The Outlet: The Great 2014 Indie Press Cheat Sheet.
VQR Online: A Grand Tour.
“Our passion to perfect ourselves runs roughshod over our reason, bending it toward its own ends—ends that, by their very nature, are endless. Thus, Rousseau laments, the ‘human race, debased and dispirited … brought itself to the brink of its ruin.’” In this article about Boswell and Rousseau, even Facebook gets a mention.
Beautifully programmed, when there’s great content to view. It would be a nice app for a small group of motivated people, or a travel company. In that form, it could be *really* useful. But for the open internet - not so much. Tap “Recent Activity” and see all the junk people are posting. Geolocations and single curse-words? “Frankie and Johnnie kissed here”? “This is a nice dog park.” Meh. I think the form-factor is an issue; I don’t think I’d allow creation from a mobile device smaller than a tablet. Guaranteed short-form low-quality stuff.
If you’ve downloaded the app, try following ‘Steffe’; one of my friends from Flickr. He has a set called “Runestones.”
[Yes, I joined. What I’ll do with it - no idea yet. Have to try *something*. The service needs quality stuff, obviously.]
The Fully Intended: RIP Poetry.
Familiar. Teachers would want to analyze poetry to a depth that immolated any and all appreciation and/or enjoyment. Hence my mockery of TS Eliot at the time: “I grow mold, I grow mold … wheeze … I will wear my fungus rolled.”
I had a particular teacher who was intent on ‘Jesus symbolism’, and found it in seemingly every piece of written work known to mankind. I suspect she could have found it in the phone book. In the crumbs of her morning toast. Almost completely turned me off of reading. If the lead character doesn’t martyr themselves, then it can’t be a good novel?
If they’re not teaching you how to do it, or how to appreciate it, but simply to clinically dissect it … what good does that sort of instruction do? A poem is not a pickled frog or an automobile engine. It has soul.
Independent.UK: Creative writing courses are a waste of time, says Hanif Kureishi.
“A lot of my students just can’t tell a story. They can write sentences but they don’t know how to make a story go from there all the way through to the end without people dying of boredom in between. It’s a difficult thing to do and it’s a great skill to have. Can you teach that? I don’t think you can.” Look, you give kids the basics. Many years later, once they have a stable of experiences, those seeds you plant will take root. It’s a worthy thing to do, teaching creative writing. Stories make up our modern internet!
99U: Do Antidepressants Stifle Creativity?
Yes. But. And it’s a very big “but.” Depends on individual tolerance. Both of depression and medication.
NY Times: Recently Attributed Leonardo Painting Was Sold Privately for Over $75 Million.
“heavily restored”. And yet it still brought 75 mill. Wow.
ArtDaily: Very first Wolverine artwork, not known to exist, surfaces for auction at Heritage.
Letterology: Press Kit.
“Various model press kits included tiny rubber type, spacers, ink, adhesive back picture dies, tweezers for handling type, an inking brush, ink ribbon, mounting slugs, the rotary press and paper. Instruction manuals encouraged kids to print up handbills and postcards to advertise their yardwork and baby-sitting services, and to write and publish home, school and club activities in newspapers.” This one’s before my time; but I remember one of my friends had a press like this. Very cool then ... still cool today.
Guardian.UK: Vikings at the British Museum - great ship but where’s the story?
The Guardian finds the recent exhibition wanting: “Just to reel off some nicknames is to get a taste of their vivid humanity: Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless, Eric the Red, Thorstein the Black, Olvir Hump. The Vikings left a legacy of stories in which legend and truth mingle. They’d have told this exhibition as a story.”
Public Books: Stop Defending the Humanities.
“This negative stereotyping takes wing, in part, from the sense that humanities academics and the students whom they send into the professions acquire their privilege too easily, exempt from the hard scrabble of working in small business, farming, factories, supermarkets, and so on.” Yet the ‘liberal arts’ universities are the crucible for future captains of industry. Bite (and amputate) the hand that feeds you. Go figure.
FastCoDesign: How Spritz Redesigned Reading, Letting You Scan 1,000 Words A Minute.
Would you want to read LoTR this way? Dry factual textbooks, perhaps. Certainly not novels.
Slate: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - new edition with fourth section is dumb as ever.
Foisting the ills of our modern world on the back of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bit much. I wonder what the author would make of Zhuangzi.
ArtDaily: Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction.
Man, are they hideous or what? I’ll take two.
Fancy: Conceal Vertical Display for books.
ArtDaily: “Craft in America: Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy” to premiere on PBS.
“Craft in America: Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy. ”
ArtDaily: Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents exhibition of surrealist photography.
Colossal: Hand-Sculpted Clay Illustrations by Irma Gruenholz.
Wow. I thought the first was just an attractive traditional illustration before I scrolled down.
A Conversation On Cool: Georgia O’Keefe sketching in Glen Canyon, 1961.
Prospect: The battle for the English language.
You know, I think about language as I think about art. Every famed artist spent the time to learn the basics first. Proportion, shading, perspective. The ‘rules’ were well-ingrained. Then, upon reasonable command of the basics, they riffed. Same should go for language and grammar. In other words, it’s very clear who is working from a deep knowledge of language and grammar — and who isn’t.
Guardian.UK: Frank Gehry rebuffs pleas to revise Eisenhower memorial designs.
“Surrounding the park are massive, see-through woven metal hangings, which Gehry calls ‘tapestries’, that depict pastoral landscapes of Eisenhower’s hometown of Abilene, Kansas. The tapestries would frame the space and create a sort of open-air building, though members of the Eisenhower family have gone so far to protest that the metal scrims remind them of Communist imagery or chain-link fences at a Nazi concentration camp.” Starchitects; once upon a time, they would delight clients. Their egos are too big to care, now.
ArtDaily: One of the world’s finest collections of acoustic guitars to be auctioned.
If you’re near Manhattan, and admire fine guitars, go poke your nose in.
Youtube: Life after Pi.
Statements on the VFX situation of modern filmmaking. Worth the watch.
BBC: Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66.
One of my favorite guitarists. I am bereft. Most only know him through his later work with Al DiMeola. His collaborations with Camaron de la Isla were the stuff of legend, changing the world of flamenco forever … largely unappreciated in our country. Sample.
Ash.Vickers/Tumblr: We miss you, Egon.