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Weekend links 133

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Lower Manhattan (1999) by Lebbeus Woods.

RIP Lebbeus Woods, an architect and illustrator frequently compared to Piranesi not only for his imagination and the quality of his renderings but also for the way both men built very little from a lifetime of designs. Lots of appreciations have appeared over the past few days including this lengthy piece by Geoff Manaugh at BLDGBLOG. (Geoff interviewed Woods in 2007.) Elsewhere: A slideshow at the NYT, Steven Holl remembers Lebbeus Woods and Lebbeus Woods, visionary architect of imaginary worlds. See also: Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings and this post about Woods’ illustrations for an Arthur C Clarke story collection. Woods was at his most Piranesian with Gothic designs for an artificial planet that would have been the principal location in Vincent Ward’s unmade Alien 3.

Arkhonia draws to the end of a year of blogging about and around the Beach Boys’ errant masterwork, Smile (1967). Witty, discursive and frequently scabrous accounts of how Brian Wilson’s magnum opus was derailed and marginalised until it became convenient for commercial interests to exploit its reputation. Anyone following those posts won’t have been surprised by Wilson’s sacking from his own group by Mike Love in September.

• “We’ve been underground for 27 hours now. Everyone is caked in mud, with grit in their hair.” Will Hunt explores the catacombs and sewers of Paris.

I think the only remotely interesting drug was acid. I had a slightly peculiar attitude towards it I think. Just about everything about hippydom I hated. I liked the 60s up to about ’65 or ’66. I liked the mod clothes, I liked the look. I wasn’t a keen taker of speed because I didn’t like the comedown from it. Then everything changed and became looser, I didn’t like the clothes at all. I felt rather out of step with it. The acid thing was interesting though. I come from Salisbury and from the age of 12 I had a friend who was 30 years older than I was who I saw regularly up until when he died a couple of years ago, whose obituary I wrote in The Times. This man was called Ken James and he was deputy head at the chemical warfare unit at Porton Down [the MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory]. He then became head of the scientific civil service; he was the man who introduced computing into the civil service and he had taken acid as early as 1950. This was long before Aldous Huxley.

Sharp Suits And Sparkle: Jonathan Meades On Acid, Space And Place by John Doran. Marvellous stuff. Meades’ new book is Museum Without Walls.

• In New York later this month: A Cathode Ray Séance – The Haunted Worlds of Nigel Kneale.

• More acid: Kerri Smith talks to Oliver Sacks about his drug experiences.

• “It starts with an itch”: Alan Bennett (again) on his new play, People.

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Lower Manhattan last Wednesday. Photo by Iwan Baan.

• Back issues of OMNI magazine can now be found at the Internet Archive.

• Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins present their new film, Jimmy’s End.

• At BibliOdyssey: Atlas title pages part one & part two.

• Raw Functionality: An interview with Emptyset.

Athanasius, Underground

Vintage Caza

Stormy Weather (1979) by Elisabeth Welch.

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by G

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    Jimmy’s End looks fantastic. I tried to keep up on it’s premier, along with Act of Faith, but couldn’t find anything…I had thought they were coming out in October at a film festival in New York. It will be more convenient online anyways and I’m sure it will be a lot of fun showing it at the house with friends.

    How is “The Soul” coming along? Can you say? I was just curious whether you and Alan had it all worked out or if there was still work to be done. I can’t express how much I’m looking forward to it.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    The Soul is still set to be a part of the big book of magic that Alan was writing with Steve Moore. Rather than a comic strip it’ll be a multi-part illustrated story. I’ve already done some work on the first section but looking at those pages recently I want to rework them a bit. Alan & Steve liked what I’d been doing but I feel now it wasn’t quite fitting the story, it looked too comic-bookish. All the work on that book has been stalled while Alan has been writing his novel.

  3. #3 posted by G

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    Yeah, earlier this summer I was bored so I combed over some old interviews for information about The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic…there’s not a whole lot to do around the office some days. I saw where you talked about how it was originally going to be a part of the ABC line of comics and it’s eventually inclusion in the newer project.

    Anyways I look forward to it. I’m sure your work is fantastic as is so I can only imagine an improvement upon it will be gilding the lily. That’s a shame its been completely stalled but Jerusalem is going to be sufficiently mind-blowing for one lifetime I’m sure and I still don’t feel like I’ve completely digested Somnium. Some much to admire, so much to learn, so much to do…

 


 

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