even though temperature wise spring is still not here, the sun has been shining almost every day. And what better way to celebrate sunshine than with some good music!
My father gave me these records a few years ago (he only listens to CD’s now). They are all original, meaning that he bought them when they came out, back in the late sixties. A week after I took them home, a fire broke out in our house. Luckily, most records survived from the flames. Besides listening to them, I also like to look at them, because of the great graphic designs.
bookshelf porn. Quite possible one of the best blogs around. Needs no further explanations, simply go there, enjoy what you see for a while, turn of your computer and finally start reading that book that has always been there but has never been opened.
please watch all 9 minutes and 11 seconds of this short movie from Ben Proudfoot on two neighboring shops in Los Angeles that have been selling paper and letterpress for over ninety years. It will show you how all that is handmade is beautiful and needs our appreciation. Today there are so many young and talented people who are becoming craftsmen, which is great, but I cannot shake the feeling that in that process we are forgetting about the original craftsmen
I don’t know about you, but when coming to someone’s house for the first time, I always go straight for the bookshelves. A bookshelf is like the mirror of one’s soul. Ok, that is a bit over the top, but still. A book selection can tell you a lot about a person. And apparently I am not the only one who thinks that is the case. Artist Jane Mount paints people’s portraits through the spines of their favorite books. Together with writer Tessaly La Force she created the book My Ideal Bookshelf, full of creative people showing the reader their favorite books of all time including an explanation of why these particular books have been so important to them.
Mount and La Force are enabling us to make our own ideal bookshelf simply by printing this page. When you’re done, you can upload your own ideal bookshelf to their special Tumblr page.
My ideal shelf would definitely include The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. What would yours look like?
Jeff Altman was in film school when his family gave him boxes full of 16mm film shot by his late grandfather. He was wise enough to leave the film alone until he had enough knowledge on how the restore them properly. This short film is a collage of a trip of his grandparents made to Las Vegas in 1962.
Want to see more of the United States in the early sixties? Check out Altman’s Vimeo channel here.
coffeeklatch: slow journalism meeting a fast medium. That is how founders Magali and Bart describe their website. Expect interviews with creative entrepreneurs from Belgium accompanied by clean photographs of their homes or working environments.
one of my personal favorites.
all images by coffeeklatch.be
Out of Print sells clothing, stationary and accessories with iconic books covers on it. Their aim is to spread the joy of reading. And because not all children have access to good books, one book is donated to a community in need for every product sold.
I do think the rules of the rock band T shirt apply here as well: you should only wear a T shirt with a cover on it of a book you’ve actually read.