I’m what you might call a born-again luddite. There was a time when I believed that I owed my writing life to modern technology. I learned to type on Windows 95 with Mario Teaches Typing, I used right-clicking as my thesaurus, and I penned my first short story on a first-generation Macbook. I once was… Read more »
I’ll let the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman take it from here in that immortal scene from Almost Famous. The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.
8-bit Philosophy is the web series you wish you had in college. The series summarizes the major works of western philosophy using 8-bit, Super Mario Brothers style, animation. Plato: Camus + Donkey Kong : Heideger + River City Ransom:
In a now infamous interview, vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin was asked which newspapers she reads. Her answer: most of them. The hero of Woody Allen’s Zelig suffers a lifelong identity crisis that begins when he lies about having read Moby Dick. David Foster Wallace once asked a student, “have you read Anna Karenina?” To which the… Read more »
Not that kind of reproduction.. Dafen Village, a suburb of Shenzhen, China, produces 60% of the world’s oil paintings. Thousands of painters, mostly struggling art school grads, toil long hours on an assembly line to reproduce well-known masterpieces. Photographer Susetta Bozzi has been documenting Dafen Village for some time. “I haven’t seen anything really artistic,” she told Wired. “They’re more like factory… Read more »
Author, Will Self measures his work in ‘Conrads,’ a unit equal to to Joseph Conrad’s daily word count. One Conrad is 800 words. Self elaborated in the Telegraph: “I write a first draft fairly rapidly,” he says. “I write in Conrads. Conrad wrote 800 words a day, on which he could support a butler, two maids,… Read more »
A newcomer to London’s Not Your Eyes, Oumar S. Mussa breaks out the typewriter in Friendship in a Filthy Flat. It’s piece that creeps up on you–a bit like Lee, your smackhead bestie–and finishes like the sound of racking a 12 gauge. A study in how “a true friend stabs you in the front.” ”Can’t blame… Read more »