|The Inferno: Not quite as powerful when conveyed Lego-style|
- Interesting article in The Guardian about how we're given conflicting information about our role as consumers, both being asked to buy more and consume less. And it is true that we live in a complicated world where it's impossible not to consume. Yet there are people who consume far too much (too much useless junk, too much plastic crap that stays in cupboards 99.9% of the time). I am no anti-materialist though people come to our place often throw around the world "minimalist" which I find odd because I feel like we're surrounded with stuff. Mainly it's books and clothes that fill our closets. I just hate having to clean and the less stuff, the easier that whole process is...
- Artist re-creates Dante's Inferno with Legos. I read The Inferno again a few weeks ago and was surprised at how moving and terrifying certain passages are. The Lego as building block suggests a certain kind of levity so it's hard to capture that terror but these creations certainly are creative.
- This is great: film commentator Tony Zhou talks about why Buster Keaton was such a master of his craft in this short, really funny film.
- I love this idea: in order to encourage reading, commuters riding the metro in Sao Paolo can buy books that are also subway tickets. Brazilians read, on average, two books a year (I wonder what the average is in Canada), so by doubling as a ticket, the thinking goes, people will buy their ticket along with something useful to do while riding. I love the design generally, whether they are tickets or not. Nice-looking books.
|Subway pass books: I'd buy them just for the design|