Driven From Within
edited by Mark Vancil

This was a random book find but what sets it apart from other Michael Jordan bios is the focus on the branding aspect including in-depth interviews with Tinker Hatfield on the creation of each shoe. Besides being a huge Nike advertisement, it also features lots of quotes from MJ himself through the years, along with his close friends and family.

Recommended for sneakerheads or those wanting a neatly designed coffee table book on Michael Jordan.

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My Crasy Life
Directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin
1992

Part of Criterion’s Eclipse series Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin, My Crasy Life is a documentary about the S.O.S. “Sons of Samoa” gang based in Long Beach, CA. 

Prior to his documentaries on Southern California, Gorin was known for collabing with fellow New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard during his radical lefty phase as part of the “Dziga Vertov Group”. Together they put out the film Tout Va Bien starring Jane Fonda, as well as the short film Letter To Jane, where both he and Godard literally just show a photo of Jane Fonda in Vietnam and they talk about it for like an hour. Fortunately, this documentary is nowhere near as pretentious and is pretty much the total opposite.

The documentary itself is a mix of candid interviews, COPS style footage, a bizarre HAL-9000 talking cop car (?) and staged events where the gang cheeses in front of the camera and tries to look like their life is a never-ending Snoop video. There’s even a scene, arguably the best scene, where they’re like 20 deep in a recording studio and then after a few bars go into an a capella of “Teenager In Love" which instantly makes them the most adorable thugs second to this photo of Tupac holding a puppy.

I loved this movie because it does what great documentaries do and that’s shed a light on a particular topic or subject that would normally go unnoticed and captures it in the most vivid of detail. In this case, it takes the subject of 90’s South Central L.A. crips but shows it in the perspective of Samoans in Long Beach. This film also might be the most hood thing Criterion has put out and for that alone, it’s great. It makes me wish that somewhere out there exists a similar artsy documentary on the Freaknik concerts but sadly I don’t think there is.

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards ManualDesigned by Unimark International New York, 1970
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New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual
Designed by Unimark International New York, 1970

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spx:

Never not reblogging the Michael Kupperman.
Wish I’d bought the Desert Island print when I had the chance.
skullgreymom:

a classic

spx:

Never not reblogging the Michael Kupperman.

Wish I’d bought the Desert Island print when I had the chance.

skullgreymom:

a classic

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Help Save Lorem Ipsum Books!

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Lorem Ipsum Books is an independent bookstore located in Inman Square in Cambridge, MA. They are also home to the Papercut Zine Library: an actual library of over 14,000 zines that you can read and borrow.

Currently they are in danger of closing permanently unless they receive $14,000 in the next 11 hours (!!).

If you live in the Boston area or if you just like books and want to help out, and especially if your name is Rajon Rondo or Ben Affleck and have $14k in your pocket as we speak, please visit their fundraiser page and donate some money to help save this bookstore.

DONATE $$$ Y’ALL. SAVE THESE BOOKS.

Guys I think Dieter Rams hacked Kanye’s account

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CL for COMPLEX Magazine!

I swear if 2NE1 did songs in English they would be bigger than Spice Girls

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Meanwhile in Florida…

Meanwhile in Florida…

I only wear t-shirts that have Dikembe Mutombo’s face on them

I only wear t-shirts that have Dikembe Mutombo’s face on them

If you are looking for a neat place sort of hidden away in the Boston area there is the Papercut Zine Library located inside Lorem Ipsum Booksin Inman Square. You are right, a zine library might sound like the most twee thing in the universe (you even get a laminated library card!), but there are some good comix and art zines there, as well as this Rihanna fanzine.

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Kevin Lyons

Kevin Lyons

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I never knew about this “If Your Girl Only Knew” remix with the Portishead sample and the hee hee hee hee how. RIP Baby Girl. 

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