Links for October 27, 2011:

by Josh Kimball

*The joy of illustration: Read this story about how “The Joy of Sex” was illustrated. That initial beard pic is a real boner-killer (please excuse the phrase). [coudal]

*Swirling eyeballs: Can you use one word to induce a hypnotic state? (There is video.) I have a special technique that I call “mesmerizing.” You will probably never experience it, but imagine taking a bunch of quaaludes and staring at the ceiling, maybe with urine dribbling down your leg.

*Nirvana: This wine-pumping shop in Palermo sells vino – 5 liters for €7.

*Imagery: NASA photos document the spread of nighttime lights in India from 1992 to 2003. The growth is incredible, and its implications boggle my mind daily. (I AM NOT EXAGGERATING HERE.)

*Selling: Mavic makes bicycle wheels that actually emphasize the little howling sound that comes with brake friction. This reminds me (a little) of the branding around Harley’s sound, leading the company to copyright the cough of their engines.

*Authenticity: Are Americans getting sick of one-of-a-kind things? Are handcrafted goods “overwhelming”? [notrobwalker]

*Generation X: Holy shit, Francis Bean is engaged. There’s old. There’s officially old. There’s bald old. And then there’s this. Where we are.

*Reading: The Awl tells you to read about Lynda Barry. And this time, you should listen.

*List: These essential rye cocktails, including the Manhattan, the Brooklyn and the Sazerac and the Diamondback, remind me that I would like to somehow raise $1800 to take a class on distilling.

*Today’s links: F.

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