NY Times: What’s So Great About Young Writers?
“Perhaps I’ll be accused of sour grapes, but thankfully I have reached a point at which I care less about what people think. Partly, that is one of the true joys of middle age, and partly the Internet has taught us, if nothing else beyond the infinite appeal of cats, that someone will always think you’re being a jerk, so you may as well say what’s on your mind. Here’s what’s on my mind: Age-based awards are outdated and discriminatory, even if unintentionally so. Emerging writers are emerging writers.” Among younger writers, I find more of the particular malady, “we don’t know what we don’t know.” Likely because I am no longer a younger writer.
Chicago Tribune: Adam Sandler Ridiculous 6 flap - Can Sandler stop being mean?
A style of comedy I don’t admire. I suppose I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen a single one of his movies. A young male relative tried to get me to sit through The Water Boy. I made about ten minutes before I bailed. Booze wouldn’t be enough; you’d have to give me morphine.
Italian Ways: Aerial Views Adria.
Graphic and playful.
NY Times: Romanticizing the Reader.
ArtDaily: 7.8-magnitude earthquake deals heavy blow to Nepal’s rich cultural heritage.
A terrible thing. But: “According to UNESCO, ‘two catastrophic earthquakes’ in 1833 and 1934 led to some monuments in the Kathmandu Valley being rebuilt.” Everything looks bleak in the immediate aftermath.
The New York Review of Books: Sensual Sappho.
Vimeo: The Alchemist’s Letter.
Foreshadowing that goes nowhere, really; meticulously and beautifully created.
Youtube: The OceanMaker.
Archaeology News Network: Marble naturally illuminated the statue of Zeus at Olympia.
Neat bit of historical trivia.
The New Yorker: Spalding Gray’s Catastrophe.
“One of the special features of Spalding’s monologues was that, onstage at least, he rarely repeated himself; the stories always came out in slightly different ways, with different emphases. He was a gifted inventor of the truth, of whatever seemed true to him at the moment.” I consider myself privileged to have seen him perform live twice, at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Riveting, both times. Both before his accident. RIP, Spalding. RIP.
Variety: ‘The Little Prince’ Trailer Unveiled for Cannes.
I actually love that they linked it to ‘helicopter parenting’. With that one choice, it’s perfection. That will date the movie someday (I hope), but not eliminate its relevance.
Here’s to you, Saint-Ex.
The Morning News: Binge Reading Disorder.
“The typical American consumes more than 100,000 words a day, and remembers none of them. When everybody’s reading, but nobody’s smarter, what value has the word?” Personally, I don’t speed-read. I deep-read. If it’s not going to ‘stick’, I usually don’t bother. I just started ‘Outlander’ (I was curious). It may go into my ‘abandoned’ list. “The stone screamed ... (extensive snip) ... it was the sort of scream you might expect from a stone.” Really? Seriously? I expect the TV show is better? I’ll soldier on, however. Paid for it. Might as well bull through to see if it picks up. I hear more and more people discussing the show, so I feel I need to know something about it for my own adaptation to culture.
Paris Review: Wordsworth’s Most Famous Poem Turns 200.
“I am sure it is a great poem [snip] but every ten-year-old Indian is tortured and tormented by [it]... As a kid I remember I had to memorize pages dissecting this poem, but one question always remained — What the hell is a daffodil? No Indian kid ever laid eyes on that flower.” Pffft.
Another Something & Co: Monica Ramos, illustrator.
JunkCulture: Artist Transforms Washed Up Plastic Pollution into Beautiful Site Specific Installation
I’ve asked it before, I’ll ask it again. As photographers, what are we actually doing when we portray trash beautifully?
PS Mag: Want to Be More Creative? Get Out the Electrodes.
CityLab: An Interactive Map of Shakespeare’s London.
NY Times: Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A.
“Other realities conspire to make the M.F.A. one of the fastest growing graduate degrees. Among them: the pervasiveness of digital media and celebrity culture, where anyone with a blog feels like a best-selling novelist-in-waiting; the rise of memoirs, a natural extension of the online selfie writing culture; the popularity of magical realism and noir fiction novels, which have turned many 20-somethings on to literature; and changes in generational attitudes, aspirations and culture.”
Take the Little Black Classics for a spin.
“80 books for 80p each.” Interesting, yet slightly maddening, interface.
Youtube: 1. Squash & Stretch - 12 Principles of Animation.
I learned these a long, long time ago from Eli Bauer (of Terrytoons fame, though his talents went far beyond). And Paul Krukowski, a fantastic Polish animator. Sitting through these twelve videos will also give you a leg up when editing videos in general.
terribleminds: I Gotcher Blog-Writin’ Advice Right Here.
“One of the most recent posts is a promise to post more posts, to blog more blogs, to blargh more blarghs, and that post was three years ago. Two rats chew on a third rat. The ground is salted and dead.” All the uses of the word “blog” made me grab an entire package of toilet paper, in case the blogs leaked out of my monitor.
OpenCulture: Rijksmuseum Digitizes & Makes Free Online 210,000 Works of Art!
The Casual Optimist: Book Covers of Note April 2015.
Saatchi Art: xanthippe tsalimi.
Spectator.UK: Stolen kisses & naked girls - much to wonder about in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland
Shades of photographer David Hamilton (I won’t link; NSFW, perhaps distasteful to many).