June 19, 2010
“I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.”
This should keep you busy while I take a couple days off:
- Dave Eggers’ very funny essay on soccer in America is a must-read; highly recommended.
- Equally anecdotal and insightful, less humorous: T Magazine has an eye-opening feature on the Netherlands’ Ajax, who give “Highlight Factory” a new meaning. (Also from my T Mag backlog: Freeganism in practice. Curiously enough, many aspects of freegan culture echo that of the poverty-stricken underclass in China.)
- In defense of digital media; Pinker’s case; how culture shapes language and cognition
- New York Times‘ elitist lexicon (via Buzzfeed)
- Kind of intense political/feminist analysis/defense of M.I.A./Maya as a political/feminist martyr/pariah in the face of Lynn Hirschberg’s decidedly anti-political/feminist exposé in the New York Times. (Sady also analyzes “Alejandro” vis-à-vis Madonna)
- Highly recommended: “I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.” An instant classic if there ever was one. (McSweeney’s)
- Justin E.H. Smith rhapsodizes about palindromes. (3QD)
- “Closing the Digital Frontier,” via The Atlantic‘s 14¾ Biggest Ideas of the Year.
- GQ has a fascinating profile of Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss
- China, ever the land of eternal contrast & disparity: home to a tech-savvy labor movement (NYT via Evan Osnos on the New Yorker) and (adopted) home to fake white businessmen (The Atlantic via PSFK)
- Robert Hass on Chinese poetry in the second half of the 20th Century. (The Believer)
Bluechips & Theory:
- Jonathan Jones on Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst.
- Chuck Close: Life. As with art, music, film, etc., I hate reading book reviews instead of the books themselves, but sometimes secondary sources suffice… at least until I can justify throwing down $25 for it…
- Danto, part two—I’m still ambivalent about his definition of art as “embodied meaning,” which I first encountered a few years ago, but this is a good place to start if you’re not familiar with his work (which I can’t say that I am).
- In accord with the New York Times review, I found Bravo’s “Work of Art” surprisingly watchable, living up to its pseudo-Warholian premise more than the SJP branding and Bravo production tropes might suggest. (I was mostly curious because I met Trong, pictured above, a few days prior.) If nothing else, “Work of Art” affirms that artists’ egos are particularly suited for the magnifying glass of reality television.
- Hyperallergic looks at the show inside and out. The former article wisely points out that the reality TV formula of themed ‘challenges’ all but precludes any possibility of artistic growth, as well as the insular—if idealized—working conditions. In other words, it’s hard to take the show for a window into the art world (not that “Top Chef” does any better) when television necessarily imposes a distance between life and work.
- I’ve never watched “Project Runway,” but apparently WSJ does, drawing parallels between the two shows in their recap of the first episode.
- GQ talks to Bill Powers (“Work of Art” judge & NYC gallerist)
- Related: The current state of the Brooklyn Museum (where the winner of “Work of Art” will get a solo show).
- Inverted: Googleheim?
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