There were a lot of good album covers in the '60s, but did anyone have a better string of them during their own lifetime than Monk? Image
I mean, this doesn't look like 1957 graphic design, and it sure didn't sound like 1950s music either Image
His best album, in both its title and design, captured the blend of hard-edged geometry and soul-searching humanism that defined his oeuvre Image
I mean, Image
Or, come on,

(I forgot his middle name was "sphere" and was real -- taken from the name of his grandmother, the even more amazingly named Sphere Batts) Image
Oh and this 1954 (!!!) cover, designed, as @carlzoilus points out, by a very young Andy Warhol, who assigned the handwritten part to his mother, Julia Warhola Image

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21 Jul
Given that a) we’ll all need proof of vaccination to do just about anything by end of year, if not of summer and b) a mishmash of paper/email proofs is privacy-invading and insecure and c) a standardized secure electronic document isn’t — why are we delaying on vax passports?
I mean, if even **FOX NEWS** has implemented a vaccination passport, I don’t think the political hurdles are going to be that hard to clear…
There’s a very good, very secure and anonymous system already built and tested and in place and fully rolled out by 27 countries you may know (plus a few others). Why not just adopt that one?
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1 Apr
I spent the week looking at countries that did well pandemic-wise and then didn’t, and the sole determining factor isn’t lockdowns or testing but...vacation travel. Those that prevented it, or made hotel quarantine universal, were safe. Those that allowed it had 2nd and 3rd waves
Canada and Germany really stand out here — both countries got ALL their Covid-19, from winter 2020 onward, from southbound vacation travel without enforced quarantine. Both got a second wave from allowing people to go south post-summer. And both have a third now from this.
Also regions. Atlantic Canada had a police-enforced quarantine and as a consequence saw few cases and experienced few or no lockdowns or restrictions on day-to-day life. They got to have dinner parties!
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4 Jan
Last year the Geneva-based Mixed Migration Centre commissioned me to look into the effects of the pandemic on urban migrants. Months of research showed me that COVID-19 is an "arrival city" disease like no other before.

Allow me to discuss what I found.…
After drawing on large-scale data from the IOM, OECD, the World Bank and national- or local-level data from hundreds of sources and studies, here's what I found: Pandemics have always hit the nexus of migration and cities, but none to the extent, or in the manner, of this one Image
I found three major worldwide effects of the pandemic on urban migration-origin communities:

- Concentration of infection in immigration districts
- The largest 'reverse migration' event in history
- Huge stranded populations of noncitizen migrants

I'll discuss in detail. Image
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7 Jun 20
Those who are skeptical of the value of reducing the role of police forces in cities -- such as Minneapolis appears just to have done -- really ought to read the work of Patrick Sharkey. I got into this two years ago, and will discuss it a bit...…
Sharkey studied the role of police in crime rates in his important study Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence. It looked at "broken windows" theories and found that having more police on the streets DOES reduce crime. BUT
...He found that the reduction in crime rate caused by increased street policing is not dependent on the type of policing. It can be cops, or rent-a-cop security services, or community patrols, or (maybe most importantly) even an increase in visible CCTV cameras -- SAME OUTCOME
Read 13 tweets
10 Apr 20
The park behind our apartment is absolutely jammed with people, every surface covered. The police just came in, got on their megaphone, and loudly read everyone the riot act re social-distancing rules. Then thanked everyone for following them.

The whole park then applauded
I actually just wrote a column about the need to keep parks open and tolerating closeness there as a pandemic-management priority, and mentioned stories of police thanking crowds in other parks. As usual, the perfect anecdote appears before your eyes the day after you file
Although Berlin now approves of everyone flocking to the parks & police thank them, it remains verboten to cook there (big blow to Turkish-German families) or use playgrounds, or be too close if you don’t live together. Weed dealers now get busted for distance (and skin colour)
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11 Mar 20
Toilet paper panic-buying mystified me at first. Of things you need in great volume if you’re quarantined for 2 weeks, it’s not high on the list. (You can fire up your bidet in a pinch). But there are two things I now realize about it:
1. As a commodity of uniquely high physical volume, TP offers very few units per metre of shelf space. Supermarkets are just-in-time stocked, with minimal back room warehousing — when you’re out, the distributor restocks.

This easily creates a visual perception of scarcity
2. This visual appearance of declining supply — despite near-unlimited actual supply — has a psychological effect. Of course, TP is the dictionary definition of a demand-inelastic product; you’ll pay whatever for it. You’ll also perceive an emptying shelf as reason to buy...
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