Just finished reading Zona by my favorite writer-who-is-not-dead Geoff Dyer after my trusted librarian recommended it to me.
First time I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, the film Zona is about, I was too stoned to remember what I thought about it the following day, but I do remember what I felt, and recommed you watch Andrei’s film and read Geoff’s book, too.
The photograph above also reminds me of the Zone, which I seem to return to at regular intervals in my life, the last time being in 2010 while reading Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s novel Roadside Picnic which Tarkovsky’s film is loosely based on, and prior to that while exploring the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in the Stalker computer game in 2007.
Photograph by Master Paulen.
Passed Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy in Morningside Heights.
Typography and calligraphy legend Hermann Zapf died last month.
I have set type with his wonderful typefaces in a lot of my work and am especially fond of Zapfino, visual music I’ve used in various projects after it was distributed with Apple’s first version of OS X.
Goodbye, Mr. Zapf, and thank you for your beautiful work which has enriched my life and allowed me to communicate with the help of your hand. The following poster is in your honor, using your words, in your forms.
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A poster done for the Italian Academy at Columbia University advertising a symposium concurrent with the Guggenheim Museum’s retrospective, Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting.