In every Art Forum magazine there is an artist and they present their top 10 list. This artist, Yaeji included gradients in her top 10 list! She obviously has great taste, I LOVE gradients, especially blue! I took a picture below of her piece about gradients, although BLUE gradient is my fav!
To learn more about Yaeji, visit her website at:
Also, there was an AD for this artist who painted a picture of someone washing their hands! Keep in mind this was in 2018 -- very prescient!!!
Are you still here, reading this? If you had your top 10 in Art Forum, what would it be? I'd probably have to put more thought into it, but I would choose:
1. My dead cat
2. The color BLUE
3. America-Mura in Osaka
5. Garfield and Snoopy (tie)
7. The NY Knicks
8. Bush Terminal Piers Park
10. Free hotel breakfast
Tao Lin is my favorite author! His writing is so fresh and has insightful observations and also has a dash of totally random, unrelated things out of nowhere to keep you engaged! This is a collection of short stories and easy reading, highly recommended! Good book to start if you haven't read Tao Lin before.
Wait, I should write more in this review, right? I re-read it a long time ago just to write this review, but then I got too lazy to write it! But I did quickly glance over the book, so one story, for example, is called, "Suburban Teenage Wateland Blues" and is about a young man (23 years old) who shelves books at the library, and then gets invited by a library volunteer who is in high school and is volunteering for community credit to go throw toilet paper around people's homes with her friends.
p. 10: "Life, people learned, was not easy. Life was not cake... You, the botched clone of you, the Miami Dolphins; Coco-Puffs, paper plates, a dwindling supply of clam juice. That was life."
p. 19: "An older man - a professor? - stood and made the case that the terrorists did not want any new friends, had enough friends already, too many actually; that what they really wanted was romantic love."
p. 52: "Death is the plural of deaf, " says Paul. "It's when everything goes deaf."
pp. 68-69: "But was this how you went about getting a life? You went bowling, some other things happened, and then finally, you were awarded a life?""
So I got this free sample issue in the mail, but there was this obituary of Charles Webb on page 35. Charles Webb wrote the novel "The Graduate" which got turned into a movie in 1967. Quote: "With his wife, he embarked on a life of nomadic poverty, shedding possessions and working a string of menial jobs: clerking at a Kmart, picking fruit, and cleaning houses. Homeschooling their two sons, the couple lived in motels and trailer parks and at a nudist colony they managed."
I did more research online. According to http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/charles_webb/biography
"Fred, an artist, is his wife of 43 years, given name Eve, who shaves her head and calls herself Fred in a show of support "for men named Fred who have low self-esteem.""
If anyone is looking to write a biography about Charles Webb, this seems like a promising book to be written!
On page 128, Bong Joon Ho, Director of Parasite says in an interview: "I can't cry every day so I make films."
I thought this was really inspiring -- sometimes I'm like, what's the point of anything, you know? Like what's the point of writing, for example, if we're just like zoo animals behind a cage, or like the passengers on a slowly sinking ship -- nothing we do really matters, since we're all going to the same destination, and are just suffering in the meantime, while we wait for that destination, you know? But Bong Joon Ho is pretty much saying, I'm passing the time while being sad -- which I enjoy the honesty of, you know? He's not saying, "I love life" but rather, it's still possible to be sad and do stuff.
Picture of actress Cho Yeo Jeong who had a photo shoot in the magazine.
So there were like three interesting articles here!!!
The first article was "The Needles and the Damage Done" by Aaron Timms. This article talks about "garden culture," and the trend to build super narrow skyscraper condos in NYC. I never heard that term before but it's interesting. Garden culture means creating separation of rich people from working class people: "a moat to buffer the building's inhabitants from the city's inconveniences -- to offer them a city free of weeds."
The next interesting article was by M.H. Miller called "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me." This article is about the stress of having huge debt after finishing college or university, but I liked this quote: "And it felt good to think about dying, in the way that it felt good to take a long nap in order to not be conscious for a while."
And finally, the last interesting article was "Material Witness" by Amitava Kumar who writes about using fact as inspiration for fiction and for writing in general. He writes. "Toibin's advice to writers was to go ahead and use the story, even if readers were going to identify the person you were writing about. The writer's credo must be" use it because it will make a great story.""
So I thought this was interesting because there is a review of the EarthCam cam network on page 22! EarthCam.com is a free network of web cams set on places all over the world! The author, Bridget Read (nice name, btw) writes: "On EarthCam, the pandemic has given us the landscapes of real-world dystopian climate fiction, in which the horror of human suffering is simplified and we get to skip clean to the end."
So I was reading this report called, "A dog's life" about pets in Japan! It said that in Tokyo, pets are only seen wearing fashionable clothes from boutiques, and that people pay for swimming classes, aromatherapy, and acupuncture -- for their pets! And that the cat craze in Japan contributes over 2 trillion yen every year to Japan! The article said that people have a need for affection and because not as many people have families anymore, the pets are the go-to for that need.
There are islands of cats in Japan which are popular. I, myself, was impressed by Kishi, a small train station in Japan in the middle of nowhere but where the cat is the station manager, and the train station is shaped like a cat, and so people all over the world come to visit this cat in her office! They also have cat cafes all over and places that have cute cat desserts!
There are three books this trilogy. They are written by Anonymous, the author had me at Anonymous!
So the plot is about an ad executive from England who moves to the USA who quits drinking and as an alternative finds pleasure in hurting women emotionally - like making them fall for him and then dumping them (and then this happens to him), while also self-publishing a novel trilogy about it, and also recording how the author is attempting to sell these books through clever marketing ideas like creating a personals ad online pretending to be a woman and promising to date the guys if they buy the book. This book is meta in how much it is self-referential. What especially interested me is the author quitting his well-paying job to sell his books full-time, including setting up a table on a busy street, including a comedic interaction with a homeless guy who beat out the author in the quest for asking people for money. It's a bit raunchy at parts, so although it has its moments, it's not for everyone. Check out the author's Instagram page to get a feel for what you may expect in the book, handle: "the02thief" Kind of reminds me of a version of Bret Easton Ellis but with less killing and things.
Quote (Diary of an Oxygen Thief p. 63): "it was as if I had been miscast in my own life. If I saw someone across the street who did the things to me that I routinely do to me, I'd run in the opposite direction. But I can't can I?
I'm married to me."
Quote (Eunuchs and Nympomaniacs p. 11): "In the same way photography captures images, I want to harness the humble paragraph to do the same thing.
I call it Paragraphy..."
So there was this article on page A3 that really stood out for me, titled "Federal Judge Halts Execution; Cites Health Fears." Evidently there was supposed to be an execution in Indiana of a murderer, but the execution was asked to be postponed by the murder victim's family because she is 81 years old and wanted to attend the execution but didn't want to risk getting Covid-19 since attending the execution would put her in contact with a lot of people. She requested the execution to take place after there is a vaccine for Covid-19 so that she can attend the execution without risking her health. I was like OMG, amiright? This world is Super Bizarre!