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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 09, 2011


Manhattan Morning

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN BARR

Manhattan Morning

You know how it is in August in New York.
Summer over, the populace returns.
From old houses on the Cape
lawyers return to the temperament of neckties.
From chardonnays in island hideaways
traders return, their animus renewed.
From tranquil gossip on the Jersey shore
to idle gossip on the trains, we all return.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 09.04.11

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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FRED A. BERNSTEIN

The Next World's Fair: A Proposal

I attended both the Aichi and Shanghai world fairs, each time returning home convinced that New York should host a fair in 2020 or 2025. Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent much of his first term trying to bring the Olympics to New York, at a cost of millions of dollars, and considerable political capital. Had he succeeded, the Olympics would have brought thousands of well-heeled sports fans to the city for two weeks; by contrast, a world’s fair could attract millions of visitors.
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL & JESSICA HELFAND

Late Summer Reading

In our studio, we find ourselves drawn to books at the intersection of multiple disciplines that are, more often than not, only accidentally visual: books about science and history, fiction and film, culture and language. While our personal interests differ greatly, the thing that unites us is an enduring fascination with people’s lives. In the late summer, we share a reading list first published in Frieze, April 2011.
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OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

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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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