Man, WASPs really know how to summer.
Ice Cubes Made from Tonic Water…
Folks were serious about their g&t’s back in ‘73!
Early running for best tip of the summer.
-Jody, BL Show-
Totally rocking this idea for the Summer. Without tennis racquets.
On this day in history, blue jeans are born! On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a a patent to create pants reinforced with metal rivets, thus marking the birth of the popular pant.
The image here depicts the White Oak Cotton Mill in North Carolina, one of the largest denim mills in the world. The GIF was created by the Library’s Stereogranimator using images from the Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views in the Library’s Photography Division.
Video with 4 notes
Queens of the Stone Age — My God Is The Sun
A severed skull surrounded by raven wings? YesYesYesYes!
And the song rocks as well. Looking forward to the new QOTSA.
‘I wasn’t totally on Debussy’s side; in a sense he had no right to disrupt the party. But artists are dogmatic and pig-headed, and they over-ride people. Most of the people I’ve dealt with in films have quite dispassionately sacrificed someone in their way who understood them. It’s not nice but that’s how it works. The end of the film, the music from his unfinished opera The Fall of the House of Usher, with Debussy alone in the castle and his ghostly mistress—whom he drove to attempted suicide—rising up, was an analogy of the lost romantic ideal he had destroyed by his disregard for people. You can be an egomaniac up to a point but in the end it can destroy you, or your work, or both.’
- Ken Russell on ‘The Debussy Film’, 1965
The full film can be seen at the link. Early Ken Russell, w/Oliver Reed; awesome, if you like that sort of thing — which I do.
Jarmo Tuisk/Shiva statue : Parmarth Niketan ghat in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India
The Seven Ravens, 1903, etching, Vojtěch Preissig. (1873 - 1944)
The Independent reports:
The existence of this policy, rumoured and disputed for many years, has now been confirmed for the first time by former CIA officials. Unknown to the artists, the new American art was secretly promoted under a policy known as the “long leash” – arrangements similar in some ways to the indirect CIA backing of the journal Encounter, edited by Stephen Spender. […]
The connection is not quite as odd as it might appear. At this time the new agency, staffed mainly by Yale and Harvard graduates, many of whom collected art and wrote novels in their spare time, was a haven of liberalism when compared with a political world dominated by McCarthy or with J Edgar Hoover’s FBI. If any official institution was in a position to celebrate the collection of Leninists, Trotskyites and heavy drinkers that made up the New York School, it was the CIA.
Until now there has been no first-hand evidence to prove that this connection was made, but for the first time a former case officer, Donald Jameson, has broken the silence. Yes, he says, the agency saw Abstract Expressionism as an opportunity, and yes, it ran with it.
Full Story: Independent: Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’
Image: Jackson Pollock, Lavender Mist, 1950. Photo by Detlef Schobert
Not at ALL surprising, if true.
Singing for Shy People with Voice-Activated Instruments
Ranjit Bhatnagar, “The Singing Room” (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)
As the Cat…
At the Clocktower Gallery on Leonard St downtown ‘til May 9th.
Cover of Fantasy Crossroads #10/11, March 1977, illustration by Jim Fitzpatrick
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