Taste of Streep //
An instagram account featuring trippy Oscar champ-chow hybrids, is the perfect thing to set any head a-punning.
The Iron Skillet Lady
Death Becomes Hershey Pie
The Devils Wears Praline
Other honourable mentions: The Venison Hunter, The French Lieutenant’s Onion Soup, Trout of Africa, The River Wild Salmon, Lions for Lamb Tagine, Hope Springrolls, Into the Wood-Forraged Sorrel and Ricki and the Flash-Fried Spinach.
We Two Boys Together Clinging by David Hockney //
Fascinated by David Hockney as a personality after watching a documentary aired on the BBC, I wanted to know more about his art. With much catching up to do, I borrowed this biography from the library. It covers a lot of ground in terms of his trajectory from a talented art student in Bradford to fully fledged artistic wunderkind in London and L.A. It also tells the stories behind many of his paintings: Les Parc des Sources; Vichy; Mr & Mrs Clark; and A Bigger Splash. Out of all Hockney’s great works though ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’ named after the eponymous Walt Whitman poem, is my favourite. This was painted way back before Hockney got all Cali-glam with his pool paintings and Beverly Hills housewives. It gives me all of the feelings. A young Hockney in love for the first time perhaps. Innocence.
Puss Puss Magazine //
“PUSS PUSS is a new stylish publication for culture-, fashion-, music- and catlovers.” Yes, this magazine actually exists and despite the ridiculousness of the concept, it seems pretty legit. Three issues in it has featured interviews with a multitude of cat loving creatives including Tyler, The Creator and shoe designer Charlotte Olympia plus some impressive photography and fashion editorials with top top catwalk models with, well erm, cats. I’d certainly buy it for the novelty, but I could see this thriving with the cult-like feline devotee community. When a meme became a zine….
A Short History of Everything, Bill Bryson //
This book should be in the goodie bag everyone gets graduating childhood. Also included is a manual on how to do your taxes, and instructions on what switch to flip on the fuse box.
Bryson presents a short guide to science, from the birth of the universe to the rise of civilization. That sounds a bit heavy right? I PROMISE YOU IT’S NOT. He is not-so-secretly educating you through stories in a very engaging way that is easy to understand (which is helpful for us who haven’t looked at a science book since Mr Hyland’s physics class, circa May 2006).
He shows how mankind looked at the world in different times based on the knowledge they then knew. One of my favourite paragraphs explains that after the power of Uranium was discovered, we thought something so energetic could only be good for us (right?), and subsequently tried to sell consumer products with the promise of radioactive ingredients.
Read above for lolz and eyerollz!
Publisher: Black Swan / Broadway Books
Style by Charles Bukowski //
This poem came to me on one of those lazy Sundays when you get lost in the ethers of the internet. It began with a Showstudio interview with Terry Jones, founder of I-D and passed through a talk by Showstudio editor, Lou Stoppard at Here London 2015, in which she regales the tale of a time she pushed an interviewee too far. The interviewee in question was Jefferson Hack, co-founder of Dazed Media. Asking him did he think he was cool was apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back, as evidenced with a video clip of Hack telling her to “Go fuck yourself”. A couple of Jefferson Hack interviews later I found myself (weirdly) watching a Q&A with him at Web Summit 2015. Random as it may be, he too says “I don’t really know why I’m here”. Maybe Paddy invited for the cool points? We’ll never know as the interviewer daren’t ask. My guess is he was the only guest to be asked the question “What does style mean to you?”, and the only guest to quote Bukowski on the Main Stage. Hack’s answer is well crafted and you get the feeling it’s not the first time he’s relayed it. His musings on the importance of a unique point of view in anything we do, are concluded with the first lines of Charles Bukowski’s Style: “Style is the answer to everything. / A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing / To do a dull thing with style is preferable / to doing a dangerous thing without it / To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.”
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language, Mark Forsyth //
The book title does a really good job explaining what you are in for.
Step 1: look up Etymologicon in the dictionary: “the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history”
His preface is a good introduction:
Publisher: Icon Books
The Worst of Tumblr //
One day I walked in on a conversation my mother was having with our neighbour Anne. They were discussing the merits of the recently-discovered (by them) google image search. Both households had owned a computer for at least 15 years. I stood there in disbelief.
But now when I think of it, I too know so little of the internet. Only recently, my younger sister introduced me to The Worst of Tumblr facebook page and every now and again a gem appears on screen and warms my heart. It makes me wonder what else is out there, waiting to be discovered. But then my battery dies and my cable is upstairs, and the thought dissipates.