There’s a note in this book that reads: “Jay - I found this in the SDMA after the artist talk + had to pick it up! A bit late, but think of it as happy opening! Warmest, Viv”.
I bought it 2nd hand, thinking Richter & Kluge in one book must be great but this didn’t hold true.
It’s awful, it’s boring, it’s slow, and despite some connections of the stories with Germany and its horrible superpower-execution ideas present and past it’s too loose and too little pointed to keep me hooked.
The note also read “July 2012”. Jay didn’t keep the book longer than a year. Neither will I.
Poor Viv, poor Gerhard, poor Alexander (or just poor Jay, poor me).
That’s a recommendation from Tanya. Jimenez (“Jimmy”) Lai is her prof & ‘Citizens of no place’ is his first graphic novel.
And: it’s fantastic in all dimensions of the word.
Great views & critics on current day architecture and urbanism; beautiful & witty reflections how “the future” could look like; simple but making-sense designs that open architectural ‘structural styling’/forms for non-professional admirers.
MORE! OF! THIS!
'An incomplete dictionary of show birds' by Luke Stephenson is now clearly the most beautiful thing I own.
A brief intro essay is followed by 60 pictures, full page, of show birds - one more royal* & fine & full of character than the other.
The cover is so pastel-“girly*” ugly (Mindy is not ugly! Just the bizarre set up!) that I couldn’t bring myself to put it up here - but this photo from the back cover is so so so heartwarming.
And that’s also basically it: “IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?” by Mindy Kaling is a fun book.
In the book she’s very honest about her career & ambitions & flaws, her fears , and she honors her friendships & family in brightest colors (yay!).
There’s no particular storyline and only vaguely a chronology. Literature-wise it’s clearly no gem but there are all these funky lists she put together & a great love declaration for Amy Poehler.