In her book “Negroland: A Memoir” author Margo Jefferson recounts her upbringing in the rich Black elite of Chicago in the '50s. She was meant to become part of a class of “blazingly overachieving men and women—vindicating previous generations of Black american suffering, humiliation, pain, and rage” (M. Richardson).
To create the illustration, I found particularly illuminating an interview from the author: "In general, fashion is decorative, it’s protective, it acknowledges that the world does involve conflict, and you might be attacked by assumptions, presumptions, and attitudes.
But how you looked -and how you felt about how you looked- helped shield you, and it helped shield you from the moment you put fashion on."
This is a tragicomic bittersweet idiosyncratic 500 pages tome about the life of an Italian engineer turning 69. You know the drill, middle class life didn’t turn out that good, mixed with Italy’s history since the postwar era.
Between many disappointments, a burning one for the protagonist is to see his father’s face when looking in the mirror “as if it was not bad enough - it seemed as if his father was being born again in him, 'just like that monster from Alien in the belly of John Hurt'”.
Valéry was a poet who actually wanted to be a mathematician/scientist. He’d say that "if you look carefully you can see Pythagora's theorem in poetry”.
Hence the tool I created for him.
It says “Paul” in the screen since the reviewer explains how the author,Paul Valéry, was the kind of artist “really concentrated on the self”. Haha. I thought it was funny.
Letter pals Rudy Kousbroek and Gerard Reve: one wrote 24 letters, the other 173. One was an atheist and the other one, a stalker.
A collection of stories about the United States written on a Hermes 3000 manual typewriter.
Visual for an opinion piece about children of color at last started to getting main roles in Dutch kids' books.
Visual for an article on children's fascination with the gruesome, scary, mysterious characters that populate scary books.
A portrait of Belgian author Griet Op de Beeck.