A Weapon of Not So Mass Destruction.

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He Thinked Good
Politicized design is the new world order of the day in Empire, a $19.95 paperback from Princeton Architectural Press, set for an April 5 release. As an Art Spiegelman blurb on the back cover goes, "Behold, Empire: proof positive that when governments go bad, art gets good!," while Jules Feiffer calls it "a book of graphic rage."Empire, aka Nozone IX, is the first book based on the alternative political graphic magazine Nozone, published by Nicholas Blechman, a principal at New York's Knickerbocker Design, and the editor of this volume. Designers and cartoonists in Empire include Charles S. Anderson, Michael Bierut, Art Chantry, Seymour Chwast, Luba Lukova, Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister, Paul Sahre and Ward Sutton. We have to like any book that devotes a page to a quote from professional cranky man Lewis Lapham of Harper's: "The moral splendor of American empire can be made to stand on a pedestal of lies." See www.papress.com for more info.

In another Princeton Architectural Press design note, the company is now distributing the twice-yearly graphic design magazine Dot Dot Dot, beginning with the current issue, #7, whose multidisciplinary contributors write and design their articles. Don't miss Paul of London, who collects written-on money. The moral splendor of real life stands on things like a 5-pound note titled "Milk, tea, sugar, fags."

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