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What’s up? - Gia Coppola for Wren

Founded in 2007 by Melissa Coker in Lake Forest, Illinois, Wren has an affiliation with lost girls and was named after Jenny Wren, a “sad winsome little creature who makes dresses for dolls in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend.

This inspiration is a perfect match for the delicate directorial style of Coppola who, over the past two years, has immersed herself in the world of fashion film, and perfectly harnessed the line’s “air of free-spirited exuberance, restrained elegance, and low-key sophistication” in the small details she highlights. (via portable.tv and interview.de)

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Stories have been around as long as we have, helping us understand our world and ourselves. We learn and retain information best through stories, because they turn information into more than the sum of its parts. But what makes a story a story, and what does it mean for the digital world we’ve built? Elizabeth McGuane and Randall Snare weave an enchanting tale of attention, comprehension, inference, coherence, and shopping.

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The key to great analysis is often imagination. That’s what sets apart “When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire,” an article which purports to be an examination of the great literary text The Wire, if it had been published as a serialized Victorian novel. The article acts as if The Wire was written by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, and goes on to examine the content in an appropriate manner. There are even reproduced pages of text and era-appropriate illustrations by Joy Delyria.

This isn’t a parody of the show, but a way of looking at it that requires a small leap of imagination. It’s pretty great stuff, and we’ve got a bit more info after the break.

The Wire has been compared to Dickens before — more than a few times, really — and creator David Simon referenced Dickens often. There’s even an episode called ‘The Dickensian Aspect.’ So it’s not like this Victorian approach is totally out of left field.

According to The Hooded Utilitarian (via The High Definite),

The Wire began syndication in 1846, and was published in 60 installments over the course of six years.  Each installment was 30 pages, featuring covers and illustrations by Baxter “Bubz” Black, and selling for one shilling each.  After the final installment, The Wire became available in a five volume set, departing from the traditional three.

From there the article goes on to look at the construction of the show — er, the novel — and has a few good things to say about it. ‘Pages’ of The Wire are reproduced below, but follow the link above to check out the full article.

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