The New York Review of Books: Two Cheers for the Middle Ages!
Three books reviewed. Read the entire review before choosing any.
Bloomberg: What Does Harper Lee Want?.
Telegraph.UK: Would it have been kinder not to publish Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman?
“Amidst all the speculation, and high anticipation, attending the publication of Harper Lee’s ‘lost’ novel, Go Set a Watchman, there is one thing worth bearing in mind: there is a reason it was not published in the first place.” I sort of expected this, which is why I haven’t been blogging the hype.
Later: Ah, a story that was rewritten at the behest of editors to become the famous bestseller. Interesting, but will taint the original for many. I’ll pass. I enjoyed reading Jean Giono’s early renderings of Angelo Pardi in print, but the fully-formed character in Le hussard sur le toit was the greatest. Seeing a character through a multifaceted crystal of different periods, different author circumstances, ends up being confusing to most, informative only to other writers, really. At some point, someone will translate Mort d’un personnage so I can find out the end of the story.
Italian Ways: Jeanne Grignani and advertisement.
I laughed out loud at the Pirelli and sewing machine advertisements. Ah, the past is truly another country.
The Verge: What’s the deal with translating Seinfeld.
“Jokes are the hardest things to translate into another language, another culture, another world.” Which is why, as I’ve noted before, violence and action films are the entertainment industry’s best investment. A punch is a punch in any language. But what doth such creations reap?
NewMusicBox: Ageism in Composer Opportunities.
“Discrimination against someone of the ‘wrong’ color, ethnicity, sex, or sexual orientation is generally frowned upon in modern society. Progress has been made on these fronts to change peoples’ thinking and to embrace inclusion. However, progress is still needed in the area of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age.” Yes, even in other niches, the tendency for ‘30 under 30’ articles feels like the media wearing prejudice on their sleeve. Some things are simply easier for the plasticities of youth; looking at those who are older and doing stunning work often shows a more admirable gritty determination: playing learned wisdom against the vagaries of age and health - and all while fighting today’s culture.
Speaking more broadly, the culture of youth worship is getting way, way out of hand. I try to always focus on the work before judging any other factor.
Bloomberg: Islamic State Is Selling Looted Art Online for Needed Cash.
TechCrunch: Writers Are Going Cuckoo For Kindle Unlimited.
Slate: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera, reviewed.
“In Insignificance, Kundera casts his eye on the fact that the city of Konigsberg, the home of the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant, is now Kaliningrad, named for a Soviet mediocrity with bladder problems.” Always worth reading. On my list.
Luminous Landscape: Understand The Left and Right Brain [1 & 2].
Coolist: 1938 Adler Trumpf Rennlimousine.
“Most Beautiful”? Looks like a car out of a vintage cartoon, IMHO.
The Fully Intended: The Writer’s Dream.
For one so young, Mollie writes like the best of the old-school. With modern sensibility.
Standpoint: Saving Greece [Sell Britain the Parthenon].
ArtDaily: ‘Nightscape’ - A light & sound experience by Klip collective opens at Longwood Gardens.
FastCoDesign: Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key.
Bookseller: Publishers Association ‘busts myths’ on copyright.
“It is time to debunk the long-pedalled myth that copyright is an obstacle to growth in the digital economy. When you look at the success of publishing and other creative industries in developing online products and services it is palpably untrue – copyright is the means by which the digital economy functions, allowing works to be made available to consumers and rewarding creators and the companies which invest in them.”
Luminous Landscape: The Art Of The Photograph, Essential Habits For Stronger Compositions.
Aeon: The allure of ISIS resembles that of Tolkien.
“... many readers, it seems, thrill to the notion of finding a king to whom they can pledge their swords without scruple or hesitation. Indeed, it is sometimes claimed that the patently adolescent politics of Tolkien’s Middle Earth represent a true and valid model for real-world humans.” Bound to ruffle some feathers.
OpenCulture: New Archive Offers Access to 22k Literary Docs From British & American Writers.
If you’re a writer yourself, you’ll find it makes you feel better.
ArtDaily: Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade.
He survived until after the war. Barely. Wracked with TB, I wonder what he thought of his actions? Millions of people dead, as the result of a couple of pistol-shots.
Telegraph.UK: The hunt for the million-dollar Faberge eggs.
I have a feeling these are not sitting in thrift stores, but carefully squirrelled away, to be found by executors and family members.
Colossal: The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of
Hey, they were able to remove that Instagram filter ... (joking, just joking) ...
PRI: Two psychologists say they’ve identified a long-lost (and misattributed) work of Shakespeare’s.
I’ll wait for other corroboration.
FiveThirtyEight: We Tried — And Failed — To Identify The Most Banned Book In America.
DesignYouTrust: Dashi Namdakov Is Turning Heads With His Fantastic Bronze Sculpture.
Wild, man. If I were a little kid, I’d never visit the park in which that first sculpture resides. One view would serve for a lifetime.