So many websites and posters for The Rumpus LO-FI Los Angeles Film Festival happening this Saturday, July 30. There’s the main page, where you’ll find a downloadable pdf program guide (just like a real film festival!).
And there’s the Eventbrite ticket page (use promo code “early” for 25% off)....more
Sly and the Family Stone’s anarchic album There’s a Riot Goin’ On, released in 1971 following several tumultuous years in America, has been called “blunt and unflinching” and “very much informed by drugs” and “paranoia.” While the funk group’s creative dynamo, Sly Stone, had indeed been sidelined by drug abuse for months, his disillusionment with the failed promise of the 60s permeates the album....more
“Yesterday I woke up sucking on lemon,” sings Thom Yorke in the enthralling first song from Radiohead’s groundbreaking 2000 album, Kid A, which Rolling Stone called the “weirdest Number One album of the year.” Take what you will from Yorke’s reference to lemons—their bitterness, the possibility of making lemonade out of them—but the message in the title of this thrumming, synth-centered single is like an uplifting koan....more
Yesterday, alt-lit author and experienced hamster artist Tao Lin published the last installment of a series of iPhone photos he’d taken for Vice during a recent trip to Taipei.
The final selection is entitled “Taipei metro” and includes melancholy, voyeuristic photos of various metro locations throughout Taipei....more
At age 27, Joel Stein was hired by Time magazine as a staff writer. In many ways, Stein quickly turned the decades-old publication — revered, traditional, dry — on its head, infusing it with youthful energy and sardonic humor....more
Here’s something I haven’t seen before. An interesting, really interesting, web series featuring America Ferrera. Is this the direction of television though? Will we watch video series online that are not funny, that are not meant to stand alone? These are dramatic and well done with eight episodes posted so far out of twelve total....more
Meet Next Issue Media: a newsstand tablet app that will allow you to read multiple magazines from a five major publishers all in one place.
The app will start out with 32 titles–including big names like the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Time, Elle, Wired, and Fortune, but hopes to gain more....more
In an interview at the New Statesmen, photojournalist Don McCullin reveals his thoughts on image fatigue, his age, religious convictions, and voting habits.
“Where I grew up, most of the people gravitated to becoming criminals. I was surrounded by criminal elements and violence and things like that....more
A few weeks ago, I made arguably the biggest splash of my modest writing career: a paid publication on the virtual cover of the lefty web magazine, Salon.com. The piece was a pared-down version of a narrative essay I had been shopping around for some time, the story of a Woofing (volunteer farming) trip my girlfriend and I took two summers ago to Alabama, Texas, and New Mexico....more
Moral problems that do not fit tidily into preconceived ideas are fascinating and a good way to occupy oneself in the years of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Moral problems, when sufficiently complex, require complicated sentences, and I enjoy complicated sentences....more
The New York Times has published a fascinating (and heartbreaking) three-part examination of the life and death of professional hockey player/enforcer Derek Boogaard....more