Fog is my favorite weather. On the page opposite the title page, there are simply 16 paint marks with the caption "sample of sf skies" and 1 is blue,...moreFog is my favorite weather. On the page opposite the title page, there are simply 16 paint marks with the caption "sample of sf skies" and 1 is blue, 1 is pink, 1 is black, and 13 are varying shades of gray. Ha! It’s my favorite page in the book, but much of it is good. I really like the art in this art heavy book, and the segments and people of San Francisco covered are interesting. Great idea!(less)
This is so brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this?! Now I do want to steal the idea. If I can find the “right” books, I can see taking photos and makin...moreThis is so brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this?! Now I do want to steal the idea. If I can find the “right” books, I can see taking photos and making greeting cards using this technique. It would also be fun to leave books around for others to find so I can see if they see the message presented; I’m often so unobservant that unless I was looking for it I might not notice.
I normally love books for their contents, not their covers, and only occasionally for the titles, but I love art too, and this is inspired art.
Sorted books refers to books placed so that they say or mean something. I need to give a few samples of the included book clusters in order to adequately describe them:
A few examples:
Animal Dreams – Secret Gardens – Where the Sidewalk Ends – No Boundary – Where the Wild Things Are
Dyslexia – October 57 – October 75
Indian History for Young Folks – Our Village – Your National Parks
and the last one in the book:
Hope and Have – The Life That Counts
There are so many wonderful ones, some funny, some profound, almost all very smart, and I’d love to reveal a bunch of them, but it’ll be more fun for people to read the book and discover them for themselves. (I didn’t “get” several, including the few foreign language ones that were included.)
So now I’m looking at my shelved books and trying to figure out how to play with them, and yes, I’d love to make some greeting cards to send to friends.
I borrowed this from the library. If there were even more book clusters shown it’s the kind of book I’d love to own. It’s a perfect coffee table type book, because you can open it anywhere and appreciate what’s on the page.
Thanks again to Melody for alerting me to this book. Reading it these last few days has been a perfect experience for me, one worth savoring.
Highly recommend for artists and book lovers and readers and writers.(less)
This is the type of book I most enjoy after I’ve seen an exhibition and I read this cold, without really knowing anything about the artist. There are...moreThis is the type of book I most enjoy after I’ve seen an exhibition and I read this cold, without really knowing anything about the artist. There are a couple excellent, essays and a short interview with John Waters, but the captions for each art piece don’t have the kind of extra information I like to read. While some of the works are shown so that their scale is obvious, and I did appreciate that, I don’t think they captured the power and feelings seeing the museum exhibit would. Seeing the exhibit first and then revisiting the art in the book would probably have felt more satisfying than just reading the book. Most of the art is not my cup of tea though, so if I’d seen the exhibit, this might not have been a book I’d have felt compelled to then read. It’s too narcissistic in my opinion, even though I understand the wanting to work mostly alone thing and know that’s why most of the photos are of the artist. Many of the pages’ art subject matter were so horrifying I just wanted to turn the page, as quickly as I could. But I have to admit the art was brilliant in a way as it gave me a lot to think about, and some of it, a relatively small amount, was enjoyable to view. I’m not sure how much I’d actually have a good time, but if a Cindy Sherman exhibit came to one of the museums where I keep a membership, and there was no additional charge, I’d probably go see it. I’d have to be in the right mood though. I actually know a couple young people who are artists and whose art (much of it photography) sort of reminds me of Sherman’s. I have to assume she’s been an influence on them. I’m going to ask. I’m a huge fan of art books, but I can’t say this is one of the many that’s brought me pleasure. I think I recommend this book for readers who are already fans of the artist or maybe those who often appreciate disturbing and/or unusual art that has the potential to make them feel and think. This wasn’t the right book for me at this time. 2 ½ stars(less)
Thanks to Kelly for alerting me to this book. It appealed to me because I love dogs and water, but also because of my late dog Jenny, who despised the...moreThanks to Kelly for alerting me to this book. It appealed to me because I love dogs and water, but also because of my late dog Jenny, who despised the rain, and hated baths, but would gleefully jump into and swim through any body of water she could: oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, including very, very filthy bodies of water, such as a local algae filled lake, when she then immediately got the baths she loathed. I thought this would be a fun book of photos.
And the photos are cool, and much different that what I’d expected. Thank goodness for the The Dogs on Land photo section at the end. As I viewed the underwater photos, I wanted to see adorable pictures of the dogs out of the water. While the dog portraits weren’t exactly the very best type of shots, at least I got to see the dogs as they truly look. In the water, their eyes and teeth often make them look like monsters. It was really interesting, but not as soothing or cute as I’d expected.
I really should have a dog or dogs shelf. Hmm. I think I’ll stick with my nature shelf.
Well, it’s been a couple decades since I’ve bothered to read any but 100% vegan cookbooks (given that there are many hundreds and probably over 1,000...moreWell, it’s been a couple decades since I’ve bothered to read any but 100% vegan cookbooks (given that there are many hundreds and probably over 1,000 of them) but the cover of this book just called to me.
I figured that almost all desserts are now easily veganized, and I love art. This book is on my San Francisco bookshelf because it’s very San Francisco, particularly as regards our modern art museum, local bakeries/eateries, etc. etc.
Well, as the recipes are presented, much to my surprise they’re not easily made vegan, though it would be very, very easy to make vegan recipes that look exactly like these. Even with those (for me necessary) changes, these take too much work, and many hours/even days. Re the recipes: some require TONS of heavy cream and just egg yolks or just egg whites. Experienced vegan bakers would know what to do, but I wouldn’t.
I enjoyed the book as an art book. There is some good information and photos about the artists, their lives and work.
The highlight of the book for me turned out to be the cake on the cover, and it is fun.
The rest are hit & miss, though all were creative. These desserts mimicking art remind me of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco annual Bouquet to Arts festival, where floral artists create floral arrangements that mimic/reflect art pieces in the museum(s). As with that exhibit, the desserts I enjoyed most here were those that most closely showed the art, with the possible exception of Thiebaud's cakes, which simply copied them, and so didn't strike me as that creative, but paired up with the art are rather striking. Some good ones of Diebenkorn's work.
There are many fun extras such as San Francisco photos, and instructions for making your own sea salt, etc. etc.
Anyway, as a cookbook, I can’t recommend it. As a book to give bakers/cooks/artists ideas of how to make artistic foods and to use art to make other creative things, it’s an enjoyable resource. As a fun novelty, well, it was fun.
For artists and particularly bakers/cooks, it might give them some ideas, and vegan bakers and cooks, including some who’ve written many of my favorite cookbooks, I’d love to see some of what they might glean from this. I’d love to see (and eat) what they might create from ideas they’d get from this book.
5 stars for the cover and the premise. 3 ½ stars for some of the included information about the original art & artists, 2 ½ stars for the background information about this book, 1 star for the actual recipes, and not just because I’m vegan and wouldn’t eat any of them, though if I wasn’t vegan, honestly, I might give them 2 stars or even 3.(less)