Thursday, January 22, 2009

Friday Snacks! (The Obama Edition)

It's Friday -- enjoy the snacks!

Obama's Inaugural Address was not only great to hear, it is also a beautiful work of statecraft -- the careful turnings of phrase, the artful suggestions. Here's the full text. (Pictured in my living room. Brian Braskie chair. Poster by Yee Haw Industries.)

Speaking of literary craft, I was too cranked from Obama's speech to listen to Elizabeth Alexander's poem that followed. Finally read it tonight -- it's beautiful! Gave me goosebumps. What do you think, is it as good as Maya Angelou's poem for Clinton's inaugural, or Robert Frost's for JFK's? Here is the full text. Also, here's a Yale Daily News piece about the poet, the youngest ever to read at a presidential inauguration.

Has Shepherd Fairey (designer of the ubiquitous blue-grey-red Obama iconography) gone around the bend? I mean, commemorative dinner plates? C'mon, man, get a grip! (Via Cool Hunting)

Besides, if someone wants a commemorative Obama plate, isn't the Victory Plate the better choice, really? And only $19.95! (Treat yourself to the video that plays on the site for a minute -- who directs these things?)

All joking aside, Wired magazine speculates convincingly that the suit Obama wore on Inauguration Day was bulletproof. If indeed the fabric of the suit is woven with kevlar, that's some impressive example of fine craftsmanship! And that's no joke. (Via New York Magazine)

Posted by Amy Shaw for Greenjeans.

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