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The Strange Literary Artifacts of the NYPL

The troves of the New York Public Library are famously generous. Open to the public, they offer meticulous archives on a stunning range of subjects. In the instance of the Berg Collection, the NYPL has amassed incredible personal artifacts from some of the foremost literary figures in English and...

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How Frank Gehry Creates Feeling

His buildings are unmistakable. Materials–concrete, glass, wood, aluminum–appear to become unbound by the laws of physics, by the limiting realities of their composition. Frank Gehry doesn’t simply make shelters; he makes structures that fly, swim, tower, dance, bend, ripple, topple. It is magic, in a way. And, in another, it...

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SIXTY Sees: Parker Bossley “Chemicals”

Parker Bossley takes the collage trend to its climactic apex with his video for “Chemicals.” Animated by the award-winning Joseph Wallace and Marie Lechevallier, “Chemicals” takes us on a morphing, psychedelic trip down the rabbit hole, so to speak. It’s an impressive visual introduction to the solo efforts the former bassist of...

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SIXTY Lit: July’s Must-Read Book List

There are few companions quite like a book, especially when on the road. (Aren’t books, really, the ultimate trip? Between their pages, an escape hatch– the mind’s getaway of the highest order.) Long a hotel of the literary sort, SIXTY has decided it’s high time we guide our guests...

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SIXTY Sees: Jacques Brel “Clara”

Midcentury French crooner Jacques Brel gets thrust into the modern era with this joyfully outrageous video for “Clara.” Animator Colin Toupe adds a vibrant humor and energy to the 1961 song with his colorful gang of clownish, thick-in-the-middle characters. They scoot, climb, catch, swim, shake, and breakdance. It’s good weird fun....

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SIXTY’s 4th of July Party Playlist

The grills are out, the heat is up, and–somewhere on the radio waves–NPR is reading the Declaration of Independence. It’s the 4th of July, a day when you contemplate the meaning of freedom over cold beers and hot dogs. Ah, America! To get the party going, we’ve got a playlist packed...

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SIXTY Listens: Still Corners “Black Lagoon”

London-bred, Woodstock-based indie rock outfit Still Corners has created a lovely drive-with-the-windows-down kind of song in “Black Lagoon.” The track is off their upcoming LP, Slow Air, and offers the kind of sweeping sound familiar to those who favor The War on Drugs. It’s moody, broody, and expansive. Have a listen.

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SIXTY Listens: James V “Television”

For those rock ‘n’ roll types–the ones who have freely sunken into the sounds of Queens of the Stone Age or The Black Keys–we think L.A.-based musician James V will be right up your alley. “Television” has a refreshingly pure appeal, with guitar solos and a timeless sway. If...

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SIXTY Sees: Juniore “Magnifique”

French “yéyé noir” band Juniore upends the ghostly expectations of the grim reaper with their video for “Magnifique,” off of their debut LP, Ouh Là La. Directed by Julia Grandperret and Ludovic Azémar, a central character glides through a landscape in perpetual sunset. It’s pink, sweet, and strangely mesmerizing. If you...

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SIXTY Sees: Bearcubs “Underwaterfall”

Dreamlike and gorgeous, director Salomon Ligthelm and DP Stuart Winecoff have created a spectacular new video for Bearcubs’s track “Underwaterfall.” (Bearcubs, if not yet familiar, is a singer/producer out of the UK who will certainly suit lovers of James Blake.) For those of a certain age, the video is rich with nostalgic nods...

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