Untitled (Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall) (1946) by Joseph Cornell.
• Having been a Bernard Szajner enthusiast for many years it’s good to see his music receiving some belated reappraisal. David McKenna talked to Szajner about his Visions Of Dune album (which is being reissued by InFiné next month), laser harps, The (Hypothetical) Prophets, and working with Howard Devoto.
• Priscilla Frank posts some big views of Marjorie Cameron’s occult paintings as a preview of the forthcoming exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles.
Those who set up oppositions between the electronic technology and that of the printing press perpetuate Frollo’s fallacy. They want us to believe that the book—an instrument as perfect as the wheel or the knife, capable of holding memory and experience, an instrument that is truly interactive, allowing us to begin and end a text wherever we choose, to annotate in the margins, to give its reading a rhythm at will—should be discarded in favor of a newer tool. Such intransigent choices result in technocratic extremism. In an intelligent world, electronic devices and printed books share the space of our work desks and offer each of us different qualities and reading possibilities. Context, whether intellectual or material, matters, as most readers know.
Alberto Manguel, lucid as always, on the act and import of reading.
• “Why do the covers of so many self-published books look like shit?” asks B. David Zarley.
• At Core77: Rain Noe chooses favourite skyscraper photos by Russian urban explorers.
• “O, Excellent Air Bag”: Mike Jay on the nitrous oxide fad of the early 19th century.
• Nick Carr goes in search of Manhattan’s last remaining skybridges.
• Lauren Bacall at Pinterest.