I dont have any kids but I can imagine how taxing and annoying it has to be when you just want your baby to go to sleep, and its apparent it just isnt going to happen. Reading bedtime stories is part of every kids childhood, and I am SURE that at some point, all of our parents read these books in a similar narrative. If only we all could have been so lucky as to have Samuel L read to us.
Go the Fuck to Sleep is written by Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, and somehow narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
The hardcover book can be ordered from Amazon.com here.
Our definition of art is normally limited to expertly executed car restorations, blondes and a perfectly crafted drink. But then a Banksy or a Shephard Fairey comes along and changes everything. Graffiti is art. It might have originally started as street art, but Eminem started on the street too and look how that turned out. The point is, street art is kind of a big deal now. Big enough to get the Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Jeffrey Deitch, to curate a graffiti and street art exhibition. Art in the Streets chronicles the exhibit, the first large-scale American museum exhibition of its kind. It connects the dots between the graffiti and street art movements and highlights their connection to some of our other favorite subcultures: hip hop and skateboarding. It’s a narrated walk down a graffiti-ed memory lane. $27
It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but most authors prefer to do their story telling using words instead of pictures. What if pictures were made using words instead? Well, in some forms of typography based art, pictures are made up of words.
Check out these portraits of famous authors made using words from their own stories and poems.
Many more cool author word portraits below
Vic Armstrong started in a world of live action movies and is now working in a world of CGI where more actors are doing their own stunts and the stuntman profession is clinging to life. Dubbed the worlds most famous stuntman, Vic Armstrong has done stunts for 007, Indiana Jones and Superman. His most famous scenes included the bridge scene “See You Hell!” from Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom and the tank chase scenes of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. He now spends most of his time directing stunts for movies like Thor, Spiderman and The Green Hornet. Vic chronicles his work of the last forty years in his book “The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman”. Whats bugging me is that live action is what made Indiana Jones great and CGI is what ruined Indiana Jones The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Swinging through the jungle on vines with monkeys, come on get real. That one scene destroyed any hope the movie had of not scarring the franchise permanently.
As a kid sometimes you hoped for a Scantron test because, while you might get the majority of questions wrong by simply blackening out every “C” on the sheet, at least you wouldn’t embarrass yourself with some asinine answers. While we’re glad our terrible answers are buried in an attic somewhere amongst action figures and Little League uniforms we’re pretty excited these ones aren’t. Richard Benson compiled 250 of the most hilariously bad shots in the dark ever in F in Exams. Whether they were honest attempts at squeaking out some points or were written with a smirk and a giant white flag in hand, we’re glad some youngsters took an F-bullet for our enjoyment. Buy it here for $10.
By: Andy Weir
You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
Read on to have your mind exploded, maybe
If we grew up hundreds of years ago we probably wouldn’t think of an overpass as a canvas for a piece of art. (In part because there were no overpasses.) However for as long as we can remember, we’ve liked our art like we’ve liked a lot of things in our lives – with a hint of danger and illegality – so we’ve long been fans of what we’ve dubbed The American Graffiti Movement. And, this is our textbook. The History of American Graffiti explores the entire culture of the art form from guys tagging train-cars back in the day to modern day work in cities across the country. Meet all the players in the game and check out some of their best work in this 400 page book. If they taught this in college we probably wouldn’t have gone to just the exams in Art History. $24
Facebook profiles are like belly buttons: Everybody’s got one. 1 out of ever 13 humans and three out of four Americans is on Facebook, and one out of 26 signs into Facebook on a daily basis. We could rattle off stats like that until the cows come home, but instead, we’d like to show you this fascinating infographic from SocialHype and OnlineSchools.org. Plain and simple you are probably obsessed, as long as you don’t play farmville or poke people on the reg. then you are just like everyone else, but once you start doing shit like that then you need to reevaluate your life.
More incredible information on facebook users below
Due to an overwhelming of status updates on facebook last night saying “What is Kik?” we did some research. We were introduced to the new application for iphone, android, and blackberry users and did a little hands on work for our readers. First, here’s how the app works: Once you download the application, it checks your address book and recommends the friends and other contacts you are likely to know who already have downloaded Kik. You can then start chatting with them immediately. Like IM, it’s asynchronous, meaning it lets you see messages immediately, including when the person you’re chatting with is typing. Additionally, it lets you know when they’ve actually read their message.
Check out our final verdict and screen-shots of the app in action below.
Featuring one of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach paintings on the cover, Hov’s first book takes an intimate look at 36 songs from his deep-ass catalog by providing insight from the man himself into some of his more provocative and memorable lyrics. He says:
When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.
Here he is speaking on his recently released “Most Kings”