Selections of the Month 2013-2014
Pictures by Sue Coe; text by Sue Coe with Art Spiegelman ; "concurrent events" by Judith Moore ; edited by Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman ; design by Francoise Mouly.
New York : Raw Books and Graphics, 1986
In her dark and often disturbing illustrations, Sue Coe takes aim at the powerful and the corrupt. She is best known for her collages from the 1980s which combine hand-drawn illustration with collaged text and photographic fragments into nightmarish scenes, often inspired by current events. In X, Coe re-tells the story of Malcolm X through a rhyming text and a historical timeline, illustrated by vivid images of horrific “heroes” (the exploiters) and suffering “losers” (the exploited).
James Joyce (1882-1941)
Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1926
Gould Library Special Collections
This page, published in the 1926 Shakespeare and Company edition of Ulysses, reflects the contentious history of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Ulysses was first published in its entirety by a Paris publisher in February, 1922, but the book was banned in both the United States and Great Britain. Of the second printing (published by a London publisher but printed in Paris), 300 copies were seized and destroyed, burned by the New York Post Office Authority. A third printing was arranged to replace those destroyed in New York; these were confiscated by British customs officials in Folkstone. Subsequent editions (4th through 8th) were printed in Paris.
Ulysses was banned in the United States until 1933, when a the judge in a landmark court decision, United States vs. One book called Ulysses, ruled that the book was not obscene, but, in fact, a “sincere and honest book”. In his decision, Judge John M. Woolsey wrote that Ulysses was Joyce’s “serious attempt to devise a new literary method for the observation and description of mankind.” 1
1. United States v. One book called "Ulysses," District Court, S. D. New York, December 6, 1933.
Earth as Art
Lawrence Friedl and Karen Yuen
Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012
Gould Library Government Documents
This image of the Nazca Lines in southern Peru was taken by NASA’s Terra satellite in 2000. Launched in 1999, Terra carries five types of sensors collecting long-term data on the earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere that enable scientists to monitor and understand climate and environmental changes.
For more information on Terra, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/terra/index.html
Image credit:NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team