Visual Crit, on art and visual culture, especially Islamic art / infiltrating steam tunnels under American universities / photography by Sam Irons / Things I like, a tumblr / Oh! The Cleverness of me, a tumblr / The Memory Atlas, a tumblr / Align Trinity, a tumblr / the ultimate toothpick construction; San Francisco as a kinetic roller coaster for ping pong balls / the St Gall Monastery Plan, considered to be ‘a two-dimensional meditation on the ideal early medieval monastic community, an “objective correlative” of the Rule of St. Benedict, created at a time when monasticism was one of the dominant forms of political, economic, and cultural power in Europe.’
Unbound: ‘books are now in your hands’. A new service that’s had a fair bit of press in recent weeks. On the one hand, it sounds like an intriguing way of linking up writers with the people who want to read them most: ‘authors pitch their ideas directly to you. If you like what you read, you can pledge your support to help make the book happen. Everyone who supports an author before they reach 100% of the funding target gets their name printed in every edition of that book’. It’s rather like a more focused Kickstarter. However, for the writers it might feels like having an entire cupboard-full of interested parties willing you not to miss an important deadline. Check the unbounders’ blog for more information. Jonathan Meades’ Museum Without Walls certainly seems worth one’s time (and money).