David Freund: Gas Stop @ nyjb

“David Fruend: Gas Stop” represents a monumental achievement in photojournalism. Continue reading David Freund: Gas Stop @ nyjb

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Langdon Clay: Cars: New York City, 1974 – 1976, by Langdon Clay @ nyjb

The mid-seventies evoked here showcase a city in transition and the streets populated with gigantic metal slabs of American automotive expression. Continue reading Langdon Clay: Cars: New York City, 1974 – 1976, by Langdon Clay @ nyjb

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Black Beauties: Iconic Cars Photographed by Rene Staud, by Rene Staud @ NYJB

“Black Beauties” by Rene Staud is “[a] stylish and intelligent discussion of the intersection of transportation, aesthetics, and meaning.” Continue reading Black Beauties: Iconic Cars Photographed by Rene Staud, by Rene Staud @ NYJB

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American Odd: California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, by Jim Heimann

I continue my essay series, American Odd, with a look at the history of the American roadside attraction in Jim Heimann’s classic California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture. Continue reading American Odd: California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, by Jim Heimann

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Robertson’s Book of Firsts: Who did what for the first time, by Patrick Robertson

The first coins, the first hamburger, the first military motor vehicle.  These are but a sampling of Robertson’s Book of Firsts.  Researched and compiled by Patrick Robertson as a culmination of a lifelong passion, the book aims to chronicle not invention, but innovation.  This means a look at social and technological development and some surprising entries.  Robertson approaches this collection of firsts from a unique position.  A former government employee and a former chairman of the Ephemera Society, he also owns the largest private collection of vintage magazines in Britain.  Firsts are ephemeral, since once a first is achieved, social … Continue reading Robertson’s Book of Firsts: Who did what for the first time, by Patrick Robertson

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The Art of Reviewing: Jeremy Clarkson

Source: The London Times Every blog needs a large-scale project. The Art of Reviewing will explore reviewing as an art form and as a valuable element to understanding society.  During this project, I will profile specific reviewers of merit.  Several specific cases also explore other facets of reviewing. Jeremy Clarkson.  Depending on whom you talk to, mentioning his name usually follows adulation or vilification.  The tall, shaggy-haired presenter of Top Gear and Driving columnist for the London Times, brings a sensational edge to the staid world of automobile reviewing. Prone to bombastic statements, dismissive of anti-pollution legislation, and a worshipful … Continue reading The Art of Reviewing: Jeremy Clarkson

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