Download 200+ Free Modern Art Books from the Guggenheim Museum

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For at least half a decade now, New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been digitizing its exhibition catalogs and other art books. Now you can find all of the publications made available so far — not just to read, but to download in PDF and ePub formats — at the Internet Archive.


Read Vladimir Mayakovsky’s Children’s Book Whom Should I Be?: A Classic from the “Golden Age” in Soviet Children’s Literature

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In the first decade or so of the Soviet Union’s existence, “avant-garde experimenters emerged from obscurity to benefit from actual state sponsorship,” writes Harvard professor of Russian Literature Ainsley Morse. Their  “aesthetic radicalism jibed nicely with political turmoil.


What It Cost to Shop at the Grocery Store in 1836, and What Goods You Could Buy

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Like many children in possession of a toy cash register, I was a big fan of playing store.
A short stint working retail in a 90’s era Chicago hippie clothing emporium cured me of that for the most part.
But looking over the above page from Roswell C.


Download Russian Futurist Book Art (1910-1915): The Aesthetic Revolution Before the Political Revolution

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Given the image of Communist Russia we’ve mostly inherited from Cold War Hollywood propaganda and cherry-picked TV documentaries, we tend to think of Communist art as sterile, brutalist, devoid of expressive emotion and experiment. But this has never been entirely so.


Every Page of Depero Futurista, the 1927 Futurist Masterpiece of Graphic Design & Bookmaking, Is Now Online

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You can try to dismantle your e-reader, but you can’t unscrew an eBook.


Download Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights (Free)

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FYI: Nathan Nobis, a philosophy professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, recently published Animals and Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights.


Watch Umberto Eco Walk Through His Immense Private Library: It Goes On, and On, and On!

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When Umberto Eco died last year at the age of 84, he left behind a sizable body of work and a vast collection of books.


Petite Planète: Discover Chris Marker’s Influential 1950s Travel Photobook Series

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“In another time I guess I would have been content with filming girls and cats,” said Chris Marker. “But you don’t choose your time.” Though the inimitable filmmaker, writer, and media artist couldn’t choose his time, he did enjoy a decently sized slice of it, passing away in 2012 on his 91st birthday.


224 Books About Music in David Byrne’s Personal Library

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The meaning of the word “library” has never been more ambiguous.


Discover the 1126 Books in John Cage’s Personal Library: Foucault, Joyce, Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, Buckminster Fuller & More

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To properly honor your cultural role models, don’t try to do what they did, or even to think what they thought, but to think how they thought.


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