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I and You: a short appreciation of Martin Buber’s ‘Ich und Du’

3 days agoHumor / odd :

When I was in college, I was crazy about Martin Buber. Well, really, I was crazy about Friedrich Nietzsche, and I was dating an evangelical Christian, provisionally going to her church, so I needed a way to put the two together. Buber’s...Show More Summary

What America looked like before the EPA, in photos

3 days agoHumor / odd :

Popular Science has a series of photos taken by EPA staff in the early years of the agency after it was formed in the 1970s, that have since been digitized. It’s pretty grim stuff: abandoned cars in Jamaica Bay, broken candy-glass unreturnable...Show More Summary

“Stronger Shines the Light Inside”

3 days agoHumor / odd :

Photographer Angie Smith spent over a year telling the stories of refugees resettled in Idaho, a state that (according to census data) is over 89% white. Her resulting work, Stronger Shines the Light Inside, focuses on the commonality...Show More Summary

The charisma of lovable weirdo Jeff Goldblum

3 days agoHumor / odd :

Read this homage to Jeff Goldblum in its entirety (preferably out loud, with a close friend) and then re-watch The Big Chill. Edward Norton (‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ 2014; ‘Isle of Dogs,’ out in March): A friend of mine was on a flight and was seated next to Jeff. Show More Summary

Still Processing on location

3 days agoHumor / odd :

Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris take a field trip to see the new Obama portraits in DC in the latest episode of their stellar podcast Still Processing and it’s beautiful. Wortham and Morris address the controversy over Michelle’s portrait and delight in Barack’s and are brilliant as always. Tags: Black History Month podcasts Still Processing

On the history of PDFs and political subterfuge

3 days agoHumor / odd :

“The history of our generation will probably be in PDF form.” (via Corrina) Tags: PDFs politics

Van Morrison and the Boston counterculture in 1968

3 days agoHumor / odd :

Van Morrison wrote his spare, stringed magnum opus Astral Weeks during his time among the late 60s LSD-fueled counterculture in Boston. Ryan H. Walsh’s new book Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 covers the nine months Morrison spent in Cambridge, as well as a cast of characters both known and not. Show More Summary

Rewriting the NY Times Obit section

3 days agoHumor / odd :

The paper of record somehow failed to note the passing of Diane Arbus, Nella Larsen, Sylvia Plath, and twelve other equally influential women over their 167 years of publication. They updated this for International Women’s Day in their...Show More Summary

Don’t move to Los Angeles

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

As a nice coda to yesterday’s post on gentrification in Los Angeles, the adroit Ann Friedman tells us how not to ruin her adopted city. I like to think I’m one of the good transplants. (Don’t we all?) I came to California seven years ago when most New Yorkers were still turning up their noses at this city. Show More Summary

Privacy at the margins

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Privacy and privilege go hand in hand. This collection of scholarly articles in The International Journal of Communication edited by Dr. Alice Marwick and danah boyd takes us to Appalachia, India, Azerbaijan, and among Aboriginal communities. Show More Summary

“LA is the best”

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

If you’re back east enjoying a snow day today, might I recommend cozying up with the brilliant Ingrid Goes West? Documentary of the year 2017, IMHO. (Yes, that is Ice Cube, Jr.) Tags: Aubrey Plaza Ingrid Goes West Instagram movies

Spike Jonze is very good at making ads

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Huh, weird. Spike Jonze made a video of me in my living room last night. I’m fully here for FKA Twigs being the face of dancing your way out of depression. Tags: advertising Anderson.Paak Apple FKA Twigs music Spike Jonze

F hipsters

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

My former colleagues Andrew Romano and Garance Franke-Ruta took a look at recent protests led by Defend Boyle Heights and the larger radical anti-gentrification movement they’ve inspired. Coffee shops are being targeted and galleries...Show More Summary

Frank Ocean interviews statistics rapper Timmy T

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Frank Ocean interviews Timothée Chalamet and it’s brilliant. FO The time period of 20th Century Women seems close to Call Me By Your Name, that ’80s time period. Did you get into these past eras of fashion and shit when you were doing the film? TC Absolutely. Show More Summary

I believe the children are our future

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Watching the teenagers from Parkland, Florida instigate change and challenge leadership has been inspiring, to say the least. If anything, it’s a reminder that while it’s probably too late for our generation to make any real change,Show More Summary

Anthony McCall’s large-scale sculpture, cinema, drawing objects

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn is currently showing six large-scale pieces by local artist Anthony McCall. The main hall of the massive warehouse space is blacked out and filled with haze for the show of his Solid Light Works series, which he began work on in 1973. Show More Summary

On the psychology (and business) of color

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, teaches an annual class on trend forecasting and the psychology of color. She joined Pantone after publishing her 1983 book “Alive With Color,” and she created the color...Show More Summary

The data behind Hollywood’s sexism

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

Dr. Stacy Smith, one of the creators of the inclusion rider, spoke at TEDWomen in 2016 about the epidemic of invisibility in Hollywood. She uses hard data to break down how women and minorities are not just underrepresented in film, they’re erased, and just how pernicious this is for all of us. Storytelling is so important. Show More Summary

Guest editing this week: Chrysanthe Tenentes

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

[Hello gang. I am off this week and am very pleased that my pal Chrysanthe Tenentes will be taking over while I’m gone. We haven’t caught up in awhile, so I’m eager to learn what she’s thinking about these days and what she’s been working on. Show More Summary

Is Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son the most disturbing painting?

2 weeks agoHumor / odd :

In the latest installment of Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak explains why Francisco Goya’s painting Saturn Devouring His Son is so disturbing, not only from the standpoint of the subject matter but also the circumstances surrounding its creation. I...Show More Summary

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