Look here in the nest and see what shiny baubles and what-nots caught my magpie-eye last week!
♦ THE WRITING DESK.
Only a smattering of writing links and images for your scriptorial pleasure this week:
Courtesy of The Impossible Cool is this image of director Akira Kurosawa and the accompanying quotation, which applies, I think, to artists of all stripes.
Here’s another quotation I like, again applicable to all the arts (and something people tend to forget or choose to ignore):
“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” ~Edward Land
Forensic technology encompasses a wide range of fields and technologies and is often used, with some controversy, in criminal trials. The blogs below examine forensic tech from all angles, from professionals active in the field, to journalists covering the impact and evolution of forensic technology, to skeptics concerned about the ramifications of junk science being labeled as forensic science being used to convict in trials.
I enjoyed this extract on Envy from Kathryn Chetkovich’s memoir, especially because its focus is on Chetkovich’s envy of her boyfriend (also a writer) who becomes a literary star (to save you from looking him up, I’ll just tell you it’s Jonathan Franzen). Here’s my favorite line from her piece, which keeps coming back to me:
If you’re truly talented, then your work becomes your way of doing good in the world; if you’re not, it’s a self- indulgence, even an embarrassment.
Write and do good, people.
For the fetishist, please to enjoy Flavorwire‘s list of the writing tools of 20 famous authors. The photo of Jack Kerouac above is from the article; he “favored pocket notebooks and old school composition journals, which you can see stacked in the background of this photo.”
Theodora Goss shared some thoughts about craft and art (she makes some good distinctions here).
♦ HEAVEN IS A KIND OF LIBRARY.
Three great libraries from the Facebook group No, I do NOT have too many books! First is the Lucasfilm Research Library at Skywalker Ranch:
Next is the University Club Library in New York (click to embiggen):
And here’s the third, though I have no idea where it is!
♦ MAKE WITH THE FUNNY … OR DIE!
Another installment of Taisia Kitaiskaia’s Ask Baba Yaga:
And another funny bit of satire from Above Average Network–Thingstarter: Better Homeless Signs.
♦ THE NINTH ART.
Lots of delicious goodies for you this week. Let’s start with some free previews! The great Gene Luen Yang has a two-volume graphic novel coming out in September, which “explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many where asked to choose between their country and their faith.” Tor.com has previews from both Boxers and Saints. Tor.com also has a preview of Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah is described as a “lovable ne’er-do-well” and a 19th-century Indiana Jones”). Check them out! At Bleeding Cool, you can check out some pages from the upcoming graphic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book by P. Craig Russell and featuring lots of other artists, like Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan, and Galen Showman. I can’t wait for these books!
This GIF made by Angeli Landayan is just cool:
And I love this re-imagining of Storm by branch56 for a Project: Rooftop re-design contest:
I’m dying over this cover for Batwoman #25 by J.H. Williams III. Click to embiggen. Via.
Now for some Wonder Woman! First, here’s the cover by Cliff Chiang for Wonder Woman #25 (via). Click to make that sucker larger.
And the three parts for the DC Nation Wonder Woman short are now online! Check ’em out!
♦ TURN THE PAGE.
My friend Andy sent me the link to this fantastic poetry slam video of Neil Hilborn at the Individual Finals of the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam , and then everyone seemed to be posting a link to it. The poem/performance is amazing, and the last few seconds or so just breaks my heart no matter how many times I watch it, which is exactly what I want poetry to do.
Please enjoy these tasty bits:
From Daily Science Fiction: Zombie Windows by Natalie Graham; Sparg by Brian Trent; Memories of Forgetting by Kenneth S. Kao; The Traveling Raven Problem by Ian Watson; and Just Like Clockwork by K.G. Jewell.
From Tor.com: Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron.
From flax-golden tales by Erin Morgenstern: The Floral Post.
I’ve been enjoying V.E. Schwab’s explorations of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust over at Tor.com. The first post is about physical, social, and metaphysical boundaries in the novel, and the second is about tolls, rewards, and treasures.
♦ THE BOOK NOOK.
For all your Romantic and romantic reading….
♦ VIEWERS’ PARADISE.
Two new videos in my friend Cameron Cook‘s Master Shot series, wherein he answers questions about film. Good stuff!
Fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer obsessives, prepare yourselves for this chart put together by Mark Elwood that visually organizes all the TV shows, comics, novels, and games in the Buffy-verse (via). Below is a snippet:
For the Whovians, please to enjoy these bits
This story about a waiter who used Doctor Who quotes to get tips at the Olive Garden is probably old news by now (it spread quickly), but it’s still charming.
Comedians campaign for more dongs on HBO is a funny video from CollegeHumor (sorry I don’t know how to upload it here). In response to that video, Flavorwire compiled a brief survey of male nudity in television.
And now, film trailers!
I’m not sure what to make of this trailer for A.C.O.D., but great people are in it:
McCanick looks interesting, and it’s one of the last pieces of work from the late Cory Monteith. I’m definitely curious about the central mystery here.
Antboy looks mega-charming, if a little derivative. And it’s from Denmark!
I’m intrigued by the trailer for Four:
C.O.G., based on a David Sedaris essay, looks like it could be good … or bad.
♦ ART OBJECTS.
Love love love this satirical piece by Melanie Gillman! Thanks to Laura who shared it on Facebook. (Click the image to see it larger.)
The Enchanted Sea, by Henry Arthur Payne, has become one of my current art obsessions. Discovered at The Hanging Garden tumblr. Click to embiggen.
BuzzFeed compiled the creepiest collection of doll photos ever assembled, which pleased me. Speaking of dolls that please me, check out this beautiful art doll by Marina Bychkova, which I came across at The Goblin Market.
Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz make snow globes that are macabre and unsettling, which probably explains why I like them so much. Click the link above or the image below to see many more examples of their snow globes. Via.
The artist finds his models through Craigslist by placing an ad seeking those who identify as being masculine. “I intentionally leave it gender-neutral so males, females and transpeople feel free to respond. Most of the respondents are men, but a few are female and a few are trans. I posted to a bunch of different categories to cast as wide a net as possible,” the photographer said in a recent interview.
Wonderful Shakespearean death scenes by dipthatpen from Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Hamlet. At left is the death scene for Romeo and Juliet. I think the design and linework of all six pieces is lovely indeed; do click through to have a look at the others. Via.
The exhibit Ghosts, Underpants, and Star featuring works by Torafu Architects sounds absolutely delightful. Showing at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, “This is a summer-holiday exhibition aimed mainly at infants and primary school children. The normal, staid rules of the museum, such as ‘Don’t Run’, ‘Don’t Touch’ or ‘Keep Quiet’, will be relaxed and we will provide a place where children are free to touch and have fun. Based around three keywords that symbolize children: ‘Ghosts’ (imagination), ‘Underpants’ (children’s growth) and ‘Stars’ (wishes), the exhibition will consist not only of works that are just to be appreciated for what they are, but will also include participation works or programs.” One of my favorite images from the exhibit is below, but do click on the links to see more images. Via.
Check out Grant Snider’s new cartoon for Modern: People of the Art Museum: An Illustrated Journal.