Why You Should Read Tomorrow and Tommorrow and Tomorrow

Why You Should Read Tomorrow and Tommorrow and Tomorrow

Anna Frattini · 5 months ago · Design

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin is one of the books of the year. The phenomenon of TTT has exploded thanks to BookTok, and to date, on Goodreads, there are over 580,000 reviews. Zevin tackles different themes, blending love, friendship, and gaming, managing to captivate and unite millions of readers. The author not only manages to make very distant themes converse with each other but also leverages the success that gaming has achieved in popular culture in recent years. The world of gaming has garnered a lot of success in recent years, especially in popular culture. Many games have now been adapted into movies or TV series, think of the success of Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, or The Last of Us, to name a few. Another noteworthy aspect is the strength of storytelling in this novel: the games in TTT become real stories to be experienced virtually, with beginnings and endings often dictated by the user’s choices. Zevin’s insight is undoubtedly to have embraced this feature and applied it to her novel, using storytelling in the world of video games to tell the story of the two protagonists. But let’s discover more about the author, how this book came to be, and the evolution of game design according to Zevin. Gabrielle Zevin talks about the genesis of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow with Sohani Goonetillake in an interview for The Shameless Book Club, telling about the challenges and the time it took to build the story of Sam and Sadie, who, by programming video games, also narrate their lives.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow: between storytelling and game design

The course of Sam and Sadie’s life – the two protagonists of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – seems to be marked by video games. In the early years of their adolescence, they play games together like Oregon Trail, Super Mario, and the arcade version of Donkey Kong. These are all games that have made history in the gaming world, and Zevin uses them as witnesses to an evolution that has always gone hand in hand with programming progress. At a certain point in the novel, the two protagonists establish Unfair Games, their production company, and design games such as Both Sides, Counterpart High, and Our Infinite Worlds. These are a series of video games born from the author’s imagination, employing narrative devices capable of depicting the evolution of programming from the 1990s to the early 2000s.

Donkey Kong in the arcade version, one of Sadie and Sam’s favorite games as kids

Over the years, in fact, the two characters also program MMORPGs, which stands for Massive(ly) Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, a term coined around 1997 referring to online role-playing games. Games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or Diablo serve as perfect examples, but they are very different from the first one designed by Sam and Sadie: Ichigo. All of this serves as a testament to how the advent of accessible internet for everyone has changed the way games are constructed and conceived.

All the games that have inspired Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

Not only Oregon Trail, Super Mario, and Donkey Kong, but also The Sims, EverQuest, or Harvest Moon are just a few of the games that inspired Gabrielle Zevin in writing this novel. The last three mentioned are video games that became famous during the same period in which – in the fictional narrative – Sam and Sadie began developing their MMORPG games. Also, The Last of Us massively inspired Our Infine Worlds in the book, something that the author talked about also on Instagram account.


The possibility of crafting a genuine narrative through video game design is a cornerstone of this novel. Sadie is the character who best embodies this aspect of the story told by Zevin: she has studied subjects such as programming related to specific ludic techniques and psychology, only to find herself narrating stories alongside Sam through the video games they work on together. These details demonstrate how, for authors like Zevin, research on the subject is a fundamental starting point. In games like EverQuest or Harvest Moon, storytelling is indeed central and encourages the player to pursue a well-defined narrative thread.

Storytelling and videogames

Throughout the novel, Zevin’s goal has always been to narrate the partnership of two creatives like Sam and Sadie over the course of nearly thirty years. In addition to this, the author also effectively illustrates how game design has evolved over time. This is a subject that, in most cases, is reserved for enthusiasts of the field. In conclusion, Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a narrative experience that allows even those who are not passionate about video games to explore many of the themes related to this industry. Storytelling becomes a tool that enables the author to navigate between the characters’ story and the video games they design, sometimes bringing the two dimensions together. The result is a stimulating read, unlike others, that opens the doors of literature to game design as well.

One last curiosity: you can play one of the games designed by the author on her website. The game in question, Emily Blaster, is inspired by the poems of Emily Dickinson and is waiting to be discovered here.

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

 
 
 
 
 
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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.

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Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.

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Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.

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In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.

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Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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