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History Keeps Me Awake at Night

July 5, 2016


David Wojnarowicz at the Whitney in 2018! I know it’s quite a wait but it’s been a long time. Remember Fever at the New Museum in 1999? David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One day this kid . . .), 1990. Photostat, 30 × 40 1/8 in. (76.2 × 101.9 cm). Edition of 10. Whitney Museum of American […]

Nobrow and Flying Eye

May 21, 2016


Check out the children’s books at Flying Eye Books and Nobrow Press. The books are examples of perfected design, masterful use of color and printing processes. The children’s titles include stories about exploration, art, monsters, cool girls doing cool stuff, history and the natural world. Nobrow creates titles with a slant toward the comic and […]


April 29, 2015


Photograph of Gertrude Stein as Buddha from the Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas collection, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. A casting of Jo Davidson’s early 1920’s sculpture is in Bryant park. Take one more step and see Man Ray’s photo of Stein posing for Davidson.

Read anything punk in a while?

January 26, 2015


I am reading Viv Albertine’s memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. I realized how important and relevant her story is about half way through. It’s a story of the working class, a lost generation, creative anxiety and gutsy feminism all wrapped up in punk. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by The Slits, […]

Counting Sheep

January 17, 2015


All the Birds, Singing is the most recent book by British author Evie Wyld is one of those books you can see, smell, taste and hear. All senses are heightened as the main character, Jake, is haunted by personal and circumstantial demons as she tries to get as far from her troubled past as possible. Jake’s stories are told […]

The Oldest Living Things in the World

March 27, 2014


Photographer Rachel Sussman’s book of the oldest things living on earth published by University Of Chicago Press is available in April! The photographs are beautiful in her immensely lush and somber style (thank you Stephen Shore). Click the image below to enter Ms. Sussman’s website and view some of the photographs in the book. You […]


July 31, 2013


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China Miéville

March 6, 2013


China Miéville’s stories take you places where you are not sure you are. I often read passages in Miéville novels more than once. After going, huh? What just happened? Maybe I missed something? No, I missed nothing and what I read the first time happened and then it evaporated and only a squint of the eye is left. […]

Blessings all over, seen…

January 27, 2013


A WordPress shout to Brian Jahn’s beautiful photography tribute to Jamaican culture and music. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Jahn on a recent book project. So I can promise that it’s totally worth your time to wonder through his blog archives. Blessing all over, seen… Jamming by Brian Jahn, 2010

May We Be Forgiven

January 26, 2013


A.M. Homes’ most recent book, May We Be Forgiven, is a dreamy comic nightmare with a hopeful spirit. It’s complex, layered and most of all impossible to put down as everything changes and grows right before your eyes. Amazing. Check out the interview with A.M. Homes by painter Jane Fine from the November issue of Bomb […]

Art is a guarantee of sanity.

January 16, 2013


The blog post title is a quote by artist Louise Bourgeois who has created many lives for her art self over the course of her long career. Ms. Bourgeois’ prints and drawings are the direct link from her nervous system to the outside world. The Museum of Modern Art has taken the massive archive of […]

It’s Time

October 15, 2012


It’s that time of year again for The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival! Spread the word. This is an amazing festival and it’s the brain child of Desert Island. 2012 poster by Chris Ware

Dichotomy and the Future

October 3, 2012


Lucy Lippard visited the NY Art Book Fair  last weekend and her vision is the seed of the current Brooklyn Museum exhibit, Materializing “Six Years”. There was an interesting read about Lippard on AFC yesterday. The short piece led me to think about the future of art making and art thinking and art writing. And then […]

Do You Know Kate Beaton?

August 9, 2012


You should know Kate Beaton – or at least know her books and website and art. The archive on her site is the best free online reading you can find. Hits include: Dr. Sara Baker, Nancy Drew covers retold, and the Bronte sisters. Oh so fun! One of my favorites from 2007… Buy Hark! A Vagrant for your loved […]

Forming Vol 1 – Jesse Moynihan

February 25, 2012


Forming is one of the best things I’ve read lately. It’s the history of human life in graphic novel form with the most satisfying color I have seen in print in a while. Check out the link on Nobrow’s site. Forming on Nobrow