Saturday, January 8, 2011

THE 12th MAN

and Emily

We're breaking our (somewhat new) no-posting-on-the-weekend rule, for good reason:



Friday, January 7, 2011

How to Find the Law

Morris Cohen in 1971,
in the University of Pennsylvania law library.
Photo by Israel Shenker for the New York Times.

I try not to talk about my day job as a law librarian much on this blog, because, well, that's not what this blog is about. But - and in spite of the abundance of obits around here lately - I feel like I'd be remiss in not taking note of the recent passing of one of the profession's great lights: Morris Cohen, former director of the law libraries at Yale, Harvard, Penn and the University of Buffalo (now SUNY), and at the time of his death a professor emeritus at Yale law school. Morris is one of those people about whom anything that is said risks coming off as an understatement, inadequate, and fundamentally unworthy - especially by someone as young in the profession as I am. (I never met Morris but I feel like I can call him by his first name because I almost have the sense that I know him at this point, and because . . . well, just look at the man.) Suffice it to say that he is pretty much the Godfather of modern law librarianship, and clearly beloved by everyone who had the privilege of making his acquaintance.

The title of this post is also the name of one of the many texts he authored, and the one that I first cracked when I started my advanced legal research class in law school almost 10 years ago to this day. Its definitive tone pretty much sums up what an unquestionable lion of the profession he was. To the law library community this is something like the passing of Ted Kennedy, Johnny Cash, and Picasso all rolled into one. Rest in peace, Morris. There's no danger you'll be forgotten.

The obit from the New York Times (which also published an editorial tribute to Morris Cohen today) is here. My favorite part is the concluding paragraph:
As evidenced in his research, Professor Cohen had a penchant for the quaint and the quirky. At the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught legal bibliography from 1963 to 1971, a student once typed her term paper on onion skin and squeezed it into a walnut shell. He gave her an A.


Not much of a surprise, but French Vogue announced today that Emmanuelle Alt will succeed Carine Roitfeld as the publication's Rédactrice en Chef.

[via style bible]

Going through past issues of the magazine recently to review Carine's time at the helm – more on that later – made me consider just how much Emmanuelle's sensibility has contributed to its unmistakable viewpoint. (I use first names as if I know these women personally....) A few snaps of Mlle. Alt's personal style, courtesy of the magazine's website:


Gold Rush

Alexander McQueen Gold Chrysanthemum ring ($225)
and cuff ($565).

Pair with:

Camel Belted Merino Wool Drape dress, $609
(originally $1,535). All at

Gil Scott-Heron x The XX


Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX "New York Is Killing Me"
We're New Here (available February 21 from Rough Trade). More info at and

Image of the Day

The U.S. Postal Service announced its new stamp designs for 2011 last week, and this is my favorite:

Pioneers of American Industrial Design
honors twelve of the nation's most influential industrial designers from the
mid-20th Century: Frederick Hurten Rhead, Walter Dorwin Teague, Norman Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, Donald Deskey, Gilbert Rohde, Greta von Nessen, Russel Wright, Henry Dreyfuss, Peter Müller-Munk, Dave Chapman, and Eliot Noyes. The series will be available in July, 2011.

Truth be told, I'm still kind of mad at the post office right now – I haven't received some books I ordered and I'm pretty sure it's their fault – but nice postage stamps make me want to hug them anyway.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Best Foot Forward

For those who are already thinking this far ahead: these are tied up with a bow and are Valentine's Day-ready.

Lanvin snakeskin wedge, $1200 at Kirna Zabête;
suede and python wedge, £800 at

Image of the Day

Victoria Haven: There's No Place Like Home, 2010 (Ink on paper, 60 X 70 inches), at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle tonight through February 19. Click here for more info and images from the exhibition, and visit Victoria Haven's website at

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

You're Going Home


Gerry Rafferty "Baker Street" from City to City (United Artists, 1978)

Scottish singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty passed away yesterday at the age of 63. I can't say I was the hugest fan, just in that I'm not that familiar with most of his work, but he holds a special place in my heart. When I was a kid, my dad, who is a woodworker, had his first shop in Totem Lake. Sometimes when he went there on the weekends my brother and I would get to go with him – we'd ride our bikes around the industrial park and there was a little stream that ran parallel with the driveway (possibly just slightly polluted) that we'd mess around in, before they fenced it off. A Husqvarna dealership was on the opposite end of the building, and being obsessed with BMX, we thought those dudes were scary and cool. In the shop next door to my dad's, his friend Rex was building a 39-foot sailboat by hand. If it was raining and we couldn't ride bikes, we'd go inside and nail wood together.

On the way back home we would often split a can of 7-Up (or Country Time, or Green River, if my brother and I had our way) and listen to KJR or KZAM. When the song "Baker Street" would come on I remember we all really loved it, and at some point this love reached critical mass and we went to the record store (I think maybe Budget Tapes & Records in Bellevue) and picked up the album.

I still have that record, and I'm probably biased, but I think it holds up pretty well today.

Image of the Day

. Todd Hido: 9050, 2009 (Chromogenic print, edition of 5, 30 x 38 inches). Part of a new exhibition of Hido's photographs, Fragmented Narratives, at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, this Thursday night through February 12. Info and more images here.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rara Avis

[click to enlarge]

In the course of mining our library for images to include in our New Year's post, I came across Francesco Scavullo's portrait of artist and fashion editor Bridget Tichenor. This photograph was taken in 1978, when Tichenor was 61. Gorgeous! I now have the definitive blueprint for styling my later decades.

Tichenor was the subject of the 1985 documentary short Rara Avis, directed by Tufic Makhlouf. Part one is below; two and three are after the jump. (The imagery makes it totally worthwhile, even if you don't speak Spanish.)

Image of the Day

Les Krims: Two Beauticians with Strange Hairstyles Pretending to be Interested in Science, Buffalo, New York, 1978.

When I first heard about Krims from Seattle-based photographer Kyle Johnson, very little of Krims' work was on the web, and his books were (and remain) extremely hard to come by. Now he has re-launched a website with a cross-section of mostly conceptual work from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, and an interview by Ken Miller (Tokion). I am still holding out hope for finding some of the books but this is a great reminder.

Visit for more info and images (including prints available for purchase).

(via Kyle Johnson)

Cedar Rapids


I'm not 100% on this one – Netflix yes, theater doubtful – but director Miguel Arteta has a good track record (The Good Girl, Youth in Revolt) so I'm looking forward to seeing it. Plus, Clay Davis:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Image of the Day

New Year's Day