Sunday 1 September 2013


    Illustration by Dan Colman via Open Culture.

Although he died when he was only 53 years old, Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982) published 44 novels and 121 short stories during his lifetime and solidified his position as the most literary of science fiction writers. His novel Ubik appears on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels, and Dick is the only science fiction writer to get honored in the prestigious Library of America series, a kind of pantheon of American literature.

You can download 14 great sci-fi stories by Philip K. Dick as free audio books and eBooks in Open Culture.

If you are in Madrid between the 3rd and 7th of September, you should go and have a look at the first exhibition of Dibujo a Domicilio (The Walk In Artist), a project that intends to bring back the tradition of natural figure drawing, like in the late middle ages when painters went to palaces to make portraits of the royals. For the past two years and a half, every Tuesday someone had opened the doors of his/her home to this group of illustrators. This exhibition "Visitación" is the result of the sessions held between May and July 2013. More info (in Spanish) here

Finally, from the 28th of August to the 15th of September you can enjoy The Portobello Film Festival, UK's biggest independent film competition. The World Cinema section will be featuring the latest and best independent cinema from around the world with a special focus this year on Germany. More info here.

Mass Exhibition. Connected to The Photographers' Gallery's current exhibition Mass Observation: This Is Your Photo (open until the 29th of September) a panel that includes Andrew DewdneyRózsa Farkas, Haidy Geismar, and art historian, curator and writer Ben Burbridge, will discuss 'the ways that the online display of intimate photography expands the original Mass Observation project and unsettles traditional distinctions between public and private'. More info and tickets booking here.

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