Archive for the ‘The Mondays’ Category

Every Monday we’ll post a round up of the things that got our creative juicing flowing. Have a tip for The Mondays? Tweet it to us @WallPpl 

“Animated gif of an elephant on a trampoline. What could be more inspiring?” – Alyx

“Photographs of a hanging wisteria garden in Kitakyushu, Japan. Gorgeous.” – Alyx

“The work of Aganetha Dyck, who makes sculptures in collaboration with honeybees.” – Alyx (clearly I’m having a visual week)

“The poet Adrienne Rich, “distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity,” died last week at eighty-two. I had heard of her, but never read her work until now; I’m so glad to have started.” – Alison


You’re wondering if I’m lonely:
OK then, yes, I’m lonely
as a plane rides lonely and level
on its radio beam, aiming
across the Rockies
for the blue-strung aisles
of an airfield on the ocean.

You want to ask, am I lonely?
Well, of course, lonely
as a woman driving across country
day after day, leaving behind
mile after mile
little towns she might have stopped
and lived and died in, lonely

If I’m lonely
it must be the loneliness
of waking first, of breathing
dawns’ first cold breath on the city
of being the one awake
in a house wrapped in sleep

If I’m lonely
it’s with the rowboat ice-fast on the shore
in the last red light of the year
that knows what it is, that knows it’s neither
ice nor mud nor winter light
but wood, with a gift for burning.

Adrienne Rich

“I have been drooling over Rodney Smith’s photography today. Here, have some drool:” – Alison

“An article about a war between two pizza places on 6th Ave, fighting to have the cheapest slice. Tempers are raging, and each is trying to outlast the other. Who started it? How will it end? It’s all so exciting, and there’s cheap pizza in the process!” – Alison

Read about the study of gesture and body language, and attempts to distinguish how much is innate, and how much is learned/cultural. When does gesture stop being a rough universal symbol and begin to have specific meaning?” – Alison

“So, all of those youtube commenters, the yahoo answers answer-ers, the various trolls, haters, flamers — what do they DO with their lives, besides write awful things on the internet? Here is your answer.” – Alison


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Every Monday we’ll post a round up of the things that got our creative juicing flowing. Have a tip for The Mondays? Tweet it to us @WallPpl 

“Last week I went to a Hari Kunzru reading for his new book, Gods Without Men. I can’t wait to read the book and found both him and his lovely fiance very inspiring. In case you can’t make it to one of his readings, check out this interview on The Millions; it’s great” – Alyx

“Gorgeous watercolor version of Google Maps” – Alyx

“Robert Krulwich thinks about two ways to think about nothing, using outer space and Robert Rauschenberg as examples.” – Alyx

Solipsist is a hypnotic short film by Andrew Huang which uses fantastical makeup, costumes, and editing to imagine a way in which two beings become one.”  – Alison

SOLIPSIST from Andrew Huang on Vimeo.

This 1934 letter landed Robert Pirosh a job at MGM, where he eventually wrote for the Marx Brothers and won an Oscar.  I’m taking notes for my next job interview….”  – Alison


A lot of people died while building the Brooklyn Bridge — including John and Washington Roebling, a father/son team that were the engineers in charge of the project. But the bridge turned out cool in the end, and then they named a street after them, so that pretty much made up for all the dying. We’ll call it a wash.” – Alison

“If you haven’t seen it already, go rent Beginners. Watch immediately.” – Emily

“This girl is awesome.” – Emily

“Our childhood friend William Litton pens an open letter to Michael Bay.” – Emily


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Every Monday we’ll post a round up of the things that got our creative juicing flowing. Have a tip for The Mondays? Tweet it to us @WallPpl 

“This Mike Daisy piece from The Stranger is about how theater has failed us.” – Emily

On the lost style of silent film acting: Even though I’m a little familiar with silent film, what he describes here is just a totally alien film landscape. The dark intensity of it, and the intensity of the viewers, is something we’ve lost –the rawness of those early days, like the wild west of cinema. People leaping from their seats, overblown plots and grandeur.” – Alison

“I was actually not aware of the fact that places like Japan and India offer public transit reserved for women only. An interesting phenomenon, and people seem divided on whether it’s pro or anti feminist.” – Alison

“The delicate process of Fed-Exing horses to the Olympics.” – Alison

“Helen Keller’s description of experiencing the top of the Empire State Building.” – Alison

“This is from awhile ago, but I just found this blog post that actually does the math to determine how feasible it would be to support oneself through college working three jobs. Hint: it is not! But the process is exhaustive, if not scientific, and does a pretty good job of demonstrating how unlikely it is that most college students would be able to pay their own way.” – Alison

“There’s an entire subreddit dedicated to lucid dreaming – and techniques to help you experience them – putting the paranormal aside on focusing on the science of sleep.” – Alison

“Alison and I are drinking the same water this week. Here’s a great Radiolab short on lucid dreaming.” – Alyx

“Notcot has some great photographs from Muji’s Product Fitness 30 exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Muji asks what would happen if we used 20% less material to make all our stuff. Examples range from cotton swabs to pot lids to futons.” – Alyx

“I’ve been having an intense love affair with Zadie Smith’s essays recently. I just tried to look for my favorite quote from her collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays, but I can’t pick so you’ll have to read them all yourselves.” – Alyx

“Great news! You know all those times when you want to cite a tweet but don’t know how? Those days are over, my friends. The MLA has come up with a standard format for Twitter citations. Finally, my bibliography is back on track.” – Alyx

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