Photographer Todd McLellan has cornered the market on what one might call “object autopsies.” His new book, Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living, is a beguiling study in the complexity and innate beauty that informs good design. Match that with aesthetic restraint and a bit of OCD and surely some new form of design fetish porn is at hand.
“It fascinates me that older objects were so well-built, and were most likely put together by hand,” McLellan writes in the book’s intro. “These items were repaired when broken, not discarded like our devices of today.” So, my question is, did McLellan reassemble his subjects after their close-ups or is their some mass grave of discarded parts waiting to be excavated?
At first glance, I thought the title was Things Fall Apart from the W.B. Yeats’ apocalyptic poem The Second Coming, which would make for a more portentous (and pretentious) point of reference. Though the idea of our beloved objects spontaneously dissembling at the End Times is pretty cool. Pre-order McLellan’s book before the rapture at Amazon.
More typewriter porn.
An Invitation to Invest in the Future of Film
Among my favorite filmmakers, homegrown or otherwise, is Sonoma County’s own John Harden whose masterful short films, La Vie d’un Chien (The Life of a Dog) and The Story of Sputnik, for my money, represent much of what’s great about the form.
Harden is now in preproduction for NEW, which follows an elderly couple who elected to be cryonically preserved at death only to be restored to life and youth in the distant future where futureshock and identity crises ensue. Harden is running a campaign on USA Projects to raise the $22,000 budget which has to be met by Wednesday, May 15, at 11:59pm. At present writing the projection has raised in pledges $12,200, with $10k to go. Naturally, as a longtime fan of Harden’s, I’ve contributed and I urge you to do as well by clicking here now.
After you’ve contributed to the next great John Harden film, dig this recent Q&A with him in which I lead with my my standard mid-period Woody Allen question… Continue reading “It’s all NEW for Indie Filmmaker John Harden”
Who celebrated May Day – the Christianized pagan holiday practiced by the ancient Celts under the name Beltane? Yeah, no one. Maybe some Celts. Back in the day, the Celts took their Beltane revelling quite seriously, even going so far as tracing their family lineages matrilineally, since the first of May was celebrated with a huge orgy and the only way to know whose kid belonged to whom come next January was to ask the women who birthed them. Gotta love the swinging 70s B.C.
Contemporary May Day festivities, if practiced at all, are comparatively tame. Most involve dancing around a so-called May Pole hanging onto a string or something, which sounds like tetherball without the ball. Or “tetherball” at any underfunded school. So, basically, tetherball everywhere. If you happen to have a tetherball pole at home, happy May Day. Just try not to think too hard about playing with a ball tied to a pole versus, say, group sex – you might lose your taste for modernity. Continue reading “Mayday, Mayday, It’s Cinqo de Mayo!”