One of my favorite moments in Cubed,Nikil Saval’s lush, funny, and unexpectedly fascinating history of the workplace, comes in a chapter called “The Birth of the Office,” in which the author describes the insane yet rampant “efficiency” craze that began to sweep the nation in 1900. One of its outgrowths was a periodical called System, subtitled A Monthly Magazine for the Man of Affairs. “Each volume,” Saval writes, “had articles proposing new models for the minutiae of office life, whether …
In the 1940s, a curiously enigmatic figure haunted New York City’s great libraries, his mind afire with urgent questions whose resolution might reveal, once and for all, the most ancient secrets of the universe in their crystalline clarity.
Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters By Walter A. Friedman • Princeton University Press • 2013 • 268 pages • $29.95 We live in an age that’s drowning in economic forecasts. Banks, investment firms, government agencies:
We've always known that as far as street style goes, Tokyo rules. Inhabitants of the city don elaborate outfits and express a strong point of view through their appearance. Photographer Thomas Card's new book Tokyo Adorned highlights more than 130 photos of these iconic looks. From Lolitas to cosplay to Yamanba, he captures girls who wear gas masks, laced top-hats, and plastic backpacks shaped like bat wings.
It's a place steeped in mythology, where the most astonishing machines on Earth were tested -- an area so secret that the government didn't officially acknowledge its existence until 2013. Now, Bill Yenne's book Area 51 Black Jets lifts the veil on top secret projects from the 1950s to today.
In the last few years, surveillance technology sold to repressive regimes has contributed directly to human rights abuses. “Western technology could immediately be traced back to individuals who had been dragged from their homes and put into prison,” European Parliament Member Marietje Schaake said at a recent event. Increasingly, governments...
Although he doesn’t admit it fully, Martin Kollar seems to have a pretty good sense of humor. “Usually, as it is in life, people who make funny films are usually very boring,” he said. “It rarely works the other way around.”
sempre que vejo estas imagens penso: bolas! os dadaístas/surrealistas/cubistas/futuristas intuíram e inventaram a nossa hipermodernidade contemporânea cem anos dela nos levar na avalanche de maravilhosos objectos de desejo tecnológico que expandem as possibilidades do que podemos fazer, aceder, pensar e comunicar.
This essay and map originally appeared in Boom: A Journal of California. Touring around California, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood’s movie magic, which has turned...
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