from The Twelve Terrors of Christmas by John Updike, Illustrated by Edward Gorey

(via Edward Gorey’s Elephant House)

Bill Brandt, early photographs, 1930-1942

Rainswept Roofs, 1930s, Bill Brandt
Modern Silver Gelatin Print
14.5 x 18 inches

Hatter’s Window, Bond Street, 1931-35, Bill Brandt
Modern Silver Gelatin Print
18 x 15.5 inches

Misty Evening in Sheffield, 1937, Bill Brandt
Modern Silver Gelatin Print
14.5 x 18 inches

(via Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery, London)


Frozen Assets

The New York Times included a special “Wealth” section for the 1% in today’s print edition, including articles such as:

  • Parceling Out a Nest Egg, Without Emptying It (raising the issue of how much of the $5.12 million exemption on gift taxes can you exploit on your nest egg of $10 million but less than $40m; “nice calculations to have to make, but that does not make them any less stressful for the people making them.”);
  • A Guiding Hand for Bequests, Beyond the Grave (discussing how one might, for example, satisfy both a second spouse and children from a previous marriage with a “QTIP” — qualified terminable interest property trust);
  • Courting the Next Generation of the Rich (discussing the “exploding” popularity of “programs for the next generation of wealth holders” on topics such as financial literacy, prenuptial agreements and managing family dynamics).

Diego Rivera
Frozen Assets (1931)
Fresco on reinforced cement in a galvanized-steel framework
94 1/8 x 74 3/16″ (239 x 188.5 cm)

Side A

David Shrigley

When it rains, it really pours

You’re doing OK

David Shrigley
Untitled (You’re doing OK) (2010)

(via Stephen Friedman Gallery)

Portal to my uncertain future

Andrew Keshner, With Tight Job Market, Bar Exam Is a Portal to Uncertain Future, N.Y.L.J., July 25, 2012, at 1:

Hundreds of aspiring lawyers waited yesterday morning to begin New York’s bar exam at the Jacob K. Javits Center, clutching coffee, pencils and outlines as they expressed both hope and apprehension about an uncertain job market.

… Employment for law school graduates is at record-low numbers. The American Bar Association has reported that only 55 percent of recent law school graduates had landed a full-time law job. Still, almost 12,300 tickets were issued to this year’s two-day bar examination, with more than 4,000 issued for the Javits Center.

It was also reported last week that the New York City Bar appointed a task force “to examine career prospects of young attorneys and to make recommendations in light of the challenging legal market.” Christine Simmons, City Bar Task Force to Tackle Young Lawyers’ Career Outlook, N.Y.L.J., July 17, 2012, at 1.


David Shrigley, Untitled (Error) (2010)

David Shrigley
Untitled (Error) (2010)
Ink and marker on paper
29,6 x 21 cm

(via Galleri Nicolai Wallner)

Here Comes Everybody

Robert Montgomery

(via Brandalism)