Archive for March, 2010

George Nelson Flip Clock


Some background on this gem.


Cheeseburger Flowchart


White Man’s Medicine: Flomax


I’m surprised that a rapper has not taken on this moniker.

Modern Ruins, Urban Archaeology, and the Post-Industrial Sublime

Photo: "Still from 'Stages of Decay' by Julia Solis 
Date: March 25th, 2010
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Observatory – 543 Union Street (at Nevins), Brooklyn, NY 11215
Admission: $5
On March 25th, join a panel of photographers and aficionados of the post-industrial sublime for a discussion that will explore the allure and fascination of visiting, photographing, and viewing these mysterious spaces. The evening will begin with a series of short presentations about the history and photography of The Modern Ruin. Following these presentations, moderator Alan Rapp will lead a discussion that will seek to explore the art, history, and culture of The Ruin and its depiction, from ancient examples to these modern ruins that span the abandoned lunatic’s asylum and tuberculosis wards, decrepit factory complexes and dead shopping malls. We will also probe the question of “why now,” with a special eye towards the acceleration of history which can make a ruin of sites as recent as a shopping mall, and ask if this contemporary fascination might speak to us of the twilight of our own empire.

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer


Steven Millhauser’s short stories guide you into a world that is both fantastic and formal. He is New York’s Murakami and Borges, walking you into realms that hover on the periphery or just below consciousness. Dangerous Laughter and the Barnum Museum are two short story collections that elevate this underrated genre of fiction into the sublime. Millhauser won the Pulitzer in 1997 for Martin Dressler and I was curious to see how his style would translate into a novel. He is as formally sound as he is innovative and intelligent. I might have to read through his entire body of work.

New York’s Best Coffee


Oliver Strand, The Times’ coffee and street cart maestro,  put together a map of his favorite coffee spots in the city. Looking to get involved with the Bluebird.

New York Society Library


The oldest cultural institution in New York.

Brooklyn Flea – Intaglio Prints & Maps


I can easily unload the entirety of my disposable income on Sanborn Maps and astronomical chromolithiographs. Why does the Brooklyn Flea have to be so close? A tip of the hat to the Legal Situation for the heads up.

Magnum P.I. – Cross of Lorraine


Got to score me one of these. Here’s some background on the crew.