Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From? | The New Republic
“Julie Abouzelof, a former academic writer who owns a crystal business in Hawaii, wasn’t surprised to hear that sellers ignored my inquiries. “Sourcing is a very murky topic within the healing crystal community, for a variety of reasons,” she said. Part of it, she argued, stems from “the deep, psychological construct of the mining industry, where everything is a little bit hidden.””
5 days ago
August Ames | Affidavit
“I have spent many hours ransacking the internet for information on adult stars who enter and exit the public sphere with such rapidity that they are often erased before I notice them. Again and again I am struck by the space between the person and the performance, startled by how easy we find it to pass judgment on strangers for the express purpose of feeling the momentary power that doing so entails.”
porn_industry  identity  internet 
5 days ago
The Internet of Women
"The Media Men List showed what online platforms let women do: shareability means scalability, even if nobody is getting paid. Nobody but Google, that is. The internet made the whisper network clearly legible—and portable. But who was going to monetize it?"
internet  women  capitalism 
5 days ago
Design is Not Neutral
On how designers can do social good
design  activism  ideology 
8 days ago
The Embroidered Computer | Irene PoschIrene Posch
"The Embroidered Computer is an exploration into using historic gold embroidery materials and knowledge to craft a programmable 8 bit computer. [It is] [s]olely built from a variety of metal threads, magnetic, glass and metal beads, and [is] inspired by traditional crafting routines and patterns"
computers  art  crafts 
8 days ago
How Fiji Water Became the Most Memed H20 on Earth - MEL Magazine
"Fiji has long spoken to the web’s indie creatives, becoming a piece of their visual headspace. You can find it on T-shirts, phone cases, hats and onesies. I myself own a Fiji ashtray."
memetics  zeitgeist  capitalism 
8 days ago
'Affective Presence': How You Make Other People Feel - The Atlantic
Is affective presence connected to your own emotional regulation?
relationships  emotions 
8 days ago
There's no process left at the White House | FT Alphaville
"[We have] no idea why the White House is doing any of this, but we suspect and in fact fear that there isn't even a sinister reason. We fear that there's no process left in the White House at all, no one to tell the president how anything works, or how he might even carry out bad decisions. "
15 days ago
Let's Talk About the Fantasy of the Writer's Lifestyle | Literary Hub
"This fantasy image does us a disservice. It leaves us with no model to follow when we try to integrate art-making with functional lives. That period when a person could make a living writing fiction for periodicals was a blip, and it’s over; we’ve long since returned to the baseline, which is that the vast majority of fiction is written around and beside a whole lot of other work, and it’s the other work that pays the rent. As such, there is no writer’s lifestyle; your lifestyle is determined by what that other work is. I’m baffled when I come across interviews where writers laughingly allude to the solitude, say, or the introspection of the novelist’s life. No matter how solitary or introspective you are while you’re writing novels, you are likely spending many more hours each week at another job, or commuting, or raising kids, or trying to keep your house clean. I spend more time on the subway each week than I spend writing, and I’ve written two novels."
publishing  writing  work 
15 days ago
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
Max Read: "The 'fakeness' of the post-Inversion internet is less a calculable falsehood and more a particular quality of experience — the uncanny sense that what you encounter online is not 'real' but is also undeniably not 'fake,' and indeed may be both at once, or in succession, as you turn it over in your head."
internet  reality  authenticity  2019_mixbook_contender 
15 days ago
Will Amazon Finally Kill New York?
This isn't so much an answer to its question--it's instead a commentary on Heike Geissler's interesting looking "Seasonal Associate"
business_commentary  work  book_commentary 
19 days ago
The Endurance of ‘A Christmas Carol’
It can be hard to read 'A Christmas Carol,' "even for the first time, without the uncanny feeling that it is both familiar and strange, ancient and modern."
29 days ago
My Stepdad's Huge Dataset
"In the pre-internet days, a producer might notice that a particular kind of porn movie sold well, and then try to make more like it. Today, a corporate porn conglomerate can analyze a continuous stream of information from online viewers, who supply feedback in the form of comments, and leave behind a data trail as they travel around porn sites."
information_age  porn_industry  2019_mixbook_contender 
29 days ago
mike monteiro design ethics - YouTube
Some talks on design ethics (and how designers can fight fascism)
videos  design  ethics 
29 days ago
GynePunk, the cyborg witches of DIY gynecology : Makery
"The Catalan collective GynePunk wants to decolonize the female body. To this end, it is developing first aid gynecological tools, for socially disadvantaged women, refugees, sex workers."
diy  activism  women  health 
5 weeks ago
Notes on Trap | Issue 32 | n+1
"Next to the black American underclass, the vast majority of contemporary art carries on as sentimental drivel, middlebrow fantasy television, investment baubles for plutocrats, a game of drones."
music_commentary  race  class  2018_mixbook_contender 
5 weeks ago
Decoder Ring explores the rise and fall of Us Weekly and the tabloid saga of Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie that it helped create.
"Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: heartbreak, secrecy, sex, and betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie would have been a huge Hollywood scandal no matter when it happened, but it became an even bigger one because it was turbocharged by these tabloids. After her divorce, these tabloids invented the character known as Sad Jen, a chronically depressed version of Aniston who was obsessed with having a baby. She’s persisted ever since.

Recently, the tabloid InTouch ran an issue with the headline “Brad Stuns Jen! Marry Me Again!” What is going on? How is it still going on? Why is it still going on? To find out we spoke to former tabloid reporters, editors, and fans, to figure out why the tabloids are still so obsessed with the archetype of Sad Jen, and the baby she may or may not be having."
podcasts  culture  celebrity 
5 weeks ago
Decoder Ring
"Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every month host Willa Paskin, takes on a cultural question, object, idea, or habit and speaks with experts, historians, and obsessives to try to figure out where it comes from, what it means, and why it matters."
culture  podcasts 
5 weeks ago
Articles of Interest - 99% Invisible
"A show about what we wear, Articles of Interest is a mini-series within 99% Invisible. Each installment pertains to a different aspect of dress."
fashion  podcasts 
5 weeks ago
The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World's Face
"A media apparatus that was built to fleece gullible, generally older people now holds sway over much of Congress and the president himself."
politics  media  depressing 
5 weeks ago
The Twisted Sounds of German Technical Death Metal « Bandcamp Daily
"Even by the standards of extreme music’s many proliferating subgenres, technical death metal is a misbegotten, twisted abomination ... this music sounds unlike any other on earth."
music_commentary  bandcamp 
5 weeks ago
Porn on Tumblr — a eulogy / love letter – Vex Ashley – Medium
"Tumblr made sex a community experience. Sex wasn’t this separate, shameful thing, it was allowed it to exist right next to every other facet of our messy, millenial experience. We shared it, discussed it, debated it and *curated* it. Porn on Tumblr wasn’t treated as disposable, something just to be immediately purged from your browser history, but an aesthetic, artistic component of your page and your life, alongside your complementary colours of sunsets and song lyrics and personal posts. It was out in the open. It allowed you to become a collector of your own desires, displaying them and celebrating them proudly, rather than having them spoon fed by a tube site algorithm."
sexuality  porn_commentary  porn_industry  community  internet  curation 
5 weeks ago
The Brett Favre Cameo Anti-Semitism Scandal, Explained
"It’s [fascinating] not just because of its bad science-fiction satire uncanniness but because of what it tells us about the future of the social internet. And, indeed, depressingly, 'Brett Favre unintentionally recorded an anti-Semitic video for $500' is less a weird aberration than exactly what we should be expecting from the platform era."
zeitgeist  social_media  hate_groups  future 
6 weeks ago
The "Yellow Jackets" Riots In France Are What Happens When Facebook Gets Involved With Local News
"The Yellow Jackets movement is what happens when you point Facebook's traffic hose at France's small towns. The question now is: How do you turn it off?"
social_networking  unrest  europe  zeitgeist 
6 weeks ago
Tumblr will ban all adult content starting December 17th - The Verge
“Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breastfeeding and after-birth photos.
internet  porn_industry 
6 weeks ago
Escapism: An adventure game project
Blogging wonderful video game architecture spaces
architecture  videogames 
6 weeks ago
Dwight Garner’s favourite quotations, in conversation with each other
A segment of Dwight Garner's commonplace book: "This small slice of the material I’ve hoarded is a sliver of a much larger book project, one that will break with the conventions of commonplace books and volumes of quotations by organizing quotes by feel rather than by category. "
clippings  fragments  projects 
7 weeks ago
Searching for Meaning in Melania Trump’s Red Christmas Trees
This is good writing on aesthetics. Sample: "The trees, in other words, refuse to participate in the expectations we have of their genre. They will not sparkle amusingly for us. They will not divert the eye or suggest bounty or joy. "
politics  design 
7 weeks ago
The Insect Apocalypse Is Here - The New York Times
"People who studied fish found that the fish had fewer mayflies to eat. Ornithologists kept finding that birds that rely on insects for food were in trouble: eight in 10 partridges gone from French farmlands; 50 and 80 percent drops, respectively, for nightingales and turtledoves. Half of all farmland birds in Europe disappeared in just three decades. At first, many scientists assumed the familiar culprit of habitat destruction was at work, but then they began to wonder if the birds might simply be starving."
depressing  ecology  2018_mixbook_contender  nature  animals 
7 weeks ago
GAN Paint
"#GANPaint draws with object-level control using a deep network. Each brush activates a set of neurons in a GAN that has learned to draw scenes."
7 weeks ago
Diet Prada: the Instagram account that airs the fashion industry’s dirty laundry | Fashion | The Guardian
"When future historians identify the definitive fashion moments of 2018, they will surely alight on the meteoric rise of Diet Prada. With 489,000 followers – including power players such as Naomi Campbell, Edward Enninful and Gigi Hadid – the Instagram account is on a mission to expose copycat design. ... The account calls out other failings, too: cultural appropriation, lack of model diversity, toleration of abuse. In the fashion industry – which is run on a sort of weaponised niceness, all bouquets of flowers and handwritten thank-you notes – dirty laundry has never been a good look. Until recently, such candour was unheard of."
fashion  social_networking  zeitgeist 
7 weeks ago
Can We Ever Really #Cancel Dolce & Gabbana? - GARAGE
"Dolce & Gabbana is known for its camp celebration of Italian culture, and runways jammed with models whose parents are movie stars. For the past few years, inflammatory and insensitive behavior has also become on-brand for the luxury label started by Domenico Dolce and Steffano Gabbana in 1985. Even more troubling, this behavior is usually followed by a meek apology and a return to business as usual."
7 weeks ago
Display | Modern Graphic Design Collection and Rare Graphic Design Books
"Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera. The collection is a source of original items for educational, historical and scholarly analysis."
7 weeks ago
Saboteur in Chief | by Fintan O’Toole | The New York Review of Books
"In drawing attention to what public service is and how it is being abused, Michael Lewis has himself done the public a considerable service."
book_commentary  politics 
8 weeks ago
Nancy Spero: Torture of Women
From Siglio: "Torture of Women, Spero's epic, 14 panels, 125-foot-long collage work, fuses startling imagery from ancient mythology with hand-printed and typewritten first-person testimonies of abuse--from ancient times through the present. This unique volume zooms in, translating the work into nearly 100 pages of detailed, legible reproductions."
collage  to_read  torture 
8 weeks ago
The Collection Chamber
"old abandonware Windows (and DOS) games that you can actually play on modern systems thanks to a packaged-in Windows 95 emulator"
8 weeks ago
A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley - The New York Times
“We thought we could control it,” Mr. Anderson [Chris Anderson, of Wired] said. “And this is beyond our power to control. This is going straight to the pleasure centers of the developing brain. This is beyond our capacity as regular parents to understand.”
technology  children  addiction 
8 weeks ago
Against Cuteness: “Bambi” @90 | Public Books
"[Bambi author Felix] Salten’s variety of humanizing should not be mistaken for the sort that puts bears in coats and top hats or sends rabbits careening over frozen lakes like furry figure skaters. Rather, it begins with the observation that, like humans, animals have their own life histories, their own personalities. And while every creature lives within the boundaries circumscribed by its species, those boundaries may encompass enough 'human' territory to justify regarding that creature as a (nonhuman) person."
animals  book_commentary 
8 weeks ago
How a Student Project on Conspiracy Theories Became a Conspiracy Theory – @samplereality
"The rumors were scary. The gist was that plans for a school shooting were discovered on a whiteboard in the college library. As Carol Quillen, Davidson’s president, noted in a faculty forum last week, the whiteboard incident was investigated at the time (which was several weeks ago) and thought to be related to a course project. ... Yesterday some of my students connected the dots and realized that it was indeed a group project that caused the rumors. And not just any group project. It was their own group project."
conspiracy  zeitgeist 
8 weeks ago
The Elements: A Love Letter to the Stuff of the World by Hannah Burr — Kickstarter
The Elements: A Love Letter to the Stuff of the World / An artist's book about the Elements of the Periodic Table and our inherent inseparability with everything.
materials  kickstarter  book_arts 
8 weeks ago
What Is the Perfect Color Worth? - The New York Times
On the rise of the "modern color industry," specifically Pantone
design_commentary  business_commentary 
8 weeks ago
A Conversation With Elisa Gabbert | Read It Forward
An interview with Elisa Gabbert about her first essay collection
interviews  writers 
8 weeks ago
SPELLS – ignota
"Spells brings together thirty-six contemporary voices exploring the territory where justice, selfhood and the imagination meet the transformative power of the occult. These poems unmake the world around them, so that it might be remade anew.

Kaveh Akbar, Rachael Allen, Nuar Alsadir, Khairani Barokka, Emily Berry, A.K. Blakemore, Jen Calleja, Vahni Capildeo, Kayo Chingonyi, Elinor Cleghorn, CAConrad, Nia Davies, Kate Duckney, Livia Franchini, Will Harris, Caspar Heinemann, Lucy Ives, Rebecca May Johnson, Bhanu Kapil, Amy Key, Daisy Lafarge, Dorothea Lasky, Ursula K. Le Guin, Francesca Lisette, Canisia Lubrin, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Lucy Mercer, Hoa Nguyen, Rebecca Perry, Nat Raha, Nisha Ramayya, Ariana Reines, Sophie Robinson, Erica Scourti, Dolly Turing, Jane Yeh."
magic  poetry  wishlist 
9 weeks ago
Where Are the Design Critics?: Design Observer
Rick Poyntor grapples with the question, and a long host of comments follows (with an reasonably high signal-to-noise ratio). Circa 2005
9 weeks ago
Vattu: The Tower & the Shadow by Evan Dahm — Kickstarter
Book Three of VATTU is coming (books 1 and 2 are wonderful). Kickstarter ends this Saturday
fantastic_literature  comics  kickstarter 
9 weeks ago
Make It Real: The Big Game - Film Comment
On Michael Moore, Errol Morris, and Frederick Wiseman's Trump-era films
documentary  politics 
9 weeks ago
No One Wants It | Affidavit
"Over and over, Soloway worries if she has made a wrong turn, before plowing ahead regardless. Over and over, she anxiously seeks the counsel of others, only to blithely ignore it. She has regrets, but never remorse: the problem is not that she has made a poor decision, but that someone else has gotten offended."
bad_reviews  book_commentary 
10 weeks ago
Three Months Inside Alt-Right New York • Commune
"I didn’t infiltrate the alt-right as a writing project. I wanted to do whatever I could to inhibit its transition from the internet to the streets, and decided I could help best by gathering information on the ground level. Looking back on this bizarre experience, I hope to provide a sketch of the people I met and the social world they inhabit. "
hate_groups  2018_mixbook_contender 
10 weeks ago
The Center Held Just Fine – Popula
“I don’t think Joan Didion, or Capote, Updike, Wolfe, et al., ever wanted an egalitarian society. [...] Didion and her cohort wanted a society where people like themselves could keep comfortably chronicling the interesting inferiorities of those in the classes below their own.”
class  writers 
11 weeks ago
Horror Lives in the Body – Electric Literature
An appreciation of horror as the genre of trauma
horror  essays 
11 weeks ago
Desperately Seeking Cities | Online Only | n+1
"As a substitute for more concerted city planning, urbanism has had little success in encouraging the diversity it claims to seek. As a cover for the true nature of the neoliberal city, it has been a triumph."
city  corporations 
12 weeks ago
Younger generations are actually better at telling news from opinion than those over age 50 » Nieman Journalism Lab
“Beyond digital savviness, the original study found that two other factors have a strong relationship with being able to correctly classify factual and opinion statements: having higher political awareness and more trust in the information from the national news media,” Pew researcher Jeffery Gottfried wrote.
news  teaching  rhetoric  politics 
12 weeks ago
Quiz: How well can you tell factual from opinion statements? | Pew Research Center
Ten statements, can you identify which are facts? It's probably worth having my students do this, since we spend some time on "facts vs claims" in class. (I got 100%, but only 26% of the public also did)
news  rhetoric  quizzes  teaching 
12 weeks ago
The NPC meme went viral when the media gave it oxygen - The Verge
Julia Alexander: "Reporting on hyper-niche memes, even when they’re attached to more newsworthy events, inevitably carries a cost in terms of amplification. To report necessarily means giving new symbols to wider audiences, which gives bad actors more power in a self-proclaimed fight against censorship. The paradox reporters are often faced with is finding a responsible way to report on harmful memes spreading without amplifying hate."
memetics  hate_groups  2018_mixbook_contender  news  politics 
12 weeks ago
How to successfully pitch The New York Times (or, well, anyone else) » Nieman Journalism Lab
A clear and informative guide to pitching outlets, complete with successful example: "Why’s this so good? Four simple reasons: There’s no filler; she told me everything I need to know about the idea without getting bogged down in irrelevant details; she knows exactly the story she’s pitching and how to execute it; and she sent clips with a link to more."
publishing  business_of_writing  teaching 
12 weeks ago
Computers can solve your problem. You may not like the answer. - The Boston Globe
The MIT algorithm had done all the city could reasonably ask. It had sorted through more possibilities than any human being could possibly contemplate. And it had come up with a solution no bureaucrat had ever mustered.

But it was people who made the final call. People with competing interests and a mish-mash of motivations. This was a fundamentally human conflict, and all the computing power in the world couldn’t solve it.
algoworld  boston_area  transportation 
12 weeks ago
The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good Phone. But Maybe Phones Have Gone Too Far.
"A Google Pixel 3 Review In The Age Of Incremental Updates And Unrelenting Trauma"
technology  depressing  2018_mixbook_contender 
october 2018
Fiction Exercises from Ben Marcus
Some old writing exercises from Ben Marcus, now buried in the depths of the Internet Archive
october 2018
Exiting the Vampire Castle | openDemocracy
Mark Fisher: "It is [...] necessary to identify the features of the discourses and the desires which have led us to this grim and demoralising pass, where class has disappeared, but moralism is everywhere, where solidarity is impossible, but guilt and fear are omnipresent – and not because we are terrorised by the right, but because we have allowed bourgeois modes of subjectivity to contaminate our movement."
politics  rhetoric  identity  social_networking 
october 2018
Motto Books at CCVA - Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
"The Carpenter Center’s bookshop is a collaboration with Motto Books, a bookshop and distributor of books and magazines, based in Berlin. ... [T]he bookshop is one of the only places in the Boston-area that carries small press contemporary art books, magazines, and journals, with an emphasis on international publications and limited-edition projects."
boston_area  book_arts 
october 2018
The Uses and Abuses of Politics for Sex
Natasha Lennard: "To be blunt: when there’s a popular app for organizing your next queer orgy, how rupturous of our political status quo can the mere fact of such an orgy be?"
desire  identity  nonmonogamy  politics  sexuality 
october 2018
The Dream Hoarders: How America's Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality | Boston Review
"the real class divide is not between the upper class and the upper middle class: it is between the upper middle class and everyone else"
class  america  2018_mixbook_contender 
october 2018
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