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All American Ads, and a magazine

This week's Weekly roundup (again, I really have to think of a more Beatnik-esque name; I feel like such a hick when I say "roundup") is split over two of my sites, more for proper categorization than anything. I'm funny that way.


Book: All-American Ads: 50's

Edited by Jim Heinmann

This gi-normous tome (which weighs more than the Winnipeg yellow pages - I checked) clocks in at over 920 pages, contains over 1400 illustrations, and contains exactly what you would expect: ads. It contains pages and pages of gloriously nostalgic and entertaining fluff from the Atomic Age. I'm nearly swooning with the halcyon-ness of it all...

Lovingly assembled and digitally mastered, the pages of this book harken back to the days when cigarettes were still good for you and your sense of social well-being... when Pomade hair creme was still the doo-styling assistant of choice for discerning men, and when cars were cast from nothing but the stoutest American steel. This is the real deal, folks. If you love old stuff (as I admittedly do) or if you just looking for inspiration or a trip down ad-memory lane, pick this baby up. (With both hands - we wouldn't want you to hurt yourself). German art book wunderkinds Taschen do it again, and for a reasonable price, too. (Don't forget to check out the companion book of the series, All-American Ads: 40's.)

Magazine: Dynamic Graphics

Magazine's Web site:

If you're at all interested in print and / or Web design and layout, you owe it to yourself and your career to check this magazine out. Head over to my freelance business site (under heavy resdesign at the moment) to the reBlog if this kind of thing tickles your fancy.

Patagonia, Afro-beat, and Extraterrestials

This week's roundup contains one from all three categories, just to everyone started:

Book: In Patagonia

Written by: Bruce Chatwin

inPatagonia.jpgThis is no mere travel book, but a poetic exploration of a land sequestered from the bulk of civilization; a land at the end of the world. Bruce Chatiwn's travels in Patagonia are deeply anecdotal and laconic, following an arc of experience so concise many said there was no way he could have actual been to Patagonia; that he had made it all up. Whether this is the case or not, In Patagonia is filled with a sense of detail like a laser beam. It conjures up wistful travel yearnings and delicious imagery.

Music: Talkatif

Performed by: Antibalas

talkatif.jpgAfro-beat music has always been associated closely with the man that invented it, the late Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. More recently, the efforts of his son Femi Kuti has expanding on the original's heady mix of horns, funk, and polyrhythmic energy, but it's Brooklyn's Antibalas which has brought a North American flavour to the genre. A 14-member collective, Antibalas seemlessly incorporates a broad variety of New York sounds (jazz, latin, funk, soul) into the Afro-beat basics of horns, driving backbeats, and infectious rhythms. Dance your ass off, and never look back.

Movie: Man Facing Southeast

(Hombre mirando al sudeste)
Directed by: Eliseo Subiela

manSE.jpgA man appears seemingly out of nowhere in an insane asylum, claiming to be from another planet. Every day he stands, facing southeast to, as he says, receive messages from his home planet. While his psychiatrist doesn't believe a word he says, the man slowly begins to have an effect on him, raising the question: is he telling the truth, or is he truly insane? This is the movie that the Kevin Spacey "let's get Kevin a best-actor Oscar" K-Pax wanted to be (and ripped off remade, to boot). Quietly intelligent, moving, emotional, and thought-provoking entertainment.

ISSN 1499-7894
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