a deal - I won't review books I didn't finish on YOUR page and you don't do it on mine. K? Good. Now go away.) Anyway, so yeah, I only got a few pages in before I was skimming. That was an immediate red flag because I'm not a skimmer. A few more pages and I decided to only browse the photos and the stories directly related to those. Huge red flag but I kept going. Another few pages and I closed the book. I *might* pick it up again at a later date but I doubt it. I think it's possible to find a book that suits me better down the road. I do think the author did a great thing here, as far as I can see, and I'm glad she decided to do this and tell these stories. Something else that turned me off as soon as I looked at the book - the size and shape. It's so awkward. There is no holding is comfortably. I don't know about anyone else but this isn't what I'd keep on my coffee table. Why not package it as a regular type of book? Shallow as it sounds I may have given it more of a chance but I got pissed every time I had to pick it up and adjust how I held it to read a little. :((less)
I didn't read the writing included here beyond the captions. I think that's why I liked it more than Awkward Family Photos. I do still have to say thou...moreI didn't read the writing included here beyond the captions. I think that's why I liked it more than Awkward Family Photos. I do still have to say though, a number of these photos aren't awkward in any way. In some it's the animals body language or facial expression but what's awkward - or anything besides cute - about a dog sitting wearing a Santa hat?(less)
2.5 - Not a whole 3 stars for me. I silently chuckled less than 5 times total. Most of the pics are weird or slightly funny - nowhere near funny enoug...more2.5 - Not a whole 3 stars for me. I silently chuckled less than 5 times total. Most of the pics are weird or slightly funny - nowhere near funny enough to actually lol. The authors would be better off running this like another site - I think it's called rateyourgirlfriend.com or something like that. They post the photos and the sure users comment captions THEN the site users "like" the comments. The comment(s)/caption(s) with the most likes equal the funniest. I've literally choked laughing so hard at some if those captions. Think about it - what's the chance of YOU coming up with a caption that's side-splitting funny? Now what's the chance of thousands of people coming up with one side-splitting caption? Right. I wouldn't be real happy with myself if I had bought and paid for this. But then, I wouldn't have. All in all this has the potential to be hilarious next time around, if there is one. I saw a handful, at least a handful, that were nothing but old included here.... Could have been ten times better for sure.(less)
I don't know what to say about this. I suppose the most honest sentence would be this - "Had I paid more than the 97 cents Wal-Mart was selling this f...moreI don't know what to say about this. I suppose the most honest sentence would be this - "Had I paid more than the 97 cents Wal-Mart was selling this for, I'd be pissed." It's not a bad book. It's just not worth more than 97 cents. One could make an argument that it's not worth that. The photography is fine from the little I know of the subject. Some of the shots are unique and it can be easily seen that Ngo has talent for photography. My problem comes in with the subjects in the photos. Dressing my dog(s) up has never been my thing. I've actually never done it. Nor do I have any family or close friends who do it. I can think of only one time where I saw a dressed up animal and didn't feel sorry for it. Well, let me explain that better. This one time I didn't feel sorry for the poor thing being dressed like a pumpkin. And that's because he had much more going on which took my sympathy. This little Chihuahua was partially paralyzed. So the least of his worries was being dressed as a pumpkin and in any case, I don't think he even felt the costume. But never have I seen any other dog look happy to be dressed up. Not once. We may think it's cute and oh-so-adorable but do they? Granted, it's not the end of the world. But damn. Let's put it this way, if we were the little small people who couldn't talk and our lives were taken over by giants with minds of their own, would we like being dressed up like this? I personally can say I would not. I prefer my animals as God made them. That being said, I can still appreciate an animal in a cute outfit/costume from time to time if the animal doesn't look put out. One major problem I have with these photos are the costumes. I guess I was expecting more than your average PetSmart Halloween costumes. And that's not what Ngo offers here. There are maybe a handful of unique, well thought out costumes that actually fit the dog wearing it. The rest are dogs just through in any old costume pulled off the rack. A little more thought and creativity would have gone a long way here IMO. The matador/Chihuahua and the Lab/emperor were both well put together costumes I thought and the Lab's costume, if not the Chihuahua's, was simple to put together. The chicken/Pug and the birthday boy/Dachshund, while the dogs are simple adorable, are not costumed well IMO. (The Dachshund is wearing a pointed birthday hat. This is Ngo's "costume".) I'd like to see people not be so intent on stuffing their animals into costumes not meant to be worn but if it's going to continue, and be documented, I hope people use more thought before shoving off with any old thing. If you're just looking for cute dogs this'll work for you though. The dogs themselves are adorable and I'll probably keep this around in case anyone else wants to glance at it.(less)
I initially rated this 3 stars and I've taken it down to 2 now that I'm thinking about it more before I review. There are a number of different things...moreI initially rated this 3 stars and I've taken it down to 2 now that I'm thinking about it more before I review. There are a number of different things wrong with this book, not the least of which is the editing. One would think, in a book of this kind, the author/editors/publisher would go to extreme measures to make sure it's of the utmost quality. This isn't. I found entire words missing among other mistakes. I will note that there weren't *many* mistakes... but there shouldn't have been *any*. One very simple way to ensure that this book would be a keepsake for some readers would have been to include a list of the 2,971 people who were killed on 9/11. Even the 6 people who were killed in the 1993 bombing of the WTC. This isn't included. Out of the almost 3,000 people less than one dozen names are given. One part in particular that irked me to no end was that in at least one part, maybe two or three, the 9/11 hijackers are put in the same category as the victims. The book states that the "total number killed in attacks in N.Y., Washington D.C., and PA. is 2,996". Yes, this is true. But, and correct me if I'm wrong, 99.999999% of people this book is targeting do not give a blue fuck if the hijackers are included. Matter of fact, I'd say that the majority of those people feel like me and do not want any attention given to the hijackers in this manner. So, IMHO, the "total number killed in attacks in N.Y., Washington D.C., and PA. is...." actually 2,971. 2,977 if the 6 victims from 1993 are to be included. NOT 2,996. The photos are the best part but those aren't enough to warrant the buying/reading/keeping of this book. I couldn't see the author's name anywhere on this book, not on the cover, not inside, not anywhere. So if GR is correct and Mary Boone is the author I hope she stops and doesn't bring forth anything of this nature again. This is a sad, sad, picture of what should have been a memorial-type book. (less)