LensCulture: Princeton University - The Itinerant Languages of Photography.
“The project takes its point of departure from the idea that photography, as a set of different practices and technologies, resists being fixed in place—that the photograph assumes its full meaning only after it has been reproduced and displaced. Tracing historical forms of traffic and displacement in photography over time, the project focuses on four different manifestations of itinerancy—photographs, revolutions, subjects, and archives—each of which considers a different aspect of photographic movement.” Definitely on my list of books to get. So few books deal with what makes a great photograph.
OpenCulture: “The Tolkien Professor” Presents Three Free Courses on The Lord of the Ring
Suggested for downtime tune-in.
Common-place/Book Review: On Records.
“When memory, as opposed to the past, is the object of study, one cannot simply peel off layers to arrive at a primeval green.” Selected for that quote, and for the fact the book deals with the Lenni Lenape, who used to roam across some of my childhood’s landscape, and serve as fodder for adventures.
Operation War Diary.
The diaries and communications of WWI soldiers, online. Endless details.
Public Books: For World Literature.
“Considering that none of our objects—not cultures, not readers, not writers—fit within a national frame, why did we ever imagine that nations were the best organizing principles for the study of literature?” Long.
ArtDaily: Family archives of William Penn the man who founded Pennsylvania for sale.
“A prominent Quaker, Penn was a strong advocate of both democratic freedoms and religious tolerance, beliefs he applied when he landed in America in 1682 to take possession of his lands. Many of the principles he laid down in the framework of government for the new Province of Pennsylvania were later enshrined in the US constitution.” Some great stuff here; Penn was an icon in early American history. If you’re in London, go take a peek.
Flickr: From first published to masterpieces.
Tracing great authors’ recognition durations, from ‘first publish’ to ‘masterpiece.’ View very large.
The New Yorker: We’re Not In New York Anymore - A Free Home for Writers in Detroit?
“In a contemporary, literary twist on old homesteading incentives, a new nonprofit organization called Write a House is refurbishing three two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications this spring for writers to move in, rent free. Poets, journalists, novelists, and anyone who falls somewhere in between are encouraged to apply. If the writers stay for the required two years and fulfill other obligations, such as engaging with the city’s literary community and contributing to the program’s blog, they’ll even get the deed to the place.” Cool idea.
The Airship: 10 Teen Girls Who are Toppling Dystopian Regimes.
“So the kids in your life loved The Hunger Games trilogy, and you did too. After all, who doesn’t love a feisty heroine, especially one who sparks the overthrow of tyranny? But Katniss Everdeen isn’t the only teenage girl challenging despots in the far-off future.” Hopefully they use better names for secondary characters than ‘Peeta.’
The New Yorker: Writers and Rum - Why Authorship and Alcohol Have Gone Together.
“Growing up, he had absorbed the notion that a good writer wasn’t just possibly a drunk; a good writer had to be a drunk to be any good at all.” Much as the belief that any artist must be mentally ill.
ArtDaily: “The Unknown Berenice Abbott” edited by Ron Kurtz and Hank O’Neal.
Photo aficionados, take note.
Longform: Writers on writing.
Some I haven’t linked before.
ArtDaily: maps, atlases, books and personal letters highlight Waverly’s Catalog Sale.
Longreads: Required Reading from Journalism Professors.
Another good link for bloggers, methinks.
Entrepreneur: 7 Idioms Almost Everyone Gets Wrong.
A memory jog; send on to your favorite writers/authors/bloggers.
The Dish: Looking Back At A Self-Help Legacy.
Scholars say all philosphers are ‘just footnotes to Plato’; methinks all modern self-help authors and personalities are mere footnotes to ol’ Dale Carnegie.
My Modern Met: Haunting Photographic Illustrations of the Brothers Grimm.
Salon: The year the book became a luxury object.
“As e-books strip down and physical books class up, there’s one reason left to buy the paper kind: beauty.” We’re still early in the transition period; the final form of books is yet to be decided … and that’s kind of exciting, really.
OpenCulture: Asimov Predicts in ‘64 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014.
Web.Law.Duke.Edu: What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2014?
“These works are famous, so we’re not likely to lose them entirely – the true tragedy is that of forgotten films that are literally disintegrating while preservationists wait for their copyright terms to expire.” I take their warning; many works won’t be preserved until they enter the public domain.
ArtDaily: Newly uncovered illuminations from the Renaissance published in new book.
“The surprisingly modern-looking, sometimes hallucinatory illustrations and the cursory descriptions of the Book of Miracles strikingly convey a unique view of the concerns and anxieties of the 16th century, of apocalyptic thinking and eschatological expectation.” Pretty cool. On my list.
BBC: Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum.
The New Yorker: Pope Francis and the Naked Christ.
Hrmmmm. I hate involuntary psychoanalysis. Did all painters and renderers have these deep and meaningful thoughts in mind? Or was there a Codex Genitalia for how to render Christ’s privates?
BBC: Naples’ Girolamini - The looting of a 16th Century library.
I take my statement of the previous post back … I can still be shocked.
Writer Pro - Note. Write. Edit.
It seems iA Writer is now Writer Pro. I’ll have to check it out.
Later: “Not available in US Store.” They’ll lose impulse purchases.