In the fourth issue of the webzine Triple Canopy, Brooklyn artist John Powers reflects on science fiction, contemporary art, and architecture and design. Complete with images and notes, it's possibly the headiest essay you'll read for some time.
By shining a light on creative, well-designed playgrounds around the globe, this blog makes the case that children need not be forced to frolic—if that's the right word—in lifeless, safety-engineered-to-the-max prefab structures.
Jeff Cotton's decade-old love note to London, Florence, Venice, and Berlin compiles lists and summaries of stories, books (including nonfiction works), and films that occur in, or mention, each of the four cities. Cotton also offers his own occasional reviews, travel reports, and photography.
In its ongoing effort to make the universe searchable, Google has scored a major coup: the photographic archives of Life magazine. The vast majority of the 10 million images—which date back a couple hundred years—have never been published before. Currently, only 20 percent of the collection is online, but Google is adding more each month. You might want to set aside an hour or two before diving in.
Want another way to organize your digital life? You select the RSS feeds, and this free service turns them into a "personal magazine" PDF, delivered on the schedule of your choosing.
British graphic designer Peter Saville—best known for his Joy Division and New Order album covers—curates the latest issue of the art magazine Arkitip . You can watch a five-minute interview with Saville before deciding whether to plunk down $50 for the issue, which comes with two prints by the designer.