Huston was a fine artist and may have done these himself – I’m hoping to track down others of his. Apparently he did some interesting ones for his war documentary Report from the Aleutians.
My buddy Austin Kleon put up a fantastic post last week on weaving, rhythm, pattern – just read it, you’ll find its groove.
Before the YouTube algorithm, there were “coolhunters” – but “The Google way of solving problems is to throw machines at them, not people,” and “the most damning case against the coolhunters was that they lacked a way to measure themselves.” I think Malcolm Gladwell coined the term “coolhunter” in 1997.
Still Alive magazine: I dunno, I foresee a lot of problems between commission and acceptance, and between acceptance and publication. You’d have to be pretty risk-tolerant to write for them. I mean, I bet they have an essay on Queen Elizabeth in the works….
Speaking of: God Save the Queen.
And from Ted Gioia: “Duke Ellington … created a unique album solely for the pleasure of giving it to Queen Elizabeth. With the help of Billy Strayhorn, he composed The Queen’s Suite, had one record manufactured — and sent it directly to Buckingham Palace, solely intended for Her Majesty’s ears…. In order to ensure that no other copies were released, Ellington reimbursed Columbia, his label, some $2,500 in production costs, and thus retained personal ownership of the master tapes.” You can listen to the suite here.
Finally, here’s a good post from Get Religion on the determination on the part of many journalists to edit out Queen Elizabeth’s frequent professions of Christian faith.