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Bibliokleptomaniacs Dig God… and Beatniks

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Bibliokleptomaniacs Dig God… and Beatniks

Bookworms are an interesting sort. Some compulsively hoard literary nuggets until their shelves sag and creak, yet never bother to actually read their collection. Others can barely tear themselves away from the freshly-vacuumed bookstore corner in which they devour the newest Malcolm Gladwell for fear that the trip home will forever interrupt their cozy date. There are bookworms with Kindles, and bookworms juggling the four paperbacks they’re reading at once. There are bookworms who get turned on by first editions, and bookworms keen on newer, abstract renditions. There are bookworms who follow the Tao of Oprah, and others who only listen to Deepak Chopra.

But perhaps the most intriguing bookworm of all is the bibliokleptomaniac, or what we like to call the kleptobrainiac. These people are book thieves, the nerdiest outlaws this side of Hogwarts. Fascinated? Appalled? Exposed? Find out what the most shoplifted books of modern times are after the jump.

In Margo Rabb’s recent New York Times essay, we learn that only 40 percent of books that are read are paid for, and only 28 percent are purchased new. What about the rest? They’re shared, lent, given away or stealthily taken by a customer with a case of the happy hands.

Depending on who you ask, the number one shoplifted book of modern times is either The Bible or The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. After these two, (and like these two) the top 10 list is male-penned. In fact, according to store owners surveyed by Rabb, the most-nicked books share two things: fiction as a genre and a male author.

1. The Bible

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In tough times, both religion and shoplifting spike in popularity.

2. The Virgin Suicides

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A modern goth novel about suicide pacts. Another sign of the times? We hope not.

3. The works of Martin Amis

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Dubbed “The New Unpleasantness” by the New York Times, English novelist Amis rails again the excesses of modern capitalism. A comfort read?

4. The works of Charles Bukowski

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A “laureate of American lowlife” and prolific writer, Bukowski also knew how to stick it to the man.

5. The works of William S. Burroughs
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A Harvard grad, heroin dealer, and seedy bar frequenter, Burroughs was still getting an allowance from his parents when he was in his forties.

6. The works of Raymond Carver
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Oh, just another alcoholic genius with a knack for short stories. Sensing a trend here?

7. The works of Don DeLillo

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Post-modern novelist who quit his fancy job at Ogilvy because he “just didn’t want to work anymore.”

8. The works of Jack Kerouac

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“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” – Jack Kerouac …Like paying for books, right?

9. Steal This Book

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Title says it all.

10. Travel guidebooks

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The thieves seem to be directionally-challenged nomads.

Brooklyn store manager Zack Zook seems to think the reason for the apparent sexism exhibited by book thieves is just part of the bro-code. “It’s mostly younger men stealing the books,” he told Rabb, “They think it’s an existential rite of passage to steal their homeboy.”

Book theft is seen as the biggest form of sacrilege to some devout word-lovers (after burning/throwing them away, of course). Others, like the author from Boulder who got caught swiping his own book, feel entitled to the works. While we’ll never know how Kerouac would feel about someone shoving his book down their pants, we would like to know how you feel. Have you ever nabbed yourself a book? If not, which one tempts you?

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The Beatles – All You Need Is Love 50th at Our Galleries – June 2 – 11.

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The Beatles – All You Need Is Love 50th at Our Galleries – June 2 – 11.

Come see this show in our Soho, NYC and Sunset Marquis, West Hollywood galleries June 2 – 11. Admission is Free. All prints available for sale.

The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love” across the world and these beautiful never-before-seen images by David Magnus show their global satellite broadcast in 1967.
Here’s are a few more details of that day 50 years ago…
On June 25, 1967, performers representing 19 countries from around the world appeared on Our World, the first international television production broadcast by satellite. An estimated 400 million viewers watched the two-and-a-half hour program, which featured talent including Pablo Picasso and Maria Callas and was closed out by a performance of “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. The photographer David Magnus, a friend of and regular collaborator with the band, was on hand to take pictures of the historic gig.
Watch some of this amazing time on YouTube

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  • George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Brian Epstein, 1967
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • The Beatles and Cello Player, London, 1967
  • The Beatles with George Martin, 1967
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  • George Harrison, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • Mick Jagger and John Lennon, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • Paul McCartney and John Lennon  Contact Sheet, London, 1967
  • Paul McCartney, Triptych,  Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • The Beatles, Live Broadcast Contact Sheet, London, 1967
  • The Beatles, Triptych, Abbey Road Studios, 1967
  • The Beatles Tea Break, London, 1967
  • The Beatles Tea Time, London, 1967
  • George Harrison and John Lennon,  Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • John Lennon, London, 1967
  • Brian Epstein, George Martin, and Geoff Emmrick, 1967
  • Brian Epstein, Pattie Boyd and George Harrison, Abbey Road Studios, 1967
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road Studios, London, 1967

      

Jerry Garcia Family Launches Online Visual Art Collection

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Jerry Garcia Family Launches Online Visual Art Collection

March 02, 2017

Jerry Garcia’s family has announced the launch of a new online collection of visual art from the legendary Grateful Dead guitarist, offering up creations from throughout Garcia’s life alongside commentary from his daughter Trixie Garcia.

The Jerry Garcia Collection features both known work and some previously unseen art from the guitarist, who was an prolific visual artist along with his music career.

“I think it was just a way he was able to communicate with the world,” Trixie says in the introduction video, which can be seen below. “I always considered him kind of multilingual. He was fluent in all these different languages, and when words failed in one point, he had other options to express himself.”

Visit the gallery here and view some of the pieces below.

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There’s A Psychedelic Party On A Shoreditch Rooftop, And You’re Invited

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There’s A Psychedelic Party On A Shoreditch Rooftop, And You’re Invited

There’s A Psychedelic Party On A Shoreditch Rooftop, And You’re Invited

Photo: Graham Turner

Shoreditch’s Queen of Hoxton rooftop bar has taken on the theme A Tribute To Dr Strange this year, in a bid to transport revellers back to the flower power age of the 1960s.

Rainbow food adorns the menu, including this psychedelic ice cream sandwich (clearly e-numbers weren’t a concern in the 60s). Burgers, fish and salads are also on the menu, for those with less of a sweet tooth.

Photo: Graham Turner

Ice cream floats, slushies and themed cocktails will cool rooftop-goers down on those long, hot summer days while they take in views of the City and the East End.

Photo: Graham Turner

The decor of the roof garden is every bit as eye-catching as the food, and best of all, entry is free.

We’re not entirely sure what this is, but we wouldn’t want to meet it down a dark alley. Photo: Graham Turner

Special events take place on the rooftop throughout the summer, including film screenings, flower garland workshops, and, for those who really want to embrace their inner hippie, festival clothing customisation sessions. Check the website for upcoming events (there’s a charge for most events).

Those not gifted with a sweet tooth won’t starve. Photo: Graham Turner

Queen of Hoxton summer rooftop is open 7 days a week, 12pm-10pm (closed for special events — worth checking before you go). Entry is free.

Love this? Check out London’s other rooftop bars open this summer.

THE CASTAWAY COLLECTOR OF BROOKLYN

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The Castaway Collector of Brooklyn

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In Boerum Place, Brooklyn, New York lives a man in an apartment with many things. Chong Gon Byun is his name and he arrived in New York City from Korea 25 years ago. Your initial thoughts on Byun might be that he is an obsessive vintage gatherer, a flea market bargain hunter, a hoarder. But a closer look, and you’ll see his ability to sculpt, rearrange, reconnect and rejuvinate castaway and found objects has an unmistakable genius behind it. But before I ramble on, let’s first meet Byun at his Brooklyn apartment…

This beautiful video from This Must be the Place series is brought to you by Lost & Found films.

Naturally, after stumbling across this short documentary, I had to see more of Byun’s work.

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I’m not usually one to appreciate abstract art and so often, sculptures made out of vintage bric-a-brac can look disturbing. Byun however, combines and recreates these castaway objects, with all their history and nostalgia, using such artisanal skill, clever wit,  attention to detail, and might I add, good taste.

Byun’s main work consists of painting and assemblage of discarded objects, cast away from our indutrial consumer society.

“Throughout the 5,000 years of history, we Koreans placed much emphases, on living in harmony with nature, and paying respect to the parents and elders,” says Byun. “Whether the items were antique or new, it was customary for the previous generation to hand over those ancestoral objects to the next generation, as a ritual. The objects that were used and are no longer useful, [but] still has its unique history and invaluable story to tell.”

“The clash between post-industrial civilization, and the present capitalist culture, becomes my main theme and casue for concern.” 

“The clash between post-industrial civilization, and the present capitalist culture, becomes my main theme and casue for concern.”

“When I was growing up in Korea, I always noticed a family portrait adorned  by an antique frame, placed at the center with care, where it can be shown with dignity. Those tarnished and yellowing photographs would reveal the amily’s past, leading in the present and even the future. This image became imbedded in my mind.”

See more of Byun’s work here

A TOUCH OF ART – 12 Reasons To Love Nudity And Celebrate NYC #Body painting Day

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12 Reasons To Love Nudity And Celebrate NYC Body painting Day

Posted: 07/16/2015 8:15 pm EDT Updated: 07/16/2015 8:59 pm EDT
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    Just come down to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street at 2nd Avenue) on July 18. Full details at Bodypainting Day 2015.
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    All Are Welcome
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    You can volunteer to be a model, artist, volunteer or just enjoy the show.
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    People Of All Races And Colors Will Be All Colors
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    It’s Clothing Optional (Sort Of)
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    If you want to model, you have to take it all off. But if you just want to enjoy the show, you’ll need to put something on. Your choice.
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    It’s A Great Way To Enjoy New York City
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    Once the models are painted, they’ll parade from Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th and 2nd Avenue) to the United Nations.
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    It’s About Free Artistic Expression
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    Artist Andy Golub didn’t change New York City nudity laws, but he did influence how they were enforced. If you’re naked in a public space because you’re creating art, it’s legal. Thanks, Andy!
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    It’s About Body Acceptance
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    It’s A Great Way To Meet People
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    You’ll Definitely Fit In
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    It’s Art
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    And, of course, The Body Is Beautiful
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    . . . In All Its Forms
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 Our producer Katelyn Bogucki doesn’t need body paint. She’s already a work of art. Editor Jorge Corona and sound engineer Brad Shannon are our Picassos.

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COOL PEOPLE – Canadians Pay Nimoy Tribute by Drawing Spock on $5 Bills

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Canadians Pay Nimoy Tribute by Drawing Spock on $5 Bills

Even before his unfortunate passing last week, Leonard Nimoy has been receiving tributes by Canadian Trekkies in the form of currency doodles. Years ago someone noticed that with a few strokes of the pen, Sir Wilfrid Laurier—7th Prime Minister of Canada and face of the $5 bill—looked remarkably similar to Spock.

Ever since, people have shared images online of $5 bills they have found and received over the years that bear the Spock tribute; and since Nimoy’s passing, the amount of ‘Spocks’ in circulation has dramatically increased.

Contrary to the United States, it is not illegal to deface or mutilate Canadian bank notes, although there are laws that prohibit reproducing both sides of a bill electronically. [source]

[Sources: CBC News, IO9, Huffington Post, AV Club]

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Canada has recently introduced new polymer bills that make doodling nearly impossible.
Of course that has not deterred digital artists 🙂

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Photograph via otaking on reddit

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A TOUCH OF ART – THE LONGEST PIECE OF GRAFFITI EVER-TURN SIDEWAYS TO SEE

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At first I was angry because it was the wrong direction, but then I continued scrolling!

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Is this the longest graffiti ever?

This is the art by a French artist called BLUBLU. Check him out on youtube, he does stop-motion animation graffiti and it’s incredible.

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