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OK... here is yet another psychotically expensive magazine rack solution - BCXSY's See-Saw Bookshelf. Yes, a bookshelf - but as the product-shot illustrates with copies of National Geographic - it works quite well for magazines. It's made with walnut wood and powder coated steel parts. I absolutely adore this kind of playfulness in design - I just wish it didn't cost so much! However, I do think that this is an easily replicated design with a bit of carpentry and some sturdy croquet hoops.

Available at Generate for $1,899.00

roundup3.jpgANP Quarterly's new issue has Phyllis Diller on the cover! Photographer Lisa Eisner shot Ms. Diller and her paintings. I imagine that's all I really need to say to get you to run out and find it. Just in case it's not... Also in the issue is pictures by amazing Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, with interview by Ed Templeton, nice big pictures of the choppy, weird work of Swedish artist Jockum Nordström, and cool math-y genius/artist Xylor Jane.

Me Magazine is always going around changing their whole design, even logo, based on the subject/guest editor of each issue. While I j'adore that about them, my personal tastes go for certain issues over others. This new brightly colored jam featuring rapper, performance artist, general hot freak extraordinaire Tara De Long is particularly pleasing to me. Jack Pierson took the photos featuring Tara and her team of geniuses, back-up dancers, pr sluts, and fashion collaborators and it looks like the shoot was fun. The party was also fun though I wish I'd gotten there in time for the whole show...

The Summer 2007 issue of Hamburger Eyes is a special music issue. I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for music photography though I'm not really sure why because most of it is a serious bore. In usual Hamburgular fashion, this issue is far from boring. It's packed with fabulous images from new names as well as the names you'd expect to see: Boogie, Ricky Powell, Alissa Anderson, Jim Jocoy, Ed Templeton, and many others.

punkplanet.jpgAw man. After 13 years and 80 issues, Chicago-based fanzine turned magazine Punk Planet is folding. Their distribution house went bankrupt last year and they took a big hit. Sound familiar? Punk Planet's first issue came out while I was working in a record/zine shop. I've been reading it on and off since and am sad to see it go. If you're unfamiliar with the mag, I'd suggest buying their collected interviews book. Here are some other responses: Chicago Tribune, The Portland Mercury, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Tiny Showcase

06/29/07

1388.jpgIn 2004, Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch of Providence, Rhode Island, historical home of many a cool printmaker, looked around at all their talented pals and decided to start Tiny Showcase, a website gallery of small artworks. Each week they choose someone’s tiny work and fine art printer IO Labs does a limited run of it. I like this idea. There's not a lot of overhead cost, the artist gets to make a little money off their work, and the art enthusiast gets to take home an art work for about the cost of a record or a book. Go browse around and buy stuff... If it wasn't sold out, I'd buy this one. I love zombies.

Yeast Hoist #12

06/27/07

outYeast Hoist #12: Stop Thinking Start Sleeping Stop Sleeping Start Living
By Ron Regé Jr.
6.75" x 8 ", 48 pages
Black and white, full color cover
$5.95

Ron Regé Jr.
slowly but surely made a name for himself publishing his own mini-comics - like the first 8 issues of Yeast Hoist, which were photocopied. Issue #12, now all big-time published, collects various drawings and instant comics (unplanned, drawn/written on the spot) from sketchbooks and a few illustrations that were previously published in The New York Times. Regé's work has punk immediacy and energy, yet his simple line drawings are thoughtfully composed - one might even call them formal. His drawings, particularly the ones of nature and street scenes, are quite sweet. One drawing of a girl raging over a spilled ice cream cone is captioned "Sweetness and Bite," an accurate description of the entire book. His work is like a boy who will give you a dirty look and smirk, but will kiss you on the cheek when no one is looking.

Yeast Hoist #12 is available at Buenaventura Press

Holy crap, it's hot out. At this rate I'm going to have to rethink my summer look—tight jeans just aren't working out in this heat. I'm at a newstand cafe thingy looking at stuff, guzzling iced coffees, and typing to you on a loaner laptop while mine gets a new hard drive (*sob*). Even with everything backed up and organized elsewhere, I couldn't help but feel some sense of loss as I signed the paper saying go ahead, delete everything. With temps reaching 90 today, my attention span has gone from short to ridiculous—I can't get through a whole music review, let alone a New Yorker article. Seriously, it's like a wet t-shirt contest out there.

In the spirit of scattered summer brains, here are links to some random things:

Sharp critique of annoying magazine Monocle by Rick Poynor in Eye Magazine. (via MagCulture)

My new ebay need: issues of wonderful old men's fashion magazine Gentry. This guy has some scanned bits of a few issues.

Conscientious: A pretty good fine art photography blog here by curator/scientist Jorg M Colberg. He co-curated a show that opened last week at Jen Bekman called A New American Portrait. Some good stuff in there. Go see it if you're around. Standouts include: Todd Hido and Benjamin Donaldson.

Salon article on McSweeney's money issues, the woes of other independent publishers, and how the internet may or may not be able to help.

outBlu Dot's 2d:3d Wall Mount Magazine Rack comes flat, but folds out to hold your precious, precious magazines. It comes in metal, red, white and occasionally blue (though not at the moment). Simple and only $65 bucks.

Available at Design Public.

33.jpgWriter, editor and Print Fetish interview subject Kate Schatz has a new book out. Rid of Me: A Story is the newest in Continuum's 33 1/3 series—each book takes on a single, seminal album, in this case P.J. Harvey's Rid of Me. From the SF Bay Guardian review, "The best musical covers occur when some kind of alchemy takes place. What starts out as an act of homage or repetition turns into revelation as the new version throws light on, say, the lyrical subtext or rhythmic potential that seem to have been hidden within the original. Kate Schatz magics a similar sort of transformation in her fictional cover — revolving around two outlaw-lovers, Mary and Kathleen — of PJ Harvey's 1993 album Rid of Me." Buy it at Amazon or at a cool bookstore near you.

Capricious #6

06/21/07

cap6.gifCapricious Magazine #6
New York and points beyond
7.75 x 10.5
full color, perforated pages
$19

"Just Can't Get Enough" is the tagline for this new issue of Capricious. The party for it was at Union Pool and there were tacos and beer. I was out on a photoshoot and missed the fun, which is terrible because one of the things I just can't get enough of is free tacos. Jeez ok, before I go on a food tangent... This may be the best issue of Capricious yet. Overall I have a serious unsettled weird feeling looking at it. There are a lot of altered images here. I imagine these photographers in their bedrooms, armed with tape, scissors, computers, and their own bizarre brains, working out fantasy visions over ordinary scenes. It's hard for me to say what stands out because I love the issue as a whole... It's really well curated. You go, Caroline Niémant! Matthew Porter, Lilly McElroy, Martin Kollar, and Körner Union's bits are all aces if I had to pick a few to mention. So rush out and get this issue. Do it! Also, it comes with a compilation CD from Brooklyn music collective Voodoo Eros. Highlights on that include Jana Hunter, Metallic Falcons (CocoRosie metal band side project), and Quinn Walker (from The Suckers). FYI, other things I just can't get enough of are seltzer, pickles, the smell of ink and paper and markers, staring out of moving car windows, and the wearing of this grey t-shirt.

Today is the last day before the fabulous relaunch of my kitchen and living room. Mr. Mcginnis and I are cranky and exhausted yet tickled pink at our handiwork. I just want to give a quick shout out to Apartment Therapy and Make: Zine for their inspiration. If they weren't there to give Mr. Mcginnis a million cool ideas, he wouldn't harass me constantly about my messy apartment which in turn wouldn't have inspired me to tell him to do something about it! So, Apt Therapy and Make, I owe you one. Back to our regularly scheduled office hours tomorrow!



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