you can now purchase one or all of the 7600 volumes of the English language Wikipedia created by artist Michael Mandiberg, currently on view at From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! at Denny Gallery until July 11th, 2015.
Birth of a Book… born of traditional, time-honored techniques. shot/directed/edited by Glen Milner.
beautifully brilliant… WIM•BLE•DON, wimbledon championships, 122nd edition, men’s final (final set), Federer vs. Nadal. by BRYANKU.
i’ve decided to quite smoking… for good (i.e. forever) this time, and although the idea of denying myself the pleasure of a single cigarette for the rest of my life has left me with a sense of immediate deprivation and terrifying hopelessness, i am no less determined to do so. of course i’m only on day 2 which means that i could really just give at any second and simply walk a block up the street to my local 7-eleven and proceed to buy yet another pack of delicious cigarettes. but i refuse! primarily because i’ve already passed the test of wills, (phase one and two* thank you very much), and everybody knows that once you’ve gone that far, you might as well go for the gold. so in order to stay the course i’ve been trying to keep myself busy with a variety of other distractions. one of which is reading about the trials and tribulations of other quitters, and then laughing ironically at their pain. this is how i came across David Sedaris‘ When You Are Engulfed in Flames. the entire book is filled with short stories about smoking, (or not), and they’re just as satisfying as any cigarette could possibly be, (<– that is a lie). in any case, i highly suggest you check it out for yourself, but if you’d rather start off with just a quick puff or two, you can read an article of his on the subject here. enjoy, and wish me luck!
when i was younger my mother used to do all sorts of crafts and projects with me and my brothers and sisters. this was in part because there were six of us, (three girls followed by three boys… yeah, cuckoo town), and she had to do something in order to keep us occupied/her sanity. but she was also a very creative person as well who simply loved to get her hands glittery and make wildly wonderful things with her children. so in order to keep coming up with a variety of inexpensive yet interesting projects to create, she would constantly be on the look out for old, odd books, (there was no internet then, can you imagine), full of fun activities and playful inventions to try out. one of the rare treasures that she somehow managed to find and share with all of us was this book, How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself by Robert Paul Smith, (and illustrated by his wife Elinor Goulding Smith). it’s filled with all sorts of (dangerously insane children’s) games, toys and projects to keep any kid, (or six), busy for the better part of a summer. of course thinking back to those childhood days makes me remember just how carefree and fun life used to be before it all got so complicated. over the years i’ve somehow managed to keep creating, (no matter how senseless it seems to be at times), but now i have to consider the craziest things, like how using crayons in my work reflects upon me as an individual… i guess i really just wish that there was an ‘adult’ version of this book. then i would know how to do nothing with nobody all alone by myself.
Werner Herzog keeps it real in yet another installation of Werner Herzog Reads… a video series narrated and created by Ryan Iverson. this time he returns to recite Clement Clarke Moore’s, (a.k.a. mr. fancy pants), “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, narrating the familiar children’s tale in a grave, existentially pained tone that only a man of great brilliance and suffering could possibly muster, or, a slightly above average, amateur comedian apparently. in any case, the readings are both hilarious and hopeless and offer an insight that we may/should have previously missed as young, innocent and benign children.