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Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things you’re bound to find interesting
 

Why I’m Not a Fan

Client Feedback On The Creation Of Earth

You Can Be the Smiths’ and Morrissey’s Music Publisher

A Major League Pitcher’s Guide To Baseball’s Bullshit Unwritten Rules

Amazon is Killing My Sex Life

The Intimacy of Anonymity

What Really Goes On Inside A Dishwasher

Some Important, Practical Drug-Use Tips

Even if you don’t realize it, unmoderated comments change the way you think about what you read

How To Be A Jerk

 

— Chris Black / @donetodeath

Morning Dose of Wank London

Dug this one out of the archives because it’s great…

Friday’s Vault

Mark Gonzales in Krooked Gnar Gnar

Picture of the Day

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Robin Friend

Reminisce Over This

MC Breed ft. 2Pac, I Gotta Get Mine, 1993

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A Closer Look at the HIGH Kite & Journey Tube

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A traditional diamond kite with a bong carrying case, the HIGH Kite & Journey Tube are handcrafted objects that push the boundaries of adult entertainment. Hand-stitched out of ripstop nylon by Miami-based master kite-maker Dan Ward, the 32” HIGH Kite is a statement in the sky. Literally embracing the century-old phrase “high as a kite” while referencing the kite as a means of advertising in the same era, the HIGH kite celebrates the lifted. With a stylistic nod to the legendary acrylic Tobacco Master Water Pipe, the Journey Tube is a 39-inch, fully functional travel case designed in partnership with Brooklyn-based industrial design studio The Principals. This edition is made with the intention for its users to spend time outdoors—a luxurious opportunity in the modern world. The HIGH Kite & Journey Tube launch exclusively in-store and online at Paul Kasmin Gallery’s PK Shop, and retail for $400 in an edition of 20.

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Life Chef

Focusing on one item at a time, Alton Brown is enhancing the way we prepare food. Here, Steak on Coals, which as an apartment bound New Yorker makes me jealous of those with room for a grill.

Neanderthal Jeans

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Eddie Martinez opens up a show of brilliant new paintings and sculptures tonight on the Upper East Side at Half Gallery.

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There are Rules to Enhancing the Sport of Soccer Through Aesthetic Creativity and Design

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Creative Review simplifies FIFA’s 92-page guide to designing uniforms for the World Cup.

A Beer For Bicyclists

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With a light nod to Radlermass, Franz Xaver Kugler’s 1922 invention of a 50-50 beer & lemon soda drink for bicyclists that passed by his tavern, RAD is a new offering from Sixpoint that features a blend of fruit juices balanced by a smooth wheat beer base and very low ABV. Perfect for day-long sessions.

Lunchtime Laughter

Reading Rainbow’s New Theme Song with LeVar Burton

The Art of Tuning Back In: An Interview with Daniel Arnold

Daniel Arnold tirelessly captures and catalogs the serendipity and the strange goings-on in and around New York City’s streets every day. Roaming the landscape so we don’t have to, Arnold presents these images to the world in a constant live stream of photographs from his brain to your eyes, via his website and popular Instagram account. He works so determinedly and creates so much great work that he’s become somewhat of a New York City fixture himself, not just documenting the fabric of the city, but becoming part of it. So, what happens when he’s dropped into the middle of another city for six short days and tasked with making the same magic happen there too? From the looks of Arnold’s new show, Six Days in San Francisco, now on view at Wolfe Contemporary, the same amazing things. Shot, processed, printed, framed, and hung all in less than a week, the show highlights the similar trappings of oddness, sadness, humor, and beauty that his New York work does, while exposing new ideas about the city and about documenting the unexpected and unknown. I hunted down Daniel for some insights into the whole process.

—Christian

 
 
Christian Storm: How did the whole show in San Francisco come about?

Daniel Arnold: I was in a group show at the Wolfe Contemporary Gallery about a year ago, which was kind of an anomaly for them. They usually show painters but the guy who runs it has an assistant who, because it’s a smaller operation, is more involved than most, and she was following me on Instagram and recommended me for the show. So, some time went by and they had an opening out of nowhere and they offered me a solo show. It was very short notice and I could have taken an easy route, but it happened that I was going be in LA around that time. I went out to San Francisco ten days before the show and I figured I’d make it interesting and try to shoot the whole thing there.
 
That’s crazy. What was that pressure like to shoot a whole show in such a short amount of time? It’s definitely different than the way you work normally, I assume.

It was really hard. I guess I didn’t really understand what high stakes I was setting for myself. I’ve been in a rhythm of producing so much work on a regular basis, basically every day, that I felt fairly confident that I could just show up and make it happen. But the combination of being a stranger in town and sleeping on assorted couches and going three days at a time without being able to change my clothes and just walking all day, every day- I have a pedometer on my phone and by the end, I had walked 100 miles- was tough. It was a huge physical exertion and a bit of a psychological trial too, but it ultimately ended up being so much more rewarding for that. I think my outsider take on such recent times made for a more interesting, engaging show. I’ve always been a big fan of San Francisco but I’ve never had a real proper look around and it was a great way to experience the city.
 
You talk about viewing San Francisco from a fresh viewpoint. When you’re photographing in a city, how much about the work is about the specific city itself, and how much of is it about humans in general?

For the most part, the differences between cities in my photos are pretty subtle. It didn’t feel like a gimmicky change of pace for me, like I was finding people in Giants hats or eating sourdough bread. A lot of the New York stuff, pretty much the whole past few years, has been a product of loneliness and walking around, feeling kind of bummed, tuning out my own life and getting tuned into my surroundings. San Francisco provided plenty of loneliness. That downtrodden feeling wasn’t hard to come by in a place where I was disoriented and walking uphill all day. I found San Francisco to be much wilder and more threatening than New York, and I think that came through in some of it. The spirit there is much closer to surface than in New York, where people are much more calculated and manicured. But for the most part, the experience was very similar. It was just fresher because it was new; I could see things a little more clearly.
 

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Printables

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Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)

Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police officer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.

A Tribute to Discomfort

Cory Richards, adventure photographer

Big Balls Don’t Lie*

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Based on the size of his genitals and the condition of his teeth, a 13-year old picked up on theft charges in Russia was ruled by a judge to be an adult and to be tried like one.

*to be read in the tune of Big Girls Don’t Cry by The Four Seasons

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Morning Dose of Warm-Up Music

The World Cup Cut Up by Eclectic Method

Kate Moss Thursdays

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Turning into a joke.

In related news: To breathe some life back into an old column, we’re accepting your humorous remixed images of Kate Moss for publish. To be considered, send a file with a minimum of 500 pixels to twbe@theworldsbestever.com with the subject heading “NEW KATE MOSS” and we’ll get this thing going. Please make them funny.

Picture of the Day

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Harry Griffin

Dogs of War

Containing the same humor as his animations, this 1998 short based off of a dream was PES’s first film.

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