Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
For the first time ever Jon Burgerman’s commercial, personal and collaborative works are collected together in one lavish publication. Included amongst the many projects are toys, clothing, exhibitions, murals, customizations, sketchbooks and a sick bag.
Accompanying the hundreds of pages of brain melting doodles, drawings, characters and colours are essays by the Pictoplasma team and editor of Modart Magazine, insights into Jon’s working process and, of course, photos of salads.
Poster: 755mm(h) x 620mm(w)
Mini Sketchbook: 20 pages of sketch art
DVD: Motion graphics, animations, videos, wallpapers and icons
Look inside the book at http://www.jonburgerman.com/book/
Friday, October 24, 2008
The new film of Evelyn Waugh's classic leaves Alyson Rudd longing for the subtleties of the original novel
IF YOU READ Evelyn Waugh's 1959 preface to Brideshead Revisited, you might be tempted not to bother with the novel at all. Waugh warns us of glaring defects and ornamental language and more or less apologises for the whole project, offering the circumstances he wrote in - the Second World War - as explanation or, perhaps, excuse. But despite his misgivings, the novel has become famous. It is on that list of books that must be read and probably on that list of books that were more enjoyable than anticipated - and more complex. - Alyson Rudd, Times Online
Monday, October 20, 2008
Calma introduces the visual language of Brazilian painter and illustrator Stephan Doitschinoff, who finds his creative cadence in the realm between authentic urban art and rural spirituality.
The title Calma is not only Stephan Doitschinoff's alias as a graffiti writer, but also the abbreviation of "con alma" (c'alma) in Latin, meaning "with soul." His emblematic metaphoric imagery feeds off Afro-Brazilian folklore, pagan and alchemistic symbolism and contemporary pop culture.
Doitschinoff composes spectacular murals and applies his extraordinary talent to emblazon houses, churches and walls in rural cities in his South American homeland. For the first time, Calma documents his artistic journey through these rustic areas and presents the complete visual pandemonium of a young urban artist who creates powerful figurative worlds. His colourful murals and black and white drawings are a sensation internationally and have been shown in galleries and museums around the world.
Calma: The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff
Hardcover, 144 pages
280 x 240mm (L x W)
Published by DGV
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Aravind Adiga was awarded the Man Booker prize last night for his debut novel, ‘White Tiger’.
The Booker judges described this book as an extraordinarily readable page turner that is shocking and entertaining in equal measure.
(When asked what he would do with the cash, he quipped that he would try to find a bank to put it in.)
Paperback, 521 pages
211 x 147 x 25mm (L x W x H)
Published by Atlantic
Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. His family is too poor for him to afford for him to finish school and he has to work in a teashop, breaking coals and wiping tables. But Balram gets his break when a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The Diary of an Occasionally Exasperated but Ever Hopeful Reader
Through twenty-eight monthly accounts of books bought and books read, Nick Hornby explores the how and when and why and what of reading.
A testament to the joy and surprise and despair that books bring, The Complete Polysyllabic Spree covers debuts, blockbusters, poems and comics, self-help ('how to stop smoking and stay stopped for good'), sports biographies and literary letters, classics and science (read through panicked tears). Hornby is the perfect guide to this cornucopia of books, engaging the reader with wonderful conversation pieces, hilarious one-liners, lists, ideas, admissions and autobiography. He introduces the magnificent concept of a Cultural Fantasy Boxing League. And includes bonus material - excerpts from works by Chekhov, Charles Dickens, Patrick Hamilton, and many more.
Smart, funny, unruly and utterly readable, Hornby's columns reveal why we read, even when there's a pram in the hall, Arsenal to support, jobs, DVD players, and a good band playing in the local pub.
"While the publishing industry has struggled to come up with a "Happily Ever After" storyline in recent years, there's still plenty of money to be made in the business of books."- Lacey Rose and Lauren Streib, Forbes.com
See who the world's best paid authors are here.
"Kate Atkinson is that rarest of beasts, a genuinely surprising novelist" - The Guardian
"Suspense is tinglingly maintained throughout... shot through with wry wit and gritty realism" - Daily Express
"The most enthralling to date" - Mirror
- John Spain, Books Editor of the Independent"The best-selling children's author Eoin Colfer is heading into a whole new galaxy.
The Wexford writer has been chosen to write a new book in the hugely popular 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' series.
Eight years after the tragically early death of its creator, Douglas Adams, Colfer has been asked by Adams's widow to continue the series of Hitchhiker books that are international bestsellers and have a cult following of millions of readers around the world."
"The six finalists for the Man Booker Prize, considered by many to be the most prestigious award for literary fiction in the English-speaking world, were announced on Tuesday in London with the traditional fanfare. But this year, as sometimes happens, the shortlist attracted more attention for who was not on it."
- Julie Bosman, the New York Times
"Danny Fingeroth is an American comic book writer and editor. He was group editor of Marvel comics' Spider-Man books, and is the author of many comics for Marvel. An expert on superheroes, he is the author of Superman on the Couch, among other works. His latest book is The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, a comic book companion which looks at the medium's history, details 60 must-read graphic novels, profiles the movement's legends, and covers everything else you need to know about: film and television adaptations, manga, documentaries, conventions, books, magazines and websites, as well as how to make a graphic novel."
The five stories are:
The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
The Fountain of Fair Fortune
The Warlock’s Hairy Heart
Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump
The Tale of the Three Brothers
Includes commentary by Dumbledore ( :
Dwight Garner reviews 'Perfumes'
"Turin and Sanchez are smart, funny, deeply literate and crazy/sexy tour guides, and they persuade you that “perfume is, among other things, the most portable form of intelligence.”http://papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/19/how-to-smell-like-a-used-bookstore/
"Diet of the drunken English is so bland. Food is better in Soweto, Jamie Oliver tells French.
Jamie Oliver has portrayed the English as a nation of beer-guzzling cultural illiterates who live on a diet of dreary food munched in front of wide-screen televisions."
- Kevin Dowling, Times OnlineRead More...
"He is known to the world as the author of bestselling children’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Yet before he became a successful writer, Roald Dahl had a very different reputation – as the sexiest British spy in America.
A ribald portrait of Dahl’s second world war years as an undercover agent attached to the British embassy in Washington emerges from the pages of a new biography that credits the writer with a very special talent for the Anglo-American special relationship."
- Tony Allen-Mills, Guardian.co.uk
"One judge threatened to throw himself off a balcony, another provoked a punch-up, a third was chatted up in the taxi home by Saul Bellow ... To mark the 40th anniversary of the Booker prize and the impending announcement of the 2008 shortlist, we asked a judge from every year to tell us the inside story of how the winner was chosen."- Guardian.co.uk
Salman Rushdie has won the Booker of Bookers again for his 1981 masterpiece Midnight's Children.
He had this to say: "how astonished my younger self writing Midnight's Children in the late-1970s would have been about this. It was written with such hope but not with the expectation that this book would still be interesting and relevant to people who were not even born when it was written."
The shortlist contained the following titles:
Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee (1999)
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (1988)
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (1974)
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell (1973)
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker (1995)
"Lynn had almost made it to the petrol station when her old Toyota ran dry on the highway. Lucky me, she thought as she pulled on to the verge, seeing the red and yellow flags ahead, the logo on the tall facade. But it was hopeless, she realised as soon as she saw the pile-up of cars on the forecourt. A man in blue overalls caught her eye and made a throat-slitting gesture with the side of his hand as she came walking up: no petrol here either..."
Click here for the rest of the story.
Click here for the interview with Henrietta.
1) Book readers like books, whereas music fans never had much affection for CDs. Vinyl yes, CDs no. They are too small for interesting cover art and legible lyrics, the cases break easily, and despite all promises to the contrary, they are extremely easy to break and scratch. Books have remained consistently lovable for several hundred years now. For readers, a wall lined with books is as attractive as any art we could afford to put up there.
2) E-book readers have a couple of disadvantages, when compared to mp3 players. The first is that, when we bought our iPods, we already owned the music to put on it; none of us own e-books, however. The second is that so far, Apple is uninterested in designing an e-book reader, which means that they don’t look very cool.
3) We don’t buy many books – seven per person per year, a couple of which, we must assume, are presents for other people. Three paperbacks bought in a three-for-two offer – expenditure, fourteen pounds approx – will do most of us for months. The advantages of the Iliad and the Kindle – that you can take vast numbers of books away with you – are of no interest to the average book-buyer.
4) Book-lovers are always late adaptors, and generally suspicious of new technology.
5) The new capabilities of the iPod will make it harder to sell books anyway. How much reading has been done historically, simply because there is no television available on a bus or a train or a sun-lounger? But that’s no longer true. You could watch a whole series of the Sopranos by the pool on your iPod touchscreen, if you want. Reading is going to take a hit from this.
"In this digital age of computer-generated graphics and typography, it's refreshing to find typographers who still believe in working by hand. No longer relegated to designer's sketchbooks, hand-drawn type has emerged from the underground as a dynamic vehicle for visual communication—from magazine, book, and album covers to movie credits and NFL advertisements. As the practice and appreciation of hand-drawn type grows, it's time to celebrate the work of those typographers whose every letterform is a work of art.- Magmabooks.com
Hand Job collects groundbreaking work from fifty of today's most talented typographers who draw by hand. Graphic designer and hand typographer Michael Perry selects work representing the full spectrum of design methods and styles. Each hand-drawn work is entirely shaped by the artist's unique process—every one a carefully executed composition enhanced by unplanned "accidents" of line, color, and craft. Hand Job also includes photographs of found type, artists studios, and the tools that help make typography come to life. Whether you are looking to invigorate your design work or are just in need of a little offbeat inspiration, Hand Job will have you reaching for your favorite pen."
The Man Booker dozen 2008:
Aravind Adiga The White Tiger
Gaynor Arnold Girl in a Blue Dress
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture
John Berger From A to X
Michelle de Kretser The Lost Dog
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs
Mohammed Hanif A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency
Joseph O'Neill Netherland
Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence
Tom Rob Smith Child 44
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole
Pulp loves Moleskines
Franklin Christenson Ware is an American comic-book artist and cartoonist, best known for his graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth. He has drawn for many publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker.
Born in Ghana in 1952, Boyd won the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham awards in 1981 with his debut novel, A Good Man In Africa. Other celebrated works include Any Human Heart. His ninth novel, Restless, a wartime thriller, was published in 2006.
· The Things I Stole
Published in 1999, her first book, Lucky, was a memoir of her rape as a freshman at Syracuse University. Her debut novel, The Lovely Bones, followed in 2002. It became an instant bestseller and is being made into a film by Peter Jackson. Her second novel, The Almost Moon, was published last year.
· For The Life Of Her
Barnes is the author of two books of stories, two collections of essays and 10 novels, including Arthur & George. In 1981, he received the Somerset Maugham award for his first novel, Metroland. His most recent work is Nothing To Be Frightened Of, an exploration of mortality.
Hadley teaches literature and creative writing at Bath Spa University. Since her acclaimed 2002 debut novel, Accidents In The Home, she has published two further novels and a collection of short stories, Sunstroke.
· Because The Night
"How did a practice as vile as branding become so valued, indeed, the very mark of value? Officials in the past have branded slaves and criminals — remember Milady’s fleur-de-lis in “The Three Musketeers”? Samuel Maverick didn’t brand his cattle, but dictionaries are vague about whether he was the first maverick or his cows were. Today, cities and colleges have joined toothpastes and soft drinks in the battle for “brand loyalty.”- Christopher Benfey, The New York Times
Steven Heller’s “Iron Fists” makes a sophisticated and visually arresting comparison between modern corporate-branding strategies — slogans, mascots, jingles and the rest — and those adopted by “four of the most destructive 20th-century totalitarian regimes”: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin, and Mao’s China. As he pursues his four “case studies,” Heller, by means of unsettling images and shrewd analysis, amply restores the vileness to branding."
"Johannes Guttenberg invented the printing press in Germany in 1439. Samuel O’Reilly invented the modern tattoo machine in 1891. And sometime around the turn of the century the first literary tattoo was born. Whether nostalgic for the characters from a favorite children’s book or as a tribute to a favorite writer’s words, the book tattoo is a classy way to go. The lowbrow nature of the tattoo juxtaposes nicely against the highbrow art of the book. Here now, a look at some of its many forms."
"The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form. But on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little. In fact, the “A-Frame,” a cutoff-torso-spread-leg framing device, is the most frequently copied trope ever used. From steamy paperbacks designed in the ’40s (Pamela’s Sweet Agony), hardly a year has gone by without at least one ham-fisted advertisement using this perspective. The earliest known uses were 19th-century engravings that showed spread-legged, Simon Legree–type slave masters lording over cowering victims. In Westerns, the quintessential showdown frames one duelist through the legs of the other, and mid-20th-century pulp magazine covers were known for their noir images of recoiling women seen through the legs of menacing men. Eventually, designers used the conceit to frame all manner of things, from retro musicals (Cry-Baby) to the James Bond flick For Your Eyes Only (plus the Austin Powers spoof Goldmember) and gritty, contemporary Westerns (3:10 to Yuma)."- STEVEN HELLER
For a slideshow of all the images on this page, click here.
"A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from “American Idol,” appearing on the Fox game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: “Budapest is the capital of what European country?”
Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. “I thought Europe was a country,” she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. “Hungry?” she said, eyes widening in disbelief. “That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.”
Such, uh, lack of global awareness is the kind of thing that drives Susan Jacoby, author of “The Age of American Unreason,” up a wall. Ms. Jacoby is one of a number of writers with new books that bemoan the state of American culture."
- Patricia Cohen, The New York Times
The Complete Persepolis
The Complete Persepolis is nominated for Best Animated Feature
The internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips is the story of Marjane Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell is nominated for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffers a massive stroke that leaves him permanently paralyzed and able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that, in doing so, he is able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.
Into the Wild
Into the Wild is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Film Editing
In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhikes to Alaska and walks alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. How Christopher Johnson McCandless meets his final end in this wilderness is the story of Into the Wild.
No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing
Set in our own time along the bloody frontier between Texas and Mexico, No Country for Old Men encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
The Feast of Love
The Kite Runner
"LISTS CLAIMING TO PLACE, in order, the best this or the greatest that can sometimes be seen as exercises in provocation. They excite, anger and irritate readers, but perhaps they can never completely satisfy them. Now it is my task to serve as the fall guy for such an exercise, to be the butt of your dissatisfaction.
My brief was to list who I regarded as the greatest crime fiction writers of any era, and of all nationalities. It is specifically not a compilation of my own favourites. It contains writers I don't particularly enjoy reading, but whose influence on the genre has been significant, by way of their innovativeness, popularity or pioneering of new avenues.
The final choice was entirely mine, but I was given a great deal of helpful advice. We asked a panel of four experts to furnish their own 50 names - though not in order of preference. The crime writers Natasha Cooper and Val McDermid, Barry Forshaw, editor of the Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and Peter Millar, reviewer of thrillers for The Times, produced lists of great interest, variety and surprises."
- Marcel Berlins, Times Online
1. Patricia Highsmith
Rule-breaking master of amorality
2. Georges Simenon
The Trojan horse of foreign crime-writing
4. Raymond Chandler
The most profound of pulp writers
5. Elmore Leonard
The Dickens of Detroit
6. Arthur Conan Doyle
Creator of the ultimate hero-and-sidekick team
7. Ed McBain
Thrilling writer of snap-and-crackle dialogue
8. James M. Cain
Godfather of Noir
9. Ian Rankin
Edinburgh’s gritty crime laureate
10. James Lee Burke
American spinner of bleakly lyrical tales
For the full list click here.
"If he's written it, chances are you've read it. Or, lately, watched it. Starting out as an online sports journalist, Tom Eaton has become one of South Africa's recognised writers (and outspoken haters of 'Harry Potter' and 'The Da Vinci Code'). From his now defunct Mail and Guardian column and novels ('The De Villiers Code' and 'Texas') to film screenplays ('More Than Just A Game') and TV shows ('Van Der Walt's Fault), he's dabbled in just about everything — except, perhaps, greeting cards or the "did you know" facts in Chappies wrappers.
And amid all that writing, he's turned out a third novel, the masterful 'The Wading'. We speak to Eaton about his most serious book yet, equestrian white mischief, burning Dan Brown's little offering, Weet Bix, and actually getting people to read."
- Nils van der Linden, iAfrica.com
Read about this year's Orange prize winner:
"Like so many others, Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain, seeking work. He is a tiny part of a vast diaspora that is changing British society. But Lev is also a singular man with a vivid outsider’s vision of the place we call home.
Lev begins with no job, little money and few words of English. He has only his memories, his hopes and a certain alarming skill with the preparation of food. Behind him loom the figures of his dead wife, his beloved daughter and his outrageous friend Rudi who – dreaming of the wealthy West – lives largely for his battered Chevrolet.
In front of Lev lies the deep strangeness of the British: their hostile streets, clannish pubs, lonely flats and their obsession with celebrity. London holds out the alluring possibilities of friendship, sex, money and a new career; but, more than this, of human understanding, a sense of belonging."
- Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction
"In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.
The idea is to give readers the opportunity to sample the books online in the same way that prospective buyers can flip through books in a bookstore.
“It’s like taking the shrink wrap off a book,” said Jane Friedman, chief executive of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. “The best way to sell books is to have the consumer be able to read some of that content.”
- The New York Times
"Last summer, the small British publisher and design company Tank hit on the idea of producing a range of classic books packaged like cigarettes. Abridged works and short stories by Kafka and Conrad, Tolstoy and Kipling, Hemingway and Stevenson, which looked like packs of 20 cigarettes, were duly distributed through bookshops and the Design Museum.
The books, released as Tales to Take Your Breath Away at the start of the cigarette ban in pubs and restaurants last July, were well received by the design press and have made popular Christmas presents. But now the publishers are having to inhale deeply themselves as British American Tobacco (BAT) claims that one of the packs, containing Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Undefeated, resembles its own Lucky Strike pack. Claiming that such an association could seriously damage the health of the brand, BAT is trying to have the works pulped."
- The Guardian
"All disheartened, kicked-in-the-teeth aspiring novelists should take heart. After being rejected by 14 separate literary agents, Catherine O'Flynn had every right to feel she might be one of the many who see their labours go unloved. The 15th agent said yes, however, and the former postwoman tonight made off with one of the year's most prestigious literary prizes."- Guardian.co.uk
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