ArtDaily: Itching to graffiti? Do it digitally on Florence treasures.
Dubious efficacy. Reminds me, have they charged that young lady who tagged the National Parks? Casey Nocket. Let me see ... nope, still ‘unresolved’. Apparently, it may be too costly to prosecute because she crossed multiple jurisdictions. A terrible example, though ... ‘go big, or go home’?
Art Daily: Spirit of American workforce celebrated in rare Mather Work Incentive Posters.
Good lord, we need these today.
Paris Review: James Tate’s Last Poem, Found in His Typewriter.
“It seemed almost too perfect to have been plucked unedited from a typewriter, so much so that I wondered, in passing, if maybe it were a sly, prankish tribute.” Going down in a blaze of glory ... for a poet.
Mashable: Netflix picks up ‘The Little Prince’ after Paramount drops theatrical release.
Given the overall surge of anti-intellect, I’m not surprised. Netflix is doing great things.
Aeon: Does one ethnic group own its cultural artefacts?
Difficult, difficult questions. On a similar note, I’ve been contemplating how accurate history really is. I was just reminded of this, through Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, oddly enough. There’s a passage near the end, that says, “Your retrospections must be so totally void of reproach, that the contentment arising from them is not of philosophy, but, what is much better, of innocence.” Older versions use “... of ignorance” in this spot. Who did the change, why? Which is what Ms Austen wrote? Ignorance and innocence are very different. Ignorance has a stigma today that it did not have at the time she wrote. I tend to believe ignorance correct, given its use throughout the rest of the novel. Not even a footnote or other bit of text to explain the change.
If a beloved classic is being altered so, being brought into a sort of modern literary correctness, what of ... everything else? If Pride and Prejudice is a prized Western cultural artifact, and we’re dumbing it down for ourselves, why should any other culture give us the time of day?
SF Reporter: Meow Wolf Opening Bursting at the Seams.
This is, ostensibly, what’s been keeping George R.R. Martin away from finishing his books. So you can blame young Santa Fe artists.
Literary Hub: On Terrible Writing Advice From Famous Writers.
I thought it was “those who can’t do, teach.”
Art of VFX: “Les Voyageurs de l’Espace” - Making Of.
Not heard of this. Looks kinda curious ...
NY Times: European Museums Are Shifting to American Way of Giving.
American-style privatization may not necessarily be a boon. We’ve exported fracking ...
New Yorker: How to Beat Writer’s Block.
“If one can remember an entire dream, the result is a sense of entertainment sufficiently marked to give one the illusion of being catapulted into a different world ... One finds oneself remote from one’s conscious preoccupations.”
New Yorker: Under the Crushing Weight of the Tuscan Sun.
“Recently, I watched my friend fill his dog’s bowl with Beneful Tuscan Style Medley dog food. This barely merited a raised eyebrow; I’d already been guilty of feeding my cat Fancy Feast’s White Meat Chicken Tuscany. Why deprive our pets of the pleasures of Tuscan living?”
Haven’t had a chance to read through, but they sound like first-person adoptee stories.
Cosmo Wenman: The Nefertiti 3D Scan Heist Is A Hoax.
FSotI: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction.
Altantic: How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?
LRB: Hilary Mantel reviews ‘Charles Brandon’ by Steven Gunn.
The Millions: Poor Davy! Two Thoroughly Modern Women Discuss David Copperfield.
“Like, hey, who knew? Charles Dickens is a really great writer!” As Dickens himself said, “There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.” This is serious.
Standpoint: But Have They Starved?
“The Distressed Poet made his appearance in print in 1736. He was still there, in the same attitude and in want of money and inspiration, in 1836. By 1936 his quill pen had become a typewriter. In 2016, it is a MacBook.”
I remember the smells of pasteup. Rubber cement, turpentine. And the band-aids and X-Acto knives.
That moment of realization ...
... when you see someone tagging a 70’s set of engraved books as ‘antiques’, and realizing you yourself are a good quarter-century older than those aforesaid ‘antiques’ ...
Senator Udall Introduces CREATE Act to Support Arts Businesses.
Youtube: The Story of the Umlaut.
Great. Note the power of having a live animator drawing concepts. We had Eli Bauer (Terrytoons, New Yorker cartoonist) at most of our concept development meetings - each meeting was incredibly productive. A visual thinker brings benefits far beyond their hourly.
Literary Hub: The Beautiful, Proto-Feminist Snark of Jane Austen’s Juvenilia.
For any Austen fan. Perhaps things haven’t changed so much after all.
Dazed: The Luc Besson guide to femininity.
Guardian.UK: How cars ruined our love of the countryside.
I think one has to differentiate between driving a car (attention to the road ahead) and being a passenger. There are some mixed metaphors here - complaining of not seeing the topography in an urban area isn’t the car’s fault, it’s buildings. Santa Fe’s buildings tend to be low, single story, earthtone without pitched roofs, hugging the landscape and revealing the elevations.
I’ve travelled long, long distances by plane, train, bus, car, bicycle and foot. Each has their place. I think the most transformative was a long bus trip ... the ‘locals’ you sit next to give you context while you watch the landscape roll by. And as you would imagine, I’m a human tape recorder for biographical and autobiographical stories. Buses are a great place to experience these. Or were. I haven’t been on one since our modern smartphone devolution of social interaction.