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Weekend links 49

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Star City by Tomislav Ceranic.

• Noted in the blogosphere this week: A Journey Round My Skull underwent a transmutation into 50 Watts; a blog devoted to artist, designer & illustrator Jessie M King; “The arts and musicks of the supranatural” at Secret Lexicon; From the Farm, Railroads, Sewing Machines & Beyond, lengthy reminiscences from a long life in America.

Barney Bubbles in Wonderland, in which the designer and his chums indulge in some Carrollian shenanigans somewhere in the 1960s. The resulting footage is now a promo video for Balloon Race by Bear Driver.

HP Lovecraft’s favourite words, the desert island books of Jorge Luis Borges, a profile of Christopher Isherwood, and Edward Gorey again.

[Arthur] Machen explicitly talks about the strength of London, as opposed to Paris, in that London is more chaotic. Although he doesn’t put it in these words, I think what partly draws him to London is this notion that, in the absence of a kind of unifying vision, like Haussmann’s Boulevards, and in a city that’s become much more syncretic and messy over time, you have more room to insert your own aestheticizing vision.

China Miéville in a great interview at BLDGBLOG.

Matryomin is “the unique, original erectronic [sic] musical instrument invented by Masami Takeuchi in 2000″. Yes, a theremin inside a Russian doll. The Mable ensemble playing Duke Ellington’s Caravan is, well…I’m still speechless. And there’s also this.

Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument.

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Discordia by Tomislav Ceranic.

Amazingly enough, prostitution was legal during the Victorian period. There were tons of brothels all over the major cities of England, and of all different kinds. There were lots of flagellation brothels; these were places where primarily men would go to be whipped by women or by men. There were also gay male brothels. You could go to a park in London at night, pick up what were called the “park whores” and give them a very small amount of money to have sex openly in the park. I also write about gay “cruising,” which was quite common. If you knew the right place to go and knew the right signals, you could pick up a man on the street and have sex in an alley.

Deborah Lutz is interviewed about her book Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism.

Cult-ure: Ideas can be dangerous, a book by Rian Hughes.

Chernobyl: Europe’s strangest wildlife refuge.

The Eadweard Muybridge Online Archive.

Aubrey Beardsley at Tumblr.

Caravan (1959) by Martin Denny | Caravan (1961) by 80 Drums Around The World | Caravan (1962) by Sir Julian | Caravan (1965) by The Ventures | Caravan (1973) by Enoch Light & The Light Brigade | Caravan (1997) by Jimi Tenor (I could go on and on, yes I could…)

 


 

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8 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    Great links, as always. Those Ceranic pieces are blowing my mind!

  2. #2 posted by Wiley

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    In reference to the Chernobyl piece, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if you’d seen this before, but this rather minimally produced series of webpages details the pilgrimage of a motorcyclist making her way through the Zone, complete with photographs.

    http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chernobyl-land-of-the-wolves/chapter27.html

    http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chernobyl-revisited/chapter2.html

  3. #3 posted by Nick Hydra

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    You’ve probably already seen this, but if not, you’ll enjoy it.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z1z0d/The_Beauty_of_Books_Paperback_Writer/

  4. #4 posted by lord cornelius plum

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    “If you knew the right place to go and knew the right signals, you could pick up a man on the street and have sex in an alley.”

    Nice to know some things never change………

  5. #5 posted by matthew brandi

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    Ah, picking up men as easy!

    See Chip Delany’s The Motion of Light in Water for the flip side: heterosexuality’s economy of scarcity. His best book?

  6. #6 posted by Nathalie (spacedlaw)

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    Mmm, more eye candy for my tumblr feed. Thanks.

  7. #7 posted by Gabriel McCann

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    Save ‘”The Last Waltz” for me:
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e52_1296967761

  8. #8 posted by matthew brandi

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    Juan Tizol turns in his grave.

 


 

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