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Books 4 Hotties is Back!

Hotties hold on to your hats! Books 4 Hotties is back! Newer, better, prettier, and of course, hotter, than ever before. It turns out we all still really like books, and talking about books, and eating whilst talking about books. And some of us also like drawing and painting and taking pictures too, and other creative pursuits. See? Smart, Creative, and Hot!

I sent out an email asking peeps if they want to resume book club and received THUNDEROUS replies of “Yes!” and “WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?!” And, “I can’t meet then, but I can then.” So, without further adieu: we’re resuming. But, with some differences!

It is my vision to make B4Hs more visual and crafty. What does this mean exactly? Well, we can read literature, sure, but wouldn’t it be awesome to get in touch with our arty sides and read books that are visual or about making art? And, then get inspired and make stuff like a visual journal? So, we shall go on photo shoots,  visit  museums, lectures, plays, places that are interesting, or new. We will learn about other artists, and make stuff.

WHAT? you say? Not me! I don’t draw and paint! Psshaw, I say to that. The blank page or canvas can be intimidating, for sure, and that’s where the books we’ll pick come in to gently guide us away from the savage beast of the inner critic. Also, you don’t really need to draw and paint, you can write and doodle, take pictures, sew, whatever you get inspired to do. The point is to do it, and to support each other, and create and strengthen the community of super hotties that you are!

Book 4 Hotties 2010-11 will being with reading

An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory

Our first assignment is to begin reading this book, and to start a visual journal and bring it along to our meeting which will be the weekend of November 19. If you feel at a loss about what kind of things to create, or not sure what to do, just bring your blank book and some pens or paint and see what happens!


Happy Solstice Hot Shots!

Happy First Day of Winter, Hotties!

It’s come to light that Jan. 10 doesn’t work for everyone to meet…so, we’re trying for January 16. Please, if you haven’t, let me know if that works for you. If we can meet at 1 at the Museum, that would be grand–then we will talk art, and look at art and generally have a great time. We should be having some new hot shot readers joining us, but who knows?  It’s a hard time of year to get people into book club. I also think we should get back to thinking about what books we want to be reading in the future. I have my list going, but as noted in book club, not everyone wants to read the same things. So, send your future ideas onward!

And, don’t stop commenting. We’re book nerds. We’re supposed to be talking about books on here!!!

Happy Winter and Happy Reading!!!

Holy Hottness, Top 40 Countdown–40 Books in One Year!


Some Hotties cannot make the January 10 at the museum extravaganza, so please email books4hottiesatgmaildotcom and tell us when you can make it to the museum in Jan. The first weekend in Jan. is out for me. Also, we want to hear what you’re reading! More reviews, more comments. We hit 2000 views, but our commentary is lacking.

Some of us are turning FORTYOMGHOWCOULDTHISHAPPENONEHUNDREDELEVENTY!!!!!!!11!!!1!111!!!!!!!!!!!!! this year. Some of us (Heather, Jenny, Earley) are already there. I actually don’t know the ages of all the Hotties, but I know that Steve, Kara, and yours truly, hit the FOUR OH between May and August of 2010. Honorary Hottie, Uncle Carlos, is sublimely in his 4th decade already, and junior Hotties Andria and Rosie aren’t even close to 30 yet (Pfft).

In preparation of my own Universe-altering event I have decided to read 40 Books in 2010™, beginning January 2010. It’s kind of a Super Mon resolution that is really a revolution evolving into a revelation as I hope 40 books will help me kick ass and become more learned along the way. (more…)

Hot Books for Hotties

Kuntschau Wein

Oh, Hello Hotties! This lovely image is a print in the MIA’s permanent Prints and Drawings collection called Kunstschau Wien by Berthold Löffler and Albert Berger of Austria. Please do visit their awesome website; it’s rich with information! Steve and I became members which is only $6.25 a month or $75 per year. That won’t even buy you one lunch per week, but it will get you and your fam. into a lot of the museum.

While you have been doing other things I have been researching books for our December reading, aka Hotties at the Museum. Do you know how many artists there are at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and how many books about or by those artists there are? A whole lotty lot, is what. Anyway, I have barely skimmed the surface of books about or by artists, but here are some that sound good to me. Remember, we’re picking our own books, and if you’re so inclined,write a review of your book and it will be posted HERE, at Books 4 Hotties. Yay! Also, I quickly departed from just artists that are at the museum because of the VAST amount of books available, but I’m not done looking yet.

We would like to plan the November meeting for December 5, but I don’t know where yet. If someone wants to host that would be great, or we can meet  somewhere like the ill-fated Hell’s Kitchen. Please send in your suggestions ASAP!

My little list is as follows:

Julia Margaret Cameron: The Complete Photographs
by Julian Cox

Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor

by James Ensor, N. Y.) Drawing Center (New York, M. Catherine de Zegher

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
by James Agee, Walker Evans (Photographer)

Modern Primitives (Re/Search)

by V. Vale

Chuck Close: A Couple of Ways of Doing Something
by Chuck Close

Alice Neel

by Patricia Hills

Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love

by Philippe Vergne, Thomas McEvilley

Ways of Seeing
by John Berger

On Photography (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Susan Sontag

The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship
by Roger Friedland

Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph
by Diane Arbus

Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature
by Andy Goldsworthy

Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder
by Tanya Lee Stone

by Donald B. Kuspit

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