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.
NY Times: What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?
WaPo: The question of the moment: What would Trump be like as GOP nominee?
“I think the election’s going to be incredibly competitive. It’s going to be close no matter what.” I predicted early on, that’s the way the media wants it. They’ve done everything they can to level the playing field by apportioning attention. They need controversy, not a shoe-in, to maintain ad impressions. A Teflon candidate is only Teflon if the news ignores their basic responsibility. I’ll repost the journalist creed.
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
Daily Beast: Does Beyoncé Write Her Own Music? And Does It Really Matter?
“On Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, already a religious work for its legion of worshippers, that village is populated by dozens of the industry’s most in-demand producers and no less than 72 writers, including James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and, um, Led Zeppelin.” Read it, see what you think.
xoJane: ‘I Am Becky With the Good Hair’.
Hell of a good article. She almost single-handedly overpowers the original material.
OneHeadlightInk: Today’s NM Film Fix – with Cassidy Freeman.
“Cady” on Longmire.
NY Times: Alicia Vikander to Star as Lara Croft in New Movie.
Nothing against her; I suppose I’ve been thirsting for a more Xena-like size and capability (5’ 10”), than a Khaleesi-type waif (5’ 5”). Angelina was a little thin, she only barely maintained suspension of disbelief in the role. I think if Ms Vikander did some climbing, working on the delts and quads, I might believe she could own the action sequences.
Dare I add, some of the early renderings of Lara had a quality to the face not unlike Joan Crawford in “Mommy Dearest” ... that level of determination and willpower. Only fleeting fear, followed by grit. I’ll miss that aspect. The latest video game renderings look like someone’s kid sister, about to bust out bawling.
Guardian.UK: Trying to woo GOP establishment, Trump camp says persona is all an act.
“However, they insisted that once voters got to know the real Trump as opposed to the public face he has presented while campaigning and while hosting the NBC reality show The Apprentice, they will warm to him. He said that persona was just an act.” Lie and cheat to steal the election. As many suspected.
Vox: Daredevil season 2 review - Marvel’s Netflix hit finds itself in a sophomore slump.
Watched two epis. No suspension of disbelief. The Punisher needs to do (at the very least) more leg work to be convincing in the fight scenes. A whole lot of logical holes in the epis I watched.
BBC: Prince, singer and superstar, dies at 57 at Paisley Park.
Later: The NY Times catches up.
Even later: Alas, one of Jeff Beck’s wishes, to play with Prince, will never come to pass. I theorize it’s one of the reasons he chose Rhonda Smith for his current band.
Dazed: M.I.A criticises political conversation in America.
“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. [snip] You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”
Youtube: The Magnificent Seven, Teaser Trailer.
Nowhere near the swagger of the original. Or the crazy casting of the original. But New Mexico.
Guardian.UK: Shakespeare’s last act - a torrent of twisted fantasies.
Lovely and long. Scanned it, saving it for the (hopefully) relaxing weekend.
The Atlantic: How ‘Concept Creep’ Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm.
“Pathologizing normal experience.” Oh boy, this is the READ OF THE WEEK. Long, but mark out some time to take it all in.
Vimeo: 100 Years/100 Shots.
I don’t necessarily agree with all the choices, but absolutely worth watching. A visual opinion, then. Well-done.
Vox: Captain America: Civil War - 5 things to know about one of Marvel’s best yet.
CNN: A Sunday without Donald Trump for first time in 5 months.
Can’t make a mistake if you don’t open your mouth. It’s been so enjoyable, not having to hear the orange maw howling on multiple feeds.
NY Times: Paul Ryan, a Mirage Candidate, Wages a Parallel Campaign.
After all the cartoonish brawls on both sides, I do fear the media might treat him as the ‘adult’ candidate. And win.
Guardian.UK: Holograms and holistic health: what will music festivals of the future look like?
Nah. Never liked crowds. My urban friends in NYC thought an empty bar was a waste; they preferred the Japanese-subway variety. Give me an empty wilderness.
Globe and Mail.CA: Film restorers are not about to give up on celluloid.
“I turned to Queen Video for The Avengers recently; not the superhero movie franchise but the 1960s British TV show, a cult classic in the detective genre. There it was, a title you can’t find on Netflix or iTunes.”
TheStage.UK: Half of Brits don’t want female Hamlets, claims research.
Since it’s the season of outrage, I wonder when “sexual appropriation” will become a thing.
Slate: A Hamilton critic on why the musical isn’t so revolutionary.
Colbert’s quote, “I didn’t have to read the Bible, because I saw Jesus Christ Superstar” is telling, even as a bad joke. Should entertainment merely entertain, or should it at least try to educate? As I’ve hinted before, I fear America may be reaching ‘peak ignorance’, in part thanks to media and entertainment sectors.
Youtube: Thunderbirds 1965 - Documentary.
Vulture: How Actors Get Plastic Surgery With a Click.
I think we all knew about this after the release of “300”, didn’t we? All the CGI six-packs. Once you know, you can’t not see them all.