Photographed by Ben Weller for The Last Magazine.

Ibeyi - Mama Says


Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries

We live in a “diverse and often fractious country,” writes Robert Dawson, but there are some things that unite us—among them, our love of libraries. “A locally governed and tax-supported system that dispenses knowledge and information for everyone throughout the country at no cost to its patrons is an astonishing thing,” the photographer writes in the introduction to his book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. “It is a shared commons of our ambitions, our dreams, our memories, our culture, and ourselves.”

But what do these places look like? Over the course of 18 years, Dawson found out. Inspired by “the long history of photographic survey projects,” he traveled thousands of miles and photographed hundreds of public libraries in nearly all 50 states. Looking at the photos, the conclusion is unavoidable: American libraries are as diverse as Americans. They’re large and small, old and new, urban and rural, and in poor and wealthy communities. Architecturally, they represent a range of styles, from the grand main branch of the New York Public Library to the humble trailer that serves as a library in Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on Earth. “Because they’re all locally funded, libraries reflect the communities they’re in,” Dawson said in an interview. “The diversity reflects who we are as a people.”

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These two pictures from the director of the Ferguson Public Library and the library’s instagram are also worth sharing. 

So, my dad is cooking dinner right now, and I stubbornly said I wasn’t going to eat it because it’s 11:27pm, and he just started making it. But… It smells amazing. [The dilemmas of a 29 year old who is (temporarily) living with the folks. ]

My kids’ sunflower garden.


Shovels & Rope - The Devil is all Around

"Dreaming Awake"
Written and Performed by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)

Recorded and filmed live in the shadow of the Glenwood Power Station in Yonkers, New York

Please listen with speakers or headphones


Original arrangement by Son Lux & Colin Stetson
Orchestral arrangement by Ian Davis & Kris Nolte

Produced by Dan Knobler & Jon Seale
Directed by Andrew Ellis
Edited by Andrew Ellis & Matt Porter
Color by Alan Gordon
Recorded by Dan Knobler, Jon Seale, and Jacob Blumberg
Mixed by Dan Knobler


Shara Worden - Vocals
Kris Nolte - Conductor
Jas Walton - Saxophone
Zubin Hensler - Trumpet
Andy Clausen - Bass Trombone
Frank Cohen - Bass Trombone
Alaina Alster - Euphonium
Nicholaus Tucker - Bassoon
Alex Jenkins - Upright Bass
Corey Gerstenfeld - Upright Bass
Ian Chang - Drum Set
Jason Burger - Percussion
Booker Stardrum - Percussion
Miles Arntzen - Percussion

Vanessa Hylande
Stephanie Leke
Veronica Davila
Lindsay Walsh
Katie Vogel
Carah Naseem
Forest VanDyke
Suzanne Pergal

This version absolutely overwhelms me. I’ve had the EP on non-stop for weeks.