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I am off on a trip to see a place I have always dreamed of going to. I did not expect to get there so soon. And it’s not a minute too fast, as my list of “must sees” has been growing daily. I have never been much of a traveler, but the internet keeps delivering all of these sights to me, and now I want to explore far beyond my keyboard.
MetaFilter lead me to Rodcorp’s How We Work site, and although it is not the kind of thing we usually point out here at TATT, but although it’s not about specific work, it’s about the process to get us there, and it’s kind of glorious itself.
We’re interested in the habits, rituals and small (and occasionally big) methods people and teams use to get their work done. And in the specific anecdotes and the way people describe their own relationship to their own work.
Over at BOWL OF NOSES, I am posting a series of Rube Goldberg “inventions” and the various things he has inspired. I think Rube’s collection “INVENTIONS!” needs to be Required Reading at every grade level.
As Tailor (A) fits customer (B) and calls out measurements, college boy (C) mistakes them for football signals and makes a flying tackle at clothing dummy (D). Dummy bumps head against paddle (E) causing it to pull hook (F) and throw bottle (G) on end of folding hat rack (H) which spreads and pushes head of cabbage (I) into net (J). Weight of cabbage pulls cord (K) causing shears (L) to cut string (M). Bag of sand (N) drops on scale (O) and pushes broom (P) against pail of whitewash (Q) which upsets all over you causing you to look like a marble statue and making it impossible for you to be recognized by bill collectors. Don’t worry about posing as any particular historical statue because bill collectors don’t know much about art.
The desire for authenticity is an interesting thing. I often have had creative executives say to me that they are looking for something that “feels authentic”, which I take it is something entirely different from something that is authentic. The DFA is closely related to “keeping it real” which is a style I’ve seen worn quite well by those who are anything but (see Adbusters’ great article on Hipsters).
I think it all started with John Lurie and his classic cable talk show FISHING WITH JOHN: Just him on a boat with his pals (Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Matt Dillon, etc.). Part one (of three) of Episode Two (Mr. Waits) below (the rest can be found on YouTube):
Early this year, we stumbled into a show at Joe’s Pub. We were there to see some folkie that there was some buzz about. Luckily there was some guy all alone at his table with great sight lines and we invited ourselves to join him. Then Jeffrey Lewis took the stage.
Oh, how love can grow deeper by the day!