The Groundbreaking Art of Alex Steinweiss, Father of Record Cover Design

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Given the visual perfection and ubiquity of album covers by designers like Storm Thorgerson and Peter Saville—given the popularity of blogs featuring monumentally bad album covers—it’s hard to feature a time when records came wrapped in plain brown paper like cheap booze or covered in nondescript bindings like business ledgers.

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Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education

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With college tuitions ballooning to the point of implosion, and free educational content proliferating online, the future of education is a scorching hot topic.

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Pablo Picasso’s Two Favorite Recipes: Eel Stew & Omelette Tortilla Niçoise

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Back in 1964, Pablo Picasso shared with Vogue’s food columnist Ninette Lyon two of his favorite recipes — one for Eel Stew, the other for Omelette Tortilla Niçoise. If you live in the South of France, as Picasso did, the recipes probably won’t be entirely foreign to you.

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Professor Michael Stipe: R.E.M.’s Frontman Now Teaching Art Classes at NYU

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Admirers of Michael Stipe will know that he before he became a famous rock star with R.E.M., he was an art student at the University of Georgia.

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Breaking Bad Illustrated by Gonzo Artist Ralph Steadman

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Sure, I suffered from Breaking Bad withdrawal syndrome after the show’s excellent fifth and final season. Symptoms included watching episodes of Metástasis, the Colombian telenovela-style, Spanish language remake; obsessively reading news about upcoming spin-off, Better Call Saul; and wishing the hoax about a Season 6 was true.

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Typed Portraits of Literary Legends: Kerouac, Saramago, Bukowski & More

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Artists have used all sorts of odd media to create portraits, everything from guitar picks to dice to wooden eggs. Add to this list Brazilian type artist Álvaro Franca, who uses the typewriter. Instead of composing literary portraits of his heroes, Franca types out literal portraits.

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The Adventures of Famed Illustrator Gustave Doré Presented in a Fantasic(al) Cutout Animation

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When we featured his illumination of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” we called Gustave Doré “one of the busiest, most in-demand artists of the 19th century,” who “made his name illustrating works by such authors as Rabelais, Balzac, Milton, and Dante.

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The Paintings of Miles Davis

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Ask enough people to name their favorite artist of any kind, and sooner rather than later, someone will name Miles Davis.

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How Edward Hopper “Storyboarded” His Iconic Painting Nighthawks

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Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942) doesn’t just evoke a certain stripe of mid-century, after-hours, big-city American loneliness; it has more or less come to stand for the feeling itself.

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A Sneak Preview of Haruki Murakami’s Forthcoming Illustrated Novel, The Strange Library

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Quick note: If you just finished reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, and if you’re now hankering for some more Murakami, you won’t have to wait very long. In December, his next book, a 96 page novella called The Strange Library, will be published by Knopf.

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