Ephemeral remains of Stephen Coles.
Writer, editor, typographer.
Oakland and Berlin.

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Donald Knuth advice. So much wisdom packed into 5 mins. He is addressing primarily scientists and engineers, but as a designer/writer it feels like he is also speaking directly to me. This advice works on so many levels and for so many fields.

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.
I write in spurts. I write when I have to because the pressure builds up and I feel enough confidence that something has matured in my head and I can write it down. But once something is really under way, I don’t want to do anything else. I don’t go out, much of the time I forget to eat, I sleep very little. It’s a very undisciplined way of working and makes me not very prolific. But I’m too interested in many other things.
I guess I write like Susan Sontag. (From The Daily Routines of Famous Writers via Indra.)

A peek inside the Typographica.org offices as we edit “Typefaces of 2011”. Note pile of submissions on desk.

Actually a portrait of Flora Payne Whitney via Library of Congress, ca. 1919.

Perhaps the most ridiculous ice cream product description ever. — Nick Sherman

become one with the user and their lifestyle, providing a unique form of expression … created for the consumer who wants to capture, share and connect to life

Nikon PR Announcing the Nikon 1 System

As press releases get longer and filled with more empty, hyperbolic drivel, they are easier to ignore, ultimately serving no purpose at all. Copywriters: are you helping your clients/employers or hurting them?

MAGIC MOLLY: And now I wanna / Be your dog  

One way to mentally rectify the sight of a kid on a leash is to pretend that the kid is actually leading his parent around.


At 4AM I drank a glass of grapefruit juice and watched the cat do his errands.

That’s been my lot far too many times this week.

Molly writes at least one rebloggable sentence every day. She’s too good.

The Beauty of the Bowling Alley

Above: “American Dreams” by magicmolly

I went bowling on Friday with similar results. Good form, sad score. No matter, bowling is as much a visual feast as it is recreation: the poses (see above), the graphics (see below), the lighting, the glistening wood floor, the pin arrangements (a varying combination of order and chance), the pleasing repetition of the lanes and rows of marbled balls, all of it inevitably a time capsule from an earlier era. Other than the video scorekeepers, bowling alleys seem to have survived soulless modernization in a way that movie theatres haven’t. Let’s hope it lasts.

American Alley

Above: “American Alley” by me. There is so much to love in this pic: JLT’s expression (do not call him Paul Giamatti) and his absurdly large soda, Teemer’s getup, the neonzap ’80s wall graphics, and in the corner Old Glory yet waves despite being under laser fire.