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  • Spread @5:39AM, 2017-11-22
    Tags: deception,   

    Most People Don’t Even Realize What’s Coming 

    [Via Truthstream Media] Will you get lost in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Most people I asked don’t even know what that is, but it’s happening all around us right now. This system is about technological evolution… evolving us.

  • Spread @12:00AM, 2017-11-10
    Tags: anarchist, anti-fascism, antifa   

    The Button-Down Anarchist 

    [Via The Chronicle of Higher Education] This past September 11, a group of activists gathered at Bluestockings, a cooperatively owned bookstore in lower Manhattan, to learn about fighting fascism in Trump’s America. Some of them were members of “antifa,” a loose network of activists whom the president had just called out as a threat to the country.

    Antifa members have been known for starting fires, punching Nazis, and donning balaclavas. At least one person at the bookstore wore a mask. Shelves bearing labels like “anarchism” and “feminist masculinity” were rolled out of the way to make room for the crowd, but there wasn’t enough space for all the people who wanted to hear Mark Bray speak.

    Mr. Bray, a 35-year-old who looks even younger than that, is neither a fire-starter or a Nazi-puncher. He is a lecturer of history at Dartmouth College. His weapons of choice are logic and history, his crisp sentences delivered with the vaguest trace of a New Jersey accent.

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  • Spread @1:07AM, 2017-11-09
    Tags: , , mosaic, steven soderberg,   

    Steven Soderbergh’s “Mosaic” 

  • Spread @12:32AM, 2017-11-04
    Tags: anthony bourdain, chef, cook, cooking, kitchen   

    Anthony Bourdain’s “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” 

    “I love the sheer weirdness of the kitchen life: the dreamers, the crackpots, the refugees, and the sociopaths with whom I continue to work; the ever-present smells of roasting bones, searing fish, and simmering liquids; the noise and clatter, the hiss and spray, the flames, the smoke, and the steam. Admittedly, it’s a life that grinds you down. Most of us who live and operate in the culinary underworld are in some fundamental way dysfunctional.” —Anthony Bourdain

    Read the full article from The New Yorker

  • Spread @11:44PM, 2017-11-03
    Tags: ears,   

    Music is not for ears 

    [Via Aeon] It’s easy to think about music as just a sequence of sounds – recorded and encoded in a Spotify stream, these days, but still: an acoustic phenomenon that we respond to because of how it sounds. The source of music’s power, according to this account, lies in the notes themselves. To pick apart how music affects us would be a matter of analysing the notes and our responses to them: in come notes, out tumbles our perception of music. How does Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah work its magic? Simple: the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift…

    Yet thinking about music in this way – as sound, notes and responses to notes, kept separate from the rest of human experience – relegates music to a special, inscrutable sphere accessible only to the initiated. Notes, after all, are things that most people feel insecure about singing, and even less sure about reading. The vision of an isolated note-calculator in the brain, taking sound as input and producing musical perceptions as output, consigns music to a kind of mental silo.

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  • Spread @11:34PM, 2017-11-03
    Tags: george orwell, , , ,   

    Reading Versus Living 

    [Via The Smart Set] Reading books is an excellent thing to do, but there are any number of excellent things that someone, even a writer, might wish to do. Orwell did them.

    Read the full article.

  • Spread @12:39AM, 2017-11-03
    Tags: gary panter, , ,   

    Gary Panter’s Underground Paper 

    [Via Print Magazine] Gary Panter, the prince of punk publications and the king of the Ratty Line, always wanted to produce a hippie newspaper. Now, in 2017, 50 years after the Summer of Love, he made it happen. Fog Window is a psychedelic volcano of pictures, words, color and love.

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  • Spread @3:36AM, 2017-09-22
    Tags: , , ,   

    Stephen King on the art of fiction 

    “The keepers of the idea of serious literature have a short list of authors who are going to be allowed inside, and too often that list is drawn from people who know people, who go to certain schools, who come up through certain channels of literature. And that’s a very bad idea—it’s constraining for the growth of literature.” —Stephen King

    Read the full interview from Paris Review

  • Spread @3:15AM, 2017-09-22
    Tags: , lebensztejn, piss, putto, urine   

    A Secret History of the Pissing Figure in Art 

    [Via The New Yorker] What happened? Whither urine? Looking through the centuries, the modern observer can’t help but sense some uric conspiracy, a secret society of piss disclosed to modern man only in dribbles and drabs. It’s no accident that so many pissing putti, from their earliest days, appeared at bacchanals, foisting their “little members”—a favorite phrase of Lebensztejn’s—in sprawling, tawdry scenes, lousy with musicians and revellers. It’s as if life then were an endless party, a riot of fluids and fun where every jet, spurt, torrent, and dribble had its place and people were comfortable in their skins. Our forebears knew something that we don’t. They could laugh at what was holy to them. They could regard piss, through some parallax, as a symbol of both purity and Rabelaisian excess. Read the full article.

  • Spread @1:15AM, 2017-09-20
    Tags: beauty warrors, evija laiviņa,   

    Evija LaiviNa’s “Beauty Warriors” 

    The series “Beauty Warriors” is collection of photographs featuring strange and unusual-looking beauty products. All the products were bought on Ebay, and most items were made in China. These products promise instant cures to almost all beauty problems; they fight “problem zones” and promise to cure problems without surgical intervention. Read the rest.

  • Spread @1:49AM, 2017-09-18
    Tags: , , schubert, sviatoslav richter   

    Schubert Everlasting 

    [Via The American Scholar] Nobody played Schubert like Richter. I could bring up any number of felicities—his sense of narrative and structure, his exquisite touch, the attention he paid to the most innocuous detail, the way his interpretations of the standard repertoire seemed at once controlled and improvisatory—but when I think of Richter’s Schubert, one thing comes to mind first: tempo. Slow tempos, glacial tempos, tempos that make no sense on paper, but that, when heard, transport the interpretations into visionary terrain. Read the rest

  • Spread @1:20AM, 2017-09-17
    Tags: global city, informal dwellers, informality, manila   

    This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city 

    [Via Aeon Ideas] Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, Manila. Few would think of Manila atop a list of the 21st century’s premiere cities. Nor would most think of the Philippine capital as a critical node in the global economy. Yet Manila is indisputably at the centre of some of the most important urban trends of the past half-century: it is the world’s most densely populated city, and continues to grow at an exponential pace. It serves as the headquarters to one of the fastest growing economies in the world (10th in 2017, according to the World Bank). Filipinos, especially residents of Manila, travel all over the world as nurses, nannies, construction workers and sailors. They provide the mass labour fuelling the global service economy.

    In our urbanising world, Manila, and a few other rapidly growing world cities, are not only just helpful in understanding how global cities work; they are indispensable.

    Read the rest: Aeon Ideas

  • Spread @1:09AM, 2017-09-17
    Tags: academics, bureaucracy,   

    Where Poetry Meets Bureaucracy 

    Poet-critics long ago traded the patronage of aristocrats for that of the government, foundation, or university administrator. That system is now partially in ruins.

    Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Spread @1:05AM, 2017-09-17
    Tags: , , schooling,   

    Techie parents reinventing school for kids 

    “Content is not as important anymore. Content is in our back pockets, literally,” Habib says, gesturing toward his iPhone. “Whatever knowledge you’ve gained, how do you apply it? That is the central thesis of this school. We feel that the creative process of taking an idea and then producing something out of it is so important, so important for the future.”

    Read the full article: fastcompany.com

  • Titus Toledo @1:59AM, 2017-08-16

    Is Handwriting History? 

    Have you got a pen? My answer to such a question, following some clumsy digging in my backpack, is increasingly no. Sometimes, embarrassment giving way to defensiveness, I wonder why anyone bothers to ask. For years an “e-signature” has sufficed for my letters of recommendation; it’s months since I wrote a check. Presented with a credit card, more and more cashiers point me to a screen to scribble on with my right index finger. (I worry that the scrawl bears no resemblance to my real signature, but on the other hand—ha! hand!—I’ve begun losing all sense of what that indication of my individual personhood might look like.)

    Read the rest: Public Books

  • Titus Toledo @1:51AM, 2017-08-16
    Tags: , lettering, martina flor   

    Martina Flor 

    The message you give to the world comes back to you in terms of clients and work. I told the world I was a lettering artist and I only show work related to that. Read the interview at 99U

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