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01. Inside the archives of Venturi and Scott Brown (Above)

“Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown – two of the world’s most influential living architects – are notorious for challenging Mies van der Rohe’s ‘Less is More’ mantra with ‘Less is a Bore’, and leading the Post-Modernist movement with Venturi’s manifesto, ‘Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture’. Now a rare insight into the couple’s design philosophy is available at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago, where a series of their research photographs and films from the late 1960s is currently on show.” (Wallpaper*).

02. We Are All Oldies: The Death of Youth Music

“Lamentations about the death of rock are a staple of popular music discourse. Literary and Pop Music scholar Kevin Dettmar asserts as much in his book, Is Rock Dead?, an exploration of that recurrent theme.1 Most recently, critic Sam McPheeters, writing in popular culture journal Vice Magazine’s “Anti-Music Issue,” wondered “Is Rock Over?” McPheeters claimed that “rock ‘n’ roll is to 21st-century America what the Wild West was to 20th-century America: a closed frontier, ripe for mass mythology.” His assertion is somewhat inaccurate, as rock’n’roll has depended upon the creation of mass mythologies for its survival and meaning since its inception in the 1950s and certainly since it became subject to a constellation of beliefs and ethics pertaining to authenticity in the mid-1960s.2 Among the evidence presented in defense of his claim is Billboard magazine’s list of the top 25 tours of 2000 through 2009. The list is largely populated by acts that originated in the 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s.” (Flow).

03. The season’s best beers

“Dominating liquor store shelves and taps throughout the season, pumpkin ale is like the craft-beer world’s candy corn: an easy shorthand for fall flavors that usually offers little beyond sickly sweetness. Thankfully, this year’s crop includes a few selections that buck the trend.” (Time Out).

04. Penguin 75: the stories behind the covers

“A new book reveals some of the secrets behind Penguin’s cover designs by including candid interviews with both designers and authors. We have five extracts from the book that shed light on the particular ins and outs of creating the perfect cover…” (Creative Review).

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