This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Posts about Art

WPA Posters Online

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: March 29, 2010 - 9:20 AM

 Looking for something to occupy your lunch hour, or perhaps the 10:30 pre-lunch break? A reader sends along a link to the newly revised Library of Congress digital archives, with pages and pages and pages of WPA posters. If you're interested in the designs of the era, you'll enjoy. It's here

The images are interesting enough, but there's always 30s-specific details that remind you how different the era was from its predecessor. We had a Federal Symphony Orchestra? And I love this one, which seeks to eliminate crime in the slums through better housing - the criminal is made out of shapes that remind you of the giant high rises built to replace the old brick slums.

Attention jazz & graphics fans

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: February 1, 2010 - 8:38 AM

Every Blue Note album cover ever released, presented chronologically: right here. Even if you don't care for the music, the graphics are interesting; some eras just got "modern" right, and it never looks old. (h/t Jack Shafer on Twitter.)

If modern movies were old video games

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: January 13, 2010 - 12:30 PM

 "Retro" now means 80s, doesn't it? Sigh. Anyway, Mr. Penney has a fantastic series of movie tie-in "retro" video game covers. Like this:



Reminds me of this, from Panic - they did their apps in gamer box-art style, too. Worth a look. 



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