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Recommendations for August 2, 2013

I didn’t get it together to do these last week. But, I’ve got a bunch of good stuff this week. Some music first, and then several good reads. You can also download all of this week’s articles as a Readlist here. Video: “Hot Knife” by Fiona Apple (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) This was my …

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The Unfinished: Thinking about Roger Ebert

There will be many obituaries written for Roger Ebert, but this one, by Dana Stevens at Slate, will almost certainly be one of the better ones. Unlike Dana Stevens, I was not someone whose life was particularly touched by Roger Ebert. I was born about the time his show with Gene Siskel went on the …

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Coming up Dry

So, for various reasons, this has not been a good week for me and discovering new things. I’ve been reaching the last couple of weeks anyway, so at this point it seems better to officially take a week off and find some good stuff for next time.

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Recommendations for March 22, 2013

For the past week, I was in New York as one of the advisors at the National Model United Nations conference. Our team represented Botswana (and South Africa on the Security Council), and I was very pleased with their performance. However, being at the conference also means that I was not spending much time finding …

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Recommendations for January 18, 2013

Kind of a long list this week: four article and three songs/videos. All good stuff. Article: “A $1 Billion Project To Remake The Disney World Experience, Using RFID” by Mark Wilson http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671616/a-1-billion-project-to-remake-the-disney-world-experience-using-rfid Disney has a plan to replace tickets to its amusement parks with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) wristbands (called, inevitably, “MagicBands”) which will not …

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Recommendations for January 11, 2012

A relatively long list this time, with some interesting things to read and some new music. Somebody on a podcast I listen to, who writes for NPR Music, said recently that the beginning of the year is when record labels tend to push new or lesser-known artists, which might explain why I am hearing a …

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Criterion Project #1: “Late Spring”

This is the first in what will hopefully be a (long) series of posts about films in the Criterion Collection. (If you have never heard of the Criterion Collection, there is a description of what they are about on their website, here). As I said in my post about my movie-watching in 2012, I tend …

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Recommendations for December 20, 2012

Nearing the last set of recommendations for the year. In the next couple of weeks, I will talk a bit about the year, and what I would like to do with this blog in the next few months. For now, though, here’s some more stuff to read and look at. List: Longreads Best of 2012 …

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Recommendations for December 11, 2012

Last week, the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died at the age of 104. That is a pretty good run by any standard, and in addition to his longevity Niemeyer was an important exponent of a less puritanical version of modern architecture. At the same time, the city of Brasilia, whose public buildings he designed, is …

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Recommendations for December 4, 2012

A small crop this week, as things have been crazy and, in any case, end-of-year list season is beginning, and that means there will be much to write about in the next few weeks. Article: “The Professor: Jill Lepore’s Fatal Flaw” by Rachel Shteir http://www.tnr.com/book/review/jill-lepore-new-yorker-story-america-poe-jefferson-nathaniel-philbrick-ron-chernow I am recommending this primarily as a kind of self-corrective. …

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