Contemporaneous Extension


“The actual life of a thought lasts only until it reaches the point of speech: there it petrifies and is henceforth dead but indestructible…”

Schopenhauer had it right. Some reading material for this reclusive weather:

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout: Lauren Redniss looks to the story of the Curies’ production of radium and polonium to showcase the eerie effects of cyanotype printing. The story is speckled with drawings, collage, and a illustrated narration that is as gorgeous as it is informative.

 

Pages from 'Radioactive'

Pages from 'Radioactive'

Pages from 'Radioactive'

Pages from 'Radioactive'

Pages from 'Radioactive'

Pages from 'Radioactive'

 

McSweeney’s 36th Issue: McSweeny’s has been churned out quarterly since 1998. This literary journal has expanded to include several other outlets, including an independent book store, the magazine The Believer, and even a quarterly DVD magazine that goes by the name Wholphin. The 36th issue is a hodgepodge of literary breadth and art objects. The box in itself sold me, but the artist’s books, two fragmented novels, two plays, AND 40 inches of uncut fortunes? What more could you ask for? The guided tour is below:

 

The 36th Issue

The 36th Issue

 

 

Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing Book: If you haven’t seen Do the Right Thing, please order it tonight on NetFlix or something because that is a CRIME. The movie itself reveals battles young and old amid races and social boundaries, forcing the viewer to witness the spiraling effects of assumptions and poor instinctual choices. The book, however, goes behind the scenes and looks into the inspiration for the movie with writer/producer/actor Spike Lee and other characters. Interviews too? This book is a necessity.

 

cover image

cover image

 

BUGGIN OUT

BUGGIN OUT

Radio Raheem and Mookie

Radio Raheem and Mookie

 

The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist: Although it just came out, that can be a definitive perk. It covers so much ground in terms of tactics for varied art professions and is optimally caught up to the current state of affairs. The reviews praise Gigi Rosenberg for writing simply and really breakin’ it down.

 

False Flag: With it’s long list of contributors, this illustrated artist’s book claims to focus on “abstraction, dark tones, and ills.” From what I can see prior to purchase, the imagery ranges from figurative to much more abstract imagery. Its severe, haunting even. Also, the book is a great size (approximately 8 x 12) and should be a great object of inspiration or a way to drown the day. Available through PictureBox, edited by Jonas Delaborde and Hendrik Hegray of the zine Nazi Knife.

 

Cover image from 'False Flag'

Cover image from 'False Flag'

 

page from 'False Flag'

page from 'False Flag'

page from 'False Flag'

page from 'False Flag'

 

Alphabets: A Miscellany of Letters: Very intrigued by this book. Typography and the ability to innovate in print, one of the most archaic components of humanity, is invigorating. From the use of letters in manuscripts to hieroglyphics to font as social barometer, this book seems to be right up my alley of interests.

 

Cover image of 'Alphabets'

Cover image of 'Alphabets'

page view

page view, 'Alphabets'

page view, 'Alphabets'

page view, 'Alphabets'

 

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer: A cause very near and dear to my heart for too many reasons. With so many open-ended questions about the disease itself (doesn’t everything give you cancer? literally?), this historical trek through its appearance as far back as ancient times seems very informative and expansive. I wonder how closely it’ll compare to the zombie uprising flowchart I have in my head.

 

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