Ideas Factory

Beautiful Books

I've been following and sincerely enjoying Lucy Corin's One Hundred Apocalypses on McSweeney's Internet Tendency for a while, so when they were released as a book of stories I had to get my hands on a copy.

I was amazed to find that the printed book is almost as beautiful, intriguing and interesting as the stories themselves. The hard cover is cut to reveal the book title with a strong, abstract illustration from Clare Rojas.

This book, in true McSweeney's form, reevaluates the printed book once again which is so refreshing and important, especially in these digital days.

Big Kid

I have been known to chase after ice cream vans. I have been known to get excited over sweeties. I have been known to call sweets sweeties. But nothing excites me more than this child friendly (read: children's) exhibition at the Natural History Museum, Seasonal Butterflies.

You get the chance to rub shoulders (or antennae?) with the stars of the butterfly world, whilst learning about the life cycle of the butterfly. I have tickets booked for the weekend and I can't wait! Apologies in advance for the abundance of butterfly photographs. I will be sharing them on monday.

La Nouvelle Vague

When I first saw The Squid and the Whale after my sisters recommendation years ago, I knew Noah Baumbach and myself would get on. Margot at the Wedding pleased me too, despite the inclusion of Jack Black, but that's just a personal thing. So imagine how I felt when I heard about Frances Ha, the new feature film from Baumbach.

I've not had a chance to see it yet but it looks like it's going to be a good'n. Inspired by French New Wave, shot in black and white and written by both director and lead character, I can't wait to see this. Think Lena Dunham's Girls but a bit more sophisticated and, dare I say it, cool. Let me know what you thought if you've seen it already!