“I was never more satisfied than when my pen gave birth to some scene that was truly crazy, removed from the (healthy) expectations of mediocre logic, and yet firmly rooted in its own separate logic.” — Witold Gombrowicz
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has oversized bowler hats (that you can walk inside), florally bedecked anatomical studies, household items made artistic, and the nostalgic beauty of the teen years.
As a sucker for both visual puns and the novelty of a road trip, the concept of running across any of these roadside stands while rolling down the California highway is music to my ears. These images are cataloged in the 1980 book, California Crazy: Roadside Vernacular Architecture. Sadly, few of these buildings still exist. As the accompanying text of the book explains, these whimsical structures are examples of the architecture that ”typifies California itself: naive, direct, unpretentious. These buildings were designed to catch the eye, to be remembered. No ad agency conceived them — they were often designed by the owners themselves, poured of ferro concrete and shaped by the undisguised desire to sell.” [Union Made]
As you might infer from my username, I often reflect on my teenage years. It was a complicated time, and I went through many inelegant stages: JNCOs (I still shudder at the thought), fake glasses, bindis à la Gwen Stefani and very Ghost World hair. In preparation for the Teenage film — an unconventional historical film about the invention of teenagers, from flappers to preppy, and everything in between — has created a captivating blog and Flickr group dedicated to personal stories and photos of those awkward, pizza-faced years.
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