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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 06, 2011


Gail Anderson

FEATURED THIS WEEK : GAIL ANDERSON

Gail Anderson's Collection of Salt and Pepper Shakers

I got hooked on salt and pepper shakers in the mid-1980s, after a visit to the NBC Store with my cousin, Roger. My first set was Nipper and his gramophone ("His Master's Voice"), and while I knew Nipper was but a lowly reproduction, I was in love.
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JESHURUN WEBB

Mailman, Route 16

My grandfather was a mailman. He told stories of living in rural Iowa and finding mailboxes stuffed full of gifts of appreciation during the holidays. Homemade candies and chocolates spilled forth as he opened each painted wooden latch to deliver the daily mail. This is an unheard of practice now. I wondered if my small metal apartment mailbox scrawled with “2B” in permanent marker could present the same possibility as a space for gratitude.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 01.02.11

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

Best of DOG 2010

Hardly exhaustive, here are some of the highlights of essays and blog posts on the Design Observer Group during 2010. We want to thank all of the writers who contributed to this site in 2010.
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL

A Conversation with Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven

Daniel van der Velden and I started this interview months ago when Uncorporate Identity was being published, and it dragged on for months as we held a lengthy conversation by email. The resulting interview explores the work of Metahaven and the boundaries of a Dutch graphic design practice focused on research and speculative design.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 12.26.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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MARK LAMSTER AND ALEXANDRA LANGE

Lunch With The Critics: Year-End Awards

Why should other critics have all the fun? Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange hash out their bests and worsts of the year over sandwiches in Boerum Hill.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Describing Paintings"

"Describing Painting" a poem by Adam Zagajewski from his new book Eternal Enemies.
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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

The Design & Printing of Ephemera in Britain & AmericaThe Design & Printing of Ephemera in Britain & America
Graham Hudson

Prototyping: A PractitionerPrototyping: A Practitioner's Guide
Todd Zaki Warfel

500 Manga Villains and Heroes500 Manga Villains and Heroes
Yishan Li

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