Artist Brian Dettmer uses surgical tools to carve up old encyclopedias, dictionaries, and medical journals. No materials are added and nothing inside the books are relocated, he simply carves the existing paper, one page at a time. When he’s finished, the vintage text and illustrations become intricate 3D dioramas with stunning detail and unexpected themes. This kind of stuff always gives me a headache, but in a good way, you know? Click through to see a few more examples of his work! [Karan Arora]
Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to move to Paris for work? Amy Thomas was a copywriter in New York City when one day her boss offered her a dream gig writing copy for Louis Vuitton — in the City of Lights. Sold! But unlike other ladies who’ve flown across the pond, Amy wasn’t looking for l’amour or even la mode. This sugar-freak intended to use her time in Paris snarfing sweets all the best patisseries and boulangeries, which she lovingly recaps in her foodie memoir, Paris, My Sweet: A Year In The City Of Light (And Dark Chocolate). If an Air France flight is not in your budget, Paris, My Sweet should satiate any cravings you might have … at least temporarily. [$10.19, Amazon]
Sara Benincasa’s struggle with panic disorder began with childhood anxiety attacks and intensified until, at the age of 21, she developed full-on agoraphobia. Her fears were so severe she was afraid to leave her own bedroom. She sank into suicidal depression. Garbage piled up against the wall as her appetite for food—and life—slipped away. Finally, one day two college friends contacted Sara’s family out of fear for her safety and state of mind. Here is an excerpt detailing when Sara’s parents have first been notified that their daughter was dealing with some very real problems.
“Hello?” I said hoarsely.
“Hi, Ra-Ra!” chirped one voice.
“Hey, Ra!” boomed another.
It was my parents. Keep reading »
Not in the mood for Valentine’s Day? Well, get romantically inspired this February with some of the most famous love stories in history. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or coupled up, no one can resist a juicy story of passion, glamour, and tragedy — especially if it’s true! So here are some of the books we recommend you dive into to learn more about history’s most fascinating love stories. Read more…
As both a New Yorker and a bonafide Francophile, I am a madly adoring fan of the brilliant graphic designer Vahram Muratyan’s website, Paris versus New York. He compares the City of Lights to the Big Apple in a way that isn’t snarky, or biased toward one or the other — rather, they read more like romantic odes to both cities. His modern designs and prints have gained something of a following since his blog’s debut in 2010, and last week he released a 224-page book of his contrast-and-compare illustrations. If you’re a fan of Paris vs. NYC, or Paris, or NYC, or all of the above, you must get this book. It’s simple and lovely and makes me want to book a trip to La Ville-Lumière, dès que possible. Equally charming: this Blackbook interview with the artist. [$20, in Anthropologie stores and online]
Who knew the combination of spray paint and prominent literary figures would be so delightful? Flavorwire tracked down the best examples of literary street art, including a Robert Frost quote on a London street and a Sylvia Plath portrait in Portland. More of our favorites, after the jump… [Flavorwire]