Photo by Jerry Reynolds
I read this op-ed piece in the New York Times, and I thought I would share it.
Just What the Founders Feared: An Imperial President Goes to War
by Adam Cohen
The nation is heading toward a constitutional showdown over the Iraq war. Congress is moving closer to passing a bill to limit or end the war, but President Bush insists Congress doesnâ€™t have the power to do it. â€œI donâ€™t think Congress ought to be running the war,â€ he said at a recent press conference. â€œI think they ought to be funding the troops.â€ He added magnanimously: â€œIâ€™m certainly interested in their opinion.â€
The war is hardly the only area where the Bush administration is trying to expand its powers beyond all legal justification. But the danger of an imperial presidency is particularly great when a president takes the nation to war, something the founders understood well. In the looming showdown, the founders and the Constitution are firmly on Congressâ€™s side.
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I’ve been trying to get this little project done for a while now, and it’s finally here for everyone to see!
As a part of the Parking Lot Art Show I posted about, designer-extraordinaire Mike Perry created a 16 page zine in a large, newspaper form, containing tons of his awesome imagery.
For those who don’t know who Mike Perry is, he is a Brooklyn based designer hailing originally from the Midwest of America. This is where he gets the name of his website, Midwest is Best. He created a book entitled ‘Hand Job: A Catalog of Type‘, art directed for Urban Outfitters, illustrated for Dwell Magazine, and even has his own Threadless Select t-shirt!
So I’ve gone ahead and scanned in the entire zine, and well, it looks pretty awesome. I did my best to give you the full effect of the colors and the presentation. I hope everyone enjoys it!
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Jaret Belliveau is only 26, but he takes pictures like he’s been through a lot. The pictures you see above are from a collection called ‘The Dirt Squad’, which look like pictures of his little brothers friends, hanging out and getting drunk in attics. To me, they look like glossy versions of something Ed Templeton would do.
His most powerful pictures though, come from his Familial Endurance, which document his mother’s cancer, and how she and his family experienced it. It’s extremely emotional, and unfortunately, tragic. I honestly got teary eyed while looking through the photos, and even writing this, I get a bit choked up.
I’m always really impressed when people can create artwork that looks like it was made in 1920. Gary Taxali, Canadian illustrator, has that talent. I love how absolutely detailed all of his work is. His handwriting on a lot of his pieces reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s, and I love that he includes a stamp of his name on each of his pieces.
I thought it would be fun to post a picture of a pair of shoes that Jeff made me last year as a Hannukah present.
They’re a customized pair of Vans with tiny bacteria painted all over them. I think they turned out soooo well, and I love showing them off, haha.
If anyone wants a customized pair of shoes, e-mail me and I’ll let him know!
GAH I’m so excited for this! My friend over at Fox Searchlight just sent me this one-sheet of Wes Anderson’s new movie, The Darjeeling Limited! The story is about three brothers who haven’t spoken to each other for a year, but re-connect after the death of their father. They take a train trip across India to try and become a family again.
The movie stars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Anjelica Houston, Natalie Portman, and Roman Coppola. Also, it was written by Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, so I’m guessing the script will be pretty strong, not like the pretty disappointing The Life Aquatic.
You can view the trailer over at Apple by clicking here!
Everyone who knows me has a general idea that I’m obsessed with Japan. So lately I’ve been buying these graphic novel collections by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, who’s been called “the grandfather of alternative manga for the adult reader”. He has two collections published so far, The Push Man & Other Stories, and Abandon The Old in Tokyo, which contain stories that were published during the 60’s. Yoshihiro’s drawing style is very simplistic, but his stories are often very dark and disturbing, often dealing with violence, rape, abortion, and pornography.
What the stories really show is how the Japanese struggled through a time of intense change, trying to modernize and adapt to a renaissance in their culture. They didn’t know quite what to do, or how to act, everything was becoming incredibly difficult to process, and people felt as though their lives meant little, they were just one in a crowd.
I HIGHLY suggest reading these, especially if you have any interest in Japanese culture or history in general.
Check out the photography of Ramona Rosales, a California photographer who has a pretty good sense of humor.
The top image above is from a Small Paul ad, which is absolutely amazing! In fact, everything I’ve seen of the Small Paul advertising has been simply wonderful!