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Sunday Edition

WBEZ's Alison Cuddy recently met up with Jim at the library
to talk about Field-Tested Books

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Field Notes Spring Release

The "Two Rivers" Edition. Woodtype forever!

2015 Tournament of Books

Something to Crow About

The 2015 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books is live. We're happy to say our Field Notes Brand is sponsoring this literarypalooza once again. From TMN: "In case you're new to all this, the ToB is an annual springtime event where a group of the best works of fiction from last year enter a March Madness-style battle royale. These novels are seeded and paired off in an NCAA Tournament-like bracket. For each pairing, one of our esteemed judges will read both novels and advance one, with a transparent explanation of how they made their decision."

Stuff About Stanley Kubrick

I am putting myself to
the fullest possible use which is all, I think, that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

As you probably have noticed over the last fifteen years, we're a bit of obsessed with the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check this sweet collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the set of 2001 and find tons more stuff in our big, messy archive of Kubrickian links.

Field Notes Brand Books

Fathers, Sons, and Roberto Clemente’s Bat

“My first memory is of my father carrying a hammer into our bedrooms and smashing open our piggy banks on the night Roberto died.”

Forty-two seasons ago, Roberto Clemente slashed a double into left-center field, recording his 3000th regular season career hit. That hit would turn out to be his last. The bat he used is the central object in Kevin Guilfoile's book, A Drive into the Gap, the first title from the publishing imprint of our Field Notes Brand. The book has garnered great reviews and is a story about baseball and memory, and fathers and sons. See a film, read an excerpt and buy a copy of A Drive into the Gap here.

New at the MoOM

Department of Collections

There's something for everyone in our Museum of Online Museums. Like most cultural institutions, The MoOM needs the support of the community to survive. Well, not really, since we don't have a building or a staff or even those cheap little round colored badges that you hook on your collar when you attend... We do however have a new version of The MoOM Mug, which is available exclusively to benefactors.

Get It Together

We Didn’t Have Much Ambition When We Started Field Notes,
We Fixed That

Our 25th (!) seasonal limited-editon for Field Notes is The Ambition Edition and it is shipping now. There's lots of new stuff in this one and some really old features too. Each 3-Pack includes a Weekly Planner, a Ledger and a Memo Book.

Layer Tennis Season Recap

Gone in 60 Seconds

In December we concluded our post-season Season 4 Layer Tennis tournament with the Championship Match in which Kelli Anderson squeaked by James White to take the crown. Now our short, frenetic season recap video has been posted. Layer Tennis only happens thanks to our pals at Adobe Creative Cloud.

We're Going On an Adventure

Winter’s Tale

"One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen." —Rene Daumal. Why did we do it? Because it is there. Or was anyhow. Presenting Above the Sun, a true story.

JC at Creative Mornings

The Problem With Doing a Project in
Your Spare Time is That There isn’t Any

Here's Jim's presentation from the inaugural edition of Chicago Creative Mornings. Thanks to Tina, Mig, Gravity Tank and everyone who showed up.

Hold Life in Your Hands

The Write Stuff

We commissioned a short film by writer/director Matthew James Thompson to say thanks for all the support for Field Notes, from Coudal Partners and the Draplin Design Co..

Anti Time Lapse

The Stars and
Their Courses

In conjunction with the 2013 summer release of the Field Notes "Night Sky" Limited-Edtion memo books (sold out long ago) we made a short movie... and a really, really, really long one.

The idea was fairly simple, though complex in the making: for those of us in big metropolitan, light-polluted areas like Chicago who can't see the night sky very clearly, we wanted to travel to this section of rural Nevada and bring the stars back with us, capturing a full night sky and playing it back in real time. Check all six hours and 20 minutes of The Stars and Their Courses, and here's some background and technical information too.

January Guest Todd Tue

Does a Blog Good

Todd Tue (tt) is a Chicago-based director and editor of documentaries, music videos, and promotional shorts, all under the umbrella of his company, Milk Products Media. Tue has collaborated on award-winning and festival-recognized films such as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' the Devil's Cage and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several book trailers for Yale University Press and Riverhead Books, including promos for the most recent books by Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell. He is a big fan of the Chicago International Music and Movie Fest and is looking forward to having some recent projects featured in the 2015 festival. When not gazing lovingly at his daughters, Tue can be found drinking coffee and getting excited about things. Updates, musings and whatnot at Tumblr, Twitter at @milkmedia, and for the month of January, right here as our Guest Editor.

A list of all the brilliant people who have helped us by guest editing Fresh Signals can be found here.

Other recent features are listed on Page Two.

Fresh Signals

Teaser trailer for the new Bond film, Spectre ms-yesterday

A sign of Spring, Bell's Oberon is back on shelves. ms-03.27

Mapping all the cities in Willie Nelson's songs ms-03.27

So you know, where to catch tulip mania ms-03.27

A day on the London Underground. dw-03.27

In my experience, it's not just teenagers, I see it every day on the roads on the way to work. ms-03.27

The Matrix of Gin Mixology. dw-03.27

Super-happy FDL, the Sam Adams beer company is throwing a party for city and state workers in Boston who worked their butts off to keep that city running this horrifyingly snowy winter. Well deserved and well done. ms-03.27

Altered books by Isobelle Ouzman. dw-03.27

A great judgment from Nicole Cliffe moves one book, Station Eleven, to the final in the 2015 Morning News Tournament of Books. jc-03.27

Do you type two spaces after a period? You're doing it wrong. ms-03.27

So great but you need to cue the music ms-03.27

Knowing what each three-letter IATA airport code stands for isn't super useful, but it sure can be fun. Thanks Andrew. jc-03.27

Teenage bedrooms on screen. Via Messy Nessy Chic. dw-03.26

Remember that time Anton Corbijn filmed Teletubbies? bb-03.26

"You really can find deep-fried anything these days: pickles, oreos, and even celery, which I unfortunately know from experience. And now, large spiders.. ms-03.26

Buckets. ms-03.26

Also Shot on iPhone 6. jc-03.26

Music festival posters with all the male acts removed. bb-03.26

Semifinals wrapped, Zombies announced, and then there were four: Station Eleven versus A Brief History of Seven Killings and An Untamed State versus All the Light We Cannot See. The Morning News Tournament of Books heads to the finish. jc-03.26

On Times New Roman. jc-03.26

If you interrupt sexy-time, you'll pay. Slowly. ms-03.26

Just kicked Briar Levit's film project,m Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production. Wax, veloxes, presstype. Hooray. jc-03.26

A Stella television set from Stern-Radio Stassfurt, photographed by Ben Garret. More information on this 1970 or 71 East German beauty. jc-03.26

"...our two most favoritest fonts ever have finally been smooshed together typographically, just as Darwin intended. Cross-bred. Cross-awesomified." Comic Papyrus by Ben Harman. Via Quips. jc-03.26

Orion Spring. ms-03.26

"Men never wore shorts when I was young. There are few things I would rather see less, to tell you the truth. I'd just as soon see someone coming toward me with a hand grenade." Style Advice From Fran Lebowitz. jc-03.25

A mirrored highrise hotel in the Swiss Alps. dw-03.25

Interesting trailer for the film Slow West. ms-03.25

Emotionally Vague: A research project about emotion, sensation and feeling. Via Nicholas Felton. jc-03.25

"They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s--Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others-- remember it quite the same way." ms-03.25

Aaron needs a hand. jc-03.25

Related to below, Helvetica. ms-03.25

"ASTERISK: What about a documentary? Helvetica had one. AGENT: Helvetica is one well-connected font." ms-03.25

"In 2BC China used their invention, paper, to wrap tokens and money and these were the earliest examples of what we know today." Neal Whittington on Envelopes. jc-03.25

Book covers, etc. Daniel Benneworth-Gray. jc-03.25

"What if there was an Empire-focused short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best." —Paul Johnson. Via Mefi. jc-03.24

Illustrator Russell Walks divides his portfolio into Not Star Wars and Star Wars and all of it is great, especially the pulp covers. jc-03.24

I. Am. So. Happy. Right now. ms-03.24

A floating flower garden of over 2,300 blooms. dw-03.24

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