Daisy Dee Collins was the very definition of a firecracker. Bright, crackling, lovely, and more than a little dangerous.
She died Tuesday, we pray peacefully, after seventeen legendary years. Her spark will be dearly missed.
Karyn and I promised one another that we’d put one little thing into the world each month in 2011. What constitutes a “thing” is up to us, not yet defined, and most likely to include elements of participatory art, gooey sweetness, and digital experimentation. This month we struck out with super low-tech stickers and sharpies.
Behold the January edition: thought bubble graffiti! I smacked this one up on the window of a defunct bank teller drive-through near my house, where some skater kids spend most evenings. Here’s hoping one of them decides to fill in the blank bubble. I walk past it on the way to Marta, so will keep an eye out. I also stuck a few others around town today. Crossing my fingers there’ll be something to find when I go back.
Hooray! This magazine was my first online love. Now, if only Open Letters would make a reappearance. Oh how I adored those printable PDFs with their sweet little New Yorker-like illustrations at the tops of the pages. Always thought I’d do my own printable mag someday, but iPad makes the idea seem a little antiquated. Maybe will save for the day when paper goes retro chic. (Or perhaps it already has?)
I promised myself at the beginning of this year I’d pick back up on my book reading. God knows I read a TON most every day of the year, but lately it’s more short-form than long, more utilitarian than adventurous. (Note to self: this would be a good point to mention that Nicholas Carr book. You know, the one about short and longform reading, attention and intellect. The one you keep reading, um, tweets about.)
ANYway, I just finished a book today and feel like making a list. So. Books read in 2010 (so far):
1. Catcher in the Rye. (A re-read, on the occasion of Salinger’s passing.)
2. And Then There’s This, by Bill Wasik.
3. The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry
4. The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte
5. Citrus County, by John Brandon (Rumpus book club selection!)
Quite a few others are on the not-yet-and-possibly-never-finished list. Such as the new Jonathan Lethem, which I want badly to love but can’t really. And Jonah Lehrer’s “How We Decide,” which I might finish, but also kinda think the first 100 pages are enough, you know?
Next up: whatever comes in the mail from Rumpus, and First Stop in the New World, a history of Mexico City.
Fascinating: blue dots indicate local photogs, red ones are tourists. (via Coudal)
Oh, it’s ON.