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A Cautionary Tale

Heed This Well, Young Costumed Beggars

Our annual warning to trick-or-treaters, in the style of Hilaire Belloc.

Revisiting Sorcerer

The Wages of Fear

A nod to William Friedkin's under appreciated film Sorcerer. Check this tribute video including the terrific Tangerine Dream score, a blog devoted to the film, and the theatrical trailer Finally, Friedkin answered an hour's worth of questions after the film was shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Verse by Voice

Poetry, After the Beep

Several years ago, on a whim, we asked people to read their favorite short poems into our voice mail for a project we called Verse By Voice. And lots of people did, creating a poetry meme!. To get the idea, here's novelist Zadie Smith reading Frank O'Hara's Animals.

New From Field Notes

A Phase We’re
Going Through

It's not quite like faking the moon landing, but the film we made for the release of our new Field Notes Quarterly Edition for Fall, Lunacy, was made entirely using the same sort of practical, analog effects that you'd need to employ if you were going to stage that event, back in the day. So fun. So messy.

Selling Space

Making it Real

"In 1966 Norman Rockwell really needed a spacesuit and NASA didn't want to give him one." Now, that is a lede. An excellent, illustrated article by Darren Garret, The Improbable, Bold History of Space Concept Art.

Museum of Online Museums

The MoOM

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 Street in Logan Square

All Hallows’

It's often lost in the candy-coated, super-styled proceedings of the holiday, but Halloween is really all about departed souls and dealing with loss.

From The DDC

Chock Full

Pretty Much Everything, the new book by our co-conspirator in Field Notes, and other things, Aaron James Draplin, is available now. You need this. Everybody needs this.

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Let's Pretend You're Not You

Mr. Shortcake’s
Break Down

When it comes to the economic value of a subscription to Field Notes Quarterly Editions, this is the sum off all things. For the spiritual value, as proved through science, there's this.

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

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.

Fresh Signals

The secrets of Chicago's not-so-secret society of magicians. dw-today

Halloween costume tips, courtesy of an 18th-century demonology book. dw-today

1816 was the year without a summer. Chris Townsend on the Climate Event That Helped Create Frankenstein and the Bicycle. jc-today

Long read of the day, Into the Storm: The True Story of a Harrowing Ocean Rescue. For more on the second ship involved, the El Faro, read this. ms-today

Stunning photos of Scotland. dw-today

Japanese Matchbook Covers. jc-today


"On Wednesday, the Museum of Modern Art announced that it had acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection." ms-yesterday

See also, Stanley Kubrick's letter to projectionists showing Barry Lyndon. jc-yesterday

So you know, how to tell if your theater is projecting movies properly. jc-yesterday

Ode to a vanishing style of writing, The Lost Virtue of Cursive. ms-yesterday

Gorgeous, See Paris through its storefronts. ms-yesterday

Jerks. jc-yesterday

Nice illustrations by Rune Fisker. dw-yesterday

Related to the last, Köln Domfenster. jc-yesterday

Love these three pics of Gerhard Richter's Stained Glass for the Cologne Cathedral. On my bucket list. jc-yesterday

The portfolio of Facultative Works. Via bldgwlf. jc-yesterday

Frequently misattributed as a Big Wheel. jc-yesterday

A polyhedra calendar system, designed with mathematical precision and finished in high quality European sycamore, Dodecal. Unfortunately, the first edition is sold out. jc-yesterday

I am pretty much in agreement with Kurt Vonnegut's own report card, for which he graded his novels, except I'd say he's a bit hard on Breakfast of Champions. jc-10.25

Like The Seventh Seal if it involved aliens, mopeds, and you moved it from Sweden to the Salton Sea: STRFKR's music vid for Open Your Eyes. sd-10.25

Once in a while, Twitter proves its worth: @Berlin_Type (via HP) bb-10.25

Happy Tuesday. ms-10.25

in the NYT, Dan Barry tells the amazing story of Maury "Pro" Lerner, minor league baseball star turned mob hit man. kg-10.25

Open the pod bay doors Hall. "Dave" by Friff. jc-10.25

Polish Space Stamps. jc-10.25

Handwritten box score from Game 1 of 1908 World Series, Chicago vs. Detroit. kg-10.25

Best engagement pics ever. ms-10.24

From photographer Charles Freger, Mardi Gras Indians. ms-10.24

Camp Sundown is a sleep away camp for kids allergic to sunlight. ms-10.24

Dinara Kasko makes some pretty sweet geometric cakes. dw-10.24

Austin Light removes one letter from famous movie titles and illustrates the results. dw-10.24

"I used a random phrase generator and got these words. Then I made stories and book covers, I Just Ran With It." —Pat Fennessy. Fab. Via Quipsologies. jc-10.24

So you know, Grant Snider's helpful Proofreader's Marks, including one for "Horribly Wrong Font." jc-10.24

Time-lapse footage of 52,000 books being reshelved in preparation for the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room at the NYPL. Hypnotizing. jc-10.21

Final trailer for Arrival. ms-10.21

Famous movie titles, translated. jc-10.21

It sure would be nice if they parked right in front of the new HQ. jc-10.21

I'm not proud to say that this is statistically accurate. jc-10.21

Trailer for Gore Verbinksi's A Cure For Wellness. ms-10.21

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