Friday, January 20, 2012

How many slaves work for you?

While slavery was eradicated in the U.S. through the thirteenth amendment, it continues to this day around the world through sweatshops, forced mining of minerals, and many other grievous labor practices.  Every time you buy cheap, mass-manufactured products you risk supporting slave labor abroad.  Check out this site to see what your slavery footprint might be.

Your Slavery Footprint

LA Zinefest is February 19th and Crossroads is invited!

L.A. Zinefest will be held on February 19th at 435 S. Spring St. in downtown L.A. just above The Last Bookstore.  Crossroads has been invited to present our zines; we will have a half table amongst many exhibitors.  A variety of workshops will be held in the bookstore.  If you are interested in attending please let me know so that I can get a potential head count and possibly arrange for transportation from Crossroads.

A list of exhibitors at LA ZinefestThe LA Zinefest blog

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Furthering the print and digital discussion

Boingboing, an eclectic and geeky news source which is quite entertaining recently posted an interview with a bookbinder.  An American teacher in Casablanca, he learned the trade from a local shop.  For a fun project he created an analog-digital version of genesis.  Read on when you get a chance, it's quite interesting.

Boingboing interviews a digital bookbinder.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Burton (another one) publishes Poe

In an interesting coincidence,  the next short story we will read as part of our unit on American Gothic Literature, Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, was first published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.  Check Friday for a link to the story which I will ask you to read over the weekend.

Tim Burton's rejection letter at 17

If the secret to success is failure, Tim Burton started early with a rejection letter from Disney at 17 for an illustrated children's book submitted while he was still in high school.

I hope this adds some perspective to the immensity of the exhibit we are soon to see.  Had he stopped at this first rejection he would not have become the Tim Burton we know today.

Disney to Tim Burton

In preparation for our field trip Thursday

LACMA has a thorough write up on the exhibition, as well as several interesting related blog posts which I encourage you to check out.  The perspective of the gift shop personnel is especially entertaining.

Tim Burton at LACMA

It's a fine time for a visit the Sleepy Hollow cemetery

Washington Irving is actually buried in the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.

And you could visit, were you in upstate New York.

Furthermore, the churchyard described in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an actual place which still exists two centuries  after the story was penned, and would be worth a visit as well.

Please see the attached link to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Poughkeepsie Journal article on Washington Irving's Final Place of Rest