The Thing Quarterly: Issue 16

An epistolary shower curtain from author Dave Eggers

For their upcoming issue, The Thing Quarterly reached out to literary and cultural icon Dave Eggers of McSweeney‘s and 826 Valencia. The collaboration announced today that the next shipment of quarterly objects will contain an epistolary shower curtain with a message inscribed to the person showering. Partnering with couture Parisian shower curtain manufacturer Izola, The Thing and Eggers aim to liven quotidian demands with a …

Ecriture Infinie

Leave your mark in a massive notebook filled with handwriting for the future

by Bryn Chernoff Starting at Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum in 2006, Cameroon-born artist Bili Bidjocka and Lausanne-born curator Simon Njami have been traversing the world inviting creatives of varied professional backgrounds to write on the blank pages of eight enormous books “as if it were their the last opportunity to hand write something.” Their project, called Ecriture Infinie, emphasizes the gestures of writing and the …

Mojibakeru

Redefining the pictogram, these Japanese characters transform to the animals they describe

Transforming Japanese letters into a playful creatures, Bandai‘s line of shape-shifting animals inform while entertaining. Called Mojibakeru (Moji is the Japanese word for “character” and bakeru means “to change”), the collection of six plastic toys represent 犬(dog), 虎(tiger), 魚(fish), 馬(horse), 鳥(bird) and 龍(dragon). Each character is available in black, white, yellow and blue, maximizing your language-bending skills. Each figure sells online for $9 from White …