Trade Tokens 5th February 2012

Keeping it simple, stuff from the interwebs that I feel like sharing.

Better Bookshelves (Incidental Comics), though I admit I am of the school of shelving that doesn’t go for artistic display preferring as much shelf footage as possible.

Leading to an excellent post by Jonathan McCalmont asking Why Do People Buy Books They Don’t Read? I want to come back to this post at some point and talk more about it.<

Winter in southern England. Snow. Travel chaos. The usual amazement professed that we have had the same amount of snow as we did this time last year. Sigh. So, here are five books … about snow (Reading Matters) to which I would add Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg and Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson.

Other Cool Things
Carleton Watkins, the first person to actually photograph the Yosemite Valley. Photos here and here

time-lapse video of Yosemite now (io9)

Death masks of the famous(Kuriositas). All men, so let us redress the balance with L’Inconnue de la Seine<, and in particular the Radiolab podcast about her.

Vintage astronomical illustrations (Retronaut)
More vintage space illustrations (Dreams of Space)
And more(Dreams of Space)
And even more, these by Lucien Rudaux, the first illustrator to produce accurate pictures of the moon and Mars (io9)
The Ghosts in the Living Room, a fascinating analysis by Adam Curtis of the way in which Ghostwatch was shaped by the rise of the suburban poltergeist and its reporting on tv, and the response to Ghostwatchitself.

Series of East London scenes by Noel Gibson (Spitalfields Life). Would love to have seen these in the flesh.
Spitalfields Market Nocture – beautiful black and white photos of the old Spitalfields Market (Spitalfields Life)
World Fair, Paris, 1900 (How To Be a Retronaut) Click through to the links to the rest of the set, and on to the archive at the Brooklyn Museum.

Cartoon Column
Robocat Returns(Savage Chickens)


1 thought on “Trade Tokens 5th February 2012

  1. Chris Hill

    Just read the McCalmont piece and while I think he has some great points he also misses some less philosophical reasons.For example, you might buy some books now, even though you know you might not read them for several years (or more!) because now you can afford them and they are available but in two years time neither of these are guaranteed to be true (many books have an appallingly short shelf-life.)Or it may be that you are in a place where certain books are readily available (e.g writers that are published by small presses that you only tend to see at conventions.)A final reason off the top of my head is also about being a good supporter of writers. I've been told several times recently that sales during the first few weeks of release have a disproportionately high impact on whether the writer will be retained by the publisher, so you may be buying books by authors you like because you want to make sure they keep being published!

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