Posts Tagged: YouTube

Painting in the Time of YouTube

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On the Believer‘s blog, Kenneth Goldsmith, Poet Laureate of the MOMA, interviews painter and filmmaker Margaux Williamson. The conversation is filled with interesting insight into contemporary art.  At one point, Goldsmith asks Williamson the role of the painter in the era of YouTube, to which she replies:

….one of the nicest thing about YouTube is how specific and beautiful it is and how it’s of this very specific time, but with painting you can sort of go back and forth, and even though everything’s so different and all over the place, my hand gets to unify it all and see what it all might look like.

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Sometimes It’s Okay to Read the Comments

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It’s a truism among people who spend a lot of time online that you should never, under any circumstances, read the comments—especially not YouTube comments.

But when writer Mark Slutsky broke that rule, he found unexpected flashes of genuine emotion hidden in the cesspool of racial slurs and semiliterate rantings—memories of a deceased friend under a James Blunt song, for example, or a tribute to a young cancer survivor under her favorite Taylor Swift tune.

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Gratitude

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Even without a government shutdown, writers are not usually known to be a happy bunch.

“Writers are too neurotic to ever be happy,” author Connie Willis once said.

It is often necessary for writers to dwell in certain worlds and mindsets in order to get their message onto the page.

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A Place for Literary Videos

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In response to YouTube’s lack of a literature category, Reddit has created its own “underground” site for literary videos.

“Poetry videos, short story videos, live readings, spoken work performance, audiobook links, animated storytelling videos, documentaries about writers, book trailers, author interviews, and anything else you can think up that combines literature and other media.”

(Via GalleyCat)

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