Month: November 2008

What typeface says “Bali”?

“BALI” is a word that poses some problems typographically. The wide BA combination makes a lot of white space, while the LI tends to be narrow and sticklike….

Bad sex

Which author wrote these lines about a lover’s vagina? [It] did not feel like Phyllis’s. Smoother, somehow simpler, its wetness less thick, less of a sauce, more of…

Five centuries of board games

Every so often Mr. Peacay of BibliOdyssey exceeds even his high standards, and then one just has to call attention once again to his excellent site. BibliOdyssey is…

Cronopios and Famas

The post title is a Cortazar allusion (hard to explain, you just have to read Julio). It seems President-elect Obama phoned President Cristina Fernandez of Argentina, and in…

Poetry Elect

Above is a picture of our President Elect clutching a book of Derek Walcott’s Collected Poems. Nice to see a president at least in the company of literature….

Photoshop tutorial: how to extend a graduated background

Some photographs — like this one of “Inside Out,” 2006, by Ueno Masao (b. 1949; Kanto region: active in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture; madake bamboo, rattan, and gold leaf,…

Shepard Fairey at Gingko Press

Here’s a familiar image: It’s by Shepard Fairey. My friend Ellen, who works at Gingko Press (currently located in Marin County but soon to move to Berkeley), informs…

Advice to the victors

. But we can make an exception for Joe Lieberman. . via thedailyaphorism.com/ . BTW, There are a few quotations here at rightreading.com as well, including this one…

Obama!

Congratulations to Barack Obama and his campaign on their landslide victory, but even more so to the USA, which has taken a great step forward out of the…

Dixville Notch goes Obama

Dixville Notch, first polling place in the nation since 1960, announces its results: McCain 6, Obama 15. Obama’s 9 votes up, so now he just has to run…

Ubu Roi, book binding by Marcel Duchamp and Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds (1891-1950) was an innovative book binder who for three decades enjoyed a relationship with Marcel Duchamp described by friends as “happier than most marriages.” Susan Glover…