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In American pop culture, we are fascinated with the macabre, zombies, murders, and tragedies reflected in our most popular movies and media.  In 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides, edited by Trisha Ziff who also writes the introduction, you get a peek into the realities of life. With joy, there is tragedy and no one is immune to death.

As a photographic reporter, Eric Metinides opens up his scrap books and body of work to share with the readers, each tragedy is cataloged with a synopsis written by the photographer.

After reviewing this book several times, you always notice the mundane aspects of death; most look like they are sleeping, are caught in a moment when they were moving along and suddenly die via an accident, electrocution, or murder.  Each tragedy is numbered and they all come from the 60’s through the 80’s.

Amidst the allure of Mexico City–with an estimated 30 million inhabitants–you are aware that within these tragedies, there always is a guaranteed audience.

The most touching are the children; even with all the mess, they keep a small part of their innocence intact. One such is a photograph where the boy has his hand squashed in a meat grinder.

The blank stare of onlookers to terrible tragedies is chilling, but we are all guilty of slowing down when we see an accident, a bit of voyeur instinct to the horrors of the world around us.

101 Tragedies of Enrique Metindes edited by Trisha Ziff is a perfect addition to any library, it is truly a conversational starter for any occasion. The photographs are beautiful and tell a story of forgotten moments of the bizarre.

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101 Tragedies of Enrique Metindes edited by Trisha Ziff

2012 Aperture

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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