AlJazeeraAmerica: Big Food uses mommy bloggers to shape public opinion.
Um ... isn’t it rather sexist to link BlogHer to ‘Mommy Blogs’ without offering any linkage of the two? BlogHer is certainly not just mothers who blog. Or am I reading this wrong?
Civil War Memory: The Problem of Southern Thinking From a Southerner.
TG’s Political Wire: GOP Lawmaker Says Migrant Children May Carry Ebola.
Seriously? Again, this kind of idiocy should trigger an ejection seat from the US Capitol.
NY Times: A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture.
“What makes the middlebrows so contemptible? Woolf’s tautological response is their very middleness, their inability to be either one thing or another, and their habit of ‘indistinguishably and rather nastily’ mixing up art and life (the pure, complementary pursuits of the high and the low) with things like ‘money, fame, power or prestige.’” Perhaps, but who wants to be a lowbrow ‘dancing monkey’ for the higbrows? The ‘affinity’ of the high and low could only be expressed in such terms by the highbrow urbanity of the NY Times; happy to look down upon their readership.
LA Times: Marina Abramovic Institute responds to critics of unpaid positions.
“But the come-work-for-free ad — I mean, ‘volunteer’ — strikes a dissonant note when the foundation’s namesake has her multimillion-dollar real estate transactions regularly covered on Curbed. And when the organization seeking the unpaid work is fund-raising for a $20-million headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Not to mention that the skills the institute is demanding for these positions is quite specialized.”
Hyperallergic: Marina Abramović Institute Seeks So Much Unpaid Work.
Mischiefs of Faction: Public Opinion on Israel-Hamas Conflict Has Little to Do with the Conflict.
“The American public’s endorsement of current Israeli policy largely isn’t a reaction to that policy because most people aren’t following the details at all.” The same can be said of most political issues, no? Most never venture further than their favorite pundit ... or parent.
The Hairpin: Go Read Alice - The History of the Diary Novel.
“The diary novel canon is composed first of diary novels which have received significant (male) literary praise. But within this genre, the diary novel for women is an important and under-recognized sub-genre. These novels are usually evaluated on their historical merits because aesthetically, they are terrible: written by religious conservatives and/or befuddled men, often intended (in the Victorian era) to instruct.” Ugh.
Colossal: 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI.
Tasteful and raw, at the same time. I approve.
ArtDaily: Philbrook Museum of Art announces receipt of the Hyatt collection of Hopi art.
Instructive; I’ll have to look into a pictorial history of sacred clowns. I suspect more modern ones have been influenced by Disney. Even ancient cultures can’t exist in a vacuum.
MessyNessyChic: The Man who Documented the Last American Tribes.
Edward Curtis. Beautiful and evocative photos within.
ArtDaily: Ukraine rebels go to the museum ... to steal World War II tanks and two howitzers.
“When an AFP journalist visited the museum Friday there were still markings on the ground from where the separatist fighters had revved up their vintage loot and made off.” Old reliables. Whether they can find ammo in the right gauge, is a question.
Center for Public Integrity: How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota.
“All I wanted to do was farm and ranch, from the time I could stand up. And it’s stolen the future for a lot of people who wanted to retire here, who wanted to live out their days here. It’s stolen mine.” Scroll about a third of the way down, perhaps a little farther, to the Google map of drilling sites. Then use the Google widget to zoom out a bit. See if you have the same reaction I did (“Holy sh-t!”).
BBC: Possible Rodin and Degas works found at Gurlitt home.
“Two sculptures, possibly by Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, have been discovered in the home of the late art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.” Good grief, sounds like the man was sitting on his own personal Louvre, and never really bothered to enjoy any of it.
Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.
“The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.
NPR: ‘Rocket Girl’ Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel.
“It seems DaYoung wasn’t any ordinary teenager in her version of 2013. She was a member of the New York Teen Police Department. Now back in 1986, armed only with her flight gear and some awesome fighting moves, she beats down baddies of all stripes while pursuing her mission to stop the evil mega-corporation Quintum Mechanics.” Sounds like fun.
Vox: Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states.
“The suit alleges that subsidies should only be available in states that set up their own insurance exchanges, based on the text of the Affordable Care Act. The government can still appeal, but if it ultimately loses the case at the Supreme Court, it’s possible that federal subsidies will no longer be available to help make insurance affordable in over thirty states.” And everything hinges on a single word. Who says proper English isn’t important?
OpenCulture: Wearable Books - Medieval Manuscripts Were Recycled & Turned into Clothes.
Um. Yes. Well. Newspaper and book-paper are pretty good insulators, it turns out. We had a family friend who grew up in Austria post-WWI, and he related how he managed to keep warm in the terrible post-war poverty by lining his clothes with newspaper (and in the process, making me curious about what the Treaty of Versailles wrought that textbooks weren’t telling me). I later tried it myself (what kid wouldn’t?) … and found it worked extremely well. Except for the ink all over your skin.
Collectors Weekly: Caftan Liberation - How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free.
“It allowed you to wear really comfortable clothing in public, things that you might have reserved for just wearing behind closed doors in your own house. [snip] It was teasing the boundaries around your domestic space, like what you’re wearing at home versus what you’re wearing out. It had an ambiguous sexuality to it. It both freed the body and emphasized the body, while still remaining somewhat dignified.” Better than having to look at folks in sweats and house slippers at WalMart.
Guardian.UK: Fracking firm ‘underplayed’ heavy lorries needed for Sussex drilling.
Of course they underplayed. All the fracking companies try make the business of fracking sound like a cakewalk. The traffic is significant, the noise is significant … the wear on public roadways is more than significant. You’re talking transporting millions of gallons of water via truck. Water is what, 8.3x pounds a gallon, sans additives? You can see why frackers inject the excess into the ground after fracking is over. They certainly don’t want to have to transport, store, clean or remediate all the liquid they use. Taxpayers will have to handle the freshly lubricated geologic faults.
FirstLook: NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children.
We live in an age where personal branding may limit your ability to report.
Google+: End of the nymwars?
The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Emily Parker.
In specific, about her book on international bloggers, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are. On my list.
The Atlantic: The Weeping Time.
“When Thomson recounts the auction, he holds nothing back. By its very nature, the sale of human beings is a disgraceful affair and he describes the slave speculators as a motley lot, poking and prodding the ‘chattel,’ pinching their muscles and checking the insides of their mouths like livestock, all while joking and making lurid comments at some of the female slaves.” And much worse.
Dissent: Prison to Table - The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience.
“It’s not clear what shocked people most about the report in Fortune that Whole Foods Market sells goat cheese and tilapia prepared with prison labor — the horrendous exploitation of prisoners for a base rate less than one-tenth of Whole Foods’ starting wage, or the fact that even after paying prisoner-workers sixty cents an hour, that tiny wheel of goat cheese still costs upward of seven dollars. Whichever reason it was, for many the story disturbed the experience that Whole Foods carefully cultivates for its customers.”