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In 3126 AD, historians attempt to reconstruct, from fragmentary information, a history of the Beatles.
1965: Shea Stadium. The Beatles win the Superbowl….
Perhaps the Beatles’ greatest accomplishment came with the release of their groundbreaking album, Sergeant Petsands and the Spiders from Aja.
[ via mental_floss Blog ]
Lebbeus Woods has an interesting piece on architecture, circulation, and … I was going to say urban planning, but it’s less planning and more flaneur:
The Barrios of Bogota
As the area becomes more densely populated, the stair expands to become a network. The relationship between stair and building is ever changing. As new buildings are built and others disappear, portions of the stair become obsolete. The stair then becomes a spatial labyrinth of sorts. Particular lines along its path are only understood by those who inhabit its spaces on a day to day basis. Those unfamiliar with its paths would have no means of navigation through it.
[via LEBBEUS WOODS]
Rick Poyner’s “What Does J.G. Ballard Look Like?” provides a sweeping discussion of the relationship between Ballard and the design of his book’s covers.
Ballard signalled his allegiance to Surrealism in his novels, and in his essay “The Coming of the Unconscious,” published in New Worlds in 1966, he goes so far as to specify six key Surrealist paintings with a “direct bearing on the speculative fiction of the immediate future” by De Chirico, Dalí, Magritte, Dominguez and Ernst, listed twice for The Elephant of Celebes (1921) and The Eye of Silence (1943-44). One Surrealist painting not included in the New Worlds list, The Palace of Windowed Rocks (1942) by Yves Tanguy, had already surfaced on a Penguin paperback of Ballard’s The Drowned World (1965) [above] where a detail is used (for some reason the picture has been flipped). This was most likely chosen by Penguin’s art director, Germano Facetti, who had a brilliant eye for selecting paintings that encapsulated the mood of a text.