Archive for the 'Books, Films, Art' Category

The Departed

We went yesterday to see yesterday night The Departed, Martin Scorsese last movie. The story is set in boston and is about a crime boss, who has a rat in the police department while a police enformant infiltrates his gang. The word on the street seems to be that this is one of his best, […]

Dix-huit fantômes by SA Steeman

I liked that one. Not an intellectual book, but a good detective novel.

Rebels drive Bentley

That’s a real ad.

Pinter’s Nobel speach

Harold Pinter (wikipedia profile) is the Nobel prize for Litterature laureate this year and he has delivered a fierce critique speech of US foreign policy.
The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, […]

Dan Brown exit

A remarkable thing has happened two weeks ago week: for the first time in nearly 3 years, "The DaVinci Code" has not been in the top 15 on the NYT bestseller list Sunday. Too bad it has reappeared this week at slot #10. I have not read the book, and I am not intending to: […]

Video ipod

Another week, another ipod product…  this time it is the video ipod. I hope this will do the same good for video that the original ipod did for music, and that video downloadables are going to become mass market. More on Gizmodo.

Chinese propaganda posters

After Russian posters, just coming across a site with vintage Chinese posters, printed from 1950 to 1990 for propaganda purposes. An amazing collection.

Caillebotte

Seen last weeK: excellent exposition on Caillebotte at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. (Le Monde’s review [FR])

tags technorati : Caillebotte Lausanne

Best books of the century as reviewed by amazon.com customers…

(these are about the worst extract I could find, just for a laugh…)
1. Ulysses, James Joyce
"This is one of those books that "smart" people like to "read." Well if being smart means liking this, count me out! I don’t know if it’s modern, post-modern or what: but I know this much, I’d rather just […]

Freakonomics

Finished earlier this week Freakonomics, which I bought for my trip back from LA last week. Freakonomics is about unconventional wisdom, using the raw data of economics in imaginative ways to ask clever and diverting questions. Examples:What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? I […]

Bratt Pitt & Lenny Kravitz: What I Really Want to Do Is Design

Somwhat funny NYT article on stars wanting to become designer/architects: But What I Really Want to Do Is Design. Amazing to learn that Frank Gehry is designing cellar for stars…
Mr. Pitt, who declined to be interviewed for this article, met Mr. Gehry in 2001. He went to Mr. Pitt and Ms. Aniston’s […]

Cezanne & Pissarro

 
Just realizing that Moma has open few weeks ago an exhibition on Cezanne and Pissaro: Pioneering Modern Painting: Cézanne and Pissarro 1865–1885. It features 85 paintings and seven drawings — portraits, still lifes and landscapes […]

Soviet America

 
Seen on Articulatory loop.

Duccio di Buoninsegna

Kottke is pointing to an article by The New Yorker on the acquisition of a painting called Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Good story about a great painting.
More more on Duccio, check out his biography on Wikipedia and some collections of his work (1, 2, […]

Golf GTI ad

Long time I should have posted this, but I love the new VW Golf GTI commercial, where the famous street scene from Singin In The Rain is recreated with a modern twist to the song and dancing. Music is by Mint Royale, and I am looking forward to their new album release on August 15th. […]