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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 11, 2010


Death

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ADAM HARRISON LEVY

Death's Bloom

From 1913 to 1971 five thousand one hundred and twenty one mentally ill patients were cremated on the grounds of the Oregon State Hospital. Their remains were sealed in copper canisters. In 2000 they were removed from their institutional crypt, placed on plain pine shelves in a storeroom, and were left virtually forgotten until David Masiel heard of their existence and photographed them. 
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STEVEN HELLER

Becoming a Designer in the Age of Aquarius

What's the point of reviewing a design book that is over 40 years old, long out of print and tied to the style and technology of 1968? Well, S. Neil Fujita's Aim for a Job in Graphic Design / Art (Richards Rosen Press, New York) is a fount of professional intelligence for an emerging field. It is also a slice of lost graphic design history worth reprising.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 03.06.10

Here are Today's images.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough

When I told an editor recently that my dream upon graduating from college was to be an architecture critic, she laughed. Not at me (I don't think), but at the idea of aspiring to a job that might be doomed.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 02.27.10

Here are Today's images.
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MARK LAMSTER

What Am I Doing Here? Tall Buildings and High Anxiety in Las Vegas

A few weeks ago I spent three days in a new entertainment complex, CityCenter, in Las Vegas. What follows here is not a traditional review, but a diary of my experience in that time.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

Negligent Worldicide

Negligent Worldicide, a poem by Chase Twichell.
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