Books

Post image for The Unseen Drawings of Kurt Vonnegut

Drawings by Kurt Vonnegut long kept in storage are getting the monograph treatment with a new publication of his playful, line-driven art. Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, coming next month from the Monacelli Press, features 145 selections of his work.

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Post image for Hundreds of Years of Data Growing on Trees

While data visualization can seem like a modern design focus, it really has its roots in the High Middle Ages when a sudden rise in information and population resulted in the need to convey ideas in an accessible way.

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Post image for Collaging Imagery from the Delirious Confusion of Finnegans Wake

James Joyce’s 1939 Finnegans Wake notoriously starts out with this linguistic monstrosity thundering the fall of Adam and Eve …

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Post image for Photographing Ancient Organisms Before They Disappear

Brooklyn-based photographer Rachel Sussman spent nearly a decade tracking down the elders of our world, where life is measured in centuries instead of years.

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Post image for The Portrait in the 21st Century

The National Portrait Gallery in London has published a compendium of what portraiture means for the 21st century. While the media may be more tech-heavy than previous centuries, the examination of self remains, perhaps with even more questions of what that means than before.

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Post image for Artists Offer Their Escapes from Creative Block

It seems like a lot of artists just have it together, never missing a beat in churning out work as if on an assembly line powered by boundless creativity. Of course the truth is, everyone gets in a rut sometimes that can feel like being lodged in the Mariana Trench.

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Post image for Testifying on the Walls: A Street Artist’s Urban Love Letters

Meticulously painted like old advertising signs but conveying the kind of telegraphed poetry you might find scrawled on a bathroom wall, Stephen Powers’s murals have been lodged into the street dialogue of cities from New York to Philadelphia to Belfast. A new book brings together the narrative of his public art for the first time.

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Post image for New York Noir: Capturing the City’s Grit and Grime

Photographer Michael Ernest Sweet scavenges the constant contrasts of people in New York City for shots that show the grittiness and grime of its collective persona. Some of these photographs have been collected into a noir narrative called The Human Fragment, a monograph released in December by independent literary publisher Brooklyn Arts Press.

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Post image for Laird Barron, ‘The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All’

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All (Nightshade Books, 2013) is Laird Barron’s fifth book and his third collection of short stories. Barron’s fiction is Horror with a capital H. He has a Weird Lovecraftian streak, and he doesn’t care who knows it.

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Post image for The Scientific Artist: On Reading Michel Houellebecq

I can think of no better way to frame a brief introduction to Houellebecq’s work (still largely unfamiliar to Americans) than to structure it around a tension between analysis and lyricism.

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