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Vote for Chance

This is it, Kid. Decide. Are You on the Side of Art or Commerce?

A few links about one of our favorite films. Here's Roger Ebert's 1979 review of Hall Ashby's Being There and the original script by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones, which ends quite differently than the film. Michael Dare recounts how the magnificent ending of the film came about. What a story. Oh, and of course, please enjoy Peter Sellers and the "Rafael" end credits.

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Naming Names

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Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out 2001 in 569 GIFs, including the one above, and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

JC at Creative Mornings

What Are You
Afraid Of?

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

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Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-three seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

2016 Tournament of Books

Something to
Crow About

The Morning News Tournament of Books has wrapped up for another year and we're happy to say our Field Notes Brand was the title sponsor of this literarypalooza again. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

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Make a Note of It

Our seasonal release for spring is the candy-colored "Sweet Tooth" Edition. Please make a note of it.

Hoping for Snow

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

Privacy and The Deck

We’re Fine with Knowing Nothing

Our take on privacy, reader tracking and ad blocking from the perspective of our advertising network, The Deck.

Keeping It Close to Home

The Memo Book
That Works

Chicago may not always love you back, but your Chicago Field Notes Memo Books will always be there for you. There's no better place to keep track of italian beef joints, Blackhawks point streaks, neighborhood bars, Mayoral election calendars, and parking dibs. Available now in the Field Notes Brand Shop.

Einstein's Puzzle

Who Owns the Fish?

Since 2004, we have been doing our part to encourage acrimony and hard feelings at family gatherings. Face it, you'll probably fight about something at your holiday get-together, it might as well be something important, like whether or not you're in the two percent of the world's population that Albert Einstein purportedly claimed could solve this puzzle. So... Who Owns The Fish?

Guest Editors

Helpful and
Mostly Polite

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

A terrific series from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from the mid-90s, watching Directors of Photography recreating lighting setups from specific scenes in their films: Kodak Master Class Series. sd-today

Chicago Street Renumbering Document from 1909. jc-today

Local note, tangentially related to the last. When in Chicago it's easy to figure out which side of any street has even-numbered addresses and which has odd. Just remember the phrase "Indiana is odd." From pretty much where ever you are in the city, Indiana is to the East and South of you, and those are the sides with odd-numbered addresses. You're welcome. jc-today

Indiana Is Weird, by Criag Fehrman for 538. jc-today

Welcome to the middle of this post. Now, can I please have your email address? Give it to me. jc-today

The Passerby series, paintings by Steve Salo. Via INAG. jc-today

Just watched Wim Wenders' amazing Pina this week and was happy to find that Pina Bausch's Café Müller is available in its entirety. sd-yesterday

A fun new music vid from Travis: 3 Miles High. sd-yesterday

Vintage labels and tags. dw-yesterday

Required listening: On the Media's episode marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, or whoever he really was: "On Shakespeare." sd-yesterday

A Chicago Sojourn on Louis Sullivan copies/homages throughout the city: "Sullivanesque Revisited." sd-yesterday

So you know, every body in the solar system more than 200 miles wide. Via Cliff Pickover. jc-yesterday

"It's not like I don't like people, I do. I just don't like swarms of them." Jack, a film by Grace Jackson. A beautiful portrait of a man, his cabin, and the woods. Here's the whole story. jc-yesterday

"...sometimes, the harder that we try to be clear-headed, the deeper we are drawn into the fog." Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?, by Dan Engbar. jc-yesterday

Ol' Walt had a pretty boss set-up. jc-04.27

For SD, BB, and MJ, Netflix has the sequel you wanted. ms-04.27

Trailer for Absolutely Fabulous. dw-04.27

There is no "Platonic typeface" for cars. Dashboard Type, by Steven Heller. jc-04.27

"When the song went to No 2 in the UK, my artist friends told me I was selling out, but just months later the term being used was 'crossing over.'" So you know, how Laurie Anderson made "O Superman." jc-04.27

"Now you go tell Rafael, that I ain't taking no jive from no Western Union messenger..." Related to Ashby, the scene under the end credits of Being There. Try not to smile. jc-04.27

Everything about CP hero Hal Ashby and his slice of the '70s America, The Last Detail. jc-04.27

So you know, MK2 is a moon of Makemake. jc-04.26

The Vault of VHS. dw-04.26

Related to the last, This Traveling Salesman doesn't have a problem, except that it's been sold out for a couple years. jc-04.26

I watched this cool Traveling Salesman Problem Visualization and I promised myself that I would not fall into a rabbit hole of links and resources. I broke that promise. jc-04.26

UQAM, smart exercises in industrial design. jc-04.26

The best part of the Twilight films on repeat, for five hours. mcj-04.26

Microsculpture, super-detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss. Great mini-doc. jc-04.26

A small, animated tribute to iconic vehicles of the Soviet era, by Nickola Nickolov and Nikolay Ivanov. Via Quipsologies. jc-04.26

"...if you want to make something really great, you can't think about making it great for everyone. You have to make it great for someone." Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved, by Josh Topolsky. Amen. jc-04.26

Van Life. Not for me, but way better than these. jc-04.26

For 38 years, Philip Ashforth Coppola has been exploring the NYC's subway stations and sketching its mosaics in amazing detail with just a ballpoint pen. A film from GBS. jc-04.26

Audubon made up at least 28 fake species to prank a rival. dw-04.25

Thorough and insightful piece on the redesign of Ryanair's boarding pass system by Lynsey Duncan and Aonghus Davoren. jc-04.25

Milky Way in Moonlight. ms-04.25

Hiding in Plain Sight, the history of camouflage, by Josh Kramer. Via Things Mag. jc-04.25

A peek inside Aaron's book, Pretty Much Everything. Pre-order your copy now. jc-04.22

Trailer for the film Tale of Tales. ms-04.22

So you know, when "a thing" became a thing. jc-04.22

Hans Jenssen Illustration, beautifully rendered cutaways, cross-sections, exploded views and more, including classic Star Wars vehicles. Via Isn't. jc-04.22

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