This volume has an extra-large job to do, and it delivers. (Introducing a planet that possesses another planet that possesses a crew of voracious, hauThis volume has an extra-large job to do, and it delivers. (Introducing a planet that possesses another planet that possesses a crew of voracious, haunted bitches in the future and doing it with loads of human texture.) Bitch Planet does what few works of art can by calling out some hard feelings about the female image. When I find myself chortling over the hyperbole this hard, I know I'm hooked. Rise up, bitches!...more
As a self-professed nerd since high school, it would seem that OK-Cupid cofounder Christian Rudder received years of conditioning for writing DataclysAs a self-professed nerd since high school, it would seem that OK-Cupid cofounder Christian Rudder received years of conditioning for writing Dataclysm. The book contains the kind of observations about human behavior one can only glean by watching people at a far removed vantage point, free from any immediate emotions. Indeed, he remembers hanging out by the big brown dumpster at the edge of the asphalt in junior high, and even in these early memories, he categorizes the groupings of teens at lunchtime. Somewhere down the line this translated into a career in math and analytics for Rudder, which transformed into one of the largest online dating sites in existence. It could have been very likely for Rudder to continue dwelling in cold remove. And with so many bright futures now invested in the career of analytics, he wouldn't be alone. But in leaving OK-Cupid and writing Dataclysm, Rudder did something altogether different. In reporting some of the largest statistics to be had about love, race, politics and identity in this book as a statement of simple facts, he invokes strong emotions of what it's like belonging in the boxes. From inspired to dejected to shameful to bewildered, it's all there to be felt. What's more, it's all part of the give and take relationship that Rudder describes in the closing chapter. After having read this, next time I'm caught in that evasive social media feedback loop, I might not try to explain it away by what I'm getting out of it, but by what I'm contributing to....more
Harper's works are ultra-simple arrays of line, geometry and color. Selected by the dozen,they make for a favorable wall calendar. His subjects are poHarper's works are ultra-simple arrays of line, geometry and color. Selected by the dozen,they make for a favorable wall calendar. His subjects are popular, most often birds, science and nature. He is an American modernist with minimal realism. But none of these things are what makes his art compelling.
Harper clearly comprehends his subjects on a deeper level. He shows us how they move, where they live and in some cases, the science and stories that surround them, using a few masterful lines and brazen combinations of color. I have always appreciated the narrative on nature that Harper portrays, but I did not realize before I saw this collection of all his work what a large scope he had. It is a pleasure to flip through the illustrations for cookbooks, science texts, Ford Times Magazine, advertisements and posters. These are a reflection of the times, but they also endure as an inspiration today.
The fact that these prints are quite small or slightly off-color does not deter from the value I get from having them all in one place. This book is an effective reference for my own drawing, and if I wanted crisp, beautiful images I would buy another calendar....more
This was an entertaining grapple at best. Chuck Klosterman gives a nod to nofarious pop culture villains- some fictional, some mid-real-life-crises, aThis was an entertaining grapple at best. Chuck Klosterman gives a nod to nofarious pop culture villains- some fictional, some mid-real-life-crises, and some long-buried- once again showing his flair for deciphering the code by which public figures must live. Klosterman asserts that "Writing about other people is a form of writing about oneself", and if this is true then Black Hat must be viewed as a whole lot of navel gazing. It is less about the modern villain identity and more about the neurotic haze of middle aged men who know they've committed crime....more
Rybczynski chooses a seemingly boundless topic and communicates it with a thoughtful series of essay-like chapters. He begins in the Middle Ages and wRybczynski chooses a seemingly boundless topic and communicates it with a thoughtful series of essay-like chapters. He begins in the Middle Ages and works his way up to modern times using significant themes of each period, also including period-paintings of home life in his discussion.
At no point does the book seem like an encyclopedia or catalogue, which is the tendency for so many other books on this topic. It was enjoyable to read the chapters of this book in the same way I might read an article in Architectural Digest, yet be transported to quite different societies. Rybczynski was able to fully engage on the hows and whys of each event as well as the people involved. He successfully completes a picture of home in the Western world, with respect to contemporary readers....more