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.
Slate: College papers - Students hate writing them. Professors hate grading them.
“Students hate writing them so much that they buy, borrow, or steal them instead. Plagiarism is now so commonplace that if we flunked every kid who did it, we’d have a worse attrition rate than a MOOC. And on those rare occasions undergrads do deign to compose their own essays, said exegetic masterpieces usually take them all of half an hour at 4 a.m. to write, and consist accordingly of ‘arguments’ that are at best tangentially related to the coursework, font-manipulated to meet the minimum required page-count.” For subjects I hated, the essays were a chore. For subjects I adored, it was a joy to be able to stretch my textual wings a bit. I’d hate to lose them all.
Globe And Mail.CA: A new magazine – in print! Online publishers are rediscovering ink.
NY Review of Books/Poem: The Privacy of Typewriters.
OpenCulture: The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain.
Open season, kids, Have at ‘em.
Reddit/Books: Happy birthday, Tycho Brahe! Here’s a list of books.
Just be sure to excuse yourself when you’re eating dinner and have to spend a penny (playing off the old rumor about his demise …).
Vimeo: It Couldn’t Be Done.
Slate: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies - NZ was the wrong filming location.
Not that we haven’t heard it before. I think there’s room for interpretation. GOT is less concerned with fantasy overall, than LOTR.
OpenCulture: Where Do Great Ideas Come From? Neil Gaiman Explains.
“All fiction [snip] is a process of imagining.” Good tips, worthy of recording and saving someplace for future reference.
The Atlantic: Can’t Print Magazines Be Saved? Does It Matter If They Aren’t?
“The fact is that digital delivery, which we regard as indispensable, is expensive.” I have to laugh at that; that’s not the way digital delivery was sold to us. “It’ll cost less than physical printing!” Or do I remember incorrectly?
I enjoy iPad magazines, but I still find I miss their paper counterparts. I’m chalking it up to a generational bias.
Slate: What it was like to read literature’s ‘midcentury misogynists.’
“Young women are often barred from feeling the easy pleasure that comes with reading and identifying with the classics. But we also benefit from a critical perspective on these books that many of our male peers don’t have. We don’t see ourselves in them, so we grow up challenging them.” When you realize the language of misogyny is even being perpetuated in ‘young adult’ literature, you begin to realize the magnitude of the problem.
BBC: 10 French novels loved by readers.
Perhaps some suggestions for your GoodReads list.
10,000 Words: NY Women In Communications Panel - ‘‘Where Is The Print Industry Going?’.
“I hate the word content because it sounds like gas, oil, coal. It’s that kind of commodity sounding word. At the end of the day, what we are is storytellers. Even if we tell it in a list, or a slideshow, or a pictorial.” Sounds awfully familiar.
NJ.com: Princeton University dismayed by leaking of J.D. Salinger’s unreleased stories.
“The school disclosed last week that the short story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library …” Ruh-roh. Ties to The Catcher in the Rye.
NPR: Don’t Call It Fanfic - Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories.
Fun. I’ve rewritten parts of beloved books in my head for years; perhaps I should commit some to paper.
New Statesman: Was Michelangelo the first celebrity artist?
A fine bit of historical narrative with which to start the week.
NPR: You Must Read This - Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master And Commander’.
NY Times/Sunday Book Review: 100 Notable Books of 2013.
Bookmarked, for future reading possibilities.
FFFFOUND!: Cherry picked blossom’s photos.
NY Times: Umberto Eco - Exploring Imaginary Lands With One of Italy’s Masters of Fiction.
“Do you believe that Raphael was not interested in what happened to his paintings after his death? It’s another side of the normal human desire to survive personally in some way, and that is the root of every religion. That is essential if you work on something creative to have this hope.” Eco is an automatic reblog.
Telegraph.UK: The world’s most expensive books.
Price is one thing; value another. Put, say, the Gutenberg Bible back up for auction today, see the Book of Psalms fade far into the background.
Guardian.UK: How can we end the male domination of philosophy?
On board until that last paragraph.
OpenCulture: Legendary Japanese Author Yukio Mishima Muses About the Samurai Code.
His iai-do draw needs some help, IMHO.