Thanks to Katie Skelly for posting her artwork for his new album, and making me aware of it. Always good to hear new Jon Spencer. Here’s an article with a track list and tour dates (with the Melvins), unfortunately not coming close to Maine.
And a video of the first track off of the album:
I didn’t know Steve Ditko. I only met him through the pages of Spider-man, Dr. Strange, Hawk and Dove. In later years he developed Shade the Changing Man, and squirrel Girl for the big companies. His other characters include Mr. A, the Question, and many more.
He became a recluse and declined interviews in the 80sI think, and worked mostly on his own B&W comics.
He was found dead in his apartment on June 29th, and may have been dead for 2 days according to the police.
Here’s one from one of his Mr. A comics, and a tribute I did as a portrait of a friend.
Paul Klee (1789-1940) was an German artist who was affiliated with the Bauhaus, Expressionistic, and Surrealist movements. Here’s some interesting pieces on his oil transfer method of turning a drawing into a painting.
First a YouTube video:
and a well illustrated blog post on the technique:
Great SF book. Quick read.
Before she escaped in a bloody coup, MEPHISTO transformed Mariam Xi into a deadly voidwitch. Their training left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust, and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.
Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.
Not just about doing nothing, but about how doing stuff other than your art can help with it. I, also, read his graphic story Jacob Bladders, which is interesting, esp. the art.
A nice little book of essays on art and life. I especially liked In Arcadia Et Ego.
Samuel Morse invented the telegraph, which was patented on June 20, 1840. He held patents for several other electromagnetic improvements, and was a fine artist as well. His political views were a non starter for me. He advocated for slavery, and was anti-immigration, among other things, but he did have some shining accomplishments in spite of that.
Here’s his Wikipedia article.
Born today (or the 20th, or 21st depends on where you look) Lloyd Augustus Hall. African American scientist who amassed 59 patents in food preservation.
Not much online about him, but here’s the Wikipedia article.
It was, also hard to find a picture. The drawing is from the first of only 2 that I found. Both are real small, and look like they come from some kind of yearbook, or company thing.
Couple more links:
African American Scientists Page
Web Archive of Inventor. org page
Great book. I was a little slow getting into it, but it panned out well. You can read from the blurb below what it’s about, so if you’re into economics, interested in the why nots of Universal Basic Income, want to know how we can change our relationship to money and work, this is a good book for that.
But is this accurate? Is this what UBI is actually capable of doing?
More importantly, is this what we want?
And even more importantly: will this “future” be our best future? Will it account for and manage the practicalities of work, money and automation, given the limits of endless growth on a finite planet?
Money and Work Unchained drags the now-popular concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI) from the shadows of Pundit blather into a harsh, illuminating light, and in doing so presents an entirely new view of the future that upends our conventional understanding of work and money.
This book lays out a practical pathway that realigns work, money and human fulfillment into a sustainable system that sheds the inequalities and injustices of the status quo in favor of a human-scale way of living
Some quotes from it, and how hard it actually can be, even if you don’t have to work at something else. (Which is a flaw with Universal Basic Income, which I’ll get into sometime.)
Another test you can use is: always produce. For example, if you have a day job you don’t take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction, however bad? As long as you’re producing, you’ll know you’re not merely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to write one day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the all too palpably flawed one you’re actually writing.
Most people would say, I’d take that problem. Give me a million dollars and I’ll figure out what to do. But it’s harder than it looks. Constraints give your life shape. Remove them and most people have no idea what to do: look at what happens to those who win lotteries or inherit money. Much as everyone thinks they want financial security, the happiest people are not those who have it, but those who like what they do. So a plan that promises freedom at the expense of knowing what to do with it may not be as good as it seems.