Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910 – 2010 (Fantagraphics Books) by Michael Kupperman (BFA 1988 Fine Arts): Having already paired Mark Twain with Albert Einstein as a superhero duo in his hilarious Tales Designed to Thrizzle comic series, Kupperman focuses solely on the current “life” of Twain in his absurdly satirical new book. To read an interview with Kupperman, visit SF Weekly.
D-Crit Chapbook #2: Dress (self-published) written and edited by students in the MFA Design Criticism Program: The second installment of this series turns a humorous eye on the fashion choices of public figures in the world of pop culture. Alan Rapp ponders Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s “bogus descent to Armani-toting sellout,” while Stephanie Jönsson critiques the wardrobe of Pope Benedict XVI. Eleven essays in all, with illustrations by Peter Arkle.
Immersion Into Noise (Open Humanities Press) by Joseph Nechvatal (MFA Computer Art faculty member): In his latest book, digital explorer and sound artist Nechvatal redefines “noise” as that which addresses us outside of our preferred comfort zones, and applies that audio understanding to the visual, architectural and cognitive domains to better understand “cultural noise.” To read the book online, click here. Part of Open Humanities Press’ “Critical Climate Change” series.