Monthly Archives: January 2023

Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks

William Burroughs and Brion Gysin – spread from scrapbook “Art historian Alex Kitnick muses that scrapbooks, like sketchbooks, act as ‘research and development’ for artists: Their pages show a variety of approaches to dealing with a framing device and each … Continue reading

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A Different Tuning: Jean Follain

“I own one book I’d truly grieve losing, D’Après Tout by Jean Follain. My reasons are partly sentimental—I went to great trouble to get the book, and it found me when I felt lost in my writing life. Most of … Continue reading

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Mad scientists of Stanisław Lem

“Mad scientists and inventors appear in the fiction of Stanisław Lem in the memoirs of Lem’s starfaring vagabond Ijon Tichy, collected in The Star Diaries and Memoirs of a Space Traveller, as well as in The Cyberiad. Most of Lem’s … Continue reading

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The Impressions – This Is My Country (1968)

“… These statistics would have made disheartening, if familiar reading to the late Curtis Mayfield. As a driving force in black music from the early ’60s through the mid-’70s, he was a seasoned documentor of the struggle of black Americans … Continue reading

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Patti Smith Makes a Pilgrimage to French Guiana in This Exclusive Excerpt From Her New Memoir

“In 1965 I had come to New York City from South Jersey just to roam around, and nothing seemed more romantic than to write poetry in a Greenwich Village café. I finally got the courage to enter Caffè Dante on … Continue reading

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Seven dirty words

“The seven dirty words are seven English-language curse words that American comedian George Carlin first listed in his 1972 ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television’ monologue. … At the time, the words were considered highly inappropriate and unsuitable … Continue reading

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Vittorio De Sica – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)

“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), winner of the 1965 Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is a trio of stories directed by Vittorio De Sica in the omnibus fashion so popular at the time (just the year prior, he had contributed … Continue reading

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History of compiler construction

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Glen Beck (background) and Betty Snyder (foreground) program the ENIAC in building 328 at the Ballistic Research Laboratory (BRL). “In computing, a compiler is a computer program that transforms source code … Continue reading

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Found in an NYC Junk Shop: Forgotten Postcards between Two Haiku Masters

“Found at the bottom of an old mailbox in a New York antiques store, what’s written on the back of these postcards perfectly captures the iconic arts scene in New York’s early 1960s– a city that was hosting the likes … Continue reading

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Journeys of Frodo – Barbara Strachey

“Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by Barbara Strachey is an atlas based on the fictional realm of Middle-earth, which traces the journeys undertaken by the characters in Tolkien‘s epic. The … Continue reading

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