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Some nice book design from graphic design student Tom Pollard, spotted at FormFiftyFive

And speaking of FFF…

Some beautiful print design work by FormFiftyFive contributor Daniel Gray (via Cosas Visuales).

The Dramatist — A great profile of David Simon, creator of HBO series The Wire and Treme, in New York Magazine (via Mark Athitakis’ American Fiction Notes):

“Fuck the exposition,” he says gleefully as we go back into the bar. “Just be. The exposition can come later.” He describes a theory of television narrative. “If I can make you curious enough, there’s this thing called Google. If you’re curious about the New Orleans Indians, or ‘second-line’ musicians—you can look it up.” The Internet, he suggests, can provide its own creative freedom, releasing writers from having to overexplain, allowing history to light the characters from within.

Sympathy for the Librarian — A lovely quote from Keith Richards in The Times (via MobyLives):

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”

Amen.

And finally…

After posting about the big man earlier this week, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention The Ten Commandments of George Lois t-shirts available from TypographyShop:

“Great ideas can’t be tested. Only mediocre ideas can be tested.” Awesome.

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