Posts Tagged: Commerce

The Amazon Disaster Tour

Credit to Amazon reviewer Sam_One, who noticed "something weird" going on back in May:

Something weird seems to be going on with Warner Bros. pre-orders. Loads of them are not available anymore, and all of them were removed pretty much at the same time (I had several of them in my "Saved for Later" list. This includes most releases of 300: Rise of an Empire, The Nutty Professor Box Set, The Man who knew too little, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 3 etc. etc. All of them Warner releases, some of them pretty big.

Today, the Times confirms that Amazon has stopped accepting pre-orders for Warner movies, [...]


The Museum Of 9/11 Golf Balls, Terrorism Sweaters And World Trade Center Knives

Pinnacle Anniversary Tribute Golf Balls

In most suburban homes, you wouldn't be surprised to find an array of dusty objects—pencil sharpeners, empty milk bottles, skateboards, air fresheners and perhaps a Mr. Potato Head—tucked into corners of spare bedrooms. In Andrew Marietta's house, in Cooperstown, New York, this stuff shares a common theme: September 11, 2001.

Marietta is the owner of one of the world's largest private collections of September 11 memorabilia. Stored in boxes scattered around his home are 1500 to 2000 objects originally produced by companies to commemorate the event. Many of these items are strange in their ordinariness: Marietta's collection includes not just plaques [...]


Closing Time

I'm not sure whether the soundtrack to this post should be Dire Straits' "Telegraph Road" or Talking Heads' "Nothing But Flowers," but either way it's worth a read.


'Mad Men': The Suit

Hurry up, guys, you've only got until November 8th to pick up your limited-edition Brooks Brothers "Mad Men" suit. The "hand-finished, American-made suit is made from gray sharkskin fabric and its two-button jacket features narrow lapels, diagonal pockets and side vents," and will surely be a big hit with anyone who cannot distinguish a television character from reality. Failing that, you can always pick up a pair of those jeans that make your dick look bigger.


Sadness Is the Only Emotion Left to Feel

Why is advertising so weepy lately? SAD YOU ASKED. I think there are a lot more clients briefing their agencies saying, ‘This made people cry and do you see how many views this thing has? We want to make people cry about our brand',” says Mike Byrne, partner and chief creative officer at Anomaly.


Hanksy Makes Good: From Art Goof To Art Star

In 2012, Hanksy was a street artist gaining a degree of notoriety for his street art depicting Tom Hanks as a Banksy rat. Since then, he has sold out multiple New York gallery shows, created a large and loyal band of internet supporters, energetic detractors, and is about to open his first show in Los Angeles, at Gallery 1988. Since my first interview with Hanksy, we have become good friends. I do not believe this infringes on my ability to ask questions about pun-based street art.

EA: Hanksy, we meet again. The first time I interviewed you was in February of 2012. How much has your life changed since [...]


When Jeffrey Deitch Goes, What Will New York Miss?

"'It's a lot of kids in skinny jeans, black Keds and gauzy scarves. Big fucking deal!' said [Bruce] Hackney. 'You can go on the L train and see the same people!'" -Former art dealer Bruce Hackney explaining what will be missed when Jeffrey Deitch closes up his downtown gallery to move to Los Angeles to be the chief honcho of MOCA.


Our Tables Will Be Enriched With Agricultural Produce Grown In Our Own Countries

Here is a very important video that you may not have seen. Produced by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, based on a 62-page report about sustainability and self-sufficiency in national food production and consumption, it's way more fun than it has any right to be. Animated in delightful, Lego-colored graphics, set to a bouncy little electronic number, it features full meals raining from the sky like in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, line-dancing livestock, and neatly-dressed workmen engaged in a tug-of-war with an ear of corn. If Washington had an A.V. department this good in the '90s, The Starr Report would have been like [...]


On Lena, On Rihanna, On Kimye: The Very Necessary Death Of "Vogue"

The idea that there is an appropriate subject for a Vogue cover is a concept that Vogue invented. The years and years of white, able-bodied, skinny and young models and actresses have trained us to instinctively notice what is and isn't Vogue. There is the occasional diversion if the Academy Awards/Grammys/culture demands; but often when Vogue puts aside its insistence that only one kind of beauty exists in order to recognize a different kind of beauty, they do something worse, like the LeBron James cover with Gisele, which was maybe not an overtly racist decision, but certainly an editorial decision that reflected implicitly racist beliefs about the way a [...]


New York Buys an L.A. Thing, For Once

Most frequently, people in Hollywood read a magazine article and buy the rights! In a "fun" reversal, this time book editors in New York read a magazine article about people out in L.A. and bought a book from the subject. Even though the subject—Barry Michels, shrink of the unproductive scriptwriter set—is… well, let's call him "unusual"? Looking forward to a new, darker take on pop psychology.


Jeffrey Deitch Officially Off to LA

It's a done deal: New York dealer and great annoyance (but also a marvel) Jeffrey Deitch will head up MOCA. This seems like such an odd choice-on Deitch's part! What's the commercial upside for him? There presumably is one, hence why this happened. Why is it better than the money-printing shop he currently owns?