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Bird’s Eye View: Jonathan Franzen Looks Down on Climate Activism - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The End of the End of the Earth By Jonathan Franzen Published 11.13.2018 Farrar, Straus and Giroux 240 Pages"
book  review  essay  environmental  activism 
february 2019 by tsuomela
The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound and Image | caboose
"The last decade has seen extraordinary developments in the multimedia presentation of cinema and moving image scholarship via the form that is commonly known as the ‘video essay’. What the finest examples of this videographic criticism have made clear is that such work allows for and even demands a different rhetoric than written film scholarship, which can in turn transform how we engage with and study cinematic texts. Some of the form’s alternative rhetorical approaches to the traditional scholarly goal of producing knowledge were tested in summer 2015 at an NEH-funded workshop, ‘Scholarship in Sound and Image’, organised by Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell at Middlebury College in Vermont. There, fourteen international scholars gathered to experiment with the new form. This volume grows out of that workshop."
book  publisher  essay  video 
june 2016 by tsuomela
Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Letter to My Son" - The Atlantic
"In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body - it is heritage."
race  racism  essay  body  slavery 
july 2015 by tsuomela
A General Feeling of Disorder by Oliver Sacks | The New York Review of Books
A short and brilliant description by Sacks of feeling "unwell" after a migraine and after treatment for liver cancer.
medicine  health  essay  memoir  illness  feeling  phenomenology 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Douglas Rushkoff - Blog - CNN: The Terror of Real Time
"Of course, none of the usual narratives apply, for we no longer live in a world with beginnings, middles and ends. That quaint structure went out with the Industrial Age and the moon shot. We no longer design career paths; we no longer invest in the future. We occupy; we freelance; we trade derivatives. Everything happens in the now."
urgency  terrorism  terror  fear  future  future-shock  essay 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Why the Singularity isn't going to happen
What I'm saying is that the potato chip won't taste better after the Singularity because the future isn't the present on steroids. The future is a mutated bacteria that you never saw coming.
singularity  essay  future 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Purpose of Criticism – Towards an Aesthetics of Ideas « Ruthless Culture
This combination of subjective personal opinion anchored in objective fact (the body of a text) but heading out of the plane of the textual ecliptic at a high rate of burn strikes me as a good analogy for the nature of criticism. As a critic I am not in the business of providing purchasing advice, but neither am I in the business of attempting to read the author’s mind by establishing the facts about a text.

As a critic, I am engaged in the construction of conceptual edifices. I bring to bear theories and asserted truths ripped from the world and my own imagination and crash them into the text of a book or a film like a runaway train into an orphanage. On a good day, I may make people marvel at the explosion or weep at the humanity of the dead children pulled from the wreckage. Criticism is narcissistic, self-regarding and utterly pointless. But then… so is most art.
criticism  purpose  literature  art  essay  aesthetics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Night - The New York Review of Books
I suffer from a motor neuron disorder, in my case a variant of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Lou Gehrig's disease.
biography  experience  disability  neurology  diseases  health  essay  autobiography 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Dennis Perrin: New Century Smell
Perrin segues from terrorism and revenge to a comment on living life as a cleaner. Links to other essays on life as a cleaner.
essay  2000s  rant  politics  terrorism  labor  work  class 
december 2009 by tsuomela
The last word: Why old dogs are the best dogs - THE WEEK
In our dogs, we see ourselves. Dogs exhibit almost all of our emotions; if you think a dog cannot register envy or pity or pride or melancholia, you have never lived with one for any length of time. What dogs lack is our ability to dissimulate. They wear their emotions nakedly, and so, in watching them, we see ourselves as we would be if we were stripped of posture and pretense. Their innocence is enormously appealing. When we watch a dog progress from puppy­hood to old age, we are watching our own lives in microcosm. Our dogs become old, frail, crotchety, and vulnerable, just as Grandma did, just as we surely will, come the day. When we grieve for them, we grieve for ourselves.
pets  dogs  memory  essay  experience 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Ellison Webderland: The 3 Most Important Things in Life
A short essay by Harlan Ellison. The 3 things are sex, violence, and labor relations. The section on violence is a good example of the suddenness of violence and the dramatic difference between movie and real violence.
violence  essay  memory  speed  humor  ellison  harlan  art  movies  sex 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Notes from New Sodom: Down in the Ghetto at the SF Café » BSCreview
by Hal Duncan argues with himself about when the genre of Science Fiction started.
sf  literature  genre  criticism  history  literary  review  essay  fiction  fantasy 
september 2009 by tsuomela
What’s wrong with eco-stunts : The New Yorker
Living without a fridge, and other experiments in environmentalism.
environment  culture  review  essay 
august 2009 by tsuomela
What Your Shopping Really Says About You - Bullish on Books Blog -
In the new book, SPENT: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller reveals the unseen logic behind the chaos of consumerism and suggests new ways we can become more responsible friends and lovers and happier consumers.
book  review  essay  evolution  consumerism  behavior 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Views: Divided Mind - Inside Higher Ed
George Scialabba is an essayist and critic working at Harvard University who has just published a volume of selected pieces under the title Divided Mind, issued by a small press in Boston called Arrowsmith.
book  review  essay 
may 2009 by tsuomela
How to Do Philosophy
Paul Graham speculates about future of philosophy focused on usefulness.
philosophy  history  language  essay  logic 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Best and the Brightest Have Led America Off a Cliff | | AlterNet
The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced-placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Mass., Princeton, N.J., and New Haven, Conn., to the financial and political centers of power.
essay  commentary  elites  education  ivy-league  criticism  polemic  politics 
december 2008 by tsuomela
FrontPage Magazine - Remembering Sarah By David Horowitz.
Remembering Sarah By David Horowitz.

Sympathetic portrait of his decesased daughter. via Rick Perlstein
eulogy  death  children  essay  judaism  politics  family  existentialism 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Gilligan's web
What Shirky is doing here, in essence, is repackaging the liberation mythology that has long characterized the more utopian writings about the Web. That mythology draws a sharp distinction between our lives before the coming of the Web (BW) and our lives
internet  culture  essay 
may 2008 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: The Audacity of Depression
a long essay by Bageant on why we feel depressed as a society.
politics  psychology  essay  ecology  class 
may 2008 by tsuomela » Chaos or Commons
Center on the Commons Fellow Chuck Collins delivered this sermon at First Church at Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist last month.
commons  essay  commentary  future  religion 
april 2008 by tsuomela
Two Kinds of Judgement
There are two different ways people judge you. Sometimes judging you correctly is the end goal. But there's a second much more common type of judgement where it isn't.
essay  psychology  business  career 
april 2007 by tsuomela
Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ How to Be Heard
Essay about how to gain an audience for your weblog.
weblog-about  howto  essay  advice 
august 2005 by tsuomela
How to Be a Leader in Your Field
Another good advice essay by Phil Agre on networking and building professional visibility. Also has a lot of ideas for idea generation.
essay  networking  business  professional  academia  creativity 
august 2005 by tsuomela

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