I have a deadly weakness for clothes from Volante Design, the "streetwear for superheroes" company in Chicago whose jackets, coats and vests I've been wearing since I found them at a Comic-Con in 2014.
The company's just announced its first waterproof piece, "The Tracer," a waxed-cotton jacket "inspired by the fighter pilots of the 20s and 30s," available in women's and men's cuts, in three color schemes. They're taking pre-orders now for early July shipping.
This kind of design is total catnip for me -- and waxed cotton is pretty much my favorite textile. As with all of Volante's designs, there's a lot of understated, thoughtful stuff going on with these jackets, from the contrasting panels and stitching to the collar strap and the fold-back cuffs.
I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).
Octavia Butler (previously), the brilliant Afrofuturist, McArthur Genius Grant-winning science fiction writer, died far, far too soon, leaving behind a corpus of incredible, voraciously readable novels, and a community of writers who were inspired by her example.
EFF has just posted a job listing for a development director, seeking someone to "take charge of EFF's eleven-person Development Team in their efforts to raise over $13 million each year," starting late 2019 or early 2020.
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