Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Yankee Winebib No. 47

The Yankee Winebib No.47
June 2011 (FREE)
Weight: .05 oz
Method of Disposal: Lending Library


This was fun!  It came to me free, and I held onto it without reading it for some time.  I don't know why because it is a tiny chapbook-like-thing, and it is a hoot.  It encourages you to check out www.ivisiblefountain.com so I will too.

Women

Women by Stefan May
2008
Weight: 1.6 lbs
Method of Disposal: Not Sure!


I remember liking this book, though I felt like I got it before 2008!  I guess that is not possible.  I adored and cherished Women by Susan Sontag and Annie Leibovitz when it first came out, and I think I was drawn to this one looking for more of that.  It was obvious immediately that it would never compare with Sontag and Leibovitz, but I thought it was still beautiful.  Women are just straight up gorgeous.  All of them are in some way or another.

I am far less impressed now.  Is it because I am older?  Are my tastes more refined or am I just less amused?  I realize now that these photos are all attempting to be "sexy."  The women do not have varied body shapes.  They are all beautiful in the movie star and catalog way.  Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie are featured so what did I expect? I read a review that claims that there is a lot of racial variety, but it is mostly white women.  There are some highly sexualized, deeply black women in stereotypical poses and shots.  It is very "African." I am almost embarrassed I ever liked this.

The problem is now what do I do with it?  I am not sure I can donate it to the AKF or Goodwill.  Maybe a Better World Books Box?  

I Was Amelia Earhart

I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
1997
Weight: 6.4 oz
Method of Disposal: Donating


My grandmother gave me a large stack of books including this one.  The stack included an Ann Coulter book, books on being Baptist, a book written by a nun, and a Christmas book by Jimmy Carter (though when she gave them to me she said she did not know how she came to have the Carter book.  Spitting his name with disdain.)  I read the book by the nun.  I am slogging through the book by Carter (I like him just fine but not so keen on the book).  I detest Ann Coulter.  I just finished the Amelia Earhart book and was pleasantly surprised. 

It only had three stars on Amazon, and the blurb did not really appeal to me, though I am a bit interested in Earhart as a strong woman.  I enjoyed it though.  It read quickly and it was a unique take on what happened to Earhart.  The book itself was well-made.  I am not claiming it was a game changer, but it was a fun and interesting little fantasy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Installation Art in the New Millennium

Installation Art in the New Millennium Nicolas De Oliveira, Nicola Oxley, and Michael Petry
2004
Weight: 2 lbs
Method of Disposal: Donating


The first time I witnessed installation art was in college, and I was completely taken by it.  There was a woman named Jennifer Young at my school, and I once crawled into an installation piece of hers and my love of that form of art was sealed forever.  I wish that I was in the position to see more and enjoy more.  As it is, it is a very rare treat indeed. 

I was excited when I was first moving into this house and the person moving out left this book for me.  Now, I am moving out and trying desperately to get rid of so many of my own things and decrease the amount that I have to carry and be responsible for.  So, this book is on its way to its next owner.  Maybe they will cherish it or try to sell it on Amazon for $788 like the jerks on there right now (you can get it on Ebay for $8).  It is a cool book, and it is worth a look, but it is impossible to make a book of installation art really.  The experience of being in an art piece, actively being a part of someone's art is precious and unique.  It does not translate to paper well, but it is always worth a shot and better than nothing for people like me who are not in the art scene at all.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution

stolen sharpie revolution: A DIY ZINE RESOURCE 2nd Edition
2003
Weight: 4 oz
Method of Disposal: Donating


Another gift from another dear friend, but this one was given to me in high school.  I had more access to zines then.  Or, I knew more about how to access them.  I am sure there were more of them.  This was a fun little book, though I never did end up making a zine.  Not once.  I hope someone gets it and does.  We still need zines!  Even though there are blogs and other such.