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January 19, 2017
by Dan
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Philip K. Dick’s Vision of Fascism in America

I have to confess that I haven’t seen the TV adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, but I found Aaron Bady’s discussion of the series — and how it differs from the book — at The New Yorker, quite … Continue reading

October 15, 2010
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PKD Documentary

After mentioning Philip K. Dick earlier this week, it only seems appropriate to post A Day In The Afterlife, a 1994 BBC documentary about the author: (via Largehearted Boy | Open Culture)

October 13, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

A new monograph on Japanese un-brand MUJI to be published by Rizzoli later this month (via Swiss Legacy). Finishing Touches — Type foundry Hoefler & Frere-Jones on the little details that make their typefaces: In the middle of Gotham, our … Continue reading

May 19, 2010
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Midweek Miscellany

90 Covers — David McCandless talks about the protracted cover design process for his new book Information is Beautiful (via This Isn’t Happiness): Engage — Online literary magazine and short fiction hub Joyland — founded by authors Brian Joseph Davis … Continue reading

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