Czech poster for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist. Art and design by Miroslav Pechánek, 1972.
• “Acknowledgements are not part of the novel; in fact, they break the spell the author has spent 200 or more pages weaving. We should take a book on its merits, knowing as little about the author as possible. As one reader put it to me, ‘the end of a book is time for thinking about the book, not for an acceptance speech’.” John Self on dedications and acknowledgements.
• Mixes of the week: a Power Ambient mix by A Strangely Isolated Place, and a mix for The Wire by Nexcyia.
• At Spoon & Tamago: 3D-scanned stones create vessel for human-made interventions.
Weeks turned into months. Slowly it dawned on me that I was performing the role of Boswell for a man who might be: a) a put-on maestro or arcane troll; b) a fiction writer slash performance artist; or c) a lunatic. But by his own admission King had tagged me with a familiar spirit. Whether or not he was telling the truth was irrelevant at this point. I could feel something squatting on my soul. I needed to see what it was.
Kent Russell on looking for demons in a disenchanted world
• A trailer for Mad God, Phil Tippett’s 30-years-in-the-making animated feature.
• New music: Vesta by Azu Tiwaline, and Right, Right, Right by Nils Frahm.
• At Dennis Cooper’s: Max Hattler Day.
• “Marcel Duchamp was not a thief.”
• RIP Jean-Louis Trintignant.
• Demons Of Rage (1972) by Nik Raicevic | Shall Come Forth The Demons (1991?) by Yuri Morozov | Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light (2011) by Earth
Faun (1897) by Karel Hlavacek.
• A teaser trailer for Mad God, a stop-motion animated feature by Phil Tippett. 30 years in the making and not the usual saccharine fare. The director talks about his film here.
• For those who missed Johnny Trunk’s book about Sainsbury’s Design Studio several years ago (or would like more of the same), packaging design at the Sainsbury Archive.
• Mixes of the week: Ces Gens-Là – Avec Bart De Paepe by David Colohan, and Phased Induction Phototaxis by The Ephemeral Man.
• Smoking dope and comparing bad reviews: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine discuss the early days of their collaboration.
• At the cat-loving Spoon & Tamago: This cat table gives your feline a seat in the table.
• John Lurie‘s tales of Bohemian living with The Lounge Lizards in 1979 New York.
• Luxury assortment: the British artists behind Cadbury’s chocolate boxes.
• Kevin Richard Martin’s favourite albums.
• At Dennis Cooper’s: Skeletons 2.
• Hymn To Pan (2008) by Blood Ceremony | The Great God Pan (2011) by Blood Ceremony | Faunus (2013) by Blood Ceremony