— Noted.


The New York Times Magazine has posted an excellent microsite on the space in New York City that arises above 800 feet. As editor Jake Silverstein explains it:

The city has 21 buildings with roof heights above 800 feet; seven of them have been completed in the past 15 years (and three of those the past 36 months). In this special New York Issue, we explore the high-altitude archipelago that spreads among the top floors of these 21 giants. It totals about 34 million square feet in all, encompassing lavish living spaces, vertiginous work environments (during construction and after), elite gathering places. Visually, the experience of this new altitude feels different in kind from its predecessors, the peak uplifts of previous booms that topped out at 400, 500 or 600 feet. At 800 and above, you feel something unusual in a city defined by the smelly bustle of its sidewalks and the jammed waiting and inching and zooming of its avenues — a kind of Alpine loneliness. Every New Yorker knows the pleasant private solitude that can be found at street level, among anonymous crowds. This is something different: an austere sense of apartness inspired by achieving a perspective seemingly not meant for human eyes.

A few images from the issue that caught my eye:


Aerial view of 1950s Midtown Manhattan. Hulton Archive/Getty Images





Scott Small / 55, Laborer, 3 World Trade Center
Jack Davison for The New York Times



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Follow the link to see a fantastic gif of this.
Illustrations by Brian Rea. Animation by Pablo Delcan.




A private event at the Rainbow Room, May 2016.
Matthew Pillsbury for The New York Times




Chrysler Building, 1,046 feet, as seen from the MetLife Building. Begun: 1928. Completed: 1930. ‘‘It’s in the clouds, like a Magritte painting. Slightly surrealistic.’’
Thomas Struth for The New York Times


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Photo by @thunder_pino on Instagram.






Loving these unexpected combinations from illustrator Craig Frazier, with thoughtful captions on the objects and animals depicted. These weekly experiments can be found on his blog.


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Images from www.oliverjeffers.com

A huge fan of the work of Oliver Jeffers. This world map comes with a cork backing, one yellow (HQ), 100 red and 100 blue pins to track where you have been and where you wanna go. Get yours here.



A beautiful image by Stephen Doyle, for a fascinating article in The New Yorker by Judith Thurman, “A Loss For Words: Can a Dying Language Be Saved?”

“If the historical rate of loss is averaged, a language dies about every four months… English is the lingua franca of the digital age, and those who use it as a second language may outnumber its native speakers by hundreds of millions. On every continent, people are forsaking their ancestral tongues for the dominant language of their region’s majority. Assimilation confers inarguable benefits, especially as Internet use proliferates and rural youth gravitate to cities. But the loss of languages passed down for millennia, along with their unique arts and cosmologies, may have consequences that won’t be understood until it is too late to reverse them.”


I just bought a custom portrait for my oldest (and by oldest, I mean youngest) friend’s birthday. They can be ordered via the etsy shop of Faye Moorhouse, who prices them by 2 sizes, and by number of humans (or animals) portrayed. She also does pet portraits. Her shop description gives sweet warning: “If you want an unusual, funny, wonky portrait then this is the one for you. But if you are looking for something technically accurate perhaps not 🙂 ” That being said, my friend ordered a pic of her cat in stretch/yawn mode, and we were both amazed at the painting she produced. Quite beautiful.

Here are a few selects from her site:






And, more work on her site here.


“An investigative and exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into the practice of putting things ‘off”. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first.”

By Johnny Kelly


I was nosing around to find a link to share one of my favorite books of all time, when I found this lovely little talk that was done at the AIGA conference in 2013. Also, this.

And this:



Music Jail, Pt 1&2

Where you going buddy? Where you going buddy?
Where you going buddy?
Won’t you come with me to music jail?

Where you going darlin’? Where you going darlin’?
Where you going darlin’?
Won’t you come with me to music jail?
Let’s form a band! Let’s take a stand!

Where you going fellah? Where you going fellah?
Where you going fellah?
Won’t you come with me to music jail?
Please say you’ll stay! Don’t turn away!?

I was not prepared to do time to do time
Franky I was scared about time about time
I was in a cloud. Everything so loud?
Life’s a riot. No one’s quiet at all?



Illustration by Tim Lahan.