Voices from the Cliffs. This is a wood engraving done by Timothy Cole, based on the original etching by James David Smillie. Unknown date. The engraving was done some time between 1852 and 1931.
Issue number one of WET. The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. More on the history of WET here, Making WET (1976 to 1981). I almost used it, except it has a weirdness to it that just did not fit the general tone of this blog post, a cover with a young Richard Gear ( 18 to 22?) holding a doll.
Who’s to Blame for the Hostess Bankruptcy: Wall Street, Unions, or Carbs? The author means well and is obviously very concerned about being fair. Unions per se had little to nothing to do with the the financial troubles at Hostess. Only that health care costs – which are certainly not subject to capitalistic rules of competition – supply and demand keeping prices down – did affect union benefit costs. The loss of jobs is sad, but temporary. Someone will buy the brand and start selling the bleached flour and sugar that passes for ummm good snack time for people too lazy to find a decent bakery. Hostess like a lot of what passes for competitive corporate culture in North America and western Europe based their executive pay of the Randian inflated egos of its managers, Hostess Blames Union For Bankruptcy After Tripling CEO’s Pay
BCTGM members are well aware that as the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy earlier this year, the then CEO of Hostess was awarded a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) and at least nine other top executives of the company received massive pay raises. One such executive received a pay increase from $500,000 to $900,000 and another received one taking his salary from $375,000 to $656,256.
Nude study woman lying on a pillow by George Bellows. Lithographic, published 1924. Bellows continued the tradition of American artists of the period to establish a true American style and tradition of art. He was also part of a movement among artists and writers to portray the reality, the grit of urban life.
In his latest publication photographer Robert Landau recalls a time when rock ‘n’ roll billboards dominated LA’s Sunset Strip. Moving from the early 70s and into the late 80s, the book collects together images from some of the greats, including The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones.
There are more pictures at the link.