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August 24, 2010 2:19 PM   Subscribe

I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians.

The first was a gallery of portraits by (I believe) a German photographer who took pictures of non-drug users taking a drug under controlled conditions. It was really wild stuff--and why someone would, for instance, smoke crack!?!, for someone else's art project is beyond me. But fascinating all the same. The photos themselves were part of a real-world gallery show that first saw in a magazine, likely while I was in college in the mid 90s--the project did not originate with a LJ or Flickr post.

The second was an index of pronunciations of proper nouns that I found to substantiate my (correct) assertion that Jim Jarmusch's name is pronounced "JAR-mush" and not "jar-MOOOOSH." But the site indexed many more names--not just of celebrities, but geographic names, literary characters, etc. The list was posted by some librarian group, I believe--but I have no recollection of whether it was the Intergalactic Cabal of Librarians or the Podunk Junior College Reference Librarian Triumvirate.

Thanks!
posted by Admiral Haddock to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Say How?
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:32 PM on August 24, 2010 [3 favorites]


Forvo?
posted by threeants at 4:05 PM on August 24, 2010


There's also this one: http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronunciations.cgi. Authors pronounce their own names.
posted by ilikecookies at 4:32 PM on August 24, 2010


Oh, man, I remember the drug photographs, but I cannot for the life of me recall WHERE I saw them. If it helps, I remember that the same photographer also did an exhibit of photos of ordinary people with semen on their faces (the dude loves controversy, apparently...).
posted by julthumbscrew at 5:01 PM on August 24, 2010


The drug series is probably by Ashkan Sahihi.
posted by snowdrunk at 11:45 PM on August 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Searching around after snowdrunk suggested Ashkan Sahihi I found the Drug Series on a Spanish-language blog. Here's info on the series.
posted by Kattullus at 12:31 AM on August 25, 2010


huh, i remember seeing those drug portraits in maybe 2002, in NYC at PS One. Can't remember who the artist's name was though..
posted by capnsue at 9:11 AM on August 25, 2010


Drug portrait series with photographer's commentary here.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:37 PM on August 30, 2010


Thanks, everyone.

Portraits: That's definitely the series--and I'm so glad MonkeyToes came up with that link, because I remember reading his commentary wherever it was that I originally saw the series. I still cannot believe that he got these people to participate. Totally fascinating and voyeuristic.

Pronunciations: Say How? comes closest to what I remember--but I'm not entirely sure that's the one. But maybe. All three pronunciation sites look like useful resources, though, so I'm giving them all best answers, too.

Hooray for everyone!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:35 AM on September 2, 2010


Thanks for the best answers, Admiral Haddock. If you do come up with the original pronunciation site, please post here or shoot me a MeMail!
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:24 AM on September 2, 2010


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