Augustin Lesage (French, 1876-1954)
One day, while working as a coal miner, Augustin Lesage heard a voice that he believed came from his sister, Mary. Mary had died in childhood long ago. The voice instructed him to become a painter. He heard more voices, sometimes from Leonardo da Vinci, with specific instructions for how and what to paint. Starting in 1911 at the age of 35, Lesage painted every day after work in the mines. At his death, Lesage had painted hundreds of enormous canvases, in his uniquely detailed and symmetrical style.
Porto, 13 de Junho de 1988.
A treze de Junhode 1987, faz então hoje um ano, enviámos-lhes, em papel timbrado, uma missiva registada onde a relação de débito para connosco encontrava-se devidamente listada e onde se solicitava a sua regularização.
326. Walter Gropius & Adolph Meyer /// Adolf Sommerfeld House /// Berlin-Dahlem, Germany /// 1920-22
OfHouses presents ‘The Grandfathers of Modern Architecture and their First Houses’.
(Photo: © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. Source: Gilbert Lupfer, Paul Sigel, “Walter Gropius 1883 - 1969″ (Köln: Taschen, 2004), pp. 27-30.)
Man Ray “Optic Topic” Mask in Gilt Silver, circa 1974.
Some of the best screenshots of despair are irl.
As my 2014 post was such a hit, here is my second annual look at the past year’s young adult book covers. This isn’t my speciality, so this list is a lot more of a crowd-sourced effort than my very personal adult list. A special thank you to all the designers who have made suggestions in the past couple of weeks — you know who you are! — and if there are any burning omissions, please let me know in the comments!
This lung-tree illustration is just incredible, but it is worth noting that this UK cover is actually an adaptation of the killed US cover (HarperCollins).
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre; design by Anna Booth; photography by Jon Barkat and Gary Spector (Feiwel & Friends / April 2015)
It should be noted that this cover glows in the dark.
The UK version was designed by David McDougall for Walker Books.
Save Me by Jenny Elliott; design Richard Deas photo art Adam Andrearczyk (Swoon Reads / July 2015)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; design Rich Deas (Henry Holt & Co / September 2015)
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin;design by Marcie Lawrence; illustration Terry Fan and Eric Fan (Little Brown & Co / September 2015)
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales; design Elizabeth H. Clark (Farrar, Straus & Giroux / September 2015)
I still prefer the title-less version!
Willful Machines by Tim Foreen; design by Dan Potash (Simon & Schuster / October 2015)
(This probably needs to be seen in person as the blue is, I believe, a metallic finish, and the back cover is the image reversed in a lovely orange-red).
In my last post on the book covers of 2015, I thought I would take a look back at some of the series that caught my eye this this year…
Stephen Baxter / Manifold; design by Mike Topping (Harper Voyager / 2015)
Stephen Baxter / The NASA Trilogy; design by Mike Topping (Harper Voyager / 2015)
Noam Chomsky; design by David Pearson (Pushkin Press / 2015)
Rachel Cohn; design by Lizzy Bromley (Simon & Schuster / 2015)
Freemans; design by Michael Salu (Grove / 2015)
The very first Freeman’s anthology was published in fall this year, but hopefully this design will set the tone for the rest of the series. The second volume is scheduled for next year.
Vintage Feminism; design by Matthew Broughton (Vintage / 2015)
Little Black Classics; design by Jim Stoddart (Penguin / 2015)
(There are an awful lot of these!)
C. S. Lewis; design by Kimberly Glyder (HarperOne / 2015)
New Directions in Media History; design by David A. Gee (Polity Press / 2015)
New Modernisms; design by Daniel Benneworth-Gray (Bloomsbury / 2015)
Tim O’Brien; design by Jo Walker (Fourth Estate / 2015)
The Penguin Book of the British Short Story Volumes 1 & 2; design Matthew Young (Penguin /2015)
Picador Modern Classics; design by Kelly Blair (Picador USA / 2015)
Pushkin Vertigo; design by Jamie Keenan (Pushkin Press / 2015)
Russian Plays in Translation; design John Gall (Theater Books / 2015)
Radical Thinkers Volume 9; design by Rumors (Verso / 2015)
This isn’t a new series of course, but this set marked a colourful change of direction. You can read about the design here.
Serpent’s Tail Classics; design by Steve Panton; series design Peter Dyer (Serpent’s Tail / 2015)
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E os poetas na leprosaria
uns com os outros,
inspeccionando as chagas
uns dos outros.
Jorge de Sena, “Trinta Anos de Poesia”, Editorial Inova, pág. 26, Porto, Dezembro de 1972.
Here’s a page by Yuko Shimizu, published in TOON Books’ Little Nemo’s Big New Dreams.
Too bad my September lessons didn’t include finish & post the things you need to finish & post :) But better late than never.
Previous monthly lessons here.
dangdang.com is a B2C e-commerce retailer with an attractive logo
E-retailers the world over are finally realizing the importance and joys of brick-and-mortar bookstores—or something like that.
Yes, it would seem that physical bookstores are on the rise: there are tech-bros in London putting their tablets away in favor of bookshelves and DJ booths, there’s Jeff Bezos, a man who once told an Amazon exec to “proceed as if your goal is to put everyone selling physical books out of a job,” back-pedaling himself right into a physical life-size model of a bookstore in Seattle, Washington.
Next to hop on the trend is Dangdang.com, who, as China Retail News reports, will open 1,000 physical bookstores across the People’s Republic of China by 2018. The B2C e-retailer’s first shop—located in Changsha City, Hunan—is due to open this month.
Dangdang executive Zhang Wei explains:
Our bookstores in the first- and second-tier cities will be as large as one to two square kilometers, and they will become a cultural complex with sales of books and other related products with higher profit … Meanwhile, we will team up with renowned shopping malls in an attempt to substantially cut bookstores management costs.
To put the scope of this project into perspective, Barnes & Noble—American’s only standing national bookstore chain—has just 647 locations as of August 2015, and B&N has been around since 1917. To call Dangdang’s effort to build, staff, and operate 1,000 stores in three years ambitious is a gross understatement—it’s very difficult to imagine Dangdang’s “renowned shopping mall” locations helping the company offset costs all that much.
As an e-retailer, Dangdang’s primary competitor is—no surprise—Amazon China, and like Amazon Books in Seattle, Dangdang bookshops will offer their online prices in-store, a fact that, given the sheer number of locations, may prove to be a serious threat to other bookstores throughout the country.
And, unless they can afford to lose money every year like Amazon, to themselves.
Ad Reinhardt, Rough Sketch for a Leaflet in the “Event” or “Happening” of a Fine-Artists Strike, 1961
Continuavam as aulas de caligrafia
da dona Otelinda com o seu
aparo de lança n.° 120,
molhado de tinta azul, a deslizar
em torneadas maiúsculas
no papel almaço. Continuavam
apesar das máquinas de escrever
da sala 8, para as alunas mais
No cursivo inglês
que talvez Pessoa tivesse aprendido,
caligrafávamos: Amigo e Senhor e
de Vossa Senhoria, Atenciosamente.
Depois nas aulas de francês e inglês
aprendíamos – já sem caligrafia – e
regressadas à esferográfica (que
Pessoa não conheceu) as
mesmas cantigas de amigo. Havia
sempre um Dear Sir ou um Cher
Monsieur para redigir carta
sobre a letra a receber ou
a pagar avec nos salutations,
les plus distinguées.
Letras com um sacador
e um sacado, que se tornava
sempre o aceitante, até
à data do vencimento.
Inês Lourenço, “O Segundo Olhar (Antologia)”, p. 25, Companhia das Ilhas, 2015.
Quinta-feira, 12 de Novembro|
JÁ NÃO ME APETECE MUITO
Já não me apetece muito
Se fosse como dantes
Mas sinto-me muito velho
Sinto-me muito sério
Boris Vian, Canções & Poemas; trad. de Irene Nunes e Fernando Martins.
“Busy Person’s Correspondence Card – We’re having a gay old time! Why don’t you come?” vintage postcard
Cat sleeping in the arms of Madame Ingres, Jean-August Dominmique Ingres (1854)
Imagem do carro de condução automática em diferentes situações e escolhas (retirada do artigo).
Em breve o Problema do Trólei deixará de ser uma experiência mental para testar as nossas crenças éticas e tornar-se-á uma realidade do dia-a-dia. Isto porque os carros de condução automática já aí estão e vão ter de tomar esse tipo de decisões.
- Deverá um carro de condução automática matar os seus passageiros para evitar matar um grupo de pessoas que o inclui a si?
- Deverá o seu carro de condução automática matá-lo a si para evitar um número maior de vítimas?
- Será que o carro deverá responder da mesma maneira a estas duas situações e se não, porquê?
Outras questões que este projecto levanta podem ser as seguintes:
- Deverá haver outras opções de carros que respondam a diferentes teorias éticas? Como?
- Será que estes carros mostram que toda a gente é utilitarista, quando chegamos a questões de facto e saímos das teorias filosóficas?
[Agradeço ao Desidério as sugestões para melhorar este post.]