did everyone finish reading part one of on the road? what did you think? i love part one of the book because it really captures the feelings of freedom and independence as sal (kerouac) crosses the country for the first time. i was lucky enough to be able to take a road trip in the spring of 2008, starting in philadelphia and ending up in san francisco, and it was one of the best things i’ve ever done. after my trip i re-read on the road and found that i had a whole new appreciation for the book. certain passages now had a much more personal meaning for me, such as the part in chapter three where he describes waking up in a hotel room in des moines…
“i woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when i didn’t know who i was – i was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room i’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and i looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who i was for about fifteen strange seconds. i wasn’t scared; i was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, and the life of a ghost. i was halfway across america, at the dividing line between the east of my youth and the west of my future, and maybe that’s why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon.”
share your thoughts on part one! was there a memorable quote for you?

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monday quote

…anyone know what this quote is from?

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small world

you might recall not too long ago we posted about photographer amelia merrick and her awesome trainhopping photos (click here to see the post).
well she saw the post, and in a crazy coincidence, she actually works at urban! she’s a very talented photographer…check out these photos taken here at the navy yard.

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some of her work will be on display at the himalaya teahouse in astoria, new york through december. it just so happens she’ll be there today, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to her and check out her work :)

r4i kort -Nov 23, 2009, 12:31AM
Your work is awesome. I liked it, its interesting and appreciable. You have got a good talent in yourself. Keep it up. Great job. Even i have interest in this type but lack of time with my schedule doesn't really allows me to do it, But you should never stop your self to do where you are interested.

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soundsuits

i first heard about the artist nick cave when i saw a post about him on our brooklyn we the free store’s blog. then a reader on our blog suggested checking him out and i couldn’t put off posting about him anymore. cave is a chicago based artist who is also a trained dancer and former clothing designer…all of which is evident in the creations he makes, called “soundsuits”, because of the noise they make when moved around in. he uses a variety of found materials to create the soundsuits, which can stand on their own as artwork or be worn by dancers as performance art. here are some of them…they’re pretty wild…

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i wasn’t able to find a website for nick cave, but you can find more info about him on the website for the jack shainman gallery in new York, where he has recently shown his work.

amanda -Nov 20, 2009, 6:01PM
he gave a lecture at my school 2 years ago, it was very interesting!
Jennifer -Nov 20, 2009, 11:25AM
thank you! hehe

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finding a great vintage item (especially t-shirts for me) is like stumbling upon your own personal treasure. it’s unique and personal and immediately special.
these photographs were brought in by our marketing manager, who recently discovered them at her grandmother’s house. she’s trying to come up with a cool way to display them at home…they’re of her grandparents in their younger years, and not only are they awesome because they’re vintage, but they’re simply great photos too. check ‘em out… as you can see the sizes are different than your typical 3×5 or 5×7. if you have any great ideas, i’m sure she’d love suggestions :)

Caity -Nov 26, 2009, 11:33AM
These are so cool, I love vintage!!!!!
-Nov 20, 2009, 3:44PM
the exhibit looks very cool! thanks!!!

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monday quote

“all i can do is be me, whoever that is.”
- bob dylan

Jessica -Nov 18, 2009, 10:54PM
Ahhh Bob Dillan, a staple in my time even in 2009 at age sixteen. An icon of the time when chaos was a gift of music and flamboyance, a time i wished i lived but simply settle to love. Think me naive in todays day and age but life rolls on and i roll with. Bob Dylan will live on with the decades yet refuse to change for he already left his mark. I will make my mark in the future though it may be small. Change the world one song and soul at a time. This qoute brightened my night ;)
alexxandra -Nov 16, 2009, 12:51PM
today i am to present a proposal for a rhetorical presentation i am to present to my popular culture class as my final. i narrowed down my topics to two: the beatles and their drastic change of sound throughout the 60s or bob dylan and his protesting lyrics during the vietnam war. i take this quote as a sign! thank you kindly!

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jennilee marigomen is a photographer who lives and works in vancouver, and nature plays a large role in her work as well. she explains her approach to photography in her interview with booooooom: “i shoot spontaneously within a small time frame, so i would say that that my photographs are not calculated in a pre-determined sense. many of my photos are made through serendipity – i’ll find something interesting by chance, or i will end up with accidental and beautiful light leaks – happy accidents. however, i am drawn to interesting shapes, especially those that occur within nature, so i agree with being drawn to geometry. i like simplicity and isolation and frame the subject matter carefully so that there are the least amount of distractions as possible.”

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i liked so many of her photographs i had a hard time choosing which ones to include…
read her full interview here and check out more of her work here.

Technosunshine -Nov 15, 2009, 4:36PM
Wow these photographs are beautiful... The colors are absolutely stunning... I especially love the one with the sequins

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yesterday i wrote about the booooooom art show taking place in vancouver…and i thought i’d share some more work by a couple of the participating artists that i really like, starting with erika somogyi…
you wouldn’t know it by looking at her work, but erika somogyi is a brooklyn-based artist. in an interview featured on boooooom she explains the inspiration behind the nature themes in her work: “sometimes i wish i were living in a log cabin in the mountains. i have spent time backpacking and sleeping outside. i love visiting the national parks. the natural imagery i use in my work comes from my travels, photos i have taken, photos i have borrowed, field studies and memories. one aspect of the work i have been making is the longing for a connection with nature. the lack of expansive wilderness here is a big part of that. in a way i feel transported by the paintings.”

“divining light”

“falling”
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“walking watching waiting”
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“questions and answers”
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“violet”
i also like the quote she ends with:
“how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – annie dillard
you can read the full interview here and check out more of her work here.

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tangents

any vancouver readers out there? i wish i could go to this art show taking place tonight…it’s the first art show curated by the blog booooooom in collaboration with lifetime collective, and from the looks of it, they’ve done a great job getting some local and non-local artists whose work is pretty incredible.

i’m especially in awe of the paintings by erika somogyi and the photographs by jennilee marigomen.

“the mirror, the hourglass, and the prism” – erika somogyi
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“fade in” – jennilee marigomen

good morning everyone…i am so excited to announce about the launch of the book club! we have chosen on the road by jack kerouac as the first book featured in the free people book club! this is one of my favorite books of all time, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about it.
since we’re new at this, we’re just going to learn as we go…if you look to the list of categories on the right you’ll see we’ve created one for the book club. you will still be able to see the posts on the main page, but if you ever want to see only book club posts, click there.
here’s how it’s going to work:
on the road is broken into three parts, so we’re going to give you all some time to read the first part and then we’ll start discussing! check back for a post – maybe in the form of a question, a highlight, not quite sure yet – on monday november 23 about part one of the book, and leave any comments you have in the comments section as you normally would. but make sure you don’t spoil the ending for anyone who might not be finished the book yet…
happy reading!

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ellebo -Nov 18, 2009, 2:04AM
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warm color

i recently came across the work of rachell sumpter, an artist who lives in tiny island, n. puget sound. some of her work is currently on display at the richard heller gallery in santa monica. what I love about these images is that the subject matter invokes fall, winter and coldness but the colors she uses are so cheerful and warm…perfect on a day like today.

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other interesting facts about rachell…she is inspired by big, big trees, and living off the grid…she is reading born to kvetch, the orchard keeper, the lone ranger and tonto fistfight in heaven…and she is listening to beach house, bonnie “prince” billy, and bruce.
check out more of her work on her website.

monica burnett -Nov 11, 2009, 11:52PM
wow these are amazing, such great colors. thanks for sharing! http://monicaburnett.blogspot.com/

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my kind of stamps

i have always loved album covers…i think they’re a very special form of art that tends to get lost in all the online sites that allow you to download music these days. having the actual album means something to me, and to a lot of people who still insist on buying them, and when my dad gives me his old record collection one day (i hope…!), a lot of the albums are going in frames and up on my wall.
so i think it’s really cool that next year, britain’s royal mail will launch a new series of stamps that celebrate ten classic british album covers. for the near-impossible task of selecting which ten to use, they did a series of polls and conferred with music editors, designers and writers. the stamps will have the unique shape seen in the images above, allowing for the vinyl disc poking out of the sleeve.
here’s the full list:
the clash – london calling
rolling stones – let it bleed
led zeppelin IV
david bowie – the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars
pink floyd – division bell
blur – parklife
primal scream – screamadelica
coldplay – a rush of blood to the head
mike oldfield – tubular bells
new order – power, corruption & lies
don’t be too shocked that no beatles albums made the cut…they have already been on stamps.
do you agree with the british choices? if they did this in the US…what classic album covers would you want to see on stamps?
this would be at the top of my list:

ronnie -Nov 11, 2009, 3:09PM
well i know it's not a classic album cover, but it does come in vinyl, and it's one of the best covers ever - Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion". He's British, and all of the beautiful colours and drawings in it would make for a spectacular stamp! here's a picture of it: http://www.doun.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/mika.jpg

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