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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 12, 2010


Boom Goes Pop

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARK LAMSTER

Boom Goes Pop

A few months ago I used this space to profess my distaste for fat design monographs, the sort with images that run page after page and have minimal explanatory text. There was a time (the 1990s) when these books seemed interesting, but I now find them, more often than not, to be lazy, self-indulgent and ecologically wasteful.
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ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

Minotaurs in Suburban England

A chic café next to the Royal Festival Hall on the banks of the river Thames, London. It’s mid-afternoon and Vaughan Oliver is talking about blood, sex and death. He pulls photographs from his bag like doves from a magician’s hat. It's the 4AD dream team again: photographer Simon Larbalestier and designer Vaughan Oliver.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 11.07.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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LAURA TARRISH

Laura Tarrish's Collection of Miniature Chairs

I bought my first small chair in 1986, just after my initial East coast portfolio review as an illustrator. (Although I’m certain he won’t remember, it was an appointment with Alex Isley at the then-newly-launched SPY Magazine). I was gearing myself up for the next appointment, when I spotted a little green metal chair in the window of an antiques store.
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KT MEANEY

The Library: A Museum

I shouldn't be reading this book — I shouldn't even be touching it. It is a fragile copy of Oliver Twist from 1841, printed only three years after it was written. Dickens himself might have held it.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.31.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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