Months of sending stuff to my office while I was away means it's like Christmas in here. @amyrosethielen's memoir, GIVE A GIRL A KNIFE. LA Kaufman's DIRECT ACTION (thanks, @hilobrow!) @mckelvie and @kierongillen' COMPLETE PHONOGRAM. Angela Saini's INFERIOR, suddenly a hell of a lot more topical in my circles. The new FRANKENSTEIN, annotated for scientists and engineers. I've spent enough time in LA to be embarrassed I haven't read much Didion. And more.
Julian Nott (1975, recreated 2002) This is a hot-air balloon made only with materials that would have been available near the Nazca Lines in Peru to a thousand years ago, including a gondola made from totora reed from Lake Titicaca, to explore the possibility that the pre-Incan culture that made the lines might have seen them from above. At the New Inflatables exhibit at the BSA. /cc @wayne_chambliss
Graham Stevens, "Desert Cloud" (1972) A 10x12x2m tethered solar balloon, the top surface is clear and the bottom black, so sunlight heats the air inside and it rises, providing shade in the heat of the day. At the BSA's "New Inflatables" exhibit.