The sad news of the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has led to a flood of appreciations for his special talent for inhabiting a role fully and yet staying himself. As a movie watcher in the 90s I recall Hoffman as one of those actors with a familiar face who suddenly popped to the fore with a role, in his case for me it was ‘Boogie Nights’. Below are a few of the PSH titles in the SVA Library.
To read more about Hoffman’s life and career: NY Times, Slate, Rolling Stone, Vice, AV Club, and Salon.
Boogie nights / written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – V-F A55 Boo DVD
The Big Lebowski / written by Ethan Coen & Joe- V-F C646 Big DVD 1-2
Almost famous / written and directed by Cameron Crowe – V-F C769 Alm DVD
The Talented Mr. Ripley /directed by Anthony Minghella – V-F M55 Tal DVD
Capote / directed by Bennett Miller – V-F M54394 Cap DVD
The Savages / written by directed by Tamara Jenkins. – V-F J4657 Sav DVD
Synecdoche, New York / written and by directed by Charlie Kaufman V-F K3836 Syn DVD
The Master / written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. – V-F A55 Mas DVD
Tara Books, a publishing house in southern India, publishes children’s books illustrated Indian artists with a unique style, such as Tejubehan’s “Drawing From the City”. Her work and many of their other publications highlight a textured, graphic style that creates a magical effect. In a time of technological dominance, there’s something compelling about the look and feel of their silk-screened and handbound volumes the complements the beautiful art.
To check out some of their works in the SVA Library:
Drawing from the city / based on the oral stories of Tejubehan ; original Tamil text, Saalai Selvam ; English text, V. Geetha & Gita Wolf – PZ7.T258 Dra 2012 OVERSIZE
The Night life of trees / art – Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, Ram Singh Urveti ; text adapted & edited from the original Hindi narratives by Gita Wolf and Sirish Rao – N7305.5.G66 N54 2006 OVERSIZE
I like cats / Anushka Ravishankar. – SF446 .R38 2009x
Signature : patterns in Gond art / edited by Gita Wolf, Bhajju Shyam & Jonathan Yamakami.- N7305.5.G66 S54 2010
The SVA Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, along with the rest of SVA, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. We will reopen to our regular hours Tuesday the 21st.
The image above is a letter sent by the Montgomery Improvement Association after the Supreme Court struck down Jim Crow laws segregating the public transport system, a major step in the development of the Civil Rights era. Click the image to read the full letter and learn more about the context of the document, signed by one Martin Luther King Jr.
In the library:
King: a filmed record– Montgomery to Memphis /conceived and produced by Ely Landau -
V-D K564 KinF DVD
King : a comics biography / by Ho Che Anderson – E185.97.K5 A75 2010
Martin’s big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Doreen Rappaport – illustrations by Bryan Collier. – PZ7.R161 Mar 2001
King : the photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. / Charles Johnson & Bob Adelman – E185.97.K5 J57 2000
For underground/indie comics and the widening field of graphic novels, the past few years have seen a flood of great titles from fantastic publishers, both old (Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly) and newer (Secret Acres, Uncivilized Books), but one of the standouts for their spare, beautiful graphics has been NOBROW from England. We acquired some new titles recently and wanted to highlight these new members of the collection.
Biografiktion / by Édition Biografiktion – PN6756.B56 E458 2012
Dockwood : 2 Autumn stories / Jon McNaught – PN6737.M36 D63 2012
Megaskull / Kyle Platts. – PN6737.P53 M44 2012
No man’s land / a story written and illustrated by Blexbolex. – PN6747.B57 H6713 2012
Map of days / Robert Hunter. – PN6737.H86 M37 2013
In pieces / Marion Fayolle. – PN6747.F396 I6 2013
Hilda and the bird parade / Luke Pearson. – PN6737.P43 H55 2013
With the Polar Vortex dominating the news and lives of wide swath of the country, the issue of Global Warming/Climate Change has come up again. The usual suspects are out saying the cold is proof that the planet is not warming, a confusuion, often politically motivated, of weather and climate. At this point the counter-argument that, in fact, weird weather is part of the changes wrought by the overall warming of the globe seems basic, but apparently still needs to be made over and over (and over).
To delve deeper in the stacks:
Chasing ice / directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski – V-D O767 Cha DVD
Global weirdness : severe storms, deadly heat waves, relentless drought, rising seas, and the weather of the future / Climate Central. – QC981.8.C5 .G58 2012
Hot ideas for a cooler planet : cool globes /Wendy Abrams, et al. – NB1952.G56 H67 2007
How bad are bananas? : the carbon footprint of everything / Mike Berners-Lee. – QC981.8 G56 B47 2011
Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850 / Brian Fagan. – QC989.A1 F34 2000
Jazz : New York in the roaring twenties / a book by Robert Nippoldt with texts by Hans-Jürgen Schaal – ML87 .N56 2013
Dreamland : adventures in the strange science of sleep / David K. Randall. – QP425 .R29 2012
Art deco / Norbert Wolf – N6494.A7 W64 2013 OVERSIZE
The Noble approach : Maurice Noble and the Zen of animation design / by Tod Polson – NC1766.U52 N637 2013
The Wes Anderson collection / by Matt Zoller Seitz ; with an introducton by Michael Chabon – PN1998.3.A526 A5 2013
Lifelike / Siri Engberg – N6494.R4 E39 2012
Yesterday was Public Domain Day 2014, marking the passage of creative works into the public sphere. We may be a day late in letting you know, but those works will be public forever! The laws vary by country/region, so not everything they are celebrating is now in the public domain in the United States.
From the Public Domain Day site: >>Every year on New Year’s Day, in fact, due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain – that is, their content is no longer owned or controlled by anyone, but it rather becomes a common treasure, available for anyone to freely use for any purpose.<<
-The Public Domain Review has a Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online
-The American Library Association offers a handy dandy interactive tool for estimating if a particular work in the public domain or not: Is it Protected by Copyright?
-Public Domain Sherpa has their own copyright calculator which lets you get in a few more details.
-Cornell has a massive chart: Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
-Google’s Advanced Image Search form lets you determine the type of image by license you need.
To dig deeper in the stacks:
Public domain : how to find & use copyright-free writings, music, art & more / by Stephen Fishman. – KF3022.Z9 F57 2006
Common as air : revolution, art, and ownership / Lewis Hyde. – ZA3270 .H93 2010
Public domain : enclosing the commons of the mind / James Boyle.- K1401 .B689 2008
Free culture : the nature and future of creativity / Lawrence Lessig. – KF2979 .L47 2005
Permissions, a survival guide : blunt talk about art as intellectual property / Susan M. Bielstein. – KF3050 .B54 2006
The SVA Library will be closed over the Winter break. Below are the hours of the library through Jan. 13th, 2014.
Wednesday, Dec. 18th: 8:30am – 6pm
Dec. 19th – Jan. 1st – CLOSED
Jan. 2-3 (Thurs-Fri): 9am – 6pm
Jan. 4-5 (Sat-Sun) – CLOSED
Jan. 6-10 (Mon-Fri): 9am – 6pm
Jan. 11-12 (Sat-Sun) – CLOSED
We reopen to regular hours with the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester on Monday, Jan. 13th.
Cooked : a natural history of transformation / Michael Pollan – TX652 .P646 2013
Hallucinations / Oliver Sacks. – RC553.H3 S23 2013
Van Gogh repetitions / Eliza E. Rathbone, William H. Robinson, Elizabeth Steele, and Marcia Steele – ND653.G7 A4 2013
Pretty in ink : American women cartoonists, 1896-2013 / by Trina Robbin – PN6725 .R58 2013
Robert Herman : the New Yorkers / foreword by Sean Corcoran ; essay by Stella Kramer -TR659.8 .H47 2013
Fritz Kahn / edited by Uta von Debschitz – Q143.K24 D42 2013x