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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 14, 2011


Packing it In

FEATURED THIS WEEK : OWEN EDWARDS

Packing it In

I don’t smoke, and I haven’t decided yet if it’s worth spending whatever a pack of cigarettes costs these days to get a close look at the new FDA-required health warnings. These little horror shows are designed to solve a powerful addiction through the magic of graphic ghastliness.
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JESSICA HELFAND & MARVIN HEIFERMAN

On the Shoulders of Midgets: A Conversation About Reality TV

They’re about survival, fantasy, self-improvement, humiliation, and, in some cases, creativity. So what's behind the enduring success of reality TV? And why does our obsession with it persist? What do all these shows — stories about hook-ups, competition, tiny people, over-determined cupcakes, raging egos and compulsions and makeovers of things both alive and inanimate — tell us? That we are as complex as we are predictable. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 07.10.11

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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Jump Cut: Thoughts on Editing

To be a top-notch film editor you need to have the eye of a painter, the ear of a composer and the story sense of a writer. You also need the ruthlessness of a commodities trader. What can designers, architects and writers learn from the art of film editing?
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For Sale: The Earliest Modern Studio in America

In 1931, a young American artist designed and built himself a modern studio on a mountaintop in the Berkshires in Northwest Connecticut: it would be one of the first modern houses in America, pre-dating Frank Lloyd’s Fallingwater by five years. It has been the home of Winterhouse since 1998, and is now for sale.
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JESSICA HELFAND

The Look of Freedom

It was the American novelist William Faulkner who once observed that we must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. So who am I to take issue with more contemporary interpretations of commemorative form?

A design critic, that's who.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 07.03.11

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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POEM OF THE WEEK

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@. "Like the whorl of an out-of-this-world ear..." A poem celebrating our most contemporary punctuation mark by Paul Muldoon.
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