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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 16, 2011


Make/Do

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ELLIOTT EARLS

Make/Do

“Vainglory,” an anachronistic term meaning an unjustified and excessive pride in one’s own achievements or abilities is one of the primary forces animating and shaping contemporary culture. The phenomena that is American Idol owes its considerable popularity both to its role in discovering legitimate, almost freakishly superhuman singing skill, but also as a window into contemporary culture’s vainglorious soul.
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LOUISE FILI AND STEVEN HELLER

For the Love of Scripts

“No one person ever invented an alphabet,” wrote Type-maven Tommy Thompson. Script typefaces are no exception. During the letterpress era they were in such great demand that many people “invented” them, and many others copied them. In many commercial printing shops, composing cases filled with scripts were stacked floor to ceiling to the exclusion of other type.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 06.12.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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MATTHEW STADLER

Publication Studio: What's It Like?

On any given day the storefront is home to book production, a small bookstore, endless packing and shipping, a staff of four, a half-dozen hangers-on, curious drop-ins, lost tourists, the mailman, and one or another public gathering — a party, a dinner, a reading, a puppet show, a concert, sometimes all of these at once — staging the social life of the books we make.
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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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Book of RuthBook of Ruth
Robert Seydel

It Is Almost ThatIt Is Almost That
Lisa Pearson, editor

The New York Public LibraryThe New York Public Library
Henry Hope Reed, Francis Morrone & Anne Day

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