Alec Soth's Archived Blog

October 24, 2006

Brawny Soth vs. Bounty Marden

Filed under: goof,media — alecsothblog @ 8:48 pm


Dear New York Times editorial staff, I enthusiastically read your article on Brice Marden’s preference for Bounty paper towels. But I was aghast by this comment by Mr. Marden, “I know Brawny. I don’t like the guy on the package.” Is this some sort of slur against handsomely rugged Midwestern men? I’ll have you know that I too am an artist who, despite living in Minnesota, has a sophisticated family (see above picture) that uses Brawny.

Perhaps Mr. Marden isn’t aware that the Brawny Man has recently had a makeover. As discussed in this article in Slate,

The Brawny Man—previously fair-skinned, with blond hair and green eyes—is now olive-skinned, with brown hair and brown eyes. According to Gino Biondi, Brawny’s director of marketing, this was done for greater appeal to a wide variety of ethnic groups.

I would appreciate if the New York Times would recognize the rich diversity of paper towel options for artists. Sincerely, Alec Soth


October 5, 2006

Flat Daddy

Filed under: artists & family,goof — alecsothblog @ 9:04 am

W. Eugene Smith daddy

I’m still traveling and don’t have much time to post, but I did want to quickly mention the ‘Flat Daddy’ phenomenon. If you haven’t heard about it, these are cardboard cutouts that families are using to replace loved ones that are in Iraq. Perhaps this could be the answer to the traveling photographer dilemma? Learn how to make your own here.

September 10, 2006

A boy can dream

Filed under: baseball,goof — alecsothblog @ 8:19 pm


– doesn’t the background look like a Robert Adams?


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