farm city!


January 19, 2012
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Patrick Cummins. Photographer. Toronto, ON.

100 Adelaide St. East, 1989 & 1998.

140 Boulton St. 1988 & 1998 & 2004.

515 Queen St. West, 1984 & 1999 & 2011.

Patrick Cummins started taking photos of Toronto architecture in the 1980s and has documented the ever-changing cityscape. There are thousands more photos on Patrick’s flikr here. He has a book in the works & I look forward to getting one for my coffee table.



January 26, 2011
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Isaac Salazar. Paper Art. New Mexico.

Check his flickr for more cuts, folds, bookarts.

December 14, 2010

“Things are so fucked up it seems pathetic to try to be a useful citizen. Like if you’re going to play the game why not go all the way and sell out completely. But if you’re too disgusted to sell out, the only other options are to escape or to try to tear things down. And I can’t even escape into academics, because I had to watch my father be a professor. Every marxist I know has a life where it’s think by day and drink by night. How could I choose a thing like that? I watch your fingers and your eyes and I feel so envious. You’re in this position where you’re really good at what you do. But I’m here and I can’t imagine moving.”

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November 30, 2010
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“I think about other things while she describes her recent past: air, water, sky, time, a moment, a point somewhere when I wanted to show her everything beautiful in the world. I have no patience for revelations, for new beginnings, for events that take place beyond the realm of my immediate vision. A young girl, a freshman, I met at a bar in Cambridge my junior year at Harvard told me early one fall that ‘Life is full of endless possibilities.’ I tried valiantly not to choke on the beer nuts I was chewing while she gushed this kidney stone of wisdom, and I calmly washed them down with the rest of a Heineken, smiled and concentrated on the dart game that was going on in the corner.”
[Bret Easton Ellis].

the pathway to fitness

November 8, 2010
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The Book of the Bicycle. Roger St. Pierre. 1973.

Thrift store find…
I own a bunch of books about bikes – almost all of them published in the 1970s, that heyday of bicycles.
I like this one especially because of two chapters: one about the children, brainwashing them into loving bikes and the other is about fixed-gears, which I like because I ride one everyday.

on the south side.

July 22, 2010
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Michael L. Abramson. Photographer. Chicago.

Michael Abramson took these great photos of funky crowds at shows in Chicago’s South Side in the 1970s. The photos are published in a book by Numero Group, accompanied by a 2-LP soundtrack of Chicago’s sweet soul.

top shelf 2.

April 7, 2010
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Essex County Volume Two: Ghost Stories. Jeff Lemire.

Ghost Stories is basically the story of an old, deaf man from rural Southern Ontario.
I picked up the book because of the tags on the back:

Farm Life / Hockey / Graphic Novels

I was previously enamored with one of their publications for very similar reasons and posted on it here.

Anyway, hockey and farming and loneliness and alcoholism and regret and family are all themes of this novel. It’s sad, it’s hard, it’s life. I enjoyed it immensely.
The illustrations speak for themselves – missing from this collection I’ve posted are Lemire’s great renderings of the City of Toronto and the County of Essex.

among the inuit.

March 21, 2010
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Robert Semeniuk. Documentary Photographer. Albertan / Canadian.

I found Among the Inuit at the bookstore where I work. I was working, so I didn’t have much time to browse but the images I saw were great. I’ve been pretty obsessed with the arctic these days, so the subject matter is right up my alley.
After a quick image search, it seems Semeniuk has taken photos all over the world. The latter two are of a child in Gaza and the tattooed chest of a Karen child soldier. More photos can be found here.

the big why.

March 8, 2010
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Rockwell Kent. Artist / Printmaker. 1882-1971.

I first heard about Rockwell Kent as a fictional character in Michael Winter’s novel The Big Why. The version I read happened to be illustrated by the real-life Kent’s woodcut prints and, naturally, I was impressed.
His politics are left, his aesthetics are right – can’t beat that.

books + boats.

February 26, 2010
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