- 5 months ago
Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth From Space book is pretty amazing - who doesn’t love to see pictures of our little blue planet in ways we’ve not seen before? There are a few of the familiar shots that even many people who aren’t obsessed with this kind of imagery may recognize, like deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, the wild growth of urban Las Vegas and the creeping shrink of glaciers. But there are so many more of places you’re probably never seen: mangroves in the Gulf of Bengal, pre-and-post disaster Chernobyl, shrimp farms in Vietnam, an extinct volcano in Algeria, among others.
The author, an environmental activist who also published the book Earth from Above, arranged the scenes into themes including pollution, desertification, urban sprawl, farming and natural disasters. Often, trying to support themes with imagery requires including images that may be relevant and descriptive but aren’t also beautiful. Not so here.
If you have read this far, it’s time for you to stop and check out a few of the amazing images in this book. You won’t be disappointed.
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- 10 months ago
Odelay, Beck’s second DGC album, is even more consistently engaging than Mellow Gold and more musically sophisticated than the Los Angeles singer’s late-‘94 indie-label follow-up, One Foot in the Grave. Co-produced by the Dust Brothers (who were responsible for the Beastie Boys’ psychedelic hip-hop epic, Paul’s Boutique), Odelay takes Beck’s kitchen-sink approach to new extremes while also managing to remain a seamless whole; the songs flow together with intelligence and grace.
Beck’s Odelay was released 17 years ago today.