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  • If you love book covers, chances are you're already familiar with the Casual Optimist, aka Daniel Wagstaff. If not, here's a good place to start: 50 Canadian book covers of note.
  • Paul Gorman has started work on his new book, Legacy: The Story of The Face.  I've been waiting for this news for a very long time.
  • "I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, 'Daddy check for monsters under my bed.' I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, 'Daddy there’s somebody on my bed.'" … and other two-sentence horror stories on Reddit (a corner of the web I still don't entirely understand).
  • How having a baby made me learn to love Comic Sans. It's true, this does actually happen. It's most disconcerting.
  • The brains behind the excellent gov.org on why they don't have FAQs. Incredibly well-reasoned, and nice to see someone going against the usual "this is how it's usually done, so we'd better do it" approach to building big websites.
  • Orson Welles apologises for The War of the Worlds
  • Unbelievable "nail houses" around the world. Can't look at these pics without being reminded of *batteries not included, which I just found out was one of Brad Bird's early writing jobs. So now you know. 
  • Batman: Hoarder

 

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Port #9

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I've been a big fan of Port since it appeared on the shelves a couple of years ago (thanks to magCulture for bringing it to my attention in the first place), and although the first few issues were incredible in terms of content and design, I was a bit worried that it couldn't possibly keep up that level of quality. Or, worse still, that it'd fall back on the usual men's magazine tropes to boost sales (Cars! Boobs! Cars with boobs!).

But here we are, nine issues in, and it's still bloody gorgeous. he latest, guest edited by Daniel Day-Lewis (hyphenated Daniels are all the rage right now), is the film issue. And it's pretty much my dream magazine. Eschewing the usual news-and-reviews – content more suited to the web – Port #9 embraces the slow reading strengths of the format with articles on all aspects of film, past and present. Particular credit goes to the photography – elegantly illustrating conversations with the likes of PT Anderson, Thelma Schoonmaker and Walter Murch. Add to this articles on cameras, costume and production design, the whole thing feels like a magazine for grown ups without ever feeling dry or pretentious.

I'd be quite happy if every issue of Port was a film issue, but I'm sure they've got something even better up their sleeves for #10.

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