There are people who choose to take Jane Eyre or Great Expectations to their desert island, and then there are people who choose Machine Art, a 1933 catalog for an exhibition at New York’s MoMA featuring stark photographs of household and industrial objects. Toasters vs. Edward Rochester.
This Sunday marks the 152nd anniversary of Charles Dickens first visit to the United State, to read before a packed audience at Boston’s Tremont Temple. In a gushing story at the time, the New York Times reported that the hall was filled “by perhaps one of the most appreciative, fashionable, and brilliant audiences ever assembled […]
By R. Kurt Osenlund Roger Ebert called Bernardo Bertolucci one of the great painters of the screen. It’s a distinction the director—who has succumbed to cancer at 77—proved many times over, from his sprawling Oscar favorite The Last Emperor (1987) to the lush and undervalued Stealing Beauty (1996). In The Dreamers (2003), an audacious big screen adaptation of […]
An exclusive excerpt from Mya Spalter’s new book, Enchantments: A Modern Witch’s Guide to Self-Possession. EVERYONE’S KIND OF STUPID ABOUT LOVE, OR ATTRACTION MAGIC Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. —Rumi Can you believe I just quoted […]
We have collaborated with JCRT (Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra) to create a series of limited plaid shirts that reflect the jacket designs of five books curated for One Grand including Trevor Noah (The Little Prince), Michael Stipe (Just Kids), Tilda Swinton (Modern Nature), Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Great Gatsby) and James Franco (Blood Meridian). $90 […]
Aaron Hicklin reviews The Feral Detective, in which Jonathan Lethem conjures Burning Man if it was directed by Hitchcock. On the penultimate page of his pacy 11th novel, The Feral Detective, slick-tongued protagonist, Phoebe Siegler, touches the umpteenth nerve ending of Lethem’s urbane, metropolitan readers. “I wasn’t going back to op-eds and conceptual art installations […]
Meghan Udell, a producer of the Deep Water Literary Fest, read over 120 books this year. She picks her ten favorites. Every year on my birthday I set a personal goal for myself. For all intents and purposes, it’s exactly like a New Year’s resolution, except I get the distinct and petty pleasure of […]
Cecil Beaton may be best known for his society portraits, but like Bill Brandt and Robert Capa, some of his most powerful photography was taken during the Second World War. By Bella Bathurst At the outbreak of war in 1939, the British establishment mistrusted photography almost as much as they mistrusted Nazis. “Snappers” were seen as […]