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Incredible Paintings on Maps Unify Countries

Madrid-based Spanish artist Fernando Vicente uses maps for more than geographical purposes. For his <i>Atlas</i> series, the creative illustrator paints on old maps, transforming countries and whole continents into people, animals, and skulls. The collection of acrylic paint portraits applied and …

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The Week’s Best Longreads for August 3, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By Lucas Wittmann.<p><b>NirvanaAdam Johnson, Esquire</b>We don’t really recommend …

Amazing Thing Alert: Here Is a Dress Made Out of a Book

Crafty, creative people always blow my mind—and crafty people who have the imagination, skill, and wherewithal to make elaborate fashion pieces out of nontraditional materials? I can never get enough of seeing their creations!<p>Check out Reddit user Jorimoo, who made a dress entirely from the pages …

Love, Actually

On a recent Sunday, on the train back from one of New York’s teeming beach towns, I overheard a young woman talking about the weekend’s romantic failure. She’d met a man a few weeks earlier who had courted her ardently (flowers sent, a long dinner during which he revealed much about his past, …

7 (More) Obscure Children’s Books by Famous “Adult” Lit Authors

After the first installment of 7 little-known children’s books by famous authors of “grown-up” literature, on the trails of some favorite children’s books with timeless philosophy for grown-ups, here come seven more, based on reader suggestions and belated findings from the rabbit hole of research …

Creative Cartography: 7 Magnificent Books on Maps

I have a longstanding obsession with maps — a fundamental sensemaking mechanism for the world, arguably the earliest form of standardized information design, and a relentless source of visual creativity. Here are seven fantastic books that explore the art and science of cartography from seven …

The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin Spends a Year in Pursuit

Last week, we looked at Charles Spearin’s music-meets-philosophy experiment, The Happiness Project. Turns out, perhaps due to the universal relevance of the subject matter, that it has a doppelganger.<p>One rainy afternoon in 2006, <i>New York magazine</i> writer <b>Gretchen Rubin</b> was sitting on the bus, having …

Anaïs Nin on Real Love, Illustrated by Debbie Millman

To celebrate beloved author and dedicated diarist Anaïs Nin, here is the second installment in my ongoing collaboration with author, artist, philosopher, design interviewer extraordinaire <b>Debbie Millman</b>, based on a 1941 entry from <b>The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944</b> (<i>public library</i>). Like our …

Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twain’s Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Children’s Book

In the summer of 2011, I chanced upon a lovely Italian edition of a little-known, playful short story young Mark Twain had written in 1865 at age of 30, with Victorian-scrapbook-inspired artwork by celebrated Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, mischievously encouraging …