PVC/ART OF THE CUT: Interview with “Captain America: Civil War” video editor.
“I would argue that the rhythm is not something determined by the location of a single cut, but is something that appears after multiple cuts – like a drummer, you don’t have a rhythm with a single drum beat ... there has to be a sequence of drum beats to have rhythm.” YES!
Guardian.UK: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away.
Oxford American: Not Yet Lost. [Must-read!]
“We both knew what it felt like to mourn something we had not yet lost.” I call this the read-of-the-month. Wonderfully written, best thing I’ve seen online in ages.
George R.R. Martin: Excerpt from the Winds of Winter.
Now I can stop apologizing for the slowness of Santa Fe’s most-recognized resident ...
Atlas Obscura: Take a Ride on 9 of the Most Incredible Model Trains in the World.
Forget Trump for a while, look at these model trains!
Hyperallergic: In Quest for Selfie, Tourist Scales and Smashes 126-Year-Old Statue
Self-absorption continues to escalate ...
YT: Rita Moreno - Berklee Commencement Address.
She raps about halfway in. She even worked in ‘perspicacity’. You go, girl.
Guardian.UK: Tudormania - Why can’t we get over it?
“Mantel is still working on the final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She told me it was going well, but could not say when it will be finished, or published.” George RR Martin syndrome! It’s catching!
LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.
Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.”
NPR: The History Of Children’s Books.
“A shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face.” Getting them on the ‘victimization’ train early, eh?
Independent.UK: Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka disappears into private collection.
Terrible shame. Look at the exquisite modelling of the features.
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Good reading right now.
Much of interest, but I take you to Chapter 20 in specific.
The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.
Oh yes. On my reading list!
New Yorker: “The Artist’s Way” in an Age of Self-Promotion.
“Affixing the word “creative” to something is the quickest way to make it sound virtuous, and creativity has almost become a moral imperative. And yet today the “creative class” no longer calls to mind a generation of struggling artists, but a group of college graduates with soft skills and Internet-based jobs they have difficulty explaining to their parents.”
Atlas Obscura: House of Eternal Return.
Santa Fe’s latest attraction gets Atlas Obscura’s attention. So if you wonder where ol’ George has been spending his time (rather than writing), you need look no farther.
Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.
“... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.
NY Times: What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
OpenCulture: Sir Ian McKellen Releases New Apps for Shakespeare’s Plays.
$5.99 per play? Seems ... steep. 37 apps, by the time you’re done, you’re out $220 some bucks, sans tax.
medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.
“No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!
Economist: Language anxieties - A long decline.
Flickr: Labels and Tags.
I may have pointed to this before, or maybe just something similar. Tickles the back of my brain. Well, it’s always an aesthetic joy.
BronxBanterBlog: The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.
NY Times: Cindy Sherman Takes On Aging (Her Own).
“Although Ms. Sherman expresses contempt for the superficialities of social media (“it seems so vulgar to me”) her new images of old-time film stars also hint at our digitized present. Ms. Sherman shot herself against a green screen, then used a computer to insert the landscapes behind her, many of which show off their digital origins.” If I may be so bold, and not incur wrath ... ditch the dye, embrace the grey. I have. Healthy acceptance of the hallmarks of age - and, hopefully, wisdom.
PS Mag: Constraints Can Be a Catalyst for Creativity.
Ask any photographer. Butofcourse, silly. Give me one fixed focal length lens, and tell me to go get great shots. I never do as well creatively with a zoom as I do with a single prime. I’ll get more usable photos with the zoom. But I’ll get more aesthetically pleasing stuff with the primes.