Thursday, May 20, 2010


This week's links. Enjoy.

Gourmet or Nothing
Interesting NYT story about reader loyalty — it seems that after Gourmet was closed down, the anticipated move by the 900,00 or so Gourmet readers to other food magazines has largely vanished. Where did they go?

A fun little slideshow on The Morning News from the book Lists by Liza Kirwin, curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Liza's book is a collection of historically significant notes, grocery lists, and romantic ephemera from some of the 20th century’s greatest artists — Joseph Cornell, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and more.

Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man
Master of the postmodern short story, Jorge Luis Borges was one of the great South American writers of the last century, winning 46 national and international literary prizes. To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, Philippe Molins directed the 47 minute documentary, Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man, described by one reviewer as a “bit of everything – part biography, part literary criticism, part hero-worship, part book reading, and part psychology.” Via @brainpicker.

This Column Will Change Your Life
Are you an asker or a guesser? Guardian contributor Oliver Burkeman discusses how these very different social styles affect how we interact with others. Fascinating.

Design Blogs: The Vacuum of Enthusiasm
Thought provoking piece by Alexandra Lange on what she sees as the weakness of design blogs — a lack of critical thinking. Not sure I necessarily agree with her position, but definitely an interesting read.

IS Parade
This is a completely charming diversion for Twitter users — enter your Twitter name on the site and watch the parade. Super cute.

Garage Into Home
After her divorce, Michelle de la Vega found that converting a garage into a home was a good project to get her back on her feet again. Great looking reno, too!

D.I.Y. Honey
Designer Lena Goldsteiner recently created a portable urban beehive — perfect for a balcony, backyard or rooftop garden. And with the bee population disappearing at an alarming rate, this is a good thing for everyone — her design was inspired by Richard Buckminster Fuller's theory of Synergetics and by Albert Einstein, who came to this direct and simple conclusion: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would only have 4 years of life left." Via swissmiss.

The Neighborhood Flags Project
GOOD magazine recently asked a group of designers, artists, and illustrators to create flags celebrating their neighborhoods — here are the fun results. Such a great idea.

(photo via the beautiful soup)

David Sykes

Something fun today — the faux food photography of David Sykes. Enjoy.

Via pain tranché)
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