Friday, December 26, 2008

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Meanwhile in Idaho

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Vintage Vanguard

Paris Vogue is currently buying back issues from whoever's selling, replenishing the archives in preparation for its 90th anniversary. Looking at all the covers is a pretty great history of photography in an of itself. Photography critic Vince Aletti: “Fashion photography is what made me start collecting Vogue. I was interested in Penn and Avedon, so I started collecting their work in a way I could afford.” Read more here.

Above, Paris Vogue covers by Richard Avedon, Philippe Halsman, Franco Rubartelli, Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Mario Sorrenti, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, David Sims, Mario Testino, Sam Haskins, Arthur Elgort, Satoshi Saikusa, Andy Warhol, Steven Klein and others.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from Pacific Standard

"The Little Drummer Boy" has always been my favorite Christmas song. When I was a kid, I promised to mow the lawn every week (or something like that…maybe every month) in exchange for MTV, and when we got it, I was super amped about all the videos, IRS' Cutting Edge, The Young Ones, etc. But this caught me by surprise:

Still gets me every time.

I'm in Idaho this week to spend Christmas with Emily's family, and there are a few posts in the hopper, but it's pretty much on auto-pilot till next week.

Thanks again for reading my blog, and I wish you the very best for the holidays.

Bing Crosby & David Bowie The Little Drummer Boy mp3

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Untitled (Shirley Berman), ca.1964. Photography Wallce Berman

In the Times this morning, Randy Kennedy compares and contrasts the work of Richard Prince and lesser known artist Wallace Berman on the occasion of a new show pairing their work (January 15–March 8 at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles ). It's worth a read – click here.

Below, images from Semina, the zine Berman produced and sent to friends (ca.1955–1963)

Monday, December 22, 2008

When the Sun Hits

Clam chowder: the breakfast of champions

Alright. At first I thought it was all quaint and nice how Seattle shuts down in the snow, but after three housebound days, all of the beer is gone and we have some tough choices to make as we ration the remaining soup and other canned foods in the cupboard.

On the upside, our (okay, fine, somewhat self-imposed) confinement has given us a chance to catch up on some movies. Ironman: might be my favorite superhero movie of all time. The Strangers: creepy – very creepy – but not so much so that I am afraid of my own house, which is important when you're a shut-in. The winner so far, though? The life-affirming movie of the year: a little sleeper hit starring Danny McBride entitled The Foot Fist Way.

So that was pretty great, and if you haven't seen it, you should.

And now you'll have to excuse me, as it's just about time for lunch. Looks like peeled tomatoes…green beans…maybe some anchovies…