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A The intersection of poetry and typography is in my greatest interest.
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There is a massive, persistent, hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole, and four Earths can fit inside of it. Bonus: auroras.

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Can I ask how Blue changed your life, if you don't mind talking about it? Because I sort of feel like it changed mine too, but I've never been able to put it into words that don't sound ridiculous to me.



Well, I’d love to, but honestly, the level it still reaches me at, after years — years! — of knowing every note of it, of no longer living the sort of life about which Blue speaks, of not being the kind of seeker by and for whom Blue was made but the grown person who that seeker becomes, its consequent, its Hejira or Night Ride Home; after years of being a person for whom you’d think Blue would be a memory, however fond, instead of a living text, ever-fresh, vivid as it was the night I bought the tape (“The Nice Price”) someplace and brought it home to my tiny studio apartment in Norwalk; after all these years, still the only way I really know how to talk about Blue is to sort of just get out a notebook and start writing

I am on a lonely road and I am traveling traveling traveling

in huge letters, or

Just before our love got lost, you said

hard enough to scratch through the page, or

Child with a child pretending,

weary of lies you are sending home:

so you sign all the papers in the family name

you’re sad, and you’re sorry, but you’re not ashamed

and then just sit there completely wrecked, singing “you’re sad, and you’re sorry, but you’re not ashamed” and thinking let me write a line like that before I die, let me keep that shining beacon in sightwhile remembering that when she’s writing Blue she’s basically nailing two or three lines like that per song

Probably the best album of the 70s according to me; the only one of the major 60s Acts Everybody’s Dad Thinks Are Great who made a record I put on its level is Pink Floyd (Piper At the Gates of Dawn).  



memphis-milano"Rivieria" wool carpet by Nathalie du Pasquier in 1983. Wool 6’ x 8’.

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If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

anonymous reader on The Dish

Never, ever selfish.

(Source: mysweetetc, via ninfia)



When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?

— Sandi Toksvig




AWH World Cup Awesomeness Round-up

We’re getting pretty amped about the upcoming world cup at AWH HQ. Screens are calibrated, lucky uniforms/totems are at the ready and strong coffee is brewing, let’s do this!

Every four years the excitement of the World Cup spills into the design world and we get to enjoy some really fun and inspiring projects, our favorites of which we wanted to share here. We hope they might inspire even some non-sports lovers to get swept up in the fun and excitement of the cup!

Clockwise from top-left:

Colombia’s (Elsa’s team) star player Radamel Falcao didn’t make the cup because of injury, but he’s been captured in these great World Cup player portraits by Daniel Nyari for ESPN FC.

The boots in this Adidas Battle Pack Collection are some of the raddest we’ve seen, digging those patterns and restrained use of color.

Even the balls in the World Cup have a deep history, and the World Cup match ball history page explains it all. Our favorite is still the ’94 Questra edition.

Howler is a beautifully designed magazine about the beautiful game, seems so fitting. Check out the World Cup special edition, Creative Directed by Joel Speasmaker.

These International team posters from ESPN by Ben ClarkMathieu Zarbatany have so much energy you can’t help but get amped up.

We’ve been enjoying the silly but informative cup previews by the Men in Blazers on Grantland.

This cup’s mascot is a Brazilian three-banded armadillo named Fuelco that rolls into a ball! We support that, and will be wearing our Fuelco slippers for comfort and good luck.



Perhaps it’s done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don’t know, I’ll never know, in the silence you don’t know, you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

— Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable