Books

Post image for Robert Moses’s Two-Faced Legacy Gets the Comic Book Treatment

Robert Moses was never elected to a major office in New York City, but he completely altered the topography of the metropolis through three decades of construction projects.

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Post image for 8,000 Books and Manuscripts Lost After ISIS Bombs Mosul Library

On Sunday night, more than 8,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed after ISIS militants bombed Mosul’s Central Library.

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Post image for Endless Enemies: Photographing Military Training Targets around the World

A 30-year-old memory of a metal figure riddled with bullet holes, standing in the furrows of a German field, finally persuaded photographer Herlinde Koelbl to investigate what military training targets look like around the world.

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Post image for A Portal to Unite the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection

This month the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection launched an online platform that unifies artists’ books from across several Smithsonian collections.

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In Brief

A Book that Judges You by Your Cover

by Becca Rothfeld on February 3, 2015

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We’re used to judging books by their covers — but perhaps we’d think twice about our premature judgments if books judged us back.

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Post image for Letters of Woe and Curses Returned with Stolen Pieces of the Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of an ancient forest, dazzling with glints of opal and amethyst, have tempted many a visitor to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park.

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Post image for Catching Subway Riders in the Act of Reading

For bibliophiles and generally nosy people, one of the worst things about the rise of e-books and e-readers is that they don’t have distinct covers.

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Post image for Photographing the Crossroads of Life and Death in South Africa

Beginning in the 1940s, South African photographer David Goldblatt documented the people and landscapes of his country in striking black and white. It was only after apartheid that he felt comfortable with color in his work.

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Books

A History of Art on the Final Frontier

by Allison Meier on December 18, 2014

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The first instance of a space discovery affecting art was likely 1608’s Somnium, a novel by astronomer Johannes Kepler about a trip to the moon following a pathway revealed by a demon. Ron Miller includes the curious story in The Art of Space, published this October by Zenith Press, which chronicles the history of artists interpreting the frontier beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

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Post image for A Portrait of the 21st-Century Alps, Where Glaciers Retreat and Concrete Advances

The Alps today are different mountains from when the first 19th-century photographers hoisted heavy plate cameras up their craggy sides. Glaciers are in retreat, ski resorts are firmly lodged into slopes, and human infrastructure crawls back and forth steadily up their inclines.

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