My friend Travis Bedard does this great thing called the Friday Five, where he curates five fantastic things he’s encountered recently. Here’s some recent finds of mine that I think are really great, and hope you do too!
Jon Mooallem’s book Wild Ones is a “Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking At People Looking At Animals in America,” and the only way that could get better? You have Mooallem tell the highlights of his book set to a rollicking folk song by Black Prairie, and air it on 99% Invisible (one of my favorite podcasts). Mooallem’s quest to show his daughter endangered species in the wild before they go extinct is the most joyous and bizarre 30 minutes you will spend, and I really hope you’ll listen to it.
2. Digital Orca
Douglas Coupland‘s Digital Orca (AKA Pixel Whale or Lego Orca) is a beautiful public art piece, located in Vancouver. I haven’t been able to locate a Lego kit to build my own, but one day I’d like to make my own like these beautiful lego bird sculptures!
I have been recommending this book to just about everyone I know. It’s a fantastic quick review of many fundamental and complex design rules, told with wit, inspiration, and illustration. I recently visited both Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House and Ennis House, and this book gave me a deeper appreciation and understanding on the tour, which is really just a bonus, as the book is applicable to just about any field–not just architecture.
4. Life on Mars
I’m only on the first part of Tracy K. Smith‘s collection of poems, Life On Mars, but I already can firmly say: you should read it. For a lot of reasons: it’s SciFi, yet also nonfiction, intensely human, and highly evocative. Plus, you’re supporting art made by a woman of color and published by one of the most independent publishing companies. What’s not to love?
5. “Batgirl: Endgame” Cover
I LOVE the current run of Batgirl. It’s the only DC comic I regularly follow, so that should say something. This week the “Batgirl: Endgame” one-shot came out, and Rafael Albuquerque nailed an AMAZING cover, showing Barbara dusting the Joker’s effects right off of herself & Burnside.
Hope you enjoyed the first Friday Five! Let me know if you’d like more of these F5s, or have any requests of what you’d like to see here!