Tag Archives: design


1903: Dogs Playing Poker

In 1903, the Minnesota advertising firm of Brown & Bigalow tasked Cassius Marcellus Coolidge with producing a series of oil paintings depicting dogs engaging in human activities; nine of the 16 paintings ultimately created by the now rarely recalled “Michelangelo of the dog world” feature man’s best friend playing poker. More than 100 years later, […]


Friday Fun: Feeling Bookish?

When am I not? In the newly released Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, contemporary authors including Philip Pullman, Claire Messud, Lev Grossman and Alison Bechdel talk shelving and the future of books. Speaking of shelves, Brainpicker’s selections from December 2009 are worth a second look. Books now provide the “dressing” and the inspiration […]


Links 5 – 16 October

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Dec. 2000 GQ profile of Hank Williams III via Send Me a Story Atul Gawande in the New Yorker on how coaching has helped him reach a new personal best MERIP’s Maroz Tadros with an important report from the front lines of Egypt’s Bloody Sunday Translated Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany on bigotry (original […]


Less is More

Less and More, SF MOMA’s exhibition on the subtle (and highly influential) genius of design Dieter Rams, runs through February 20. More is more? While you’re there, take a docent tour of the Selected Histories: 20th Century Art exhibit, ongoing at the museum. Thursday evenings, general admission is half off. For design buffs: Rams’s Ten […]


Links 2 – 4 October

Enjoy technology, Bill Kellar writes, but don’t write off the universities. This week’s podcast from The Arabist on de-Qadhafization The Lit Saloon on a French theatrical adaptation of Alaa al-Aswany’s Chicago Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s identifies with Peggy Olson – no, actually Holden Caulfield. Huh? How to Architect demonstrates how to write like an […]


Quotable: Bill Cunningham

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person more incandescently delighted with his own life than fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the charmingly eccentric figure profiled in Richard Press’s 2010 documentary. Cunningham has worked for The New York Times since the late ’70s – and he appears to have ushered in a new era for […]