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Photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away on Monday at the age of 75.

I was fortunate enough to hear Mark speak at my alma mater (Columbus College of Art & Design) back in February 1998.

Just before the lecture started, I bumped into her in the foyer. She asked me where the restroom was, so I pointed her in the right direction.

After the lecture, she signed books and posters for fans.

Mary Ellen Mark...

Being a poor college student, I didn’t have the cash for a book so I had to settle for a free poster. In addition to her signature, she wrote one word: “Thanks!” When I asked what she was thanking me for she replied, “For showing me where the bathroom was.”

That poster still exists in a box back in Milwaukee. It’s now due for a framing.

Still, though I didn’t get my hands on a signed book that day, I was fortunate enough to get a photo with her… holding the ever-famous rubber taco.

...with the ever-famous rubber taco!

Mark was one hell of an artist, but more importantly appeared to be a kind woman. She’ll be missed.

So glad I knew where the bathroom was,


See more of his work (and this great series) here.

Wish I had thought of it,


this is really interesting/depressing.

Life and death,


…featuring the city of Los Angeles at the start of World War II. Check out these ninety, newly-found photos from the famous photographer here.

More life than a landscape,


From fucked-up news stories to funny YouTube clips, a lot of you guys have passed me some good links over the past few weeks.

But rather than commit a new “Blarg” post for each one, I’ve decided to just make one big post here of everything. A “Blarg” potpourri, if you will.

First, here’s a trailer for Roland Emmerich’s “2012”. I can just see the pitch meeting for this:

Columbia Pictures: So, what’s your one-sentence pitch?

Roland: Everyone dies!

Columbia Pictures: Who’s in it?

Roland: John Cusack!

Columbia Pictures: Push this into production yesterday, motherfucker!

Oh, man…. That’s gonna be a laugh riot.

Next up, a great commercial for Luvs Diapers. I’m not kidding.

Here’s a great story from a few months ago about Woody Harrelson, a photographer, and a… zombie?

And lastly, here are a few good overdubs for a couple of infomercials we’re all too familiar with:

And I’ll leave you with this:

Thanks to Frank, Pauly and Marla for sending these along.




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