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Roundup May, 11 2011

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01. David Orr: Lost in the Archives, December 1985

“Philip Larkin was the first poet I understood. He wasn’t the first poet I could write a reasonably coherent college essay about (that was probably George Herbert), nor was he the first poet whose poems I memorized (Vachel Lindsay, although in fairness, I was twelve). But Larkin was the first poet whose sensibility I felt I grasped in most of its dimensions: he appeared not as a blueprint, but as an actual structure. And a very peculiar structure at that. When I think of Larkin, I imagine a cathedral filled with cheap gray metal desks, or possibly a strip mall with a belfry. Indeed, Larkin combines so many opposed elements of lyric tradition and modern consciousness that he comes close to being the writerly equivalent of a folly—and he has a folly’s ability to seem simultaneously monumental and embarrassingly personal.” (The Paris Review)

02. Crowdsourcing: sabotaging our value

“Does it make sense to walk into a restaurant, ask the chef to make you three entrees, eat from all three plates and then skip out on the bill if you didn’t like any of the options? The answer is no.” (iDsgn)

03. Carson the magazine, Carson the designer

“The much-anticipated new magazine Carson turned up in the magCulture post late last week. There’s been a huge online surge of excitement around the project, primarily I assume from ex-students of a certain generation with a soft spot for David Carson’s design work for Raygun. You could almost sense a mass ransacking of bookshelves for dusty copies of his book ‘The End of Print’. What could this new project be? Where would Carson the magazine and the man take us next?” (Magculture)

04. Railroad (Pictured)

“Today, I’m excited to share photos from a little shoot i did at Railroad, which has become one of my favorite spots in london.” (The Blue Hour)

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