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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 04 Aug 2018, 23:50

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This is brilliant!

NR- Trans Oceanic Trouser Press October 1977

Holy bananas, that was my favorite thing when I was a teen. Still got the whole set in a closet somewhere. Thanks!!!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Aug 2018, 12:49

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The looks, styles and products of the world’s first-ever consumer boom (1955-65). It covers architecture, interior design, cars, labour-saving appliances, nuclear fallout shelters etc. It’s fascinating, if you like this kind of thing.

The illustrations are great – some of them amazing. The adverts for the products were often more interesting than the products themselves.

It’s well-written and quite witty in places. You can tell Hines loves his subject deeply, and nothing is too trivial to mention. One innovation of the populuxe period, apparently, was the corrugated potato chip, whose form was borrowed from structural engineering, the idea being to make it stronger and therefore able to scoop up more dip. But that’s an exception – in most instances the look was pure styling, with no practical function. Not that it was empty – it embodied a “fantasy”, usually a positive and optimistic perspective on the future.

The dominant visual motifs were borrowed from jet planes and rockets (most manufacturers of consumer goods were also military contractors). Stuff was curvy yet angular – both acute and obtuse, as exemplified in the “leaning forward” look that appeared in cars in about 1957. Rectangles which were perfectly happy just to sit there became parallelograms, itching to go where they were pointing. The tailfins tend to attract more attention but there was plenty of evolution at the front ends of cars too, such as the introduction of useless conical protuberances synechdochically termed dagmars after the actress of the same name. Some fronts are really beautiful – chrome bumpers that break forward and backward with the voluptuous rhythms of a Borromini façade. But not all designs were successful and one model with a curiously-shaped radiator grille was especially unloved – “like a great gaping minge bearing down on me,” as one English visitor described it.

The ability of a design element to embody meaning sometimes determined its inclusion even at the expense of functionality. He’s quite close to Americana-loving French intellectuals like Barthes and Baudrillard in his semiological approach here. So push buttons became ubiquitous features on household appliances during the period, often when a dial would have done the job better, such as setting the temperature on a washing machine or whatever. Maybe the appeal of buttons lay in their binariness and the way this prefigured the “digital” age. It was a terrible decade for the rheostat, anyway.

I want a formica-topped blob table now!


Great review from you there Echo... I bought this on the back of it and it lives up to all you posted.

A really good overview of the subject (consumerism from 53-65) which, if you have any love of the subject, you really ought to get hold of.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Aug 2018, 17:14

^^^ I'm sold, except the paperback edition is weirdly more expensive than the hardcover. (I prefer the paperback format -it's smaller and lighter.)
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A book that Jeremy Corbyn AND Boris Johnson can get behind.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Snarfyguy » 14 Aug 2018, 14:27

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A panoramic, Tom Wolfe/Dickens kind of thing, taking place in NYC 1976/77. I recalled a good review, so I grabbed it at half-price.

I see that one critic called it "the kind of exuberant, Zeitgeisty New York novel, like The Bonfire of the Vanities or The Goldfinch, that you’ll either love, hate, or pretend to have read," while another called it "overhyped" and "a steaming pile of literary dung." LOL

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Deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole … :?
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Re: New now reading

Postby Diamond Dog » 28 Aug 2018, 13:29

Diamond Dog wrote:A few of you on here may be interested in this crowdfunded book, entitled "A Guide To Modernism In Metro-Land" by Joshua Abbott.
It's halfway to being fully funded so please take a look and sign up if you fancy a copy of the book.

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Modernism in Metro-Land started as a website in 2011 and has grown to explore modernist buildings throughout suburban London. Inspired by John Betjeman’s Metro-Land (1973) television programme and the architectural books by Ian Nairn, the website examines the growth of the suburbs from the 1920s to the present day through its modernist designs. Featuring architects such as Charles Holden, Erno Goldfinger and Norman Foster, Modernism in Metro-Land also shows the development of modernist architecture in Britain from its introduction in the 1920s right up to the brink of the 21st century. As well as the website, Modernism in Metro-Land also hosts tours of the modernist stations of the Piccadilly and Central Lines, as well as being a fixture of the annual Open House London weekend with its Stanmore Art Deco house walking tour.

And, no, I'm not on commission.


I'm still not, but it's only 71% funded and I want my copy!

So.... take a look and see if it's something you'd be interested in.

I'd think John Coan and maybe The Modernist would be interested in it.
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Aug 2018, 19:59

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For an airport novel, this is a bit of a doorstop at well over 600 pages long. So far, it's rollicking away at quite a pace, but it's not convincing me that it wants to be anything but a miniseries on Sky Atlantic or somefink.
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Postby Deebank » 28 Aug 2018, 20:15

Darkness_Fish wrote:Image

For an airport novel, this is a bit of a doorstop at well over 600 pages long. So far, it's rollicking away at quite a pace, but it's not convincing me that it wants to be anything but a miniseries on Sky Atlantic or somefink.



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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 28 Aug 2018, 20:20

:-D

Before he got ideas above his station. I reckon A. G. Riddle also batted at 4 for Slytherin, and had quite a handy off-break.
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Re: New now reading

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Postby Wally Bingbang » 04 Sep 2018, 18:37

Hey lawdy mama, that's a good book!
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Re: New now reading

Postby Robert » 04 Sep 2018, 22:49

Did anyone here read ‘A little Life’ ?

Interested about opinions

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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 10 Sep 2018, 00:30

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Great review from you there Echo... I bought this on the back of it and it lives up to all you posted.

A really good overview of the subject (consumerism from 53-65) which, if you have any love of the subject, you really ought to get hold of.

I’m glad you liked it Pete. Strangely enough I was looking at other Thomas Hine titles recently and a typo threw up a different author, Thomas Hines, and now I’ve ordered:

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Neutra appears in Populuxe of course. I was reading the other day that the house (on the cover) he designed for the director Josef von Sternberg was later rented by Ayn Rand while she was in Hollywood stalking King Vidor to make sure no changes were made to the ideologically-approved script of The Fountainhead, which he was filming at the time. She wrote Atlas Shrugged there too – the house has since been knocked down. I find the Rand associations rather unsettling but maybe that’s unfair on Neutra… we shall see. I’m certainly looking forward to reading it, anyway.

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Re: New now reading

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Neutra appears in Populuxe of course. I was reading the other day that the house (on the cover) he designed for the director Josef von Sternberg was later rented by Ayn Rand while she was in Hollywood stalking King Vidor to make sure no changes were made to the ideologically-approved script of The Fountainhead, which he was filming at the time. She wrote Atlas Shrugged there too – the house has since been knocked down. I find the Rand associations rather unsettling but maybe that’s unfair on Neutra… we shall see. I’m certainly looking forward to reading it, anyway.

I guess if you wrote The Fountainhead and you were in Hollywood stalking King Vidor to make sure no changes were made to your ideologically-approved script, that would be the house to live in.

Speaking of which,

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Re: New now reading

Postby echolalia » 10 Sep 2018, 00:48

Snarfyguy wrote:Speaking of which,


:-)

Neutra claimed it was based on him!

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Postby Diamond Dog » 10 Sep 2018, 05:11

echolalia wrote:I’m glad you liked it Pete. Strangely enough I was looking at other Thomas Hine titles recently and a typo threw up a different author, Thomas Hines, and now I’ve ordered:

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Neutra appears in Populuxe of course. I was reading the other day that the house (on the cover) he designed for the director Josef von Sternberg was later rented by Ayn Rand while she was in Hollywood stalking King Vidor to make sure no changes were made to the ideologically-approved script of The Fountainhead, which he was filming at the time. She wrote Atlas Shrugged there too – the house has since been knocked down. I find the Rand associations rather unsettling but maybe that’s unfair on Neutra… we shall see. I’m certainly looking forward to reading it, anyway.


Serendipity!

That looks interesting... I may take a look myself! :)
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Re: New now reading

Postby Darkness_Fish » 12 Sep 2018, 09:57

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Never saw the film, and after McQueen's tedious art-house hackery in Hunger, I'm not really minded to. This is pretty good so far though.
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