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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 15, 2013


Lolita — The Story of a Cover Girl

FEATURED THIS WEEK : EDITED BY JOHN BERTRAM AND YURI LEVING

Lolita — The Story of a Cover Girl

Fifty-eight years after Lolita was first published, Vladimir Nabokov’s most famous novel remains firmly in the public consciousness, but more often for its misunderstood subject than for its masterful and dazzling prose. If there ever were a book whose covers have so reliably gotten it wrong, it is Lolita. A new book explores why this is so.
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OBSERVATORY : ROB WALKER

An Accidental Time Capsule

Remember the feeling of finding forgotton photographs in an old shoebox? I just had the similar thrill of revisiting images rescued from an old, dead hard drive — and they turned out to include a fascinating accidental time capsule of late September 2001. A series of signs captured in casual snapshots recall a tentative, transitional moment.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Stitching Stories

Jane Waggoner Deschner began collecting and working digitally with vernacular photographs in 2001, but she has been working as a fine artist for over 25 years. Having worked with fiber arts earlier in her career, it wasn’t until 2007 that she began embroidering into them. As Deschner described it: “I fell in love with the process and discovered that adding maxims uttered by famous people also allowed me to point out things my aging, maternal (increasingly sanctimonious) self wanted expressed.”
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Fourth Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Innovation: Participants

The Winterhouse Fourth Symposium on Design Education and Social Change is being held August 18-20, 2013 in New Haven, Connecticut.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Fourth Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description

Winterhouse Institute is hosting a symposium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, August 18-20, 2012. This symposium is an invitation-only gathering of twenty-five educators and interested parties to explore the practice of social design in design education. This summarizes the original program description.
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

David Maisel and the Apocalyptic Sublime

The aerial photographs in David Maisel’s latest book, Black Maps, are often deeply disorientating. His pictures are visions of the Earth as we have never seen it and they are scarcely believable at times in their beauty and terror. What is the appropriate response to depictions of brutalized but ravishing landscapes described by the book’s contributors as both “seductive” and “repulsive,” and as a “topography of open wounds”?
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

The Collection de l'Art Brut

The Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland was begun in 1971 by a donation of 4,000 pieces of artwork, all of which were in the private collection of French artist Jean Dubuffet. The artist had long collected the work of institutionalized and marginalized people — works that he and a few other contemporaries like Paul Klee, Andre Breton, Max Ernst and Franz Marc, documented, wrote about and collected.
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Es Tiempo

Report on Es Tiempo, a campaign designed to encourage Hispanic women in Southern California to seek annual screenings for cervical cancer.
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Campus Design as Critical Practice

How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination.
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