Every year, I watch this version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and post it:
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It’s under half an hour, and while it feels a little rushed, it’s also full of fantastic choices: dark colors, spooky ghosts, and both Ignorance and Want.
It’s fantastic. If you haven’t watched it before, check it out.
analysis of the cover image Time Magazine used to name Trump their “Person of the Year” is fascinating, especially for someone like me, who’s not terribly visual.
I firmly believe that studying the way other art forms affect us improves my writing, although I’d be hard-pressed to explain why or how. (See also
Every Frame a Painting and many other video essays on cinema.) This is one of the great benefits of the modern information age.
1) The late great Jim Henson gives a puppeteering masterclass.
Inside Portland’s Mystery Hole. #NotPorn
Exploding glass filmedin 343,000 fps slo-mo. Toward the end, this gets to be like the drug effects in DREDD.
4) A split screen comparing Los Angeles of the 1940’s with Los Angeles now.
What type of low-budget films break out?
6) LA earthquake creates a seiche, a (potentially destructive) wave frequency that amplifies waves and ripples.
Police 3D print a murder victim’s finger to unlock his phone.
You know how jazz of 50+ years ago was vibrant, complex, commercial art? You know how modern jazz is a kind of high art designed to please knowledgeable aficionados but not the average listener?
While I was on vacation in Lisbon, I found out about an album called
Once Upon a Time in Portugal, which is just now available on iTunes.
What it is: complex, vibrant, accessible music aimed at a general audience and played by really great musicians. Basically, it’s excellent commercial art.
Play the previews, for real. For me, I think this music perfectly suits a certain mood. Check it out.
1) Why do people go bald?
A conversation between graffiti artists and removers.
Fearless girl rips out own tooth with a slingbow. ::faints::
The names of ten fireworks effects.
5) Assigned to write an essay about a “leader” a group of teens decide to stand out from the pack and contact gangster Whitey Bulger in prison.
He wrote back.
Ten Paintings of Guy Fieri as a Renaissance Baby.
The Detective As Speech. “An early letter I received after publishing my first book, Indemnity Only, came from a woman who wanted to know why V. I. Warshawski was allowed to “talk back” to men without being punished. The writer wasn’t seeking help in learning to talk back herself; she was criticizing V. I. for behaving in a way that was neither right nor natural.” h/t James Nicoll