What's All This Then?
What's All This Then?
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As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out 2001 in 569 GIFs, including the one above, and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.
“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”
Forty-three seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.
The Morning News Tournament of Books has wrapped up for another year and we're happy to say our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of this literarypalooza again. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."
Our seasonal release for spring is the candy-colored "Sweet Tooth" Edition. Please make a note of it.
"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.
Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.
Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.
Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?
There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. For example, Voices of East Anglia's groovy Japanese print ads from the 60s and 70s collection. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.
A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.
Other recent features are listed on Page Two.
I have been asking for this for years now and it is finally happening, Eurovision is coming to the US.
A fun look at early processes from director Ninian Doff: "Test Films Made for a Few of My Music Videos."
If you, like me, love his buildings, you're def going to want to peek into his studio, Inside the Concrete Atelier of Tadao Ando.
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Some stunning early entries from the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest.
In Honor of Star Wars Day today, Frank made a Wood Turned Bamboo Death Star. Nice.
Some nice posters for Record Store Day in London.
Trailer for the film No Stranger Than Love.
A Bear's-Eye View of Yellowstone.
"At the moment, our dojo of utmost secrecy only has a mere three-star rating on our Yelp page. Our poor online presence has really put a damper on business. It's embarrassing. I've been a mystical karate master for centuries and these consumer-feedback websites are unraveling all the work I've done. Currently, the YMCA Martial Arts Center of Rancho Cucamonga has a higher rating than us..
Lords of the Synth, from Adult Swim.
Bruce Campbell lives in "a Boeing 727 that functioned as a Greek airliner in the 1960s." He purchased the retired aircraft in 1999, and keeps it parked in a forest clearing near Portland, Oregon." Via John Dickerson.
Radiohead's newest, Burn The Witch.
Making of Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani. Lovely.
Digging Santis, a fresh take on Didot by Enrique Hernandez.
"The heat from a cigarette is enough to make nitrate catch, and once it does, the flame is so powerful that it'll burn underwater." John Lingan attended the world's most dangerous film festival, The Nitrate Picture Show.
Alex Trochut's covers for hard-cover re-releases of iconic sci-fi titles, The Penguin Galaxy series features sweet, foil-blocked custom typography.
"Born of individual and collective visual imagination to recreate memories, dreams and realities in miniature." The Smallest Boy, paper-cut dioramas of iconic movies, by Ruben Martinez. Clipped from Quipped.
"This is it, Kid. Decide. Are you on the side of art or commerce?" A few links about one of our favorite films. Here's Roger Ebert's 1979 review of Hall Ashby's Being There and the original script by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones, which ends quite differently than the film. Michael Dare recounts how the magnificent ending of the film came about. What a story. Oh, and of course, please enjoy Peter Sellers and the "Rafael" end credits.
Sebastian Ly Serena's Rube Goldberg Macine, crafted from HTML elements.
"Torn-paper montages, bold intricate lettering and catalogues that anticipated punk."
Simon Garfield on Willem Sandberg From Type to Image, a new show at the De la Warr Pavilion in the UK. Via Dan Wagstaff.
Wonderful, John and the Dons.
A terrific series from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from the mid-90s, watching Directors of Photography recreating lighting setups from specific scenes in their films: Kodak Master Class Series.
Local note, tangentially related to the last. When in Chicago it's easy to figure out which side of any street has even-numbered addresses and which has odd. Just remember the phrase "Indiana is odd." From pretty much where ever you are in the city, Indiana is to the East and South of you, and those are the sides with odd-numbered addresses. You're welcome.
Indiana Is Weird, by Criag Fehrman for 538.
Welcome to the middle of this post. Now, can I please have your email address? Give it to me.
A fun new music vid from Travis: 3 Miles High.
Vintage labels and tags.
Required listening: On the Media's episode marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, or whoever he really was: "On Shakespeare."
A Chicago Sojourn on Louis Sullivan copies/homages throughout the city: "Sullivanesque Revisited."
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