Category Archives: Books

One beautiful sentence

“Her mother stirred in the chair, feet propped on the matching stool, late morning, still in her robe, dying for a cigarette.”

from Falling Man by Don Dellillo

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Scrap


I found this scrapbook at a flea market a while back. It chronicles the survivors of a ship that was torpedoed by the Japanese off Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Nineteen sailors including the captain – many from San Francisco – survived at sea in a life boat for a week or so. The scrapbook has some newspaper articles, an letter from a typewriter company (on awesome letterhead), and a telegram (the earliest Twitter?) which simply states “Honolulu Safe”. I am donating it to the San Francisco History Center.

McSweeney’s San Francisco Panorama arrived today

It was scattered across the porch, but no matter. A delivery person’s vigorous toss would have been needed to loft the hefty stack up two flights. I can’t wait to dig into this juicy Sunday-sized newspaper’s words, images, and design. The paper was created by McSweeney’s to, “…demonstrate the unique possibilities and appeal of the American newspaper.”

By formatting their latest edition as “a one-time newspaper prototype” McSweeney’s provokes a discussion around the usefulness and relevancy of newspapers, books, and magazines in the age of the internet and electronic book readers. I haven’t had a newspaper subscription probably since I left Chicago! However I do enjoy reading the paper, whether its the free daily’s for reading on the bus or train, or checking out the New York Times left in the lunch room. It has, however, been quite some time, since I actually paid for a printed newspaper.

I highly recommend you go to the McSweeney’s store and buy a book or a subscription to support these innovative publishers who are constantly pushing the envelope in contemporary art, literature and design.

The women’s crusade

Imagine if women in developing countries had more money and more education and more power. We would live in a world where disagreements would be settled diplomatically (not by the ravages of war), children would be educated and fed (not sold into slavery), and communities would flourish – regardless of religion or political beliefs. Change is happening with micro-loan operations.

Nicholas D. Kristof is a New York Times Op-Ed columnist and Sheryl WuDunn is a former Times correspondent who works in finance and philanthropy. This essay is adapted from their book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” which will be published next month by Alfred A. Knopf. You can learn more about “Half the Sky” at nytimes.com/ontheground.

Something that has Nothing to do with Anything

You might enjoy this page I scanned this from a book called O.J. by Bill Gutman (1974). There’s something so ironic about the image plus the original caption, “Relax O.J., you’ve earned it!”. What happened to this powerful, talented man? He had it all – what a disappointment!

Relax OJ,  You\'ve earned it!

And, can you believe it? More football ephemera! I’ve had these little lovelies for years – picked them up in a thriftshop for 5 bucks each a few years ago. I could have purchased more of the, but I was broke at the time so only got the two. I love the simple/hot graphics:

John Carson football card

Joe Perry football card

Rescued Book

When I was in grad school, I think I visited every single library in a 50 mile radius of the campus. Many times, there would be a cart in the lobby with old books for a buck or two. I got a handful of these books so sadly marked “Discard.” I absolutely love the patina on this children’s book about ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles) called On the Sand by E. and R.S. Radlauer (1972). The authors also shot the photos. Here are some of my favorite images – immortalized.