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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 09, 2010


Edward Koren in Retrospect

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ERNEST BECK

Edward Koren in Retrospect

Many of the New Yorker cartoonist's scenes take place in what appear to be book-lined salons of the Upper West Side, complete with bearded intellectuals and hulking furry animals, or on the streets of the Big Apple, where a Bohemian-looking woman earnestly says to construction crew members, "What's it like, to work with your hands?"
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JESSICA HELFAND

Happy Birthday, Steven Heller

In the early 1990s, fresh out of grad school, I was working as the Design Director at the (now-defunct) Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine where, surrounded by writers and editors, I became interested myself in writing. At that time, the only writing credit I had to my name was my thesis, and the only person besides me who'd read it was Paul Rand, who wasn't terribly impressed. Undaunted, I mentioned all this to Steven Guarnaccia, who kindly mentioned it to Steve Heller, and a few days later this letter arrived.
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SCOTT HENDERSON AND DICK SHEAFF

Independence Day

Early 20th-century postcards manufactured for the Fourth of July were very popular. Thousands of colorful cards featured such themes as Uncle Sam, the Goddess of Liberty, eagles, cannons, flags, liberty bell, fireworks, Statue of Liberty, Native Americans, Revolutionary War figures, nautical subjects, and the nation's founders.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 07.04.10

Here are Today's images.
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KENNETH KRUSHEL

Bukhara: A Traveler's Notes

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of the legendary Silk Road, situated on a hill where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in springtime. It is believed that the name of this holiest of Central Asian cities derives from the Sanskrit word "vihara," meaning "monastery." Initially a caravanserai, Bukhara has, at various times, been a center for commerce, artisans and religious study. Even today there remains in this faraway place the sense of something deeply ancient.
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ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.26.10

Here are Today's images.
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