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A most Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Here is a bit of trivia concerning Lincoln’s birthday, on February 12 in 1809: There is not single instance recorded in his life when Abraham Lincoln actually celebrated his special day.

Not even in 1861 when Lincoln had left his hometown of Springfield, IL, only a day prior to his birthday, on February 11th to travel to his inauguration in Washington D.C..

On the train trip that lasted 13 days and covered 1591 miles, many friends and political acquaintances had obtained a seat but none ever mentioned any sort of birthday celebration on the second day of the journey. And, just in the years before, there was never a mention of the date being recognized in the years of Lincoln’s presidency.

It certainly wasn’t unheard of at the time or in the place – after all, there are several mentions of birthday parties given to Lincoln’s children alone.

The fact that he himself missed out on the fun might be one of the reasons why we enjoy celebrating today…better late than never.

And there are quite a few things to do on this beautiful birthday Sunday!

If you are lucky enough to live around Springfield…take a trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum today – in honor of Lincoln’s birthday, there will be NO admission fee today!

If you’re an early bird – head to the Lincoln Home visitor centre and catch some lectures that start at 8:30am:

  1. Tom Martin, chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation, will present “Preserving the Mount Pulaski Courthouse.”
  2. Wayne C. Temple, retired chief deputy director of the Illinois State Archives, talks about his forthcoming book “Lincoln’s Springfield/Pittsfield Connection - A Tale of two Cities.”
  3. Bill Thomas, economic development director of Logan County, presents “Uncovering Connections: The Story of the 1875 Grand Old Style Barbeque on the Grounds of the Atlanta Union Agricultural Society.”

There will also be various celebrations in Washington, Vandalia and, of course, Lincoln, IL – just check your local newspapers!

If you aren’t anywhere close to the relevant Lincoln sites in the US or even outside the country, you can still party!

Some friends and I, for example, are doing “Do as Lincoln Did Challenges” and they’re completely unattached to a certain place.

They could be:

- Read a Shakespeare play (for the advanced: Write an embarrassing review and send it to a well known Shakespeare actor)

- Play with a kitten (for the advanced: bring the most fancy spoon in your household and tell anybody scoffing at it that “if it would be good enough for Buchanan, it’s good enough for *Tabby/name of cat you are cuddling*)

- Walk a full two miles and leave two cents at the exact end to honor Lincoln’s dedication during his postmastership in New Salem (for the advanced: Give the two pennies to an actual person and ask who’s birthday it is today)

- Get a hold of a chapter of one of the 13 books of “Euclid’s Elements” and understand it by the time the sun sets (for the advanced: Use the just learned mathematical theorem on a practical matter that concerns your life right now; write a one page essay, hand it to the teacher you like best and ask his opinion)

-       Honor one of Lincoln’s greatest, yet most underrated speeches – Peoria 1854:

 “And now, why will you ask us to deny the humanity of the slave? and estimate him only as the equal of the hog? Why ask us to do what you will not do yourselves? Why ask us to do for nothing, what two hundred million of dollars could not induce you to do? (…) -some poet has said “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

At the hazzard of being thought one of the fools of this quotation, I meet that argument—I rush in, I take that bull by the horns.”

Prepare a full argument to speak up on something that it is really, REALLY, important to you and think it through ALL THE WAY. (For the advanced: Discuss it CALMLY with one person you know would be of opposite opinion).

- Take an ugly selfie and post it to your most used social media (for the advanced: Point out that you are most certainly not two-faced for if you were, you would not wear THIS one!)

- Make food! Abraham Lincoln went hungry often in his life and he never developed a distinguished taste for any particular dish. There are many “his favorite” recipes but they are ALL fake (seriously, he never mentioned his wife’s cake or actually liking a gingerbread man!). The only mention Lincoln ever made about a food he enjoyed was about cornbread (“I can eat them faster than two women can make them”). Most contemporaries stated that he would eat without complaint whatever was put in front of him – even in the worst restaurants on the circuit. So, go ahead and make food! Eat it, no matter how it turns out and enjoy that you did it yourself. (For the advanced: DO try your hand at cornbread – and if it turns out yummy, please DO send me the recipe, for I haven’t figured that out yet!)

Last but not least - just enjoy the guy; he was cool!

Kathleen Kennedy on Kylo Ren

I was reading a French Star Wars magazine and suddenly there was an excerpt from a Kathleen Kennedy interview concerning Kylo Ren that I found pretty interesting. She discusses the character, makes parallels with our contemporary world, and at the end I had the impression she wasn’t talking about him as a villain, but as someone who still has to grow and who’s definitely good inside, or at least not bad at all (this is pretty hilarious when you think about all the absurd Kylo Ren drama we have here on tumblr…)

I don’t know if she has talked about this in other interviews, it’s probably the case, but I’ll leave this here for discussion.

I’ve made a rough translation of the French excerpt (English to French to English, feel the irony), probably not the best translation, but at least you’ll have the general idea :

“[Q] You really wanted Adam Driver for this role. What made him the perfect Kylo Ren ?

[KK] I had the opportunity to work with Adam on Lincoln. That was our first met. From the moment we started to think about this character, Kylo Ren, Adam was an obvious choice to me, and one of the few actors who could play him. J.J didn’t know him as well as I did, but he was immediately convinced when they met. He was one of the first actors we had considered for the role and it was an early decision. One of the most interesting aspects of Kylo Ren is his young age. Most of the time, villains are damaged, troubled and older. Making the new Star Wars villain a 30 years old man was a captivating choice. We could take advantage from a troubled adolescence and a past we know very little about. There we could find this tension between light and dark which dominates all the Star Wars universe. We could use it as a metaphor for the path that leads a young adult to his accomplished adult life. The characters who can be drawn to the dark side and seduced by all sorts of experiences that might be dangerous are compelling for us. For today’s audience it’s an original, fascinating and appealing character.

When we look at our own lives, it all depends on the choices we’ve made. Kylo Ren seems to have taken many bad decisions, but they aren’t necessarily bad decisions within the context of Star Wars, where they can lead to almost anything. This story reflects the real world. Many kids evolve in a political environment that can be difficult to decipher, and many events suggest that people are drawn to danger, trouble and agitation. In terms of international policy, there’s a sense that we live a time full of upheavals. The political structure of the Star Wars narratives reflects this in a unique way. Kylo Ren represents this dark side of society that can be appealing when we don’t know which side to choose and right and wrong become very vague concepts. All these aspects make Kylo Ren a really complex character and offer us many different options for future plots.

Emphasis are mine. But seriously. Seriously. If Kylo Ren really is, for the writers, an image of our contemporary youth searching for answers, making mistakes and trying to grow in a chaotic world, who can simply imagine that he will die unredeemed, and that the message of this new trilogy won’t be a message of hope ?

I leave the original French text and the references under the cut for those who are interested.

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I’m having my 2nd Flipbookit show in Chicago’s Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery from today till Dec 4 with 25 other artists. You guys should totally go say hi to my cone of shame cat that becomes a happy puppy animation in the show if you’re in the area, and send me pics + videos if you do!! ♥

Flipbookits will also available for sale in the gallery if any of you’re interested! 
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

- Now till 12/4/2016
- They open every day from 11am-7pm!
- Facebook event page here

(my 1st flipbookit show animation in Brooklyn here!)

“Learn From Each Other” by Majid Jordan

directed by Ben Strebel

After taking us to “King City,” OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan have released the Ben Strebel-directed visual for “Learn From Each Other.”

To support their self-titled debut, the Toronto duo will hit the road in their 1st headlining tour next month. Tickets for the 10-city tour will be available for purchase this Friday, February 19th.

3/14 San Francisco, CA at The Chapel
3/15 Los Angeles, CA at Masonic Lodge
3/20 Atlanta, GA at Vinyl
3/22 Miami, FL at Bardot
3/24 Washington, DC at U Street Music Hall
3/26 Brooklyn, NY at Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/29 Cambridge, MA at The Sinclair
3/30 Montreal, QC at Fairmont Theatre
4/4 Toronto, ON at Mod Club
4/5 Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall

6 More of Amtrak Pooches (P30CHs) by Marty Bernard
Via Flickr:
AMTK 701 with Train 303 with the Abe Lincoln, Joliet, IL on May 15, 1977. The hat on the Pooch is the roof of UD Tower.

Slow Magic is music made by your imaginary friend.

Conceived as a DIY project with worldwide scope, Slow Magic is for everyone. It is dreamy electronic music from another world, yet organic in nature. It’s joyous, escapist, multi-disciplinary art that mixes transcendent performance with the nostalgic intimacy of 2 teenagers staying up too late on the phone.

After the release of 2012’s beloved + critically-acclaimed album & touring across the globe with artists like Gold Panda & XXYYXX, Slow Magic became an international movement. Crowds found a masked individual in their midst, bathed in fantastic light, with electronic triggers & a drum. The future-primitive combination infused the project’s electronic compositions with new life.

Today, Slow Magic is back with his 1st single for Downtown Records entitled “Girls”. The track showcases what Slow Magic does best - glitchy vocals, thumping drums & bass, huge synths + an incessantly catchy melody pulling everything together. Currently on tour in Europe this summer, Slow Magic will embark on the debut N. American tour this Fall.

Girls ✞ buy

Today, May 18 in 1860, the Republican National Convention nominated Abraham Lincoln for President of the United States.

The convention was held in Chicago where, after the decision for the venue was made, no large enough meeting hall to house it could be found.

Quickly, a wooden frame assembly hall to seat 10,000 delegates, guests, and observers, was constructed – it was to be known as the “Wigwam.

Despite its rushed erection, the building proved fit for the purpose with much lauded acoustics and great lines of sight from most seats.

After the elimination of a stout list of candidates many delegates switched to Lincoln and he won the party’s nomination against William H. Seward on the third ballot.

It took until noon for the result to reach Springfield, IL where Abraham Lincoln awaited the convention’s outcome and in the hours to come, large groups of people gathered in front of Lincoln’s modest two story house.

During a short speech in response to a serenade, Abraham Lincoln apologized for not being able to invite the whole crowd into the limited space of his home to which, according to the Illinois State Journal, one of the onlookers replied:

“We will give you a larger house on the fourth of next March'”


The Maine​ have announced a FREE fall tour! On select dates they will perform “American Candy” in it’s entirety.

The Maine Presents American Candy
9/5 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
9/7 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
9/13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
9/15 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
9/24 - Austin, TX - The Parish
9/26 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
9/29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill

The Free For All Tour
8/30 - Henderson, NV - The District At Green Valley Ranch
8/31 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Club At 50 West
9/1 - Westminster, CO - Orchard Town Center
9/3 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
9/6 - Westland, MI - Westland Shopping Center
9/11 - Howell, NJ - GameChangersWorld
9/18 - St Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
9/19 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
9/22 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
9/23 - Mission, TX - Las Palmas Race Track
9/28 - San Diego, CA - Quartyard
10/1 - Fresno, CA - Strummer’s
10/2 - Tustin, CA - District At Tustin Legacy

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson is available for pre-order!

Pre-order the book from the select retailers below and you’ll receive a SIGNED copy of The Shadow Cabinet, a computer decal, a set of removable sticker, and a glow in the dark wristband! Also if you are giving this as a gift download a fancy greeting card HERE (right click to download). 

Below is a list of participating stores.

NOTE: Not all stores take on-line preorders, please visit the stores site or give them a call to double check with the stores themselves to make sure this option is available and that you will receive your prize packs!



Mable’s Fables
662 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto ON M4S 2N3

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102

Books Inc. in Burlingame 
1375 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010

Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94123

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
855 El Camino Real #74
Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Books Inc. in Mountain View
301 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

Books Inc. in Alameda
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA 94501

Books Inc. in Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA 94118

Books Inc. in Berkeley
1760 4th Street
Berkeley, CA  94710

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Copperfield’s Books – San Rafael
850 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Copperfield’s Books – Napa
3740 Bel Aire Plaza
Napa, CA 94558

Copperfield’s Books – Healdsburg
104 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Copperfield’s Books – Calistoga
1330 Lincoln Ave
Calistoga, CA 94515

Copperfield’s Books – Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma CA 94952

Copperfield’s Books – Sebastopol
138 North Main Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Copperfield’s Books – Santa Rosa
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Mysterious Galaxy
4943 Balboa Ave. Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92111

Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose CA 91020

904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Vroman’s Hasting Ranch
3729 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107


Boulder Book Store
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302


RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd.
Madison, CT 06443


Little Shop of Stories
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030


Anderson’s Bookshop
123 W. Jefferson.
Naperville, IL 60540

Anderson’s Bookshop Downer’s Grove
5112 Main Street.
Downvers Grove, IL 60515

The Book Stall
811 Elm St
Winnetka, IL 60093

The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60625



Joseph Beth Booksellers – Lexington
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

Joseph Beth Booksellers – Crestview Hills
2785 Dixie Highway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017



Andover Books
89R Main Street
Andover, MA01810

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02138

Wellesley Books
82 Central Street
Wellesley MA 02482


Schuler Books – Grand Rapids
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids MI 49512

Schuler Books – Meridian Mall
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos MI 48864

Schuler Books – Eastwood Towne Center
2820 Towne Center Blvd
Lansing MI 48912

Nicola’s Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-0600


Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Books of Wonder
18 West 18th St.
New York, NY 10011

Oblong Books - Millerton
26 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546

Oblong Books – Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery St
Rhinebeck, NY 12572



Water Street Bookstore, Inc
125 Water Street
Exeter, NH 03833



Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

55 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Avenue
Raleigh NC 27607


Joseph Beth Booksellers – Cincinnati
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208


Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Towne Book Center & Café
220 Plaza Drive, Suite B-3
Collegeville, PA 19426



Book People Bookstore
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005


The King’s English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105


Hooray for Books
1555 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105


We’re going on tour with Ceremony and Tony Molina for a couple weeks in June & July.  Catch us 6/26-7/10 at what are sure to be the best shows of all time.

6/26 Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

6/27 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

6/28 Somerville, MA - Cuisine En Locale

7/1  New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

7/5  Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place

7/6  Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class

7/7  Detroit, MI - Marble

7/8  Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

7/9  Madison, WI - The Frequency

7/10 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry