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18-Year-Old Photographer's Spectacular Conceptual Self-Portraits

Eighteen-year-old Laura Williams joins the ranks of fellow young, extremely talented photographers such as Alex Stoddard and Kyle Thompson in creating spectacularly surreal and expressive self-portraits. The Cambridge, England native's photograph entitled <i>Invisible</i> recently went viral, with over …

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More Fantastical Photos of a Dreamlike World by Oleg Oprisco

Ukraine-based fine art photographer Oleg Oprisco has continued to produce beautifully imaginative and emotive portraits since the last time we wrote about him. His imaginative photographs–featuring mysterious young women, fantastical props, and hazy, dreamy colors–evoke a strong sense of …

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To Deepen the Mystery: The Self-Portaits of Vivian Maier

July 27, 1971, Chicago.<br>Vivian Maier—Courtesy of John Maloof<p>1 of 15<p>Diane Arbus said, "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, …

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DESIGN FOR #MUSIC LOVERS: Vadim STEIN Photo

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William Faulkner’s Little-Known Jazz Age Drawings, with a Side of Literary Derision

The latest addition to luminaries’ secret talents in a surprising discipline — including Richard Feynman’s sketches, Dr. Seuss’s wartime propaganda, and Marilyn Monroe’s poetry — comes from none other than <b>William Faulkner</b>. As if it weren’t already pleasantly disorienting to learn that he penned a …

Frida Kahlo’s Passionate Hand-Written Love Letters to Diego Rivera

Mexican painter and reconstructionist <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) is among the most remarkable figures of contemporary culture. At a young age, she contracted polio, which left her right leg underdeveloped — an imperfection she’d later come to disguise with her famous colorful skirts. A …

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

<i>“Good music can act as a guide to good living,”</i> <b>John Cage</b> (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992) once remarked. But what, exactly, is good music, or good living, or, for that matter, goodness itself?<p><b>Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists</b> (<i>public library</i>) is a …

I’ll Be You and You Be Me: A Vintage Ode to Friendship and the Imagination, Illustrated by Young Maurice Sendak

In 1952, more than a decade before <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> catapulted him into creative celebrity, the inexhaustibly brilliant Maurice Sendak began collaborating with beloved children’s book author <b>Ruth Krauss</b> (July 25, 1901–July 10, 1993), of whom Sendak is cited to have said, “Prior to the …

I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail: 17th-Century British “Trick” Poetry Meets Die-Cut Indian Folk Art

Rarely do I get this excited about the release of a book, but then again rarely does “book” fail to capture the artifactual whimsy and singular storytelling genius of a printed work so completely. From the team at Tara Books, who for the past 17 years have been giving voice to marginalized art and …

Scientists and Philosophers Answer Kids’ Most Pressing Questions About How the World Works

<i>UPDATE: The sequel is here, featuring a 9-year-old girl’s question about why we have books, answered by yours truly.</i><p><i>“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,”</i> Carl Sagan famously observed in <i>Cosmos</i>, <i>“you must first invent the universe.”</i> The questions children ask are often so simple, so basic, …

The Night Life of Trees: Exquisite Handmade Illustrations Based on Indian Mythology

If there ever was a project that reclaimed “authenticity” and “innovation” from their present status of fluff-lined buzzwords and into a genuine ethos, it would be South Indian independent publisher Tara Books, who for the past 16 years has been giving voice to marginalized art and literature …