This picture is pretty amazing, plus you don't see the word "vertiginous" used enough these days.
It's so exceedingly brave of Jon Hamm to play younger, isn't it? It's a testament to his range as an actor that the 41-year-old is really gnawing away at the role of 40-and-a-half-year-old Don Draper. Magic like that just keeps me glued to this mild workplace drama. Aaaaanyway, the excellent website Mad Men Unbuttoned continues its agglomeration of important related cultural detritus this season! Play along at home! Or you could go read recaps at literally every publication in the world, if you had nothing else to do with your life today.
Literally the most charming thing ever? Neko Case singing a song from bed with her dog. I have two things to say about this, but they're not important and just GO WATCH, it's great. (Okay, so: 1. I have always loved Neko Case but having her on Twitter and now in videos made in bed with her dog has totally transformed the way I think about her. Previously she was distant to us—all I really knew before was that she hated piracy and was great. Now? I know when her dog shits in the truck. 2. I suspect that the reasons that Liza the enormous truck-shitting [...]
What are you doing tonight? I'll tell you what you're doing tonight: You're heading over to McNally Jackson to see Awl pals Matthew Gallaway and Sasha Frere-Jones discuss Matthew's new novel The Metropolis Case and debate the current state of affairs in Tunisia. (Okay, maybe not, but they will for sure be talking about the book.) See you at 7. It's an Awl pals kind of week!
Here are ten videos, culled from the neverending stream of Internet things that pass by my face each day, ten videos that will make you feel good about the world. They're all from this year, a year that I can say confidently had way more suck than it had awesome; but if you take half an hour to ignore all the suck and watch these you will come away thinking, man, people still make some beautiful things, even in the midst of shit raining down, even if only they're tiny little Internet videos. This was a running list I started in January, a list I only added to when [...]
I don't know a whole lot about graphic design, but if this new logo for the Rolling Stones is any indication, it seems like a pretty sweet gig.
The bigification of Las Vegas: "NASA created this unique time-lapse video using photographs captured by Landsat satellites."
Awl pal Seth Colter Walls REALLY LIKES Robert Wilson's new production of The Threepenny Opera over at BAM, calling it "at once the most satisfying and disturbing music drama I have ever seen presented on a New York stage."
Mike Andrews, an artist who teaches a class called "Hot Mess: Costume Construction and Wearable Sculptures" at Ox-bow in Michigan, makes these "kind of faggy, these big drippy, gnarly, matted things that make people uneasy," as he puts it in an interview with Butt. Quite interesting actually! Also his drawings are particularly good.
Red Shirley, Lou Reed's directorial debut, sounds pretty damned interesting, actually!
This is kind of cool. Also, if anyone from Cleveland is reading this, let me know if Whiskey Island is as delightful as it sounds, because it seems like somewhere I should move to immediately.
There is never a bad time to enjoy the photography of Berenice Abbot. There's a nice collection here. See if you can spot Old Town.
Good news for anyone who had plans on April 3: The Magnetic Fields have added a date at the Beacon Theater on April 4. Details are here.
The five-part, Todd Haynes-directed miniseries of "Mildred Pierce" starts on Sunday, at 9 p.m., on HBO. Let me just tell you the most important part right now: The first episode may not particularly make you want to carry on! You might hate it immediately. But you likely should press on: what follows is definitely more exciting and pleasurable, as the show goes on. And sometimes when you try a weird new flavor, it's disgusting at first. This flavor is decidedly off-putting or maybe just like it popped out of a time machine from when flavors were different: it's the starchy tale of a snooty lady, and from the hilariously [...]
The Laurel Nakadate show opens at PS1 this weekend, and I have never "loved" her but when I think about her work, I think maybe she is the artist of our time in many ways? (Or maybe Andrea Fraser is, given that her piece "Untitled," from 2003, was documentation of her having sex with a collector who paid $20,000 for it. ("It" being the piece and the sex; same thing.) Because, what else is there to say?) Nakadate, slightly later, embarked on a great video series where she documented going home with strangers. Anyway, this should be seen! (There's tons of stuff on her website [...]
We're late to this one, but it's totally worth it: "Factory Records founder Anthony H Wilson died in August 2007. Just over three years later, a memorial headstone designed collaboratively by Wilson's long-term associates Peter Saville and Ben Kelly with Paul Barnes and Matt Robertson, was unveiled in The Southern Cemetery in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester." [Via]