Frank Horvat’s 80s NYC Street Photography

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I’m incredibly in love with all of these Horvat photos from NYC in the 1980s, “New York Up and Down”.

The Importance of W.H. Auden


Auden is probably my favorite poet next to Wallace Stevens. My older son’s middle name is Auden. I come back to his work several times a year, perhaps more frequently than any other writer, because his voice is perennially perfect. My favorite work is Age of Anxiety. Two wonderful things to spend time with if you’re interested in getting to know him better: “Tell Me the Truth About Love“, a documentary about Auden on YouTube, and this wonderful piece “The Secret Auden” which reveals some incredible private stories about the man, who he was in private, and how hard he worked to hold some of that back from the public. My favorite story involves him quietly gifting a manuscript to a friend in need of medical care he couldn’t afford. The manuscript was sold to the University of Texas and the friend received the treatment he needed. Lots more wonderful stories in that piece.

And of course you should listen to him recite “As I Walked Out One Evening“.

Thug Life Consider This Diem Carped Tee


Love this.

Instagram Gem: Julian Calverley

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I stumbled upon these amazing iPhone photos from Scotland on Behance, and now know I must follow on Instagram as well. Absolutely stunning.


What Theme is This?


I’ll use the shit out of this: What Theme? helps users discover which themes are being used for their favorite sites, not unlike Shazam for themes. Brought to you by the smart and thoughtful team at Inspired Mag.

The People Holding the Literal Keys to Internet Security

“The master key is part of a new global effort to make the whole domain name system secure and the internet safer: every time the keyholders meet, they are verifying that each entry in these online “phone books” is authentic. This prevents a proliferation of fake web addresses which could lead people to malicious sites, used to hack computers or steal credit card details.” –read more at The Guardian.

David Grubbs, Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording


“What does it mean to describe a recording as being of a moment in which it did not circulate? Conversely, what does it mean to describe previously inaccessible music as participating in a later moment in which it resonates more powerfully?” Sign up to get notified when the book is ready to order. From the Duke Press about the book:

John Cage’s disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. How could these proudly evanescent performance practices have been adequately represented on an LP?

In their day, few of these works circulated in recorded form. By contrast, contemporary listeners can encounter this music not only through a flood of LP and CD releases of archival recordings but also in even greater volume through Internet file sharing and online resources. Present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings. In Records Ruin the Landscape, Grubbs surveys a musical landscape marked by altered listening practices.

Read more at The Wire.

Regional Listening Trends


Read the article that accompanies this amazing glimpse into how listening habits and preferences vary regionally – fascinating work!

Burton’s Batman Turns 25

Since Tim Burton’s Batman turns 25 this year, you should spend some time on YouTube remembering how amazing it is, and then hop over to Spotify and listen to Prince’s soundtrack. h/t MentalFloss

And just for fun, Buzzfeed’s “21 Things You Might Not Know About about Tim Burton’s Batman”. And Robin Williams came very close to playing The Joker (whew).

Nigel Dennis: We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door




If you’re as obsessed with True Detective as I am, you need to make sure you spend some time with Nigel Evan Dennis’ We Keep the Other Bad Men From the Door. Stunning work, graphics following the characters and plot lines. He also has several incredible prints for sale (seen above).

Thanks, Eades.

Law & Order Sets


Just uncovered this wonderful collection of images of the Law & Order set at the Chelsea Piers in NYC courtesy of Gothamist. And of course, if you’re feeling nostalgic, don’t miss Jerry Orbach’s guided tour from 2004. I got a little weepy.

Resources: 10 Free Thin Line Icon Sets


Hey creatives, head over to Inspired Mag and grab these gorgeous icon sets! There’s ten, they’re all free, and they’re all beautiful!

Slack App


Slack re-imagines the way team members communicate in a lovely, efficient way. I’m into it (particularly the channels option, allowing you to follow conversations on different project types) and am looking forward to trying to get on board.

Precomposed Touch Gestures


Love these super helpful precomposed touch gestures offered as raw Quicktime files. They work in Photoshop and video editors. Perfect for client presentations or testing internally with teams. Grab them for just $2 (or a tweet) here, and sleep well knowing all the profits go to AFSP.

McSweeney’s Generic Brand Video

In today’s high speed environment,
Stop motion footage of a city at night
With cars turning quickly
Makes you think about doing things efficiently
And time passing.

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