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Margaret  Talbot on the cover of a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”:

“Dahl’s young characters always have agency; their magic powers or ingenious schemes—what their adult overlords consider misbehavior—always save the day. The Modern Classics cover has not a whiff of this validation of childish imagination; instead, it seems to imply a deviant adult audience.”

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Margaret  Talbot on the cover of a fiftieth-anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”:

“Dahl’s young characters always have agency; their magic powers or ingenious schemes—what their adult overlords consider misbehavior—always save the day. The Modern Classics cover has not a whiff of this validation of childish imagination; instead, it seems to imply a deviant adult audience.”

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera – Dorothea Lange

Next up for the groundbreaking PBS series American Masters is a profile of photographer Dorothea Lange. Titled Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning the documentary “explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer,” whose “enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American internment camps.”

Her iconic photo “Migrant Mother” is one of the more well known images of the Great Depression and is a seminal image in American photographic history.

Who better to assist with the film than the Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, who also happens to be the granddaughter of Lange. Taylor teams up with writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor to direct and narrate this intimate  documentary.

Chronicle Books has published a companion book, Dorothea Lange – Grab a Hunk of Lightning: Her Lifetime in Photography by Elizabeth Partridge,that is the “only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer’s oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph “Migrant Mother” to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life.

Buy: PBS | Amazon | Powells | Chronicle

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightningpremiers nationwide Friday, August 29, 9-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys: Stories by Matt Briggs. Publication Studios, 2014.

 The latest book of stories  from American Book Award winner Matt Briggs “tells stories set at the boundary between real men and boys in man drag” in which “the characters in the fourteen stories live in the shadow of a failed macho culture.”

Well-written, northwest infused with surreal twists at every turn these stories tend to stay with you for a bit after reading.

Buy: Amazon | Powell’s

Protest Design: Disobedient Objects at the V&A

The act of protest has blossomed into also being an opportunity for tremendous creativity. In the first exhibit of its kind, the Victoria and Albert Museum has gathered a healthy sampling of items designed and produced by grassroots social movements since the mid-1970’s. “From Suffragette teapots to protest robots” the Disobedient Objects exhibit ”will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.”

Everyday objects have become part and parcel of protest. From homemade gas masks to book blocs protesters are perfecting the use of the world around them to help fight the powers that be.

One of our favorites is the book bloc. As the curators of the exhibit noted:

The idea originated in Italy in 2011, during student protests against severe budget cuts to public education. The protestors created cardboard and plexiglas shields decorated like books. Each shield was decorated differently, with students picking their own book design to protect and represent them. The book blocs were used to non-violently push back against police baton strikes and punches. The ‘book bloc’ idea spread like a meme. It can now be seen around the world in protests against cuts to public education and libraries

These and many more objects are featured in the exhibition catalog.

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The Bookman: A Literary Journal — April. Color lithograph (1896). James Montgomery Flagg (American, 1877-1960). Prints & Photographs Division. Library of Congress.
Here Flagg created a cover for The Bookman, an illustrated literary journal dedicated to reviewing contemporary American literature through its four decades of publication. The Bookman was the first American publication to promote best-sellers by listing titles “in order of demand.”

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The Bookman: A Literary Journal — April. Color lithograph (1896). James Montgomery Flagg (American, 1877-1960). Prints & Photographs Division. Library of Congress.

Here Flagg created a cover for The Bookman, an illustrated literary journal dedicated to reviewing contemporary American literature through its four decades of publication. The Bookman was the first American publication to promote best-sellers by listing titles “in order of demand.”

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MURAKAMI POSTER COMPETITION

To celebrate the arrival of Haruki Murakami for Saturday’s London signing at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, we’re giving away ten beautiful posters for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

To be in with a chance just Reblog this post and we’ll pick 10 lucky winners out of the hat.

The competition closes on Monday 1st September.