This Flavorwire post* on rejected book covers and their chosen counterparts is really interesting! What do you people think of the rejected Eating Animals cover (the one on the left)? Do you like it better or worse than the one they went with? I am not sure! I think I like the one they went with better, if only because it might make the book more appealing to meat-mouths. With a picture of a steak on the cover, it can more easily be dismissed as “animal rights propaganda” or, “THAT STEAK LOOKS TASTY IMMA EAT IT LOLZ.” I feel like our JSF has gotta be careful because lots of people are already geared up to jump on his ass about anything, from his age to his bank account to his bank account at his age, ya know? Can’t give people extra fodder to fuck with him. But maybe I’m way off.
Also, it should be said, that the guy who does JSF’s covers, Jon Gray, is THE MAN. His book covers are ridiculous! I want him to design mine but really, it’s an easy job: An extreme close-up of my face and the words, “DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I’M SO BEAUTIFUL”** printed under it. Don’t know what the book’s about just yet.
*Inspired by the New York Times piece on rejected book covers which you should read if you haven’t reached your max for the month GODDAMMIT WORDS COSTING MONEY AND SHIT.
**I put the “so” in the title so I don’t get sued for using a direct quote. Does that happen? I don’t know, I’m no historian. Also, I’m so beautiful.
Learn the true meaning of “upcycling” with Etsy at Craft Bar! »
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art (MCFA) in San Francisco has a Craft Bar! And at Craft Bar on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., Etsy Labs will teach you how to turn disposable plastic shopping bags into useful items like aprons, or perhaps sturdier plastic bags suitable for multiple uses! Katherine Coleman from KJC Designs will demonstrate how to make a “felt bib necklace,” Kelly Ball from Realia will make “coil-wrapped wire rings,” and “local artist Nicole Royer will be teaching a workshop on how to upcycle old jeans into beautiful necklaces.”
Also, beer! There will be beer “kindly provided” by Trumer Pils, which isn’t listed on Barnivore but is served at multiple vegan restaurants, so we guess it’s cruelty-free. Does “kindly provided” mean “free”—we’re not sure! But we are finding out for you, and will update once we know! Sweets la Petite will provide snacks—cupcakes—and they don’t have vegan flavors, so you’ll want that beer for a nice pre-dinner snack. Or dinner, you know we don’t judge.
It costs $5 to get into the museum, at which point Craft Bar is free, including all materials for crafting. The MCFA is at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, between Mission and Market and Third and Fourth Streets in SOMA. You should go! Plastic refuse is choking our seas and poisoning every living creature on Earth—make something useful from some of your plastic trash, already! Live by the three R’s, die by the three R’s.
Update: Katy tells us that the beer will be free—though donations to the museum are always deeply appreciated!—and chips and salsa may make an appearance as well. Thanks, Katy!
Make yourself useful, San Francisco! »
What do we love? Animals! What do we want? To keep them from being sold in pet stores in San Francisco! How can we do this? By attending today’s Animal Welfare Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 408 at City Hall!
The city already prevents selling cats and dogs in stores, but animals like birds have it hard. Last year, Mickaboo took in over 400 birds, “most of which originally came from pet stores,” according to Director Tammy Azzaro. And a lot of them are now exotic parrots like Macaws, African Greys, and some species of Amazon, which are going extinct because people are so crazy about owning pretty birdies.
Go on tonight and support this issue. Thanks to Tammy and Mickaboo for alerting us to it (hence our focus on birds). It doesn’t take much to show up and say, I do not want animals sold in stores in my city, and it means a lot.
Tonight—and you might even be able to do both!—is also the first meeting of the SF Orchards project, supported by TransitionSF. The idea is to plant perennial fruit trees around the city, which sounds so, so great. Fruit trees! Fruit for the citizenry! This first meeting will “create a working group that will assess the available spaces, organizations that need to be onboard, design a plan for planting, caring, and harvesting trees.”
So what are you going to do, activists? Sit at home in front of all three-and-a-half hours of today’s Tour de France stage? You DVRed that shit, watch it after you’ve been a good citizen! Besides, you already know what all those jerks are going to say, anyway, and would it kill fucking Versus—or professional cycling—to feature women outside of the podium girls? Never mind all that, San Francisco, tonight you’re going to speak against selling animals, and you’re going to help plan urban fruit trees, and we love you for it.