About a year ago, I posted about wanting a subscription to The Thing Quarterly. The Thing Quarterly is like any other quarterly, except instead of a bunch of boring old pieces of paper covered in words and stapled together, it's an everyday object that incorporates text, created by an artist, musician, writer, or film maker.
Naturally, I wanted it.
The Man saw my post, and signed me up last Christmas because he's attentive and awesome like that (he's also the one responsible for the tshirt subscription).
My first issue was an blank book, titled Problems and Promises, with a shoe attached to it. That's right. A shoe.
Naturally, I loved it (except that the shoe reeked of cheap plastic and glue).
Try sitting in a cafe writing in a journal with a shoe dangling from it, and note the strange glances you get. It's pretty freaking awesome.
*Photo taken from thethingquarterly.com. Problems and Promises created by Allora & Calzadilla.
My next issue was a chaldron optical system: a pair of black glasses with the words "Will you know a chaldron when you see one?" inscribed on one arm and "With these glasses you will know a true one," on the other.
They came in a lovely blue and deep red case, which also held these twelve statements about chaldrons:
- A chaldron is an impossible object.
- A chaldron is treasure from the future.
- A chaldron is lit from within.
- A chaldron speaks of the possibility of another world.
- It is impossible to win an auction for a chaldron on eBay.
- An encounter with a chaldron can be catastrophic.
- The price of chaldrons is skyrocketing.
- The chaldron bubble has not burst.
- A chaldron is like an opera puring from a flea's mouth.
- A chaldron is like an altarpiece bigger than the museum which contains it.
- Some people, upon first glimpsing a chaldron, remove their clothes.
- it is better to have seen and lost a chaldron than never to have seen a chaldron at all.
*Photo taken (again) from thethingquarterly.com. Chaldron Optical System created by Jonathan Lethem, with desgin and manufacturaing collaboration from Project Selima & Matt.
Issue 8 just recently arrived and, naturally, I love it too. (But I'll wait to tell you about it until a professional photo of it is published - my lame photography skills will not do it justice).
The subscription is definitely not for everyone, but if you love weird artsy shit delivered to your door...
Naturally, you'll love it.