Girls Like Us #6 has the amazing Edwige on the cover. Edwige the French punk, the friend of Warhol, the often photographed, the model, the icon, the lovely, the fabulous. Inside is an interview with her and a gallery of photographs of her life. Also inside is an interview with Electrolane's cute drummer Emma Gaze, photographs of people under the covers and behind pillows by German photographer Birgit Wudtke, an interview with Parisian DJ/Producer Fany Corral of Kill the DJ, and more. Every issue of this magazine is a great balance of people I know/have heard of and people I know nothing about but am psyched to discover. Plus, they have an archive in the back of pages from older dyke-y books and magazines. It's good to stay abreast (ha, sorry) of these things.
Found #5 is the CRIME issue. As a nerd for crime novels and cop shows, I am pleased by this. Inside, as usual, is packed with stuff. In this issue, find a former FBI agent's life story, prison guard poetry, found notes about arson, pot, and self-amputation, academic crime, crimes of the heart, found eyeballs, found crack, and the story of a guy who found a million dollars in the road.
The November issue of i-D, like many before it, has Kate Moss on the cover. Kate Moss and i-D are such a natural pair. According to Wagazi blog, the appearance of a blond Kate Moss on the cover of this month's i-D increased sales at Borders Books in the UK by 56%. This is the !*#? issue, a youthful punk rock fuck off kind of issue. Among the fun/chaos inside is good old Malcolm McClaren going on about the old days, LA Punks and their super fun all ages club The Smell (Mr. Mcginnis and I used to go there when we lived nearby), some pretty photos of boys in black by Alasdair Mclellan, and a look at Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Terrence Koh, and Banks Violette as new icons of darkness. Interesting.
The Fart Party
by Julia Wertz
Published by Atomic Books
7" X 10"
178 pages, black and white, softcover
Julia Wertz has gained a healthy cult-following on her comic blog, fartparty.org in a very short time - and she's only been drawing and writing comics for less than 3 years! Atomic Books has recently released Julia's first collection of comics (gathered from the blog and the self-published photocopied comic of the same name), which I read straight through in one sitting. Most mainstream and "underground" comic-strips at the moment are just not funny... at all. They're either totally stupid or overly self-conscious (desperate, actually) in an attempt to be idiosyncratic, but Fart Party is hilarious. As is the case with most auto-biographical comics there's a healthy dose of self-depreciation, but in Fart Party we are spared the cliche nerd-boy self-loathing polluting most comics. Julia doesn't take herself too seriously. In Fart Party you get to see the kind of girl you actually know, a sometimes boozy cute girl who reads, wastes time, grumbles, burps and gets irritated with you. Like David Sedaris she is able to convey the absurdity of mundane experience in a way people can relate to; you totally side with her and so you crack-up. Her economical, simple line drawings are highly effective at storytelling and very cute... I'm totally jealous she's got it all so right in such a little time.
The Fart Party is available for $12.95 at Atomic Books
Tuesday November 6: The Brooklynites at Word in Greenpoint. Various Brooklyn dwellers—including the usuals Jonathan Lethem and Paul Auster—read their bits from writer Anthony La Sala and photographer Seth Kushner's new book about Brooklyn. There will also be a slide show. As yet no word on whether there'll be punch and pie. Word Bookstore. 126 Franklin St., Greenpoint. 7:30pm. Free.
Also tonight: Booklyn Arts Alliance, a publisher/educator/distributor of books based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, kicks off their monthly First Tuesday salon. Have some questions about your book project? Want to meet some book artists? Join Mr. Mcginnis and myself there this evening and definitely bring punch and pie. 37 Greenpoint Avenue, 4th floor. 7-10 pm. Free.
Wednesday November 7: Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher at City Lights Books showing work from and talking about their new book Learning to Love You More, a collection of completed assignments from their website/project of same name. 261 Columbus Ave., SF, CA. 7pm. Free.
Thursday November 8: The Atlantic's 150th Anniversary at NYU's Bobst Library. Atlantic contributors on hand to read and talk about the magazine include Christopher Buckley, Arianna Huffington, P.J. O’Rourke and Tom Wolfe. They say there will also be a surprise musical guest. Hm! And you get a free copy of the current issue. 70 Washington Square South. 7:30. Free.
Wednesday November 7-Sunday November 11: Paper Magazine LA Project. NY's Paper Magazine continues to celebrate their love for Los Angeles with this annual LA Project thingy, a series of parties and art events based out of a temporary storefront on LaBrea. For a list of events, go here. The opening night party is tomorrow and is an exhibit of paintings by Phyllis Diller and polaroids by Henry Garfunkel. Over the weekend, the storefront will be open 24 hours. 233 South LaBrea (near 3rd Street). Various times. Free.
The Best of LCD - The Art and Writing of WFMU-FM
Edited by Dave the Spazz
Princeton Architectural Press
7.6 x 10 inches, Paperback, 256 pages
150 color illustrations; 300 b/w illustrations
I don't listen to the radio unless I'm in the car. But then when I am driving, it almost seems like cheating to bring CDs or tapes along. I leave the car radio on WFMU and am excited to hear whatever strange or awesome or horrible thing they might be playing when the car lurches to life. Then I drive around and listen for a bit. Well, actually, I sit and listen while double parked with coffee and a bagel waiting for street cleaning to finish so I can move the car back. It's a good station. I take notes for future record buying sometimes. I didn't know until today that from 1986 to 1998, WFMU published their program guide as a print magazine called LCD (lowest common denominator). The Best of LCD - The Art and Writing of WFMU-FM is a wonderful collection of comics, covers, articles, and stories from these program guides by the likes of Luc Sante, Nick Tosches, Daniel Clowes, Daniel Johnston, Harvey Pekar, Gary Panter, and a bunch of others. I love that this is packed with so many great comics. Other favorite things include the bios of forgotten radio personalities, crackpots and visionaries trading cards, an article titled The Devout Fornication Agenda of Wayne Newton, record buying tips and tips on remaining unemployed.
Tuesday October 30: Writer, critic, interesting fellow Greil Marcus reads from his new book The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy in the American Voice at the Union Square Barnes & Noble. Go early, cruise the mag racks and then listen to Marcus talk about America, Twin Peaks, political speeches and Philip Roth. Barnes & Noble, 33 E 17th St. 7pm. Free.
Wednesday October 31: Happy Halloween! I always have a hard time deciding what to do on Halloween. Email list Nonsense NYC sums it up, "Halloween can be really shitty....Somehow it's become a major business too, with elaborate store-bought costumes turning everyone into pop culture jokes or slutty parodies: Last year we went out in Manhattan and it was pretty much a Boschian nightmare of naughty nurses, sexy cops, and drunk asshole vampires." So what do you do? If you've never been to the Halloween Parade, you should probably go check it out. This year's parade has a "Wings of Desire" theme. Let's see, you could go as an angel, a German, Peter Falk, a piece of the Berlin Wall? The parade starts at Spring St. and goes up 6th Ave. 7pm. Free. If you're not in the mood for that, I say make yourself a costume and go walk around looking for a party to crash. If you're in SF, I guess just stay home. What a drag.
OR Night of the Living Dead is playing at MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Fifth Ave. 6pm and 8pm. $10.
Thursday November 1-Sunday November 4: Editions/Art Books Fair 2007. This year the E|AB celebrates their 10th anniversary by moving into The Tunnel in Chelsea. That space is huge. I can't wait to go look at all the books and items. Here is a full list of the many participants. The gala is on Thursday night, costs $50, and benefits P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. The rest of the weekend the fair is open to the public for free. The Tunnel, New York, 261 11th Ave.
Donovan Beeson posted a very clear and easy tutorial for making a book of envelopes for the Instructables and Etsy Sew Useful contest. Beeson is a maker of books and stationery, lover of vintage papers and admitted postal pervert—he loves everything to do with the mail. While I understand the idea of this, I'm too afraid of the Post Office to properly share his fetish. I do, however, share his appreciation for both the glory of office supplies and those paint chips from hardware stores. The envelope book he makes is beautiful and also a good organizing tool. I may have to make one to keep all my receipts straight. See also Beeson's Etsy store.
Ker-bloom! 67 & 68
5.5" x 4.25"
8 pages, Letterpress cover and inside, 2 color, stapled
Numbered editions of 483 (67) and 500 (68)
Longtime Bay Area resident and zine-maker Karen Switzer, A.K.A. Artnoose, moved to Pittsburgh. Issues 67 and 68 of her zine Ker-bloom! are titled "Why I Love the Bay Area..." and "...and Why I'm Leaving" respectively. In the first of these lovely little letter-pressed volumes, Switzer tells the story of building a life and a community, her love for the Bay Area and her thoughts on the concept of family. Then she goes on to talk about growing up, and figuring out ways to move forward with her work and her life, and leaving the Bay for Pittsburgh. Every issue of Ker-bloom! is a story about something going on in Switzer's life. They're like the best kind of short, late night conversations. You know, after you've been hanging around the party for ages and you and the person you're chatting with in the corner have finally gotten to the heart of the matter, the good stuff.
I bought these two issues of Ker-bloom! in San Francisco in a moment of Bay Area nostalgia and wistful feelings and am now in bed in my New York apartment reading them. Switzer is not the first person to bring the idea of moving to a cheaper smaller city to my attention, plenty of other pals have thought about it and then done it. Half of me has been like, "sure just go, you wuss" and the other half understands the need for cheaper rent, bigger spaces, etc. I wonder if I could pull it off. I feel so comfortable in New York, I can't imagine leaving but maybe a bigger, cheaper place would allow me to make more stuff. I don't know. The last time I lived outside of a major city, it was a bad scene. But then again, who's junior high school experience wasn't! These things are definitely on my mind lately.
Photographs by Mårten Lange
Published by Farewell Books
6" X 8.75"
38 pages, black and white, laser printed and perfect bound
Last May I described Mårten Lange's photos of tree branches as, "...reminiscent of a tangle of amplifier cords–nature transformed into man-made disarray... " when I reviewed his first book, Woodland. Now comes Lange's second book, Machina, which has the exact opposite effect: cords, knobs, and pressure gauges transformed into wilderness. The high contrast black and white photography comes in close and abstracts the machines which are as entangled and chaotic as nature, and like the trees and foliage of Woodland, seem to be consuming their surroundings.
Available at Farewell Books
Also tonight at 7pm, you can truck up to the Guggenheim for a panel discussion entitled The Worst of Warhol. I'd like to go to this. From the email about it: "Focusing on Warhol as publisher, collector, chronicler, publicist, and progenitor of a larger-than-life public persona, discussants entertain the provocation: Is the worst of Warhol really the best of Warhol?" Panelists include Richard Prince and Robert Nickas. Guggenheim Museum. 1071 5th Avenue @ 89th St. 7pm. $10.
Wednesday October 24th: Luc Sante and Tim McLoughlin are reading from New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg at Spoonbill and Sugartown in Williamsburg. New York Calling was put together by blogger/New York historian Brian Berger of Who Walk in Brooklyn. Berger will also be at the reading to talk about stuff, things, and his book. 218 Bedford Avenue. 7pm. Free.
Saturday October 27: The School of Visual Arts is having an open house for its new MFA program in design criticism. The program's Chair, Alice Twemlow, will be presenting an overview of the curriculum, while faculty members Philip Nobel, Alexandra Lange, Emily Gordon and Steven Heller (also the program's co-founder) will be there to answer questions. 133 West 21st street, 1st floor. 2-4pm. Free. (via Core 77)
Through Sunday October 28th: This week is your last chance to see Mike Nelson's mind-blowing installation, "A Psychic Vacuum," at the old Essex Market building on Delancey and Essex. Brought to us by Creative Time, this dizzying maze of rooms, items and smells reminds us that great things still happen in New York. Go, get lost, be amazed. 117 Delancey @ Essex. Friday through Sunday. 12-6pm. Free.
Photo from A Psychic Vacuum by f. trainer.
Alexander “Fish” Bohn talks about the fantastic new site ffffound
Flickr Finds: A lovely collection of miscellaneous paper ephemera
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