Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
“[O]ne of the most compelling and significant books ever written about American journalism. Almost every page will tell you something you’ve never heard before about life on earth.”
books  book_commentary 
2 days ago
Robot Odyssey: The hardest computer game of all time.
"Visionary, absurdly difficult games such as this gain cult followings. It is the game I remember most from my childhood. It is the game I love (and despise) the most, because it was the hardest, the most complex, the most challenging. The world it presented was like being exposed to Plato’s forms, a secret, nonphysical realm of pure ideas and logic. The challenge of the game—and it was one serious challenge—was to understand that other world. Programmer Thomas Foote had just started college when he picked up the game: “I swore to myself,” he told me, “that as God is my witness, I would finish this game before I finished college. I managed to do it, but just barely.”"
3 days ago
English As She Is Spoke (1884) – The Public Domain Review
"Pedro Carolino wrote this classic in the genre of unintentional humour to help Portuguese students peer into the murky bubble of English. Instead he added considerably to the murk. It seems Carolino knew next to no English and had no Portuguese–English dictionary to hand. Thus he was forced to embark on a convoluted workaround. For each entry he first consulted a Portuguese–French phrasebook, then a French–English dictionary. This complicated translatory journey led to some hilarious results. Carolino tried to cover his tracks by claiming in the preface to have made his book 'clean of gallicisms and despoiled phrases.' As just a quick glance at the book’s pages betrays, this was more than wishful thinking on Carolino’s part. "
language  humor 
3 days ago
Free Speech Scholars to Alex Jones: You’re Not Protected - The New York Times
Digging in to the legal difference between an "opinion" and a "false statement of fact"
law  rhetoric  conspiracy 
3 days ago
See No Evil
Miriam Posner: "It’s entirely possible to have an astoundingly effective supply chain while also knowing very little about it. Not only is it possible: it may be the enabling condition of capitalism at a global scale."
infrastructure  globalization  capitalism  2018_mixbook_contender 
3 days ago
After Charlottesville, White Nationalists Are Winning - The Atlantic
"White nationalists win by activating white panic, by frightening a sufficient number of white people into believing that their safety and livelihoods can only be protected by defining American citizenship in racial terms, and by convincing them that American politics is a zero-sum game in which white people only win when people of color lose. While this dynamic has always been present in American politics, it has been decades since the White House has been occupied by a president who so visibly delights in exploiting it, aided by a right-wing media infrastructure that has come to see it as a ratings strategy."
race  america  depressing  politics  zeitgeist  2018_mixbook_contender 
3 days ago
Zachtronics | TIS-100
"TIS-100 is an open-ended programming game in which you rewrite corrupted code segments to repair the TIS-100 and unlock its secrets. It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!"
videogames  to_play 
3 days ago
The Strange Conspiracy Theory Behind Jaden Smith's New Album - Noisey
"Smith was alluding to a conspiracy theory that, on its fringes, brings in Nazi mind-control, the Illuminati, the cosmos, and Renaissance art. He was, as ever, trying to see if he could save the world."
conspiracy  music 
3 days ago
DJR | David Jonathan Ross
Some great fonts here (check Roslindale, Turnip, Fern, and Output). More than I can afford on my budget, of course.
3 days ago
Minecraft and Me
On the gothic, the sublime, and Minecraft: "Sometimes I regret that nothing weathers or collapses in Minecraft, so I can’t abandon my creations and then rediscover them as ruins."
2018_mixbook_contender  architecture  game_commentary  landscape 
4 days ago
The Crafting Box 2.0 - 21135 | Minecraft™ | LEGO Shop
This is the big bag of more-or-less generic "Minecraft" pieces
4 days ago
The Primal Pleasure and Brutal History of Sugar - Eater
On sugar, and artworks in which it appears (Will Cotton's Katy Perry painting, and Kara Walker's monumental "A Subtlety")
food  art_commentary 
4 days ago
Disturbances #12: Anti-Modern
Jay Owens on dust (both literal and metaphorical), art, and architecture. Especially useful on Edith Farnsworth's attempts to live in the (metaphorically "dustless") house Mies van der Rohe designed for her (the "Farnsworth House")
architecture  nature  art_commentary 
4 days ago
Disturbances #16: The Price of Perfection
Jay Owens on glass, dust, and the "vast global assemblage of consumer capitalism and desire and destruction
materials  capitalism 
4 days ago
"Angel Hair Sleeps with a Boy in My Head: The Angel Hair Anthology"
"This anthology presents material selected from the collection of Angel Hair magazine and books edited by Anne Waldman and Lewis Warsh between 1966 and 1978. Included are substantial sections of writing (in some cases entire books) from an astonishing range of poets (72 in all) including Vito Acconci, John Ashbery, Bill Berkson, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard, Tom Clark, Clark Coolidge, Robert Creeley, Kenward Elmslie, John Giorno, Ted Greenwald, Kenneth Koch, Joanne Kyger, Denise Levertov, Gerard Malanga, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley, Frank O'Hara, Ron Padgett, Aram Saroyan, Lorenzo Thomas, Hannah Weiner, John Wieners, and the editors, to name just a few. "
books  poetry  wishlist 
6 days ago
New York School Archives | From a Secret Location
Giant resource of "little mags, small presses, and transient documents from the mimeo era and beyond"
design  poetry 
6 days ago
Catapult | How My High School Teacher Became My Abuser | Joe Fassler
"I didn’t want to be Miss X’s lover. But I didn’t want to lose her, either. I only wanted the impossible: to go back to how things were, when I was just a bright kid she believed in."
experience  relationships  suffering  essays 
10 days ago
Campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions - Vox
"There are well over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. And multiple attempts to catalog free speech incidents on campus, from different sources, keep coming up with numbers in the dozens. And of those dozens, a fairly large percentage of the targets are liberals, and a fairly large percentage of the others were conservative speakers who seem to have come to campus with the intent of provoking students."
academia  politics 
10 days ago
Notes and Methods, af Klint, Müller-Westermann, Burgin
"Notes and Methods presents facsimile reproductions of a wide array of af Klint’s early notebooks accompanied by the first English translation of af Klint’s extensive writings. It contains the rarely seen “Blue Notebooks,” hand-painted and annotated catalogues af Klint created of her most famous series “Paintings for the Temple,” and a dictionary compiled by af Klint of the words and letters found in her work. This extraordinary collection is edited by and copublished with Christine Burgin, and features an introduction by Iris Müller-Westermann. It will stand as an important and timely contribution to the legacy of Hilma af Klint."
wishlist  books 
10 days ago
The global trade war in a simple lobster trap - The Boston Globe
"The simple, sturdy lobster trap is a microcosm of a global supply chain at the mercy of a tit-for-tat trade war among the world’s leading economies. Knott sources his steel from all over — within the United States, and from Canada, Europe, and other foreign suppliers. The tariffs are supposed to prod him and other producers to buy US-made steel, but that isn’t much of an option: Prices for domestic steel have risen sharply, and Knott said there is a three-month wait for a shipment from a US mill.

Meanwhile, his customers in New England risk being squeezed at both ends. Not only do they face higher prices for materials from Riverdale, they are already being hurt by a retaliatory tariff that China slapped on US lobsters, cutting into their exports to that important market and, with an oversupply, contributing to a steep drop in prices."
economics  globalization  politics 
10 days ago
What Goes on Outside Trump Rallies Is an American Nightmare - VICE
"On social media, people often feel empowered to be more aggressive or transgressive than is acceptable in the real world; the firing line of Trump supporters facing off against Trump protesters is what social media looks like returned to the flesh. It is the comments section. It’s Twitter. It’s a 55-year-old man replying to a YouTube of a teen doing a majorette routine in an Obama shirt and telling her that, as a patriot, he *will* use his firearm."
america  depressing  zeitgeist  2018_mixbook_contender 
10 days ago
Discover Hilma af Klint: Pioneering Mystical Painter and Perhaps the First Abstract Artist | Open Culture
From 1906 to 1915, she produced 193 paintings, “an astonishing outpouring,” which she called “Paintings for the Temple.”
art  spirituality 
10 days ago
Opinion | Motherhood in the Age of Fear - The New York Times
"These women’s critics insist that it’s not mothers they hate; it’s just that kind of mother, the one who, because of affluence or poverty, education or ignorance, ambition or unemployment, allows her own needs to compromise (or appear to compromise) the needs of her child. We’re contemptuous of “lazy” poor mothers. We’re contemptuous of “distracted” working mothers. We’re contemptuous of “selfish” rich mothers. We’re contemptuous of mothers who have no choice but to work, but also of mothers who don’t need to work and still fail to fulfill an impossible ideal of selfless motherhood. You don’t have to look very hard to see the common denominator."
parenting  women  fear  children  2018_mixbook_contender 
10 days ago
The Best Netflix Original Movies, Ranked
This was a hell of a task, and Charles Bramesco deserves a salute for slogging through
12 days ago
I’ll Take Manhattan: Judith Krantz, Donald Trump, and the Long, Long 1980s - Los Angeles Review of Books
A review of Judith Krantz's "I'll Take Manhattan" (1986), which features Donald Trump as a character
book_commentary  city  class  capitalism  nyc 
17 days ago
Research and Destroy New York City
Publishers of CATS HATE COPS ("150 years of cats attacking cops. 62 pp.")
publishers  zines 
17 days ago
"Climate Correction," John Ashbery's last poem | Harper's Magazine
So what if there was an attempt to widen
the gap. Reel in the scenery.
It’s unlike us to reel in the difference.

We got the room
in other hands, to exit like a merino ghost.
What was I telling you about?

Walks in the reeds. Be
contumely about it.
You need a chaser.

In other words, persist, but rather
a dense shadow fanned out.
Not exactly evil, but you get the point.
17 days ago
Is Your Sci-Fi Genocide Allegory Helping Or Hurting?
On "films that focus on the cognitive dissonance required to ignore evident illustrations of the enemy as living, feeling beings"
science_fiction  atrocity  imperialism  other  media_commentary 
17 days ago
If the Trade War Starts to Damage the Economy, Here’s How You’ll Be Able to Tell - The New York Times
Using unusual metrics like the "producer price index" and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's manufacturer survey
capitalism  politics  economics 
17 days ago
The Total Mass of Earth's 'Technosphere' Is 30 Trillion Tonnes
"The technosphere therefore includes all human structures such as buildings, roads, and bridges, but also smaller items, such as technology, clothing, and books. Not to mention landfill – all of our human-made garbage and debris is part of it, as are the things in the natural environment that we've altered to keep ourselves alive, like farms for food, or mines for energy."
technology  materials 
17 days ago
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
"There is a constellation of sites on the internet that exist solely as places for people to exorcise their demons, and more importantly, their grudges; She’s A Homewrecker is one of them. It offers the opportunity to publicize a person’s misdeeds so that they are available not just to an inner circle with access to relevant gossip but to anyone who Googles that person’s name."
internet  zeitgeist  depressing 
17 days ago
Occult banners, altar cloths, "infernal felines"
magic  design 
17 days ago
Grindhouse listings, 1978-1993.pdf - Google Drive
"a week by week listing of all the exploitation movies that played 42nd street from 1978 to 1993"
media_archaeology  nyc  time  genre  city 
17 days ago
Antony Cairns
Images of cities -- "originally black-and-white negatives, from which [Cairns] made black-and-white transparencies and then printed them onto sheets of aluminium. From there [he] creaed new versions using electronic ink and then froze the images on the screens of those devices, or re-photographed the electronic transitions before printing them back onto photographic paper..."
photography  city 
17 days ago
Why Is Google Translate Spitting Out Sinister Religious Prophecies? - Motherboard
"when it’s fed nonsense inputs [...] the system can “hallucinate” bizarre outputs"
oddities  language 
17 days ago
The Rub of Rough Sex
"This is a piece about abuse. This is a piece about kink and a piece about consent. This is a piece about the law. This is a piece about some powerful men whom I’ve never met, and it’s a piece about some nobody men whom I’ve loved. This is a piece about rough sex, about “rough sex,” and about how these two categories overlap and rub each other raw. This is a piece that was hard for me to write and may be hard for you to read. Most of all, this is a piece about why masculinity is fractured, and how women get caught in its cracks."
bdsm  law  violence  men  women  2018_mixbook_contender  masculinity 
17 days ago
AI as Funny as Humans for Generating Meme Captions | NVIDIA Blog
"Lawrence Peirson [...] and classmate E. Meltem Tolunay came up with a neural network that captions memes for a class project, now published in a whitepaper aptly titled 'Dank Learning.'"
ai  memetics  humor 
17 days ago
Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis
"If the Ralphs felt guilt over the killing, though, they felt an equal amount of anger and bewilderment. It astounded them that Lane had been serious all along. No one could really believe, they thought, in a Marxist plot to enforce pedophilia with antifa shock troops."
conspiracy  politics  violence  mental_illness  2018_mixbook_contender  zeitgeist 
17 days ago
How Not To Talk About Race And Genetics
An open letter by 67 scientists and researchers. Put plainly: "[There are] many scientists and scholars who have demonstrated the scientific flaws of considering 'race' a biological category. Their robust body of scholarship recognizes the existence of geographically based genetic variation in our species, but shows that such variation is not consistent with biological definitions of race. Nor does that variation map precisely onto ever changing socially defined racial groups."
race  genetics  2018_mixbook_contender 
17 days ago
Heavy Stuff
Aaron Bady on lead: "This, then, is the problem. We don’t use it because we want it; we use it because we don’t want not-it enough."
infrastructure  2018_mixbook_contender  materials 
24 days ago
The CATS Method: A Story Game Opening Ritual – P. R. O'Leary
"Before playing a game, or even introducing the rules, there needs to be a conversation at the table to set expectations. A game runs smoothly when all players understand what the group is striving for. But how do you do it?"
RPGs  advice 
24 days ago
The Maze and the Other in Interactive Fiction – samplereality
"We cannot truly understand the role that mazes play vis-à-vis the usual Cartesian grid in interactive fiction unless we also understand the interplay between these dissimilar ways of organizing spaces in real life, which are bound up in social, cultural, and historical conflict. In particular, the West has valorized the rigid grid while looking with disdain upon organic irregularity."
labyrinths  interactive_fiction  other 
24 days ago
Futures: A Science Fiction Chapbook Series - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
5,000-10,000 words, looking for stories that "explore critical contemporary issues and their human ramifications in a science fiction setting," deadline Sep 1
science_fiction  publishers 
24 days ago
zaratustra - itch.io
A bunch of little games by zaratustra
videogames  to_play 
25 days ago
Amazon.com : Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil 200ml/6.7oz : Facial Liquid Cleansers : Beauty
Oil cleanser (in case you feel like trying a commercial one rather than making your own)
beauty  wishlist 
25 days ago
MicroBionic Revised and Expanded Edition
"radical electronic music and sound art in the 21st century" (2nd edition) by Thomas Bey William Bailey
music  sound  sound_art  to_read 
26 days ago
Counterfeit Monkey - Quixe
I have a game of this going (use "restore" to load save file)
interactive_fiction  language 
26 days ago
Livestreaming Q1'17: Twitch vs YouTube, Avg. Spend, LTV and Tip Volumes
It's unclear what portion of total streaming tip volume is processed by StreamLabs, but: "Streamlabs processed $23.5 million [in tips] in Q1 2017, a 13.0% increase quarter-over-quarter from $20.8 million in Q4 2016."
future  work 
26 days ago
Architeuthis Rex
High quality gloomy space drone
bandcamp  wishlist 
27 days ago
The Botanist's House, by Kathryn Davis  |  Conjunctions — The forum for innovative writing
Kathryn Davis, operating at a high level of ontological instability: "The thing is, he wasn’t himself or what he thought of as himself, just as the farther we walked along the trail, the less we knew of what we thought of as ourselves. "
27 days ago
Exquisite Western © SCHMELZDAHIN
Another SCHMELZDAHIN disintegrating film
film  videos  entropy 
27 days ago
Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda - Columbia Journalism Review
"There are very few center-right sites: sites that draw many Trump followers, but also a substantial number of Clinton followers. Between the moderately conservative Wall Street Journal, which draws Clinton and Trump supporters in equal shares, and the starkly partisan sites that draw Trump supporters by ratios of 4:1 or more, there are only a handful of sites. Once a threshold of partisan-only attention is reached, the number of sites in the clearly partisan right increases, and indeed exceeds the number of sites in the clearly partisan left."
news  politics 
27 days ago
The real problem with the New York Times op-ed page: it’s not honest about US conservatism - Vox
"If the Times wants to find authentic expressions of the sentiments animating Trump supporters, it will have to look beyond the confines of the elite establishment, to Breitbart, TownHall, Infowars, or one of the avowedly right-wing outlets where conservatives cluster."
politics  news 
27 days ago
Tenants Under Siege: Inside New York City’s Housing Crisis | by Michael Greenberg | The New York Review of Books
"Currently almost half of the rental apartments in New York City are stabilized—about 990,000 units, with 2.6 million people living in them.1 Three quarters of these units were built before 1947. They are found in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century tenements, pre-war towers, and U-shaped apartment blocks, and they are among the city’s most precious resources, as critical to its well-being, I would argue, as its transit system and public parks. In view of this extraordinary level of regulation, it may seem surprising that New York faces a crisis in affordable housing. But rent-stabilized apartments are disappearing at an alarming rate: since 2007, at least 172,000 apartments have been deregulated. To give an example of how quickly affordable housing can vanish, between 2007 and 2014, 25 percent of the rent-stabilized apartments on the Upper West Side of Manhattan were deregulated."
nyc  2018_mixbook_contender  poverty 
27 days ago
▶︎ Thunder Perfect Mind | Nurse With Wound
Key release in the Nurse With Wound discography
27 days ago
Applied Ballardianism - Urbanomic
"Applied Ballardianism is an astonishing book, part fictionalized hallucinatory memoir, part essential Ballard primer, all written in the style of the great man himself. "
books  wishlist 
29 days ago
Dream Askew Play Kit.indd
The Dream Askew playtest kit
29 days ago
Dream Askew // Dream Apart by Avery Alder — Kickstarter
Two games in a split book:
Dream Askew gives us ruined buildings, haunted faces, strange new psychic powers, fierce queer love, and turbulent skies...

Dream Apart gives us demons and wedding jesters; betrothals and pogroms; mystical ascensions and accusations of murder; rabbi’s daughters running away to be actresses or bandits or boy soldiers; the sounds of the shofar ringing through cramped and muddy streets, of cannon fire, of the wolf’s footfalls in the snowy pine forest...
29 days ago
Comparing City Street Orientations - Geoff Boeing
"60 years ago, Kevin Lynch defined “legible” cities as those whose patterns lend themselves to coherent, organized, recognizable, and comprehensible mental images. These help us organize city space into cognitive maps for wayfinding and a sense of place. But what Boston lacks in legible circulation patterns, it makes up for in other Lynchian elements (paths, edges, districts, nodes, landmarks)"
city  information_visualization  boston_area 
29 days ago
Ottessa Moshfegh’s Painful, Funny Novel of a Young Woman’s Chemical Hibernation | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino: "I momentarily considered giving up on human relationships after reading the sentence “She probably wanted to pretend to want to cheer me up.”"
book_commentary  suffering 
29 days ago
I Turned My Own Jawbone Into Earrings - Broadly
Merrit K: "At the very least, my bone is mine to do with as I wish."
4 weeks ago
About | Logarithmic History
"Over the course of 2015, I tweeted and blogged the history of the universe, all 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to the end of the year. ... Compressing the history of the universe into one year is not a new idea: both Carl Sagan and Neil de Grasse Tyson did it. What’s different about the version here? The earlier work uses a linear scale, dividing the age of the universe by the number of days in a year, so that every calendar day covers a constant 37.8 million years in the history of the universe. ... At Logarithmic History, by contrast, I use a logarithmic scale. ...January 1 begins with the Big Bang and covers a full 754 million years. January 2 covers the next 712 million years, and so on. Succeeding days cover shorter and shorter succeeding intervals in the history of the universe."
4 weeks ago
15 Tage Fieber ©SCHMELZDAHIN
15-minute SCHMELZDAHIN film, mesmerizing
video  materials  entropy 
4 weeks ago
"Schmelzdahin (melt away) is a film group which worked in Bonn between 1975 and 1989. Members: Jochen Lempert, Jochen Müller, Jürgen Reble. Formation of the Film group 1979 in Bonn. Schmelzdahin jointly carry out research in the fields of shooting, montage and material processing. As a part of this, lengthy studies relating to the effects that bacterialogical decomposition, disintegration, and chemical processes have upon film emulsion were carried out."
materials  film  entropy 
4 weeks ago
Logan Paul and the Myth of Cancel Culture - VICE
"The most obvious problem with cancel culture is that it rarely has any tangible or meaningful effect on the lives and comfortability of the cancelled."
internet  celebrity  zeitgeist 
4 weeks ago
In Which We Live And Breathe by MachineSpirit
"In Which We Live And Breathe is a cyberpunk fantasy tabletop roleplaying game modelled after Shadowrun and Blades In The Dark. It explores themes of multilayered existence and finding balance between the head and the heart." (Designer also describes it as "magical queer cyberpunk nonsense," but it is currently the most popular PDF games on itch.io)
4 weeks ago
A New Tabletop RPG Lets You Play as Your Friends
"Developer Liam Ginty has released Mirror, a single-page tabletop RPG where players create characters based on their friends or loved ones. Players write down a series of four strengths and two weaknesses about the person they’re sitting across from, which are then used as skills and obstacles to overcome. You and your counterpart (along with a GM) then embark on a quest, which can be any RPG campaign in which the game mechanics fit. It lets players see how well their friends and partners know them"
4 weeks ago
Custom Dungeon World Playbook – Sandy Pug Games
"bespoke unique Dungeon World playbooks based on you or your loved ones"
4 weeks ago
Gutenberg Poetry Autocomplete
"Type something in the box below and you'll see lines of poetry beginning with whatever you've typed. The database includes all lines of poetry from every book in Project Gutenberg that has "Poetry" in one of its subject listings (approximately 3.8 million lines)."
generative_art  algorithmic_writing 
4 weeks ago
An Excess of Consciousness | Rhizome
Brendan K. Byrne reviews Allison Parrish's collection of poetry, "Articulations"
book_commentary  generative_art  algorithmic_writing 
4 weeks ago
Cryptids and prints by Wren
illustration  tumblr 
5 weeks ago
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