William Reichard: Wandering, truant.
Guardian.UK: Ben Bernanke says Wall Street executives should have gone to jail.
The minute I saw the title, I thought to myself, “book promotion shpiel.” Too little, too late, Ben. And I ain’t buyin’ your book, either.
ArtDaily: “Martin Boyce: When Now is Night”
Some art just escapes me.
NPR: Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway - ‘Goddess’ Chronicles A Fabled Life.
“Australian young adult author Kelly Gardiner has written her first novel for grownups about a character who seems to leave no adult passion untested.” I’ll have to give it a try, to judge whether YA to regular novel is a good path for young authors.
Chris Woodside: Libertarians on the Prairie.
A friend from Princeton High School has authored a book about the realities of the Laura Ingalls Wilder saga. Rises to the top of my hardback purchase list!
WilliamReichard: Excellent read about the nature of theater.
Will asks the question. I answer: Reading may be solitary, but it makes me better when involved in community. My reading drove my imagination as a child, causing me to break boundaries and become a more complete individual. After a spin in the pages of a novel, I return to society seeing the same-olds through new lenses.
NY Times/In Performance: Juliette Binoche.
Antigone. Still lovely.
Two books on the history of ‘the Castrati’. I cross my legs and move on ...
Guardian.UK: Shady dealings of William Shakespeare’s father ‘helped to fund son’s
There seem to be two tracks on ol’ Shakes. One is doing serious research, the other is expending efforts to deny his existence.
HarperCollins: “Colons, commas, periods, and capital letters ...
NY Times: The Plot Twist - E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead.
“Sales of dedicated e-reading devices have plunged as consumers migrated to tablets and smartphones.” I predicted this in ‘13 ... dedicated reading devices were a temporary form factor.
Catapult: Dying Is More Difficult Than It Seems.
JSTOR Daily: “Let the Traumatic Image Haunt Us”.
Perhaps — and I’ve expressed my unease with this before — the trick is to *not* send professional photographers to cover crises. The proverbial ‘straight photograph’ elicited the reaction here. A famed photographer would have tried to frame the little body artistically, finding a graphical beauty in the tragedy. As it was, the snapshot was enough.
For instance, I love a rusty wrecked vehicle as much as the next artful photographer. But what happened to the gas and oil, leached away into the ground to disturb our water-tables, the rubber degrading and offgassing ... what does it really represent? And repeated so many millions of times over our land.
Guardian.UK: Was Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man plagiarised?
This’ll be fun.
The New Yorker: Writing by Omission.
“Why have you left out the grapes?”
Ike said, “Because they’re too Goddamned hard to paint.”
iA Writer 3.0
Swiping, even on Mac, is the big change.
Pacific Standard: Conviction of Things Not Seen: The Uniquely American Myth of Satanic Cults.
“The period of nationwide moral hysteria that came to be known as the Satanic Panic began in 1980 with the publication of Michelle Remembers, a biographical account of the repressed memories of the childhood ritual abuse ...” I can stop right there. The insinuation of ‘regression hypnosis’ tells you everything you need to know. Move on.
BBC: The mysterious origins of punctuation.
“For as long as anyone could remember, the Greeks had written their texts so that their letters ran together withnospacesorpunctuation and without any distinction between lowercase and capitals. It was up to the reader to pick their way through this unforgiving mass of letters to discover where each word or sentence ended and the next began.” My eyes cross thinking about it.
SciAm: Will Artificial Intelligence Surpass Our Own?
“He turned to face the machine. ‘Is there a God?’
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.
Guardian.UK: Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history.
Three from Brevity.
New find for my RSS feeds, been waiting for their latest update. All excellent. Dig around the site, too. My favorite is the last.
The Atlantic: How America Lost Track of Ben Franklin’s Definition of Success.
If you’ve not read Franklin’s Autobiography, you should add it to your list. I usually read it about once a year. A shame he didn’t get to fill it out with his later adventures, but what we have, is treasure.
99U: Escaping the Time-Scarcity Trap.
Digital Reader: Scribd Dials Back Its Audiobook Service.
“Both of Scribd’s bold moves made the service attractive to potential subscribers, but they came at too high of a price. Rather than just draw in paying customers, Scribd attracted the type of customer it does not want - those who would use the service as it was intended by consuming as much content as they can.” My italic emphasis.
Medium: The Evolution of Magazine Covers.
Genuinely entertaining article.