Tag Archive: books

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Fire Island Pines

Posted on May 29th, 2013

I recently came across this new photography book by Tom Bianchi that explores, through Polaroids, the history of Fire Island as a summer holiday destination — and place for escape and refuge — for the gay community. Bianchi’s photos are from the 1970s and early 1980s, just prior to the AIDS crisis, and reveal the … (More →)

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do it: the compendium

Posted on May 28th, 2013

do it is the brainchild of Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist who first made the art world sit up and take notice of his curatorial prowess when at the age of twenty-three he mounted a show in his kitchen. Aptly titled The Kitchen Show, it featured the work of heavyweight artists like Christian Boltanski … (More →)

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Posted on May 21st, 2013

Six teenagers gather together at an arts camp in the Berkshires in 1974, the year that Nixon is ousted from office. There is Ethan Figman, an unattractive yet outgoing boy who dreams of being a cartoonist; Jonah Bay, the handsome son of a famous folk singer; Cathy Kiplinger, an emotional and womanly dancer; Goodman and … (More →)

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Edie: American Girl

Posted on May 16th, 2013

Like many kids who grew up in the 1980s, I’ve always been obsessed with 1960s culture — the music, the lifestyles, the clothing. As the decade becomes more of a distant memory it seems like our collective cultural fascination with the period only increases — encouraged by shows like Mad Men that glamourize the era. … (More →)

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Vitamin D2

Posted on May 15th, 2013

When Phaidon first released the massive tome, Vitamin D, in 2005, the book became the go-to resource on artists working with the drawing medium in contemporary art. Organized alphabetically and featuring 109 artists who had emerged since 1990 and had an innovative drawing practice, Vitamin D became an encyclopaedia of sorts for this aspect … (More →)

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Mumbai New York Scranton: A Memoir

Posted on May 14th, 2013

We were skeptical when we received our copy of Mumbai New York Scranton: A Memoir. Upon opening its back cover, we were greeted with a photograph of its author, Tamara Shopsin, dressed in Converse and baggy, oversized clothes with an impish grin. It seemed improbable that she was over thirty and unlikely she could … (More →)

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Books on Los Angeles

Posted on May 9th, 2013

I’ve never been a huge fan of Los Angeles because I hate driving and you have no choice but to sit in your car there, but I’ve started heading there more often and am curious as to why people love the city so much. I stumbled across this slideshow of 19 books on Los Angeles(More →)

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Penguin Lines

Posted on May 8th, 2013

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Penguin has released a series of twelve books inspired by each of the city’s tube lines. The eclectic selection of authors includes artist Philippe Parreno, the creators of the journal Fantastic Man, Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom, and best selling author John Lanchester. … (More →)