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5 Reasons Why You Should Read “Dracula” If You Haven’t Already

It’s Horror Week on (The) Absolute! We’re reposting some of our spookiest, creepiest recommendations every day leading up to Halloween. Enjoy! Vampires (and werewolves) are pretty cool.  In fact, they’re something of a cliche as of late, with how trendy they have become (though one could argue that it’s less of a recent trend and…

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TORAFU Builds a Haunted Museum for MoCA Tokyo
TORAFU Builds a Haunted Museum for MoCA Tokyo

There’s something really beautiful about getting kids engaged in learning.  TORAFU Architects designed an amazing learning space for the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo that makes me wish I was a five year old kid living in Japan.  The project is called GHOSTS, UNDERPANTS and STARS, and the space by TORAFU, the haunted house, is…

Worms Playing Instruments and Other Quirky Art by Scott Benson
Worms Playing Instruments and Other Quirky Art by Scott Benson

Scott Benson is an animator/illustrator working in Pittsburgh and his work is really cute.  It can all be found on his website, along with an animation reel to rock out to while watching.  His style is refreshingly simple, combining Katamari-esque pop style with a very European animation aesthetic, represented in classic two dimensions.  It’s like…

How the Animated Classic
How the Animated Classic “The Thief and the Cobbler” Was Almost Never Made

The Persistence of Vision is a documentary that came out about a year ago and has been making the rounds through various film festivals.  The subject may be familiar to you, but more likely than not the full story is not.  This is a documentary about the making of the movie The Thief and the Cobbler and…

Google Art Project Brings Museums to You
Google Art Project Brings Museums to You

Google Art Project is an Art History buff’s best friend.  It is basically a repository of artwork from various museums around the world, with as much basic information about the work as you can possibly imagine.  Everything from a basic description to, in some cases, even a full provenance (one of the hardest things to…

Better Books: Because Sometimes You Just Need a Summary
Better Books: Because Sometimes You Just Need a Summary

Sometimes you just need someone to spell out what a book is really about, or maybe sometimes you just need some literary humor. Chances are you have seen a few of these Better Book Titles book covers around, but here is the whole collection on one blog.  What Better Book Titles does is pretty self…

Portrait Sculpture by Philippe Faraut
Portrait Sculpture by Philippe Faraut

Philippe Faraut is a French sculptor who works in terracotta, stone and bronze to capture the features of the human face.  His work reminds me of Neoclassical sculptures by Canova mixed with the clay-formed qualities of Rodin and Degas.  What makes him really special, I think, is the variety of types of faces he models….