Jul 24, 2007

Six surveryors walked across the overpass, equipment shouldered, as the 6 p.m. traffic snotted below. They walked in a line, paced out two steps, their silhouettes wearing orange reflector vests.

Jul 19, 2007

Photo by Jeff Leo
Remembering an Iraqi interpreter.
Naming illegals.
Map of the world, and how we see.
Vanishing maps and remembered spaces.
Lie for truth?
Drug lords considered killing editor.
A 65-song history of protest music.
Jill Greenburg's photos of crying children.
Typewritter may have belonged to Ernie Pyle.
Criticism of Greenburg.
Papers to advertise on front page.
A short history of crime reporting.
The use of color in movie pictures.
The Berlin art scene, what it was and what it is.
"Southerners are fascinated by almost anything in ruins, be it graveyards, mansions, barns, or cars, and our literature reflects that fascination."
50 years of On the Road, The Road.
The psychology of fonts and the changed graphology.
The typography of onomonopias.
The failure of the British novelists.
The argument for keeping a name.
Economic breakdown of a Harry Potter book
20 ways to enjoy rain.
Ratzinger's effect on current Catholicism.
Vatican affirmation of the Catholic Church as the only true church.
What does the Vatican document mean?
Atlanta Baptists pick women pastor.
Woman takes pulpit of McDonough Ga. church.
Christianity in mime.
First generation of K.C. one percenters die off.
Reward offered in tombstone vandalism.
Mustang Ranch reopens.
Designing the New Yorker, 1 and 2.
The 'Freegans' adherence to late capitalism.
Interview with John Carter Cash.
A history of protest music.
Magazine postal rates to be brutal.
The vinyl re-resurgance.
New machine playing broken records.
The ranch of the malcontents.
Carny documentation.
Retrofitting the cigarette machine.
Were Russell Kirk's principles really Neocoservative?
What about the Greens, 2008?
Anarcho-Capitalists: Pirates (from, of course, a Hillsdale grad).
Muslim ghosts, or, the New Orientalism.
Tintin, boy detective, ruled 'adult.'

Jul 14, 2007

The 49-year-old was shot four times.

He was shot once in the left hand. It bled as he ran, leaving a 200-foot long zig-zagging trail across the parking lot of the truck depot in Forest Park.

Donald Ray Skinner, who had just delivered a truckload of fish, was shot a second time in the thigh. The .40-caliber bullet grazed his flesh. He was shot a third time, and the bullet pierced his liver.

He was shot a fourth time in the right eye.

Clayton County Police found him three hours later, on June 9, lying on his back in the parking lot. He was holding his keys in his right hand, Detective Scott Eskew testified in court, Thursday. The refrigerated tractor trailer he drove for Cool Cargo Carriers, Inc., was still idling and its headlights were still on as the sun was coming up on the crime scene.

“The blood trail allowed us to visualize Donald Skinner’s last movements,” Eskew said. “He was moving back and forth, back and forth. When he had such a large area in which to flee, all he did was go back and forth in a zig-zag pattern.”

Charles A. Smith, 49, looked down at his jail-issued sandals while the detective testified against him in the probable cause hearing. A military veteran and an Atlanta State Farmers Market Police officer, Smith allegedly told detectives he didn’t say anything, when he shot Skinner with the state-issued, .40-caliber pistol.

He told detectives he thought he heard Skinner say a single word, before he died.

“He said ‘Why?’ He thought he heard, ‘Why?’ The word ‘why.’ But at that point he was already committed to killing him,” Eskew said.

The murder of Donald Ray Skinner: 1, 2, and 3.

Jul 10, 2007

Note: A few changes in the ongoing evolution of design. Nothing major, just, hopefully, cleaner.

Jul 1, 2007

There was a map of Vietnam on the wall of my apartment in Saigon and some nights, coming back late to the city, I'd lie out on my bed and look at it, too tired to do anything more than just get my boots off. That map was a marvel, especially now that it wasn't real anymore. For one thing, it was very old. It had been left there years before by another tenant, probably a Frenchman, since the map had been made in Paris. The paper had buckled in its frame after years in the wet Saigon heat, laying a kind of veil over the countries it depicted. Vietnam was divided into its older territories of Tonkin, Annam and Cochin China, and to the west past Laos and Cambodge sat Siam, a kingdom. That's old, I'd tell visitors, that's a really old map.
        If dead ground could come back and haunt you the way dead people do, they'd have been able to mark my map current and burn the ones they'd been using since '64, but count on it, nothing like that was going to happen. It was late '67 now, even the most detailed maps didn't reveal much anymore; reading them was like trying to read the faces of the Vietnamese, and that was like trying to read the wind. We knew that the uses of most information were flexible, different pieces of ground told different stories to different people. We also knew that for years now there had been no country here but the war.
        -- Michael Herr

Profile of Michael Herr.
Grotesque Neo-Realism: The art of Scorsese.
One liners the punchline after the violence.
Officers noted that Pike’s blue, bullet-proof vest matched her purse.
CIA releases the so-called family jewels.
Germany's love and use of American Westerns.
Profiles in a Presidential campaign.
Bloodshed among the black bourgeoisie.
New, new left and the possibility of another America.
Clive James would have been a happier man as a painter, or a gravedigger.
Sushi economics and globalization.
Atheists' Bible, a beach book.
Amatures and their internet culture is killing our culture.
Solving problems with money and the problem with solving problems with money.
Terrorists are idiots.
America, a worried, battered superpower.
Measure of a city.
Numbers of the movies.
Literary rejection letters.
Question for Steve Jobs.
Logos which didn't get used.
Typography of automobiles.
Swap meat.
NPR's anti-independant bookstore decision.
Lanugage anxiety.
First zoo for artificial life.
Explaining away American fundamentalists.
Jamestown's unapologetic "celebration" as the beachead.
Orthodox readings of Augustine 1, and 2.