John Arne Sæterøy(born 16 May 1965), better known by the pen nameJason, is a Norwegiancartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.
He has been nominated for two Ignatz Awards(2000: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series, 2001: Outstanding Story and Outstanding Series), has received praise in Time, and won the Harvey Award for best new talent in 2002, and several Eisner Awards.
one of my favourite artists out there. i’ve only read 5 of his books and i already plan on owning all of them.
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8:59 am • 28 November 2013 • 6 notes
Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa, June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French.
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8:48 am • 28 November 2013 • 6 notes
THE 10 BEST CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORT FILMS
Out this week on a new Criterion Collection DVD & Blu-ray, Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” stands out as one of the director’s greatest features, and perhaps the clearest and cleanest fusion of his capacity for pathos and comedy.
In his first year in Hollywood, 1914, Chaplin acted in 16 movies and directed an additional 20 for Keystone Studios. The sheer volume is dizzying, but strangest of all, from a modern perception, is how unlike the common perception of Chaplin they are: nasty and sneering, the work of a talented but immature youth instead of the perhaps-too-human figure he later became. Narratively and stylistically, they show just how primitive Chaplin could be. To watch these short films and the ones Chaplin made up through 1923 is to see an artist consistently pushing himself, refining the same basic story—the Tramp in one scenario or other tries to impress girl, bumbles around some occupation, gets into a physical altercation and either wins his love’s hand or sets off alone—so that it perennially yielded new treasures.
The 10 shorts below illustrate just how complex Chaplin’s filmmaking became as he gained experience and exercised greater business savvy with each new studio deal. Covering a range from Chaplin’s first great works at Essanay Studios to picks from his commanding final run of shorts for First National, they show an increasing sophistication of narrative and thematic ambition, as well as that of the director’s aesthetic capacity, maximizing the impact of each still frame and even playing Chaplin’s iconic image against itself as he itched to move on to the next step of his filmmaking. Though, unlike Keaton, Chaplin’s features generally outclass his short works, the greatest revelations of the artist’s work can be found in these formative two- and three-reelers, and they can help orient one to not only appreciate the films of one of cinema’s greatest artists, but love them as well.
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10:10 am • 11 November 2013 • 105 notes
Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) - An American Astronomer, author, and renowned promoter of sciences, Carl Edward Sagan was the co-writer and presenter of the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, seen by more than 500 million people in over 60 countries.
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10:30 pm • 6 November 2013 • 47 notes
Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack”, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–1954, and Cambridge University(Magdalene College), 1954–1963. He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.
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3:26 am • 14 October 2013 • 10 notes
Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.
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10:16 am • 21 September 2013 • 6 notes
Will Smith doesn’t have to cuss in his raps to sell records…
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3:28 am • 14 September 2013 • 6,900 notes
The Iconic Abbey Road Cover Photoshoot (August 8th 1966)
1. Abbey Road album artwork, Iain Macmillan
2. to 6. Alternate out-take photos, Linda McCartney
I think I love the picture of Paul grooming Ringo like a monkey more than nearly anything in the world.
10:44 am • 27 August 2013 • 313 notes
Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Margaret Eleanor Atwood (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the honored authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of theArthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for theBooker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for theGovernor General’s Award several times, winning twice. She is also a founder of theWriters’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.
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6:35 am • 27 August 2013 • 21 notes
Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a “practical” occupation. Neruda’s pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be from Paul Verlaine. With his works translated into many languages, Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century.
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6:55 am • 26 August 2013 • 8 notes
August 2, 1924: James Baldwin is Born
On this day in 1924, James Baldwin was born in New York City. Baldwin was an iconic American essayist, playwright, and novelist. His 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain was highly acclaimed for his insights on race, spirituality, and humanity. Baldwin’s other notable novels include Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, Just Above My Head, and the essay The Fire Next Time.
Baldwin is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest writers because of his exploration of racial and social issues through his work. Baldwin died on December 1, 1987, at his home in St. Paul de Vence, France.
Watch the archival film "Take This Hammer" to learn more about James Baldwin’s life as an activist and author in the 1960s.
Photo: James Baldwin, 1969. (Wiki Commons)
9:57 am • 2 August 2013 • 281 notes