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Michael Caine

29th July 1965: Cockney tough-guy actor Michael Caine reading a copy of the Evening News.

Further Evidence That Being a Warrior Is Pretty Sweet

Mom in line for Ye Fried Dough: You’re going to get your ninja tunic dirty.
Ten-yea-old ninja: But I want powdered sugar!

–Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park

(via Overheard in New York)


(via Sébastien Chou’s flickerstream)

In Eastern Germany, 2006

Wim Wenders
In Eastern Germany, Gorlitz

** C-Print
183.5 x 210.2 cm framed
72 1/4 x 82 3/4 in framed**


Haunch of Venison London is delighted to present an exhibition of photographs by the internationally renowned filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders (b.1945). Bringing together almost 40 images, taken from 1983 to 2011, this show is Wim Wenders’ highly anticipated second exhibition at Haunch of Venison since 2003. Entitled ‘Places,strange and quiet’, it will feature many photographs not yet exhibited in this country including several recent works.

For ‘Places, strange and quiet’ Wenders has assembled a fascinating series of large-scale photographs taken in countries around the world from Salvador, Brazil; Palermo, Italy; Onomichi, Japan to Berlin, Germany; Brisbane, Australia, Armenia and the United States. From his iconic images of exteriors and buildings to his panoramic depictions of towns and landscapes, the exhibition will present the full range of Wenders’ work, exploring how he created and honed remarkable images that continue to resonate powerfully. In his own words:

“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there … I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange”.

(via Haunch of Venison)

Jean-Philippe Charbonnier


Jean-Philippe Charbonnier
[Psychiatric hospitals]

Gelatin silver print
Galerie Agathe Gaillard


In 1954 Jean-Philippe Charbonnier documented French Psychiatric hospitals and this exhibition includes rarely seen photographs from the series.

Some of the photographs were first published in Réalités in January 1955. Here a selection of the original reportage is shown followed by the magazine layouts – published in the magazine with two fluffy cats on the cover. It is interesting to see that a number of most most powerful images were not published due to the sensitivities of the 1950s and that the eyes of the patients are at times masked to protect their identities.

In 2006 a 24 page booklet Jean-Philippe Charbonnier: HP hôpitaux psychiatriques was published by Le traitement contemporain n°4 in conjunction with gallery Agathe Gaillard.

Queen’s Guard

(via Yimmy’s Yayo)

Stevens Urges Congress to Crack Down on Prosecutorial Misconduct

91 years old J. Stevens on Connick v. Thompson and why Monell got it wrong in dicta that municipalities are not liable under § 1983 for the torts of their employees under respondeat superior.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said Supreme Court decisions have given local prosecutors impunity for violating constitutional rights, and urged Congress to respond by authorizing victims of misconduct to sue.

In a speech Monday night to the Equal Justice Initiative, which advocates for indigent defendants, Justice Stevens criticized the court’s March decision overturning a jury’s $14 million award to an innocent man who spent 14 years on death row after prosecutors concealed evidence that could have cleared him. (Click to see the full text of Stevens’ speech.)

(via Wall Street Journal law blog)

NYT: Corporate Taxes Enter Debt Debate

From the NYT Caucus blog:

The Obama administration is preparing to inject an unpredictable new variable into its economic policy clash with Republicans: a plan to overhaul corporate taxes.

Economic advisers have nearly completed the process initiated in January by the Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, at President Obama’s behest. That process, intended to make the United States more competitive internationally, has explored the willingness of business leaders to sacrifice loopholes in return for lowering the top corporate tax rate, currently 35 percent.

The approach officials are now discussing would drop the top rate as low as 26 percent, largely by curbing or eliminating tax breaks for depreciation and for domestic manufacturing.

… Balancing deficit concerns with its desire to improve relations with businesses, the Obama administration wants any corporate tax overhaul to be “revenue neutral” — that is, a new system should bring in no more or less money from businesses than the old one did. Thus some sectors with comparatively few major deductions could win big, including Wall Street. Others paying lower “effective rates,” like domestic manufacturers, could lose.

… Proposing to cut the top rate for corporations poses the risk of aggravating unease among Democrats as they negotiate with Republicans over spending cuts in the monuments of modern liberalism: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The recent revelation that the nation’s largest corporation, General Electric, paid no federal tax for 2010 despite $14.2 billion in worldwide profits makes a business tax-rate reduction an even tougher sell.

I don’t know why

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (I don't know why), 1985

(via this isn’t happiness)

In Person, Toucan Sam Is Kind Of an Asshole

6-year-old girl in cereal aisle: There isn’t salt in cereal!
9-year-old brother: Well, apparently you haven’t heard of refining and what they do to make it taste better! Duh! They add sugar and salt! You’re dumb and that one’s gross.

–Whole Foods

(via Overheard in New York)