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16.11

And Beach House is playing at Huxley’s Neue Welt in Berlin the 16th of November. Already excited. For more tour dates go here.

KIDS VS COMMERCE

Anyone with kids will relate to children’s direct, uninhibited and vivid response to the world as a refreshing change of view – funny at times, surprising at others, but always incredibly precious to see a reaction unfettered by intellectual reasoning. So Yolanda Domingez‘ genius project Ninos versus Moda to ask a series of 8-year-olds to respond to various current fashion campaigns is not only hilarious, it is also deeply unsettling as it reveals some of the mechanisms with which we are being manipulated on a daily basis.

NARRATION AS DRY AS SOIL

Christian Kracht’s book Imperium has been considered as a “Melvillean masterpiece of the South Seas” recently. Released in Germany in 2012, it has now been translated into English by Daniel Bowes.

The protagonist of the fiction is August Engelhardt, a “nudist and cocovore”, who purchases land in what was then German New Guinea, in order to establish a nudist colony on the island of Kabakon. “Unfortunately, Engelhardt’s devotion to a ‘carefree’ future safe from the alienating effects of meat, capitalism, clothing, or any other trapping of life in the Industrial Age made it difficult for him to lure followers to his isolated utopia in the South Seas. He instead ruled an empire of one, from 1902 through the first World War, although he did share the island with three or four dozen melanesians and the occasional stray party of confused Germans” (see review on Flavorwire).

First reviews of Imperium even speculate about possible screen adaptions:”It reads like the best Werner Herzog movie, Herzog has yet to make”, it says.

The Swiss author’s evocation of the era of German colonialism makes for some marvelously grotesque – and at times unsettling – images of colonial life in South Seas. Definitely a summer read recommendation!

BAD

Wash away the everyday grind–”Bad” from Shakai Mondai’s eponymous debut.

THE WORLD IS MY SUNSEED

It’s rare for an Instagram post to make the headlines: our former cover star Ai Weiwei apparemtly received his passport, after being forbidden to leave China for the last four years… It’s about time!

MONDAY MUSIC: ARCADE FIRE

Arcade Fire have mutated into a weird beast since their indie days of Funeral, and I’m not sure if the much-hyped feature length documentary The Reflektor Tapes is going to shed any new light on that slightly mysterious phenomenon, but given that it was filmed by ever so brilliant music video director Kahlil Joseph, it is safe to expect a visual feast at least.

WHEN TO SAY NOTHING

It’s rare to come across an Instagram account that goes beyond the personally mundane and actually captures a little of that something that defines living in our days and time. Photographer Daniel Arnold on the other hand has a whopping 100k+ followers and for good reason: his images speak about our lives rather than his, and they do so with style and acid humour.

Photography by Daniel Arnold


BANG BANG PEGBOARD

Inspired by battleships, the iconic childhood game. The neat layout of the plywood canvas allows for a satisfying, organized arrangement – the Bang Bang Pegboard.

Sparks

Says Bukowski:

(…) it needn’t be much, just a spark.

a spark can set a whole forest on

fire.

just a spark.

save it. (…)

TRUISM OF THE DAY 37: SOU FUJIMOTO

True, true: a very Zen-sounding Sou Fujimoto in a recent issue of Pin-Up. Have a good weekend everyone.