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Raising Kael: On Pauline Kael's Controversial Criticism of Citizen Kane | Literary Hub
"Was Orson Welles's “Shallow Masterpiece” Just a Comic-Book Newspaper Comedy?"
movies  film  cinema  newspaper  drama  genre  history  classics 
december 2019 by tsuomela
I’d Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music, La Chapelle
"Long before the United States had presidents from the world of movies and reality TV, we had scores of politicians with connections to country music. In I’d Fight the World, Peter La Chapelle traces the deep bonds between country music and politics, from the nineteenth-century rise of fiddler-politicians to more recent figures like Pappy O’Daniel, Roy Acuff, and Rob Quist. These performers and politicians both rode and resisted cultural waves: some advocated for the poor and dispossessed, and others voiced religious and racial anger, but they all walked the line between exploiting their celebrity and righteously taking on the world. La Chapelle vividly shows how country music campaigners have profoundly influenced the American political landscape."
politics  music  genre  country  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Country Soul | Charles L. Hughes | University of North Carolina Press
"In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period."
politics  music  genre  country  history  book  publisher 
october 2019 by tsuomela
Tales of Science and Fiction | The Russell Kirk Center
"Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee. Dey Street Books, 2018. Hardcover, 532 pages, $29."
book  review  sf  genre  history 
august 2019 by tsuomela
SurfGuitar101.com | Home
"Since February 26, 2006, SurfGuitar101.com has been the premier home on the web for friends and fans of the world-wide phenomenon known as surf music! Created in Southern California in the early 1960's, surf music is very much alive today and has spread around the globe. Join us in our forums to discuss surf music, past and present. Meet new friends and discover new bands. Want to play surf music? We have lots of forums devoted to playing, performing, and writing surf music. We have lots of discussions on gear: guitars, amps, and drums. Check out our podcasts and hear some really great tunes! Finally, we feature news and articles on the surf scene, and you'll always know where you can catch some live surf music!"
music  culture  genre  forum 
april 2017 by tsuomela
The Man Who Made the Novel - The New Yorker
Review and reaction to works of Samuel Richardson - author of Pamela, Clarissa, and Grandison.
novel  literature  history  genre  18c 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Every Noise at Once - metropopolis
"This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1387 genres by The Echo Nest. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier."
data  visualization  music  genre 
january 2016 by tsuomela
The Argument Economy — The Atlantic
The "take" news genre which ties some issue to a current news story.
journalism  media  newspaper  news  genre  argument 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Spinuzzi: Symmetry as a methodological move, part IV
"When Latour uses symmetry, it's as a methodological move: a move that focuses us on the associations among various humans and nonhumans. And since the associations themselves are the focus, the things they associate fade into the background."
sociology  social-science  rhetoric  genre  artifact  materiality  method  symmetry  about(BrunoLatour) 
october 2012 by tsuomela
"Avenge me! AVENGE ME!" - scanners
"When I say superhero movies aren't taken seriously (by critics, fans or filmmakers), I don't mean that people aren't invested in them (analytically, emotionally, financially) but that, as we've been saying year in and year out about certain kinds of fantasy-action-science-fiction blockbuster attempts since the late 1970s, they're more like amusement park rides (and they eventually become those, too) than movies. Superhero partisans do indeed take these pictures seriously, but only insofar as "seriously" can be interpreted to mean "lacking a sense of humor." "
cinema  movies  film  comics  genre 
may 2012 by tsuomela
The death of genre - Charlie's Diary
"The infinite bookshelf is already a problem for us. To add to the fun, once we enter the world of ebooks, nothing ever goes out of print. So works going back many years or decades are presented with equal priority to the latest new titles.

Upshot: we badly need better curation. Amazon and their competitors could present the results of author searches pre-sorted by time since publication and by language and by series. But that's barely a start.

Genre, in the ebook space, is a ball and chain. It stops you reaching new audiences who might like your work."
publishing  e-books  sf  genre  audience  marketing 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Music, Modernism, and the Twilight of the Elites
"By now it is becoming hard to remember that, at the peak of its popularity and influence, classical music carried with it an undeniable intellectual and even moral authority, qualities which would rub off on composers and performers such as Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Albert Schweitzer, Pierre Boulez, Van Cliburn and Igor Stravinsky, all of whom would, in different ways, play leading roles within the social and cultural landscape of the cold war period."
history  music  expertise  elites  classical  modernism  genre  influence 
april 2012 by tsuomela
More on DRM and ebooks - Charlie's Diary
"After I recommended that the major publishers drop mandatory DRM from their ebook products, I realized that my essay had elided a bunch of steps in my thinking, and needed to reconsider some points. Then I realized that it's not a simple, straightforward argument to make. Consequently, I ended up writing another essay, although I've tried to summarize my conclusions below. "
publishing  business  business-model  drm  digital  e-books  markets  consumer  genre  fiction 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : What Is Econ Advice?
"Imagine that economists were surveyed and had to choose how they’d best like to describe economic policy recommendations, as:

Morals – Arguing for the morality of actions,
Deals – Helping groups find and make deals, or
Showing Off – Academics do hard things in order to be certified by other academics as impressive, so that students, patrons, and readers can gain status by affiliating with them. Economic policy analysis is such a hard thing.

I’d bet that at least 25% would choose option #2, and even more among those whose style leans sci/tech. And #2 seems to me a better public face for economists to present to the world – economists will prosper more overall if they say this is what they are doing."
economics  argument  purpose  genre  academic  communication  style 
february 2012 by tsuomela
“One of the easiest ways to differentiate an economist from almost anyone else in society” « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
I’m not saying that arguments based on rationality are necessarily wrong in particular cases. (I can’t very well say that, given that I wrote an article on why it can be rational to vote.) I’m just trying to understand how pop-economics can so rapidly swing back and forth between opposing positions. And I think it’s coming from the comforting presence of rationality and efficiency in both formulations. It’s ok to distinguish economists from ordinary people (economists are rational and think the unthinkable, ordinary people don’t) and it’s also ok to distinguish economists from other social scientists (economists think ordinary people are rational, other social scientists believe in “culture”). You just have to be careful not to make both arguments in the same paragraph.
economics  rationality  academic  boundaries  boundary-policing  argument  form  genre 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Ian Bogost - Beyond Blogs
"For a while now, I've been advancing the philosophical construction of artifacts, a practice I've given the name carpentry. Taking up that philosophical hobby horse, I wonder what a writing and discussion system would look like if it were designed more deliberately for the sorts of complex, ongoing, often heated conversation that now takes place poorly on blogs. This is a question that might apply to subjects far beyond philosophy, of course, but perhaps the philosopher's native tools would have special properties, features of particular use and native purpose. What if we asked how we want to read and write rather than just making the best of the media we randomly inherit, whether from the nineteenth century or the twenty-first?"
weblog-about  weblog  discussion  dialog  scholarly-communication  academic-center  forms  genre  journals  future  philosophy 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Social Media: From Meaning to Presence | Savage Minds
"Rather than tracing the paths of particular forms (messaging to wikis and blogging to tag-clouds and aggregators), or looking at convergence and transmediation, or the popular proliferation of geek culture, as I do elsewhere, I want to talk more generally about three trends in “social media” that were significant in my mid-1990s fieldwork and have only become more pronounced since."... 3 components - short form, configurability/control, and presence casting.
anthropology  online  internet  behavior  social-media  communication  genre  form 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article » Pressthink
"So these are the six signs that identify the genre, Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators. 1.) Nameless fools are staking maximalist claims. 2.) No links we can use to check the context of those claims. 3.) The masses of deluded people make an appearance so they can be ridiculed. 4.) Bizarre ideas get refuted with a straight face. 5.) Spurious historicity. 6.) The really hard questions are skirted."
technology-effects  twitter  facebook  revolution  political-science  politics  rhetoric  journalism  genre  media 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Books, food and happiness - Charlie's Diary
"We've all noticed there has been an explosion in subgenres. It's not just science fiction, fantasy, and horror anymore. It's paranormal romance, new weird, mundane sf, urban fantasy, MilSF, space opera, fantasy of manners, psychological horror, and so on and on. Not all these labels are new (several are very much not new) but there are more than I ever remember. Our books are being marketed to us differently. "
genre  marketing  history  sf  literature  books  speculation 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Science Fiction: The Limit Case — Crooked Timber
"We arrive at the limit case of sf. We tend to assume science fiction is about portraying technological change – or potential technological differences from how things are now. But, logically, one of the possibilities is that things could be pretty much the same. Of course, this is rather silly because it turns every work of fiction into science fiction (because every work of fiction either imagines things to be different from how they are, scientifically, or more or less the same.) Which induces us to pluck the string of motive. What makes something sf is either its foregrounding of technological difference/change or its impulse to indulge the sociological imagination, more generally. "
sf  literature  genre  history  criticism  fiction 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Walk through this portal with me into another world
What makes these and other modern portal fantasies work, even though they're using the same "through the magical gateway" trope? Two things: The ambiguity of the fantasy worlds (they're neither good nor bad); and the double-sidedness of the portal (people travel both ways). One of the terrific revelations of His Dark Materials is that our protagonist is from a parallel Earth, so her journey through the portal into our world reverses the typical scenario. And in Pan's Labyrinth, the fantasy world is as ugly and dangerous as the real one.
sf  fantasy  literature  writing  portal  genre  liminal 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Network Realism: William Gibson and new forms of Fiction | booktwo.org
Gibson’s been talking a lot lately about atemporality, this idea that we live in a sort of endless digital now. In “Zero History” we have an echo of “No Future”: everything compressed into the present. This idea is what Zero History is really about. (This is the Order Flow: the future is defined by the present; who pinpoints the present controls the future.)
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I want to give it a name, and at this point I’m calling it Network Realism.

Network Realism is writing that is of and about the network. It’s realism because it’s so close to our present reality. A realism that posits an increasingly 1:1 relationship between Fiction and the World. A realtime link. And it’s networked because it lives in a place that’s that’s enabled by, and only recently made possible by, our technological connectedness.
fiction  present  time  sf  literature  perception  network  genre  history 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Putting It On The Line, Putting Her Money Where Her Mouth Is—and Speaking Up/Out | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts
I began to develop an answer when listening to Atwood’s CBC Massey Lectures (now gathered together in Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth). I was struck by a comment she made about why writers write.

Why do writers write?
Because writers see how the story ends.

Writers then, if we stick with this thought, see lots of “ends” and jot them down, perhaps in the vain hope we readers will learn to see ends too and not plummet to our deaths, metaphorical and real.
writer  writing  fiction  sf  genre  future 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Daily Monthly
The Daily Monthly is Dave Munger's multi-layered exploration of ideas and issues affecting all of us today.
One post per day, one topic per month
weblog-individual  journalism  ideas  genre 
february 2010 by tsuomela
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