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  • Daily Routines of Great People



    On most mornings after he moved to Arcueil, Satie would return to Paris on foot, a distance of about ten kilometres, stopping frequently at his favourite cafés on route. Accoring to Templier, "he walked slowly, taking small steps, his umbrella held tight under his arm. When talking he would stop, bend one knee a little, adjust his pince-nez and place his fist on his lap. The we would take off once more with small deliberate steps."

    When he eventually reached Paris he visited friends, or arranged to meet them in other cafés by sending pneumatiques. Often the walking from place to place continued, focussing on Montmarte before the war, and subsequently on Montparnasse. From here, Satie would catch the last train back to Arcueil at about 1.00am, or, if he was still engaged in serious drinking, he would miss the train and begin the long walk home during the early hours of the morning. Then the daily round would begin again.

    Roger Shattuck, in conversations with John Cage in 1982, put forward the interesting theory that "the source of Satie's sense of musical beat--the possibility of variation within repetition, the effect of boredom on the organism--may be this endless walking back and forth across the same landscape day after day . . . the total observation of a very limited and narrow environment." During his walks, Satie was also observed stopping to jot down ideas by the light of the street lamps he passed.



    He sticks to a strict routine, waking at 6:15 every morning. He makes breakfast for his family, takes Ella to school at 7:20 and is in the studio by 8. At 1 o'clock, he crosses the garden from the studio back to the house. The grass in the garden is uncut. Richter proudly points this out, to show that even it is a matter of his choosing, not by chance. At 1 o'clock, he eats lunch in the dining room, alone. A housekeeper lays out the same meal for him each day: yogurt, tomatoes, bread, olive oil and chamomile tea.

    After lunch, Richter returns to his studio to work into the evening. ''I have always been structured,'' he explains. ''What has changed is the proportions. Now it is eight hours of paperwork and one of painting.'' He claims to waste time -- on the house, the garden -- although this is hard to believe. ''I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things. Weeks go by, and I don't paint until finally I can't stand it any longer. I get fed up. I almost don't want to talk about it, because I don't want to become self-conscious about it, but perhaps I create these little crises as a kind of a secret strategy to push myself. It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea.'' As he talks, I notice a single drop of paint on the floor beneath one of his abstract pictures, the only thing out of place in the studio.



    [The following is from Francis Darwin's reminiscences of his father. It summarizes a typical day in Darwin's middle and later years, when he had developed a rigid routine that seldom changed, even when there were visitors in the house.]

    7 a.m.  Rose and took a short walk.
    7:45 a.m.   Breakfast alone
    8–9:30 a.m.   Worked in his study; he considered this his best working time.
    9:30–10:30 a.m.  Went to drawing-room and read his letters, followed by reading aloud of family letters.
    10:30 a.m.  Returned to study, which period he considered the end of his working day.
    12 noon   Walk, starting with visit to greenhouse, then round the sandwalk, the number of times depending on his health, usually alone or with a dog.
    12:45 p.m.   Lunch with whole family, which was his main meal of the day. After lunch read The Times and answered his letters.
    3 p.m.    Rested in his bedroom on the sofa and smoked a cigarette, listened to a novel or other light literature read by ED [Emma Darwin, his wife].
    4 p.m.    Walked, usually round sandwalk, sometimes farther afield and sometimes in company.
    4:30–5:30 p.m.   Worked in study, clearing up matters of the day.
    6 p.m.    Rested again in bedroom with ED reading aloud.
    7.30 p.m.    Light high tea while the family dined. In late years never stayed in the dining room with the men, but retired to the drawing-room with the ladies. If no guests were present, he played two games of backgammon with ED, usually followed by reading to himself, then ED played the piano, followed by reading aloud.
    10 p.m.   Left the drawing-room and usually in bed by 10:30, but slept badly.

    Even when guests were present, half an hour of conversation at a time was all that he could stand, because it exhausted him.




    Could you say something of this process? When do you work? Do you keep to a strict schedule?

    When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and you know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.




    If Elaine [Fried, whom de Kooning married in 1943] found it strange to return directly to work on her wedding day, she never said so. That was the way of life on Twenty-second Street: every woman in de Kooning's life from Nini onward could attest that he was already married to his work. During the time when Elaine was commuting back and forth to Brooklyn, de Kooning's days were devoted to art, and they continued to be so after she moved in permanently. Typically, the couple rose late in the morning. Breakfast consisted mostly of very strong coffee, cut with the milk they kept in winter on a window ledge; they did not have a refrigerator, an appliance that in the early forties was still a luxury. (So was a private phone, which de Kooning would not have until the early sixties.) Then the day's routine began with de Kooning moving to his end of the studio and Elaine to hers. Work was punctuated by more cups of strong coffee, which de Kooning made by boiling the coffee as he had learned to do in Holland, and by many cigarettes. The two stayed at their easels until fairly late, taking a break only to go out for something to eat or to walk up to Times Square to see a movie. Often, however, de Kooning, who hated to stop working, began again after supper and pushed far into the night, leaving Elaine to go to a party or concert. "I remember very often walking by and seeing the lights on and going up," said Marjorie Luyckx. "In those studios, the heat used to go off after five o'clock because they were commercial buildings. Bill would be painting with his hat and coat on. Painting away, and whistling."



    Settled into a writing career, he lived on a farm where he raised livestock and bred greyhounds. His routine was to write from 10 A.M. until noon, spend the afternoon tending his animals and return to his writing again from 4 to 6 P.M.

    His writing was far from effortless. He commonly spent six months working on a single short story.




    His mode of living consisted of daily visits to the British Museum reading-room, where he normally remained from nine in the morning until it closed at seven; this was followed by long hours of work at night, accompanied by ceaseless smoking, which from a luxury had become an indispensable anodyne; this affected his health permanently and he became liable to frequent attacks of a disease of the liver sometimes accompanied by boils and an inflammation of the eyes, which interfered with his work, exhausted and irritated him, and interrupted his never certain means of livelihood. "I am plagued like Job, though not so God-fearing," he wrote in 1858.



    Morning routine: I usually get up around 7. I make oatmeal in my rice cooker. Then I take an hourlong walk: outside if the weather's good; on my treadmill if it's cold. Then I shower, shave and go to the first of three movies I see on many weekdays.




    Get up at 7:30 in the morning -- feed cats, drive daughter to school, read the NY Times and drink chocolate milk. Do chores and tasks and try to get time to make art. Make art. Take naps. Before each 5 minute nap I read a page or two. Right now I'm reading Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. Make art. Go to sleep at 3:00 in the morning.



    When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.


    via 2 Do Before I Die
    Categories: Writers, Artists, art
  • Dan McPharlin | Illustrator & Model Maker


















  • Deconstructing Panda Bear's Person Pitch


    Panda Bear is the member of Animal Collective who made the nearly perfect solo record, Person Pitch. I was on his Wikipedia page and noticed all the sampling he did for this album and thought that highlighting some of these bits & pieces would be fun. 

    We begin with Agnes Montgomery. She's the artist who created the iconic album art (shown above) and the collages shown below. Agnes is based in Philly.  Signed limited edition prints of her work can be purchased for $125 here.






    Below are the songs sampled on the album:


    Comfy In Nautica features a sample of Geino Yamashirogumi's song Tetsuo.  Geino Yamashirogumi is a Japanese folk collective that could have over 70 singers and 100 members at any given time.  The members consist of every day people that range from businessmen, doctors, students and everyone in between. The song Panda Bear sampled was a commisioned tune from the soundtrack to Akira.  The picture below is taken from Julian Cope's website and shows some of the members performing.




    Take Pills, the second song on Person Pitch, contains a sample from a Scott Walker's ballad, Always Coming Back to You (shown below) and The Tornados song, Popeye Twist (shown below that).



    Track 3 - Bros - Contains the following samples:

    Red Roses and a Sky of Blue by The Tornados



    I've Found a Love by Cat Stevens from his album, Matthew & Son



    Rub A Dub Dub by The Equals (Listen Here)



    Track 4: I'm Not contains a sample from Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure by Guillaume de Machaut but performed by Gothic Voices



    Track 5: Good Girl / Carrots contains the following samples:

    Radio Calcutta #2 from the album Radio India: The Eternal Dream of Sound



    Enter the Dragon by Lee Scratch Perry



    Ananas Symphonie by Kraftwerk



    Track 6: Search for Delicious is named after the book of the same namb by children's author Natalie Babbitt



    ...and that takes care of that!

  • Derek Erdman | Artist, Illustrator & $7 Rapper (Maybe)

    Derek Erdman. Don't know too much about him except that he exhibit's at NYC's Canada gallery (which is impressive) and has a killer website. Besides making art he offers a bunch of services. We'll talk about them here.

    1. If you send him $15 and email him a photo then he'll digitally draw your portrait. An example of which is shown below.


    2. For $7 he's willing to give somebody who's done you wrong a vigilante rap phone call.  The rapper is Rap Master Mourice (which may or may not be him). Rap Master Mourice & his terms of service are listed below.




    Rap Master Maurice is willing to VIGILANTE MIND BATTLE RAP CALL
    anybody who has done you wrong. Simply PayPal $7 and give a brief explanation of
    the trouble and you're EVEN STEPHEN. Do it now because soon it will
    cost $10 and you will say to yourself, "I SHOULD HAVE DONE IT WHEN IT WAS $7".

    Your $7 payment includes justice, peace of mind and a medium
    quality MP3 file emailed to you in a timely manner!

    RAP MASTER MAURICE will rap about ANYTHING, even gross stuff!
    There are no bounds to justice. SERIOUSLY:


    Supply the telephone number and the info, THE RAP IS MADE.

    NOTICE: The price of non-revenge "friendly" raps has doubled
    to $14. Maurice is a revenge rapper but will don the hat of
    friendly rapper for an extra $7.

    BECOME A FAN OF RAP MASTER MAURICE on Facebook! Or exercise free will
    and don't. It's your life, champ.

    3. For the low price of $14.98 he will send you a hamburger through the mail in an anonymous package. More info below:



    4. For absolutely know cost. That means free. He'll give you advice.


    ADVICE MASTERS is an absolutely free advice service that caters to all people in any sort of situation imaginable. If you need help sorting out a financial matter or if you're having trouble in a relationship, we're here to guide you towards a solution. If you're dealing with the death of a loved one or perhaps you just would like somebody to talk to, we're always available. Perhaps you've recently lost your job or a friend has turned their back to you for no apparent reason, we're in your corner. There's a chance that your dilemma is more practical in nature, such as gardening or fishing tips or you need a good banana bread recipe. You should consider ADVICE MASTERS a friend, a family member, an encyclopedia and the internet. We consider no subject taboo. We're not quite omniscient but we like to think that we're pert-near!

    Each of our staff is trained in conflict resolution and each holds a certificate in Expert Advice Giving. No problem is too big or too small and a staff member is on duty 24 hours a day 7 days a week every day of the year.

    If you're interested in anonymity we suggest pressing *67 before dialing. We promise partial discretion with every call, you can remain anonymous or tell us as much as you want about yourself. In fact, you don't even have to have a question; you can simply get some things off of your chest and hang up. Additionally if you simply want to call and hang up when we answer, there's nothing wrong with that, either.

    "This phone call was a success." Kristen Smith, Durango CO


    5. He sells his paintings, which are nicely priced and probably worth collecting





    Categories: art, Artists, Illustrators
  • Don Bonham & The Hermen Goode Aesthetics Racing Team

    Don Bonham is a DUMBO based artist who makes kinetic sculptures of cars, boats, planes, etc., that often include elements of the human body in their design. He's also involved with Hermen Goode Aesthetic Racing Team.











    Categories: Sculpture, Bikes, Artists, art
  • Eugene Bilbrew | Vintage Sleaze Book Covers







    Dull Tool Dim Bulb has assembled an amazing collection of vintage sleaze paperback cover art, including these by Eugene Bilbrew.

    "Bilbrew, an African-American School of Visual Arts student (!) fell into bad company and even worse habits. As he slipped into heroin addiction, his work became even more bizarre. He moved to the rear of a porno bookshop on the deuce. The mob-run publisher he worked for was busted out of business, so he sold his drawings to no less sleazy publishers such as Wizard, Satan and Chevron. Most of these are from Satan. A pall-bearer hits on the widow. An unlikely prison visitor tempts caged psychopaths. A rogue cop harasses an amorous couple out on the beach too late. A shop-class goggles wearing professor aims his student's motorcycle "headlights" into the wind. And of course, the extra-flamboyant dancer against a lime green wall "trips" and falls into the lap of his modern art loving suitor. Never mind that the text had absolutely nothing to do with the cover illustration, this is kitsch of the highest order. These all date to the late 1960's. Several have "saw-cut" slashes, which means they were returned to the distributor unsold. I can not imagine why.

    To his credit, I suppose...Bilbrew was one of the few artists doing multi-racial covers at the time. (and the hair-impaired, for that matter) I don't think it helped sales."

    See more sleazy covers here

    You may also like: Vintage Book Covers Bob Pepper

  • Fabulas Panicas | Comic Book by Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Fabulas Panicas was a comic book made by the great filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky from 1967 - 1973. I found these images at Routine Investigations, which is an extremely well done blog.

    Categories: Filmmakers, Comics, Artists, art
  • Filip Pagowski

    Filip Pagowski is a New York based artist who has worked for Comme des Garcons, The New Yorker, Visionaire, Diane von Furstenberg and others. We like his stuff and the best of it is on his website. The image on the right has a Bunuel feel to it.

    Categories: Graphic Design, art
  • Folk Art Assault













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  • Frederic Magazine | Art

    Frederic Fleury is a French artist that co-runs editions 57 and is one of the founding members of Frederic Magazine. You can see an unbelievable amount of images by visiting the magazine here.  You can visit his flickr page here. And you can buy some of his stuff from Nieves, whose site is also worth exploring.











    X-Rated doodles after the jump

    Categories: Magazines, Artists, art
  • French Book Covers

    French Book Covers is a blog devoted to none other than French Book Covers. Most of them date pre 1950, and the overwhelming majority of them feature girlie / nudie book art. It's run by the same bloke behind Au Carrefour Etrange, which is a good thing. Below are some of my favorites.











    Categories: art, Book Art, Books, Book Covers
  • French Doodlers

















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  • From the pages of DOT Dot DOT

    Dot Dot Dot is a magazine published out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They have thus far published 17 issues. Their latest issue features Genesis P-Orridge on the cover. In their words:

    "Since its conception in 2000 DDD has immatured into a jocuserious fanzine-journal-orphanage based on true stories deeply concerned with art-design-music-language-literature-architecture and uptight optipessimistic stoppy/revelatory ghostwriting by friendly spirits mapping b-sides and out-takes pushing for a resolution in bleak midwinter through late summer with local and general aesthetics wound on an ever tightening coil."







    More information here

    Categories: Magazines, art
  • From the Stone Roses to John Leckie to Love to Bob Pepper to Phillip K Dick Without Saying Anything Too Important

    Those paint splattering menaces are at it again! The Stone Roses released their box set a few weeks back and I just had the chance to pick up my copy. The package is absolutely essential to people who forgot just how good this band was.



    Those who have seen the band and have seen Ian Brown sing live, know just how important the high profile production work of John Leckie was to creating the sound to these recordings.  I was recetnly reading Love's Forever Changes Wikipedia page, when I noticed that the partnership between The Roses and Leckie was apparently solidified when both parties agreed that Forever Changes was "the best record ever made", which explains alot when it comes to explaing the Turns Into Stone sound.



    Forever Changes was Love's third record and certainly their best.  The album art was done by Bob Pepper, an artist whose ties with Elektra gave him the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic album covers of the late sixties.



    Pepper went on to create book covers for Ballantine's Fantasy series, most notable the work of Phillip K. Dick.


    Via John Coulthart
  • Geribara 5 (Nobuyoshi Araki, Yoshio Takase, and others)

    Highly sought after and extremely scarce third book in Araki's Sentimental Journey Series is being auctioned at Christies is expected to fetch $6180!  A few years back I  spent a week in LA with Keith from the criminally overlooked band Soviet. He was working with a producer on some new songs for a Hip Hop artist in Silver Lake. Coincidentally, that producer was also producing some tracks for the Jesus & Mary Chain.  One of the Reid brothers, not sure which one, had left a handful of Araki books at the studio and looking back, I believe this was one of them. There was alot of very potent Czech beer involved that night, so I could be mistaken but had it been this book and had I known how valuable this book was, I would scanned the whole thing. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    Props to Reference Library
    Spend your savings here

    Categories: Shopping, Photography, Books, art
  • Gilles Barbier is weird, but not in the pejorative sense

    Gilles Barbier is a French artist and sculptor who makes life-like sculptures of obscured humans that sort of remind me of John Currin paintings. I first saw Barbier at the Whitney show, The American Effect in 2003,where he presented a series on aging American superheros that were confined to a nursing home.




    Other work from other shows




    Images sourced from

    You may also like: Karen Caldicott | Don Bonham | Les Krims | Olaf Breuning |

    Categories: Sculpture, Artists, art
  • Good Movie | Jeu de Massacre


    Jeu de Massacre 1966
    Directed by: Alain Jessua
    Starring: Claudine Auger, Jean-Pierre Cassel & Michel Duchaussoy
    Artwork by: Guy Peellaert
    Images sourced from Will Kane

    Two cartoonists meet a playboy who lives out the fantasies created in their cartoons. He hires them to create a new comic strip. As they work on the new strip, the playboy begins to live it out. Unfortunately, the new strip deals with murder.


    Video sourced from Lollipop Mind

    Categories: Movies, Good Movies, art
  • Hanuman Book Covers



    When editor/publisher Raymond Foye was visiting his good friend Francesco Clemente, the artist, in Madras, India, once, they decided it would be very cool to publish some sort of arts and literature thing together. They rejected the idea of doing a magazine in favor of starting a small press to publish books (Foye had started working at City Lights bookstore and press at the beginning of his career). Hanuman was the favorite Hindu deity of both men, and they decided to name their press after him. The Hanuman Books series, which includes at least 24 titles by now, has published works by William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Jack Kerouac, William de Kooning, Robert Frank and other visionary and countercultural writers and artists. The tiny format of the books -- they measure 3" by 4" in size -- is based on prayer books in India. They are hand-made in India, where each little book is colored with deeply saturated tones to produce a limited edition that resonates with the charm and mystical potency of art miniatures around the world. And the books are easy to slip into your pocket and carry around as a sort of talismanic artifact, if that is your inclination, too.



    Hanuman is a very popular deity among Hindus. There are many stories about this trickster god. In addition to being the god of grammar, Hanuman is the general of the monkey people. In the epic Ramayana Rama was a great human hero, the son of a king, who eventually became mythologized as an avatar of the important deity Vishnu. When Rama's beautiful and exemplary wife Sita was kidnapped by a powerful demon, Ravana, Hanuman and his monkey people were instrumental in freeing her from captivity on the island of Lanka. The visionary lit and counter-culture press Hanuman Books is named in honor of this delightful figure. According to a blurb posted on Hanuman Books' website, Hanuman is "the son of Vayu, the wind god. He is the conqueror of demons and hostile spirits, god of strength and wisdom, faithful to friend and unselfish servant to Rama. Able to fly and change his shape, he is often depicted as a buffoon-hero in the Ramayana epics. Humble and playful, he is revered in Southern India, where temples are erected in his honor."


    I've been collecting these books for a while now and have about a dozen. They're small. Roughly the size of a pack of smokes and about 1/4 as thick. The content is a bit lucid. They've been selling on ebay from $30 - $200 bucks a pop.

    Text via: JX Briton | Images via: Vernacula
    Categories: Books, Book Art, Book Covers, art
  • Harri Peccinotti | Lips & Hips



    Harry Peccinotti is a photographer and art director. He was Nova magazine's first art director and regular photographer throughout. He also did the Pirelli Calendars of 1968 and 1969, with designer Derek Birdsall and provided the cover photograph for Alberto Moravia's 1976 Penguin edition of The Woman of Rome and contributed photographs to The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. Penguin Modern Poets 25 also features a photograph of female lips smoking a cigarette, one of his trademark image tropes. He has designed record sleeves for Esquire Records.


    Great Interview with him at Vice

    Categories: Photography, Mouths, Artists, art
  • Helmut Smits | Artist & Designer

    Drum set made from tin cans

    Lamp made from packaging

    Landscape made from corporate logos

    Nascar made from garbage bags, shopping bags, foil & tape

    Puma logo in The Netherlands

    Lacoste logo in The Netherlands

    Without cabinet made from stuff that would normally be in a cabinet

    See more here

    Categories: art, Artists, Design, Sculpture
  • Henry Wolf | Graphic Designer








    Henry was a photographer, art director and graphic designer best known for his art direction of Esquire, Harpers Bazaar, and Show during the 50's and 60's.