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January 30, 2009

Vorspannkino is the title of an exhibition of 54 film title opening at KW in Berlin on February 7. The opening titles are often my favorite part of a film, so I’ve no doubt that this exhibition will feature some great work. The opening invite is adapted from Barbarella and describes the film’s title sequence as follows: “A stunning beauty weightlessly floating through space. As she gradually unveils words emerge and descend, covering her body like fig leaves. At the climax of this intro Barbarella delightfully floats before our eyes in paradisiacal nudity.”

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Bundesliga Fashion

January 27, 2009

To get people interested in the Bundesliga, fashionable “outfits” were created to inspire fans to dress in support of their local teams. We just like the dancing.

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Make It a Pencil

January 22, 2009

Robyn Love, who was part of our By Hand project, was recently commissioned to knit a giant water tower cozy for the 2009 D&AD Awards. Here’s a short clip of the transformation from everyday NY water tower to monumental pencil:

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Silver Summit

January 19, 2009

Sondra and Ahram’s band Silver Summit played at Doug Fir last night. They sounded great and the venue was incredible. The first time I’d ever seen an organized drink line. Courtesy is not dead!

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Haruki Murakami’s Daily Routine

January 17, 2009

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

The Paris Review, Summer 2004

[via Daily Routines]

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Beanshooter Man

January 16, 2009

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Read/Write Think/Dream

January 14, 2009

John Baldessari talks about his 2001 installation for UCSD, Read/Write Think/Dream and his experience as a life-long teacher.

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Gary Snyder at Reed

January 8, 2009

I’ve had a soft spot for Gary Snyder since the day I met him in a Lenape long house while performing one of many high school summer jobs.

As mentioned in Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, Snyder and Allen Ginsberg passed through Portland on a trip up the coast in 1956. They made a stop at Reed College and gave a reading that including what have become some of their canonical works. A reel-to-reel tape of the event was discovered in Reed’s archives in 2007, and excerpts have been posted to the university’s website (including the first known recording of Howl).

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