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Archive for September, 2006


City of Light


Back home again with enough photos to make postings for a whole year. I’ll restrain myself, however, and for now you can see the result of my quest to capture the perfect Eiffel Tower shot. This involved waiting patiently for other tourists at the Trocadero to move away from the one spot on the balustrade […]

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On the move


Le Stryge by Charles Méryon (1853). “These writings, which deal with the Parisian arcades, were begun under a clear sky of cloudless blue that curved over the arcade; even so they are covered with a dust hundreds of years old by the millions of pages in which the fresh wind of diligence, the heavy breath […]

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The art of Vasili Vereshchagin, 1842–1904


The Apotheosis of War (1871) by Vasili Vereshchagin, “dedicated to all conquerors, past, present and to come”. Previously on { feuilleton } • The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby

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Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys


The great Hal Willner is doing his eclectic thing again. A marvellous collection of folk ballads. Nice cover as well, from Howard Pyle’s celebrated pirate paintings. Disc: 1 1. Cape Cod Girls—Baby Gramps 2. Mingulay Boat Song—Richard Thompson 3. My Son John—John C. Reilly 4. Fire Down Below—Nick Cave 5. Turkish Revelry—Loudon Wainwright III 6. […]

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The Haunter of the Dark


Today sees the publication of my collection of Lovecraft adaptations and illustrations, The Haunter of the Dark and other Grotesque Visions (Creation Oneiros) in the US, although I’ve no idea what’s out there right now. Confusion reigns on the online front with Amazon.com saying the book isn’t out yet while Barnes & Noble says it’s […]

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Exodus art and Plague Songs


Saturday 30 September 2006 Exodus Day in Margate. Commissioned and produced by Artangel My name is Pharoah Mann and I’m going to change the world. And I’m going to start now by doing what politicians never do. I’m going to say sorry. Pharoah Mann, Margate 30 September 2006 Plagues of lice, locusts, frogs and flies, […]

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Chris Corsano again


Out again to see world-class drummer Chris Corsano play another stunning improv set. This is his last appearance in Manchester, unfortunately, prior to relocating to Edinburgh. Impossible to describe the full range of Corsano’s performance (although I made an attempt earlier). Suffice to say you really ought to try and see this guy play live […]

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iTunes 7


Finally, us poor CD designers are being treated with a bit more respect in the digital music world. Lots of improvements in the new iTunes (is it my imagination or is the sound processing better in this version?) but best of all is the splendid Cover Flow feature which allows you to select music by […]

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New things for September


top: The Highbury Working, The Lucid View. bottom: Manchester District Music Archive design, The Major Arcana. As mentioned last month, I’ve updated and expanded all my CafePress shops which means you can now (should you wish) buy T-shirts, posters, mousepads and other goods from selected artwork. Look for links on the relevant artwork pages. In […]

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Cronenberg curates Warhol


‘He created his own universe and became its star’ Director David Cronenberg explains the debt he owes to Andy Warhol’s bizarre and chillingly prophetic work David Cronenberg Monday September 11, 2006 The Guardian EMPIRE IS THE CLASSIC. It was outrageous—yet somehow it worked. An eight-hour shot of the Empire State Building, it was high concept, […]

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The apocalyptic art of Francis Danby


The Deluge (1840). In the days before cinema and the likes of Roland Emmerich, people had to visit galleries or see touring exhibitions of huge paintings for their fill of artistic cataclysm. I discovered some of these works on my first visit to the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain), aged 13. I was there to […]

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Jean-Philippe Raibaud


Photography by Jean-Philippe Raibaud. Another otherwise fine site spoiled by a slow (and, in Firefox, unworkable) Flash interface.

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The art of Paul Noble


A (2002), etching. During the last six years, British artist Paul Noble has invented a city. Named for its creator, Nobson Newtown comprises extremely large and meticulously crafted pencil drawings, each depicting a different building or location within Noble’s fictitious industrial town built on the edge of a forest. Although they are precisely rendered in […]

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Jeff on Bldgblog


Ambergris by Scott Eagle. Jeff VanderMeer is interviewed by the excellent Bldgblog, discussing “English cathedrals, ‘fungal technologies’ and architectural infections, the Sydney opera house, Vladimir Nabokov, ‘The Library of Babel,’ Monsanto, giant squids and geological deposits, nighttime walks through Prague, and even urban security after the attacks of 9/11”. The interview includes some of my […]

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Helios in Manchester


Of all the releases I’ve heard so far from the excellent Type record label (who are now based in Manchester), my favourites have been Seawards by Sickoakes and Eingya by Helios. So it was a pleasure this evening to see Helios perform in a tiny and rather crowded bar, even if the enjoyment was compromised […]

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Not I by Samuel Beckett


A TV screening in 1970s of this mouth muttering in darkness was my first introduction to Beckett‘s work and a very memorable and disturbing introduction it was. It made no sense at the time since I had no cultural context in which to place it, it felt like being plugged directly into some kind of […]

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Hungarian water towers


A whole site devoted to them (text in Hungarian, unfortunately), with contemporary views, two pages of picture postcards and pages of plans. More water tower sites as good as this one please. Previously on { feuilleton} • The Essex Street Water Gate, London WC2

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Dorothy Parker


The peerless Ms P re-jacketed by cartoonist Seth. ‘Resumé’ Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The book covers archive

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A Lazarus Taxon by Tortoise


After 12 years of expanding the definition of rock music, Tortoise will release a highly anticipated box set. Lazarus Taxon is the paleontological term for a species that disappears, then reappears in the fossil record; its namesake is this collection including rare singles from foreign releases and tour EPs, compilation tracks, previously unreleased material and […]

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Inland Empire


David Lynch’s new film receives a screening at the Venice Film Festival this week where the director will also receive a lifetime achievement award. Lynch has been working on Inland Empire for about two years and the result sounds like it’s going to as personal and idiosyncratic as his best works. Time to start getting […]

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The art of Igor Mitoraj


Great photo galleries of the artist’s work from a Tuilleries exhibition here and on three pages following.

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Sans Soleil


Chris Marker might be considered the Borges of cinema if that designation didn’t seem limiting, with its implication that literature is superior to cinema, that filmmakers only receive true qualification as artists through comparison to more venerable creators, and so on. Marker, then, is Marker, although who Marker is remains obscure, as this article notes: […]

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Karel Plicka’s views of Prague


Bridge Street, from Prague in Pictures (1940). A shame there isn’t more of Plicka’s atmospheric photography on the web, his views of Prague present the city the way we usually imagine it from the stories of Kafka and Gustav Meyrinck. This site features a very small selection from the 220 plates that comprise his Prague […]

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Eugen Bauder


Eugen Bauder photographed by Jean-Philippe Guillemain.

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The art of Nicholas Kalmakoff, 1873–1955


Astarte (1926). Kalmakoff’s beautiful paintings turn up most often (if at all) in collections of Symbolist art although most of his work comes after the Symbolist period which was pretty much killed off by the revelations of Cubism. Like Harry Clarke, Kalmakoff is one of those artists who evidently felt that the aesthetics of the […]

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So Much Fire to Roast Human Flesh


JUST IN TIME FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR — ARTHUR MAGAZINE LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM TO BENEFIT COUNTER-MILITARY RECRUITING CAMPAIGNS “Let’s help give youth a balanced view of what military service REALLY means,” says Arthur editor Jay Babcock. With wars raging across the Middle East and prospects for peace dimming, the youth of America have wised up […]

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Keith Olbermann channels Ed Murrow


On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said administration critics suffered from “moral or intellectual confusion.” American TV commentator Keith Olbermann responds. My earlier opinion of Mr Rumsfeld can be seen here. The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack. Donald […]

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