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September 27, 2022



In a September 14, 2022 post I featured DOG-EARED BOOKS, a bookstore run by women.

My VERY bad.

Turns out there are two suchly named bookstores: one in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose business card (above) I received along with a used book I purchased; and one in San Francisco.

My Crack Graphics Team©® posted pictures of the San Francisco store along with the North Carolina store's business card.

I tweeted the North Carolina store who business card I so liked after the first post appeared and they responded thus:



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Above, the women who own and run DOG-EARED BOOKS in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, my Crack Research Team©® has been banished to the doghouse for the remainder of the month to reflect on their egregious failure, only the latest in a series extending back 18 years. 

It's hard to find good help.

September 27, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

'Concrete Traffic' — Wolf Vostell


A 1957 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, encased in 15 cubic yards of concrete.

German artist Wolf Vostell created it in 1970.


From Atlas Obscura:


Casual observers could be forgiven for mistaking this object, which is in a parking space in the University of Chicago's Campus North parking structure, for a representational sculpture of a car.

In fact, it is an actual car — a 1957 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, to be exact — encased in 15 cubic yards of concrete.

Named Concrete Traffic, the piece was created by German artist Wolf Vostell in a January 1970 "happening" at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

Vostell was associated with the international art movement Fluxus, with which Yoko Ono (whose 2016 installation "Sky Landing" is located in Jackson Park, approximately 1.5 miles away) was also affiliated.

After six months on display at the MCA, the artwork was moved to an outdoor location in the Hyde Park neighborhood at 60th and Ingleside, where it remained for over four decades.

Eventually, Chicago winters began to take their toll on the piece, and in 2016 it was moved (below) to its current location inside the parking structure.


If you crouch down, you can see the original whitewall tires, hubcaps, and underbody of the vintage vehicle.


Note: this post appeared here on January 8, 2019; I happened on it yesterday and liked it so much still I figured it merited a second appearance.


Atlas Obscura last week dove deeply into the artist's 1971 Betonbuch (Concrete Book) and a very involved series of highly technical investigations seeking to learn whether the book stated to be within a concrete block was in fact present — now or ever. 

From Atlas Obscura:

This unusual tome (below) was "published" in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1971 by experimental artist Wolf Vostell.

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[Copy number 83 of Betonbuch is considered a book by the University of Chicago library system.]

It is one of 100 copies he created by — Vostell explained at the time — encasing a 26-page booklet in concrete.

September 27, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Your very own time machine

I recently invented a fun way to look at old pictures I happen on in books, magazines, onscreen, wherever.

By old I mean since I was born.

I imagine myself as I was then being in the scene — invisible to everyone else — taking it all in: I then mentally watch a movie of myself being there.

Sure, you can Photoshop yourself into any picture or Deepfake a video such that it looks real but where's the fun in that?

By doing it in your head, if you've got a good visual imagination you can get a much more realistic sense of yourself there.

Try it, you might like it.

Related: when you happen on a date in a biography or history or their ilk, picture yourself as you were back then.

If you're not completely satisfied with the results, let me know and I'll cheerfully refund twice the amount of your life and time I wasted.

September 27, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'FINISSAGE with screening of dubs' — Isa Toledo

More from the artist here and here.

September 27, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pringles Premium Black Truffle


You won't find these at your local 7-Eleven unless you live in Japan.

From websites:

Kit Kat aren't the only Western snacks that get their own unique Japanese versions: Pringles, the American brand of potato chips that come in a characteristic tubular package, have also tried adding a Japanese touch to their offerings with some exotic results like green curry, wasabi seaweed, takoyaki octopus dough balls, and deep-fried chicken.

But there was always something missing: a touch that would acknowledge Japan as a top-tier gastronomical destination, Michelin-star restaurants and all.

The Pringles Premium Black Truffle is here to correct that!

Each can of Pringles Premium Black Truffle contains 51 g (1.7 oz) of crispy golden Pringles, seasoned with the world's second most valuable fungus, French black truffle (Tuber melanosporum).

As you would expect for something this exquisite and with such a rich and musky flavor (not to mention its price!), the black truffle has been finely ground so as to be spread equally all over each Pringles chip.

This isn't the kind of snack to binge on while watching TV but rather a true delicacy that needs to be savored!



September 27, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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