Category Archives: Big News

Advance copies out to reviewers

cover22It does finally seem to be happening, the release of our book. Scheduled for April 10, but last week the advance copies arrived. What this means is that a box of books arrived by FedEx ahead of all the others which are on a ship somewhere. Design-obsessed Somali pirates take note. We are wore out handling the thousands of pre-launch demands for interviews and photo sessions. Okay, maybe not thousands. Okay, two. But they were long, okay? It seemed like more. You can click on the book and be whisked over to Amazon where you can preorder and have it delivered to your door rather than have to go out in the fourth or fifth bombogalactic winter storm which are no doubt waiting around the corner.


“We’re children. You guys are the adults.”

gunsWe do try (not that hard, admittedly) to avoid politics here at Bureaublog, but when things go completely out of control, it’s hard to stay quiet. Today in the Times there was an astounding double-page ad that listed every member of Congress taking money from the NRA and how much they took. Yes, some of the worst, truly despicable monsters were getting millions. But most were not. Most got less than $40,000. A few got practically nothing. Somebody got $1000. Is money so hard to raise that you will sell your soul for $1000? That seems about right for most of the souls in Congress. Maybe even somewhat high. But for amounts like that, our elected officials choose to do the bidding of an unspeakably evil organization that stops even the smallest attempt at gun control sanity. This is disgusting. Truly disgusting. Not as disgusting, of course, as what you’ll find if you click on the photo (from the Times). You’ll go to an op-ed Times piece from October where you’ll see career totals of how much the “top ten” each got from the NRA. Prepare to be sick.

Happy New Year to Adam and Mitchell and everyone else

31VOWS1-superJumbo-v3“A man born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Toronto and schooled at a Yeshiva and a Japanese-American man raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, were married in the rare books section of the Strand Bookstore in Greenwich Village before a crowd of 200 people, against a backdrop of an arch of gold balloons that were connected to each other like intertwined units of a necklace chain or the link emoji, in a ceremony led by a Buddhist that included an operatic performance by one friend, the reading of an original poem based on the tweets of Yoko Ono by another, and a lip-synced rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” by a drag queen dressed in a white fringe jumper and a long veil.”

What an excellent uplifting life-affirming way to end this miserable year. Click on the photo to read the full story in the Times. And have a happy new year.


balake.jpgIt’s the only red house gallery in the world. Okay, in the United States. Oh my god, all right, in Connecticut. Anyway, it’s private and by appointment and filled with wonder and dustfree and no, you can’t bring your dog, and yes, you can buy things. In fact, that’s the point. If you go to the website now, you can see the sort of things you can buy, and the amazing thing is you don’t even have to come all the way to TORPEDO HOUSE to make a purchase. You can do it from your sofa. Not online, though. You can communicate with us through the website and we will do it all the old-fashioned way. By email. Or the prehistoric way. Telephone. Anyway, you know what they say about torpedos.

AUGUST No. 2 out next week


Featuring a pithy piece by our own Mr. Murray Moss. This is the new and wonderful magazine from our best pal Dung Ngo. Click on it to find out how to get your hands on a copy.  The August site is still featuring issue No. 1. So learn a little about Milan, it wouldn’t kill you.


wonderwomenOkay, everybody, how weird is it that the two WONDER WOMEN who brought down the Trump-no-care bill are from Maine and Alaska. Can there be a stranger combo? Two very cold states, let’s begin there. Really really cold. Of course, Alaska is cold. Look where it is, practically at the North Pole. And Maine, let me just disclose I grew up in Northern Maine and it is fucking cold up there. So they have that in common. Maybe there’s something character building in the experience of surviving that kind of cold, year after year. And I will make an assumption here, that Alaska is like Maine in one other regard as well: it’s poor. People are poor. They barely get by. They need all the help they can get, and taking away their new found health insurance would have been catastrophic. Then there’s the woman thing. The Planned Parenthood thing. The maternity thing. The contraceptives thing. So we check points off right down the list. A lot binds them together, it turns out. But hello people, these women are Republicans. How long since Republicans have had any awareness of or sense of responsibility toward issues like these? These two are amazing individuals, and while McCain is getting the headlines for his vote, they are the true heroes in this story because they’ve been stalwart in their fight, and fearless, and indefatigable all along. They didn’t tease. They didn’t make us guess what they’d do. And they put the rest of their party to absolute shame, and they brought shame right to the door of this White House which of course wouldn’t recognize shame if it fell out of the sky and crushed its golf cart. Susan Collins makes me proud to have grown up in Maine.

Launch of Murray’s Georg Jensen book Thursday night

Jensen launchDespite going head to head with the Cooper Hewitt Design Awards gala Thursday night,  there was still a crowd of shining silver luminaries at the apartment for the official launch of Georg Jensen Reflections, Murray’s new book. David Chu, Jensen CEO, hosted. That’s him with Murray in the first pic. These thumbnails are from the website of Billy Farrell, the indefatigable photographer who covered the event as if it were the G8 Summit. Lots of great shots. And, the book?  Also great. Click on the title and fly away to Amazon to get your own copy. And, if you click on any of the thumbs above, you’ll go to Billy’s site, where those of you truly obsessed with Jensen, or Murray, or David Chu, can buy the photos.

ARTINFO loves Murray’s new Georg Jensen book. Who wouldn’t?

blouinjensenAnother glowing review for MM’s new book. Click on the elegant pitcher to see the review on ARTINFO. Click here to buy the book on deathstar Amazon when it’s released on October 21.

You really have to hand it to the Post

Chelsea-Clinton-New-York-PostThey really don’t know when to take a break.  I mean, really, guys? You’re attacking a one day old baby? You don’t think this is, oh, I don’t know, just slightly mean spirited and curmudgeonly and inappropriate and tone deaf and against the grain and further proof as if we needed it that this newspaper is edited by feral pigs? And what might we want to be handing to the Post? A full diaper comes to mind. Since they brought it up.

Sit! Astro, sit! New York Times spots the mossPOP warehouse sale featuring Jetsons-like doghouse

mosspopdoghouseIt’s the warehouse sale which we’re calling “WE’RE ONLY HUMAN” because we’re selling things we kind of forgot we had, and just found again.  Like this Michael Young doghouse which looks like it was 3D printed by The Jetsons.  And many other items of similar provenance and peculiarity and cheapness.  Click on the doghouse to see the Rima Suqi piece in the Times. Click here to go to the sale.