HyperAllergic: German Media Corroborates $36M Islamic State Antiquities Trafficking.
Loot and sell. So, not just oil. The antiquities trade is shady enough; shining some light in there will be tres difficult.
Black Friday App & Book Deals for Developers, Designers & Entrepreneurs.
Some good stuff. Pixelmator is 50% off, if Adobe’s CC offerings are too dear for your overstressed wallet.
CosmosUp: Is the Wormhole in ‘Interstellar’ Possible?
Oh lordy. Scroll down a little. See the problem? It’s an artist’s representation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama, not a ‘wormhole.’ Folks who haven’t read the sci-fi canon ... that action puts this RSS source on my ‘probation’ list.
The Book of Life.
I point you to the “What is it” page. Better to just dip your toes in, on the main page (click the logo top-left).
OpenCulture: Behold a Beautiful Archive of 10,000 Vintage Analog Cameras at Collection Appareils.
Guardian.UK: Ursula K Le Guin’s speech at National Book Awards - ‘Books aren’t just commodities’.
Winter is coming? “... we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.”
Guardian.UK: Shakespeare First Folio found in French library.
“One of the most interesting things about the book is that the Henry IV play has clearly been performed because there are notes and directions on the pages that we believe date from around the time the book was produced.” Now that’s cool.
NPR: ‘Paper Love’ - Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn’t Escape WWII With ‘Everyone’.
PS Mag: The Long War Between Highbrow and Lowbrow.
“Shakespeare was The Avengers of the 19th century. To say that Shakespeare was The Avengers, though, is to say, in part, that Shakespeare was not high culture at all. Instead, Shakespeare was popular culture — and treated as such.”
Italian Ways: Genius unnoticed – the Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum in Parcines.
OpenCulture: The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations.
Fun, but he conflates Zen and Taoism, as many in the West do. The story of the farmer is straight from Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi). Better to get it from the original, from one of my favorite books. [Caveat: Published by the Princeton University Press, when my best friend was an editor there.]
Yahoo News/AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found.
Written by Neal Cassady. “The letter is so good, and you see why these guys loved him. [snip] The writing, it just breathes off the page.” I think we all want to take a gander at this one.
The Believer/Logger: How Writers Read (Vol. 1).
Hmmm. Off on a bit of a tangent, I was just commenting the other day how modern fiction is filthy with description. Classics are spare; they rely on imagination or reader-knowledge of the situations and locations of which they speak. Today, novelists give us painfully detailed description of things that have no bearing on the plot. I’m not sure if it is pointing to a lack of imagination in the reading public, or simply the plethora of bad ‘how to write’ books. Nevertheless, I keep turning from the modern to the ancient for my reading materials. Top of mind, after my latest library run ...
Telegraph.UK: Neil Gaiman - Why Disney’s Sleeping Beauty doesn’t work.
“The point about Snow White is that you can keep fighting. The point about Snow White is that even when those who are meant to love you put you in an intolerable situation, you can run away, you can make friends, you can cope. And that message [he says with a smile of satisfaction] that even when all is at its darkest, you can think your way out of trouble – is huge.”
Fubiz: Leather Belt Home Covering.
Cool idea. Problem is, once this gets on the ‘net (and meta-linked on Pinterest), I’ll go to the local thrift stores and old belts will jack up in price - or be completely gone.
io9: This 2000-Year-Old Pigment Can Eliminate The Third Dimension.
So cool. The Chinese had ‘flat UI’ before we did.
Home Designing: Breathtaking Stone Mosaics Turn Nature Into Art.
ArtDaily: O’Keeffe painting sells for more than 3x the previous world auction record ...
... for any female artist. Here: “Seven bidders competed for Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, but it was a prolonged battle between two determined bidders that drove the price to this record height – nearly tripling the work’s high estimate of $15 million.”
Italian Ways: The paradox of the Ducati RR 3404.1 ”breadbox”.
Not a motorcycle. A tube radio.
zenhabits: Writer as Coder - The Iterative Way to Write a Book.
Feedback as you go. Not a bad idea.
ArtDaily: The microphones the Beatles sang into at Liverpool’s Cavern Club at auction.
Lennon-spit! McCartney snozz! Step right up ...
The Paris Review: Shelby Foote on the Tools of the Trade.
“You have to communicate sensation, [snip] the belief in what life is, what it’s about, and you do it through learning how to handle a pen. That’s the reason why I have always felt comfortable with the pen in my hand and extremely uncomfortable having some piece of machinery between me and the paper — even a typewriter let alone a word computer, which just gives me the horrors.” Foote always embodied the soft-spoken style of Southern gentry, an archetype that is disappearing very swiftly. Erudite, intelligent and yet distinctly Southern.
ArtDaily: French photographer and Pablo Picasso confidant, Lucien Clergue, dies aged 80.
“The best-known works from Clergue were his nude images and landscapes, which led to him being the first photographer to be admitted to the elite Academie Francaise, the guardian of the French language. ” His daughter has a portfolio up, here [NSFW; tasteful nudity]. RIP, good sir - often copied, rarely referenced, never equalled.