2015 recommendations

Recommendations for April 20, 2015

Big conference this weekend, at which my panel presented to an empty room. Now that all of that is done, here are some new things to read and look at. Song/video: “The Rest of Us” by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Colin Stetson has made some of my favorite albums of the last few years. …

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Recommendations for April 10, 2015

We were traveling once again last weekend, and that plus various work obligations proved to be too much for me to get recommendations up last week. But, back on the wagon this week. Song: “Sunshine on My Back” by The National When I saw that The National had released a new song, I immediately thought …

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Recommendations for March 29, 2015

We were on vacation in California this week, so it’s a small selection this time around. Article: “The Wacky, Wiggly, Razor-Thin World of the Flexi Disc” by Oliver Wang I remember Flexi Discs almost entirely because of the McDonald’s promotion (mentioned in the article) in which you got a record with a group of people …

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Recommendations for March 22, 2015

A bit lake this week as it is finals time and I had stacks of grading to get through. Video: “A Message” by Kelela I was not as blown away by Kelela’s first release, Cut 4 Me, as many critics seemed to be, but this is very nice. Minimal production on the verses—basically just percussion— …

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Recommendations for March 13, 2015

Two things to read and two sets of images to look at this week. Article: “A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella” by Linda Holmes “Cinderella” is not so much a story as pattern, or a set of patterns, which can be used to make stories out of some fairly dissimilar materials. …

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Recommendations for March 6, 2015

#agir Recommendations for March 6, 2015 Song: “Shedding Skin” by Ghostpoet I somehow missed entirely the fact that Ghostpoet had a new record coming out (though, of course, it isn’t out in the U.S., because it’s 1950, apparently). To my mind, he’s one of the more interesting voices in, very broadly, hip-hop right now, and …

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Recommendations for February 27, 2015

#agir Recommendations for February 27, 2015 Somewhat by accident, I have a lot of stuff this week about photography, the environment, and the intersection of the two. First, though, some music that you could be listening to as you read this post: Playlist: “Selected Ambient Works, v.3” by Richard D. James; selected by Mark Weidenbaum …

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Recommendations for February 21, 2015

Quite a list this week, so I’ll get right to it: Article: “Tempo Shifts” by Colin Dickey It may have struck you at some point how absurd it is that we need a little poem to tell us how many days each month has (and even the poem needs that awkward little coda to deal …

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Recommendations for February 15, 2015

I imagine everyone has had a morning or a day “get away” from them; looked up at the clock to realize that much more time has passed than they thought, with little if anything to show for it. Is is possible to have an entire year get away from you? Because that’s how I feel …

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2014 recommendations

Recommendations for August 30, 2014

I’m starting with a couple of lengthy articles today, which are both worth reading in themselves but also talk to each other in interesting ways.   Unintentional conversation: ”A Matter of Time” by Gabriel Sherman, and ”What Happened to Motorola?” by Ted C. Fishman Though the businesses in question are quite different, in essence these …

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