Print is Not Dead: American Idle in the Pacific Standard

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“I also wanted to let you know that I’ve had to look at thousands (millions?) of images in my current job, and yours really stand out. Provocative and beautiful subjects and compositions, and such a range of natural, expressive poses. The body language, the look on the faces–people lost in their own moment, good, bad, neutral. You must be really charming and disarming.”

-salient words by editor Michael Fitzgerald of the Pacific Standard

With these words ended a most brief but beautiful collaboration between myself and editor Michael Fitzgerald of the Pacific Standard.  The magazine, based in Santa Barbara, hosts a fabulous photo column in the spirit of the Harper’s Magazine Index.  Each issue, it pairs an unassigned photograph with a bunch of factoids of loosely or tightly ascribed to the information in the photograph.  Fun and interesting, right?

Por ejemplo:

  • In 1964, Col Harlan Sanders, then age 74, reluctantly sold his stake in KFC for $2 million to his attorney, John Brown Jr. The Colonel started appearing on popular TV programs, including I’ve Got a Secret and The Tonight Show, clad in his trademark white suit, sometimes pushing a chicken cage filled with $2 million in cash.
  • Researchers at Stanford University interviewed athletes and coaches and concluded that boxing’s physical intimacy produces a sense of “at-homeness” among fighters. One of the most salient effects of boxing, according to fighters, is the closeness that develops between boxers in the ring.

So glad that print is not dead. How would we read in the bathtub?