A24 “For Promotional Use Only” Book + Auction

Independent media company A24 has released a book celebrating some of the most engaging, ingenious, off-kilter and absurd movie merch: For Promotional Use Only: A Catalogue of Hollywood Movie Swag and Promo Merch from 1975-2005. From a Matryoshka doll promoting Being John Malkovich to a Stepford Wives frisbee, Jaws stockings, a Parent Trap fanny pack and more, there are 160+ products included in the book. As part of the …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

From ocean photography to decolonizing Chinese typography, American movie theater archaeology and more

Decolonizing Chinese Typography With New Font “Ku Mincho Hong Kong native Julius Hui is on a mission to build a new typeface that traces the lineage of the Chinese language, a font he calls Ku Mincho. In China, typography has a sordid history of colonialism and political standardization—first, calligraphy styles were dictated by the whims of emperors, then by Japanese imperialism, and then by the …

Curtis Harding: Can’t Hide It

Curtis Harding leans into his psychedelic soul roots with very ’70s visuals for the retro-tinged “Can’t Hide It,” the first single from his just-announced album, If Words Were Flowers—out 5 November. The video, a clip from the fictional show The Velvet Touch, features Anthony Mackie, Omar Dorsey and Harding himself as the segment’s charming, velvet-draped performer. With elements of psych rock, hip-hop, soul and funk, …