2018 recommendations

March 31, 2018: Behind the Scenes

I’ve just finished teaching a new class about cities, and one of the things that the experience made me think about was how the built environment of urban spaces is the outcome of a long process (or series of processes) that is itself basically invisible. That is to say, you can see what the city …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for May 8, 2016

This post is more than a bit overdue, and some of these links have been sitting in my text editor ready to go for quite a while now. I’ll start with some music to listen to while you read: Song/Video: “Castrati Stack” by Tim Hecker Tim Hecker’s new album, Love Streams, has been out for …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for April 1, 2016

For the last several weeks, I’ve been working on recommendations posts that have turned into other, longer things, which is one reason I haven’t managed to finish one. At least one of those may show up here fairly soon. Here, though, are a few things I’ve found interesting in the meantime. While you read, another …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for February 20, 2016

Playlist: “Dissecting” by CFCF “Urchin” by Arca “Now is Not the Time” by Babe Rainbow “4101” by Roly Porter “Battery” by Fatima Al Qadiri I didn’t post a lot of music here last year. That wasn’t a deliberate decision, just how things worked out; 2015, in fact, was not a big year in music for …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for Nov. 1, 2015

I’ve given up any pretense of doing these on anything like a weekly basis. One thing that means is that several of the articles here are a little older, but in general most of them aren’t particularly prone to expiration, and I think they’re all worth going back to. Article: “Uncharted” by Lisa M. Hamilton …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for May 4, 2015

Video: “Terminal” by Jörg Wagner I’ve written here before about my interest in shipping containers and standardization. I’m partly just fascinated by the idea that the whole world can agree on anything, but also by what such agreement makes possible— the astonishingly fast movement of colossal amounts of goods of all kinds across the world, …

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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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