Italian Ways: Carrara’s marble quarries - setting beauty free.
“Michelangelo traveled personally to Carrara to select the blocks of marble from which his mallet, punch and chisel would free masterpieces such as the ‘Pietà’, ‘David’, and ‘Moses’.” Great selection of photos.
A Conversation On Cool: Frida Kahlo image and quote. [Great.]
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.”
Slate: Reading insecurity - The crippling fear that the digital age has left you unable to read deep
“You should take a 20-second screen break if you’ve been gazing into your computer, smart phone, iPad, or e-reader for more than a half hour. I’ll wait. It’s OK if you don’t come back—we both know by now that most people won’t finish this article. If you do return, though, I’d like to bring up something that has been bothering me: reading insecurity.”
The Observer.UK: Sam Shepard - ‘America is on its way out as a culture’.
“Detroit’s a great example. All of those cities that used to be something. If you go to a truck stop in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, you’ll probably see the face of America. How desperate we are. Really desperate. Just raw.” Great interview, the whole thing. Take the time to parse it.
HyperAllergic: British Museum Wants Someone to Update Its Website for Free.
“It is also, according to a current online listing, seeking free help on its website and other “products” from experienced coders in the guise, naturally, of an unpaid internship or ‘student placement’ with its ‘Digital Team.’” Not as egregious as some others. No laundry list of JS tech to know.
The Atlantic: Behold - Britain’s Ugliest Building.
“The architects and developers behind the project have defended the complex, arguing that they’ve created jobs, provided much-needed investment to Woolwich, and already sold many apartment units.” Sorry folks ... rests on the shoulders of the architects primarily. Secondarily on the city planners who approve such monstrosities.
Roads & Kingdoms: In the Blood.
HuffPo: What Neuroscience Has To Say About The ‘Tortured Genius’
“The ability to imagine things, to be able to see things in your mind that don’t actually exist—everybody can do that. You don’t need to be mentally ill for that to occur.” What a relief. Still, beware the source.
FFFFOUND!: Spoof of classic O’Reilly geek book cover.
Hilarious. Warning: some may find it offensive.
ArtDaily: Metropolitan Museum launches flagship app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
“This free digital resource is the easiest way to see what’s happening at the Met every day, wherever you are. The Met app is available on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, and can be downloaded free from the App Store.” Hell yeah ... instadownload. Mostly a wrapper for their website, but still worth it (free).
Archaeology News Network: Marble mosaic floor revealed at Amphipolis tomb.
Ah, the suspense is killin’ me.
Weezbo: Wooden Volkswagen Beetle.
While on the subject of cars ...
“Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United State’s Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).” Oh, my. Check out Santa Fe - some looks remarkably the same, but most quite different. We were a dusty little backwater!
Macworld: Leafnote review - Focus on writing, not on how to use the app.
Smells like Scrivener ‘lite.’
Retronaut: Posters from the Spanish Civil War.
Get yer Robert Jordan on.
Art Newspaper: Serrano’s Piss Christ stokes controversy once again.
Shades of the 80’s, rising up through the effluvia of history ...
OpenCulture: Brian May’s Homemade Guitar, Made From Old Tables, Bike and Motorcycle Parts & More.
Knitting needles, knives, more. Jeff Beck reference at 2:50 - May wanted to do the same feedback techniques.
Paris Review: What Makes a Classic Endure?
“Manzoni famously announced that The Betrothed would reach only “twenty-five readers,” yet his book became a national treasure. Its inability to attract a non-Italian audience isn’t the result of its artistic shortcomings, but of the nature of its questions and themes, which simply don’t appeal to a contemporary audience.” Cross-culture is why our movies are getting dumbed-down into action flicks, with no emotional nuance.
BBC: Burning Man closed on opening day by rain.
‘Smoldering Man’ doesn’t quite have the same cachet ...
Observer.UK: Why I love my Leica.
“That kit was invented 100 years ago this year in Wetzlar, a small town in Germany, where a 35-year-old technician invented a camera that would shape the way we perceived the world for the rest of the 20th century.” 100 years of Leica, that optimal form-factor. Longer read, short for a history, eminently worth it.
Vulture: Is It Possible to Even Imagine Utopia Anymore?
365/2: 232. Cast Iron shapes.
A Continuous Lean.: A True American Craft - Handsewn Shoes.
Every guy in America should have at least one pair. But then, I’m originally a natural-born Princeton prep.
Paris Review: What We See When We Read.
Really interesting thought experiment.
The Millions: Practical Art - On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing.
Harrumph. Go, have remarkable experiences. That’s most important. After your experiences, take a break, pull out daybook, write. Get home, see what sticks in your memory, start writing in earnest. Enthusiasm greases the pencil better than anything else. Creative writing is fun, don’t let anyone or any curriculum ruin it for you.
Please note my use of ‘remarkable.’ Some days, just putting a foot out of bed can be an adventure worth relating.