I'm on a magazine deadline this week, but I want to point a couple things out real quick-like. The first is the Boston Globe's new online photojournalism/photo-essay section, The Big Picture. I'm just blown away by the quality of the photos they've posted so far, particularly in "After the Quake," which looks at the Sichuan Earthquake. The above photo was taken in a Dujiangyan shelter that was set up for survivors. Check out the whole set, though. The first photo just blows me away every time I see it.
Also, last night I finished reading the amazing hardcover collection of Josh Cotter's Skyscrapers of the Midwest. I'd like to write more about this one in the future, but I'll say now that it's playful and heartbreaking and I can't stop thinking about it. Do me a favor and download this short PDF preview. I'm not sure I've ever seen a better depiction of the often-blurry line that exists between fantasy and reality when you're young, and Cotter uses that masterfully to create a coming-of-age story that feels all the more authentic for its shifts into the fantastic and surreal. Amazon's selling it for about $15, or you can get it directly from publisher AdHouse.