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FM 3.14 | 夏天我们都需要一场午睡,以及一点温柔的音乐 - 少数派
我接触古典音乐并不多,更何况是更早的巴洛克音乐,而且我听古典音乐往往更在乎其功能性,就是感觉「好听」或者让我愉悦,所以巴洛克音乐对我来说就如同「助眠神器」一般。而《Baroque at Bathtime》恰好就是最佳选择,算不上严肃音乐,所以叫他古典音乐中的「轻音乐」也不为过,而这张选集也是集巴洛克音乐大师之精华,作曲的包括维瓦尔第、巴赫、塔里曼等大师——带上耳机,放松身心,来一场静谧的夜曲吧!
classic  music  list  bestof 
3 days ago by aries1988
Let a Thousand Mulans Bloom

The intention was apparently to create a mythic version of China, analogous to Black Panther’s Wakanda, but many fear a slurry of incongruous iconography devoid of meaning.

I’ve seen online criticism of this mythic approach that likens it to other examples of diaspora culture, like General Tso’s chicken, as well as jokes about how producers shouldn’t have hired set designers from Chinatown. But what underpins these quips is the idea that the diaspora has had its Chineseness corrupted by Western society, that diaspora cultures with their own real histories are no longer “authentic.”

The danger of a mythic mashup of Chinese culture is thus less that it is historically inaccurate and more that it reiterates the idea constantly pushed by the Chinese government—that there is an ancient and eternal Chinese nation-state. It turns the “One China” policy into mythology. It isn’t so much pandering that I fear but the idea of a flattering of very modern—and exclusive—ideas about Chinese identity rather than one that interrogates and reinvents them.

For all its songs and wise-cracking dragons, it also reframes Mulan’s story as one of struggling to meet parental expectations, a sense of alienation from one’s wider culture, and self-discovery in disguise, all of which resonated with the diaspora audience.

somewhere along the process the diaspora was cut out of the conversation. That’s visible in Mulan’s surname, which is now written and pronounced as Hua (Mandarin) and not Fa (Cantonese).
diaspora  chinese  american  entertainment  movie  classic  female  warrior  question  debate  disney  critic 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
《木兰诗》种种
(原载《文史知识》1998年11月号,中华书局出版。现略加修改定稿) 《木兰诗》种种 ·方舟子·…
classic  poem  analysis  history  tang  chinese  female  warrior  war  ethnic  research 
6 weeks ago by aries1988
The Seductive Enthusiasm of Kenneth Clark’s “Civilisation”
it raised an important question in his mind: how to fuse his erudite tastes in art and culture with the reach and power of broadcast television? In some respects, that remains a quixotic project. And yet Clark managed to pull it off, in ways that still seem surprising and even a little mysterious.

Clark is outrageously committed to the “great man” approach to history and to the concept of genius. “Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible,” he says.

lets the camera have a leisurely look at whatever he’s been talking about. This is the use of television as a contemplative tool, something rarely attempted and, when done well, still remarkable.

He broke down with emotion on many other occasions during the filming of the series. This predilection for weeping comes through in the final product, in a good way: Clark’s just-under-the-surface emotion, his obvious feeling that the great art we’re being shown matters, gives the series a rare and subtle power.
bio  history  tv  art  civ  west  1960s  classic 
december 2018 by aries1988
五柳先生传 - 维基文库,自由的图书馆

好读书,不求甚解,毎有会意,便欣然忘食。
reading  classic  wiki  chinese  quotes  life 
december 2018 by aries1988
南方周末 - 刘瑜的秘密书架:从经典到经验
所以我现在主张的,是一种从经验、从问题出发的读书态度,而不是从“死去的古代白人贵族男子视角”出发的读书态度。

这个转变是基于这样的认识:一切经典本质上都是基于那个作者对他所处的时代的问题的回答与思考,那么要真正读懂它并且读得心领神会,只能是因为:第一,你对他所处的时代及其问题有相当的了解;第二,你认为他所处的那个时代与你现在所处的时代有相似性,而且你能理解其相似性以及不同性在哪,由此批判地理解他的思考对于当下的意义。

所以我的读书历程,基本上是一个不断从“经典”堕落为“经验”、从“意识形态”下降为“实证主义”的历程。不是说我对经典失去了好奇心,而是我希望引导我去读经典的,是问题的箭头在不断指引,而不是餐桌上的虚荣心。

这些研究也许讨论的都是“小”问题,但是它们往往用一种有理有据、严格论证的方式来抵达那些“小”结论,这种虽微观但严密的论证方式,在我看来,比那些虽宏大但浮空的判断要有力量的多。

在思考自己要读什么书之前,最好问问自己,我关心的到底是什么问题,因为只有真诚的问题意识才能将你引向真诚的阅读——阅读如此美好,任何虚荣心的杂质都是对它的玷污。
classic  book  reading  howto  tips 
july 2018 by aries1988
Mary Beard Takes On Her Sexist Detractors | The New Yorker

In “The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found” (2008), she points out that the ancient city lacked zoning regulations, which meant that a blacksmith’s noisy shop could lie on the other side of the wall from a wealthy family’s frescoed dining room. Her deductive observation from the presence of tartar on the teeth of skeletons—that Pompeii was a city of bad breath—is a typical Beardian turn.

Beard does not wear makeup and she doesn’t color her abundant gray hair. She dresses casually, with minor eccentricities: purple-rimmed spectacles, gold sneakers. She looks comfortable both in her skin and in her shoes—much more preoccupied with what she is saying than with how she looks as she is saying it.

She is a frequent contributor to Radio 4, the British equivalent of NPR, offering audio essays on subjects as varied as dementia, the four-minute mile, and academic testing.
bbc  female  culture  classic  university  intelligentsia  uk  history  roman 
june 2018 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ - The New York Times

Even then I knew that my talent fell short of the mastery required for a real performing career, and I didn’t last long as a music major. But the sadness of my failure was mitigated by the promise of other passions. Winter had surpassed itself, leading me toward a life that I never would have had were it not for this random VHS rental.

For now, I am content to listen to recordings while silently following the sheet music, my fingers twitching involuntarily like the post-mortem spasms of a cadaver.
music  bestof  classic  story  moi  winter 
february 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The story tracks a British spy, posing as a defector in East Germany, whose sense of purpose and self unravel as he comes to see his side as little better than that of his adversaries. Both, he realizes, profess sweeping ideologies that are merely covers for ruthless power politics. Both claim moral high ground but do terrible things, and promote the very evils they claim to combat, in a struggle that destroys innocent lives, dehumanizes its participants and corrupts what it was meant to save.
list  movie  coldwar  1960s  classic 
august 2017 by aries1988
Dispelling the Myth of Deferred Gratification
Underlying self-discipline and grit is the idea of deferring gratification—for example, by putting off doing what you enjoy until you finish your "work." The appeal to many educators of transforming kids from lazy grasshoppers to hardworking ants explains the fresh wave of interest in a series of experiments conducted back in the 1960s known as the marshmallow studies.

What mostly interested Mischel wasn't whether children could wait for a bigger treat—which, by the way, most of them could. It wasn't even whether those who waited fared better in life than those who didn't. Rather, the central question was how children go about trying to wait and which strategies help. It turned out that kids waited longer when they were distracted by a toy. What worked best wasn't (in Mischel's words) "self-denial and grim determination," but doing something enjoyable while waiting so that self-control wasn't needed at all.

It shouldn't be surprising that the kids' capacity to figure out a way to think about something other than the food was associated with their SAT scores. It's not that willpower makes certain kids successful; it's that the same loose cluster of mental proficiencies that helped them with distraction when they were young also helped them score well on a test of reasoning when they were older. (In fact, when the researchers held those scores constant, most of the other long-term benefits associated with their marshmallow-related behavior disappeared.)

Perhaps the broader message for educators is this: Focus less on "fixing the kids" and more on improving what and how they're taught.
teacher  children  education  opinion  learn  experiment  gratification  classic  myth  mind 
september 2014 by aries1988
Apple’s Magic Is In The Turn, Not The Prestige | TechCrunch
The opening dialogue of Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige: "Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course…it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”. "
http://www.instapaper.com/read/338956933
movie  classic  apple  design  future 
november 2012 by aries1988

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