Crate of Curios part 11

This week is only 2 hours from ending, and thus I’m in a hurry to open this Crate of Curios before it’s done. Here we go!

  1. Most people have probably heard of Burning Man festival and its reputation for out-of-this-world costumes and installations. Well, established in 1986, it’s becoming an establishing presence and now it has a young rival kicking at its heels – welcome to the scene the 10-year-old Wasteland Weekend!

2. Why is Athens full of similar residential buildings? There is a good reason for that. The polykatoikia was a bottom-up solution for the post-war housing shortage in the Greek capital. (the illustration is by Josh Kramer).

3. This week’s poetry spamming originates from the pen of Iain Crichton Smith.

4. Grant Snider has a beautiful short comic on shadows.

5. Remember when Jon Stewart used to run “The Daily Show”? Then you might just remember this epic rant on deep dish pizza as well. No dish has even been dissed so thoroughly.

So, this was it for this week. Happy reading and until next time!

Crate of Curios part 1

As I am a self-confessed compulsive bookmarker, I figured that why not gather some of the best finds into little weekly dispatches. A flash in the pan? Perhaps, God knows I haven’t shown much staying power with any kinds of series thus far, yet I have been following curated blogs like ‘Brain Pickings‘ for years now.

So, let’s get started. The order is always going to be random.

  1. There is an excellent article on Reinhard Koselleck’s theory of repetition and rupture in history in Aeon, that is definitely worth reading to anyone with interest in the subject. I truly wish I had come across his books during my university years, as something about his main points reminds me of Lakoff & Johnson’s “Metaphors we live by”, which is another excellent book.

2. Francisco Fonseca is drawing marvellous fairy tale landscapes with castles. You can see them for yourself on his Instagram – here is a little sample.

3. Professional Artist Institute is going to have the second online Fine Artist Summit from September 25 – Oct 1. I followed the first one that they arranged last year and it is rather intense as they pack many presentations within a rather short time frame, but the arranger is one of the best interviewers I’ve come across. He keeps the questions short and to the point and lets the artists themselves elaborate on their thoughts, so one can genuinely enjoy the insights. Not to forget, all sessions are free to watch for the duration of the summit.

4. Did you know that Sweden used to have left-hand traffic until it was changed to right-hand on Dagen H  (the H day) or “Högertrafikomläggningen” as its full name goes on September 3rd, 1967?

5. And well, a delightful medieval image to top everything off. I do wonder if the visual focus of the image was intended.

That’s it for now, another batch next week!