Tuesday, December 12, 2006
by Emily Barton // Picador
Cover photograph by Gayle Harper
Cover illustration by Steven Noble
I love the much larger original hand colored and tinted lithograph from 1858. It's such an unusual bird's eye view that simulates a wide angle lens of Brooklyn / City of New York / Williamsburg. Before any bridges spanned the East River.
Bird's eye view of the city of New York, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg. 1858. Hand colored and tinted lithograph, 59.6 x 90.1 cm. I.N. Phelps Stokes Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource
New-York and environs, from Williamsburgh, 1848. Tinted lithograph with hand coloring ; 51.6 x 82.4 cm. Printer: Sarony & Major. Publisher: Williams & Stevens. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource
New York, from Brooklyn Heights. 1837. Aquatints--Hand-colored. 49.7 x 80.7 cm. © The New York Public Library / Art Resource
Posted by H3NR7 at 12/12/2006
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by Tama Janowitz // St. Martin's Press
Jacket photograph by Joshua Sheldon.
Starring Sarah K. Delson
We did the photoshoot on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. As we were snapping away, a kid stopped in front of Josh, and told him, "You want to shoot something? Shoot this." He then turned around, pulled down his pants and mooned us. Salutations.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
by André Aciman // Picador
This richly colored memoir chronicles the exploits of a flamboyant Jewish family, from its bold arrival in cosmopolitan Alexandria to its defeated exodus three generations later. In elegant and witty prose, André Aciman introduces us to the marvelous eccentrics who shaped his life--Uncle Vili, the strutting daredevil, soldier, salesman, and spy; the two grandmothers, the Princess and the Saint, who gossip in six languages; Aunt Flora, the German refugee who warns that Jews lose everything "at least twice in their lives." And through it all, we come to know a boy who, even as he longs for a wider world, does not want to be led, forever, out of Egypt.
This palm tree kinda looked like a feather duster to me.
Posted by H3NR7 at 7/26/2006
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by Ian Frazier // Picador
Cover photograph by Laura Hanifin
Ian Frazier's Gone to New York is a collection of humorous essays about the wonders of living in the city of New York.
The cover takes its reference from the story "Bags in Trees." About a man who looks up and begins to notice that the trees are littered with snagged milky-white plastic bags, most which are slowly fading into gray shredded Spanish moss. Annoyed at the chaos, he vows to clean up the mess. Snagging one plastic bag at a time.
On the opposite end, I found a blog, Bags in Trees, that surprise, is dedicated to appreciating the beauty of snagged bags in trees. This love of natural found art reminded me of the scene in American Beauty, “The most beautiful thing I ever filmed.” It’s a fun blog. But to be expected, this website is not a huge fan of this book. As evidenced by this blog entry.
Most stores in NYC use these bags as an opportunity to advertise themselves. But some have the simply iconic I "HEART" NY logo that was designed by Milton Glaser. It was a no-brainer to reference the logo with my title treatment. Here's an interview that Milton gave to Chip Kidd that appeared in The Believer.
Friday, May 19, 2006
by Philip Carlo // St. Martin's Press
I was startled to learn that I grew up only three blocks away from this sadistic, evil killer who had a role in the mob killing of Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano. That's one house I'm glad I didn't go trick or treating at.
Posted by H3NR7 at 5/19/2006