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Teju Cole on turning his photography into music with jazz pianist and fellow polymath Vijay Iyer
I take notes at the time of being in places. I take a lot of photographs. You never know until you develop your film whether that idea worked. If I photograph a shining Mediterranean full of boats, it could be a perfectly banal picture or it could work. It might just have enough tension in it. I don’t know for weeks and months after I develop the film whether something I’ve done retains its charge. And I don’t know of the many things I’ve jotted down which one is worth writing up more fully. It’s not about text or image coming first. It’s about being attentive — about having both pieces come together like magnets.
art  beauty  media  music  culture  photography  attention  curation 
yesterday by allaboutgeorge
Who Gets to Call Themselves Nonbinary?
“One useful way to consider identity policing is to think about whether the policing is flowing upstream or downstream,” Professor Grzanka tells me. “Downstream — if we take that to mean interrogating people who have less power than you — tends to feel gross to me.”
gender  beauty  lgbt  relationships  men  women  power  identity  sex 
10 days ago by allaboutgeorge
‘Stop calling 911 on the culture’: The powerful message Pyer Moss took to the fashion runway - The Washington Post
Jean-Raymond looks specifically at the way in which black people are cast in the role of “other.” They are not the default face of America; they are the face that America shows as proof of its diversity, as evidence of its openness, as a testament to its welcoming spirit. Black folks are not simply American. They are also American.
fashion  beauty  attention  black 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The skinny jean is finally giving way to a new pants style — Quartzy
According to Morgan-Petro, people have grown a little tired of being perpetually in either leggings or jeggings, and are looking for a slightly more tailored option in bottoms—but one that still lets them move.

Both also note a change in what women consider sexy. Many are moving away from the skin-tight and toward something a bit more subtly confident, and maybe less overtly gendered.
fashion  aesthetics  business  style  feminism  women  marketing  beauty  corporations 
12 days ago by allaboutgeorge
The Quietest Place in America Is Becoming a Warzone
If we don’t defend silence, we sever one of the last ties to life on Earth before humans started raising a ruckus—before the combustion engine, before cities. If we lose silence, we lose the space to reflect on what makes us who we are.
nature  health  travel  sound  washingtonstate  beauty  usa 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
What Does The Amazon Echo Look Mean For Personal Style? - Racked
Say it with me: I enjoy what I enjoy regardless of its potential for receiving likes, going viral, or being found acceptable by an algorithm.

Say it with me: I also do not deny that I am implicated, inexorably, in the Generic Style of my time.
technology  fashion  power  beauty  business  shopping 
april 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Young designer aims to promote Egyptians' African roots
Unlike Shandaweely, who is proud of the African heritage of Egypt, most Egyptians do not fully understand that — geographically and culturally — they have African roots and that they are Africans. Some people may prefer to call themselves Arab or Middle Eastern, rather than African.

However, the Egyptian government has recently been trying to strengthen its ties with other African countries as well as introduce African art to the Egyptian public.
africa  egypt  fashion  beauty  history  arabic  middleeast 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Tender Photos of Black Men That Redefine Masculinity - VICE
There is a refusal embedded in my pictures, but also my use of shadow and light, and decisions about display, points to me as a black male taking ownership of signifying the beauty and possibility of these bodies.
art  photography  african  BlackLivesMatter  beauty  men 
september 2017 by allaboutgeorge
On Indian Minimalism | Vestoj
Which begs the question, what are the aesthetics of an emerging post-colonial economy? And when something different from what we expect arises, why don’t we have the interpretative frameworks to understand its nuances?
fashion  minimalism  journalism  aesthetics  economics  beauty  india 
september 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Price Tag of Being a Woman | Literary Hub
“You have gray hair,” he whispered, with alarm and not a little judgment. “I know,” I said and told him how much I was looking forward to a flowing mane of white a few years down the road. “It’s such a shame,” he replied. “I see young women come into my office with gray hair, and they just look so old.” My usefulness as a woman summed up in a moment.
hair  beauty  power  feminism  fashion  style  economics  capitalism 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
New label Ifeoma takes a menswear approach to womenswear | Dazed
My mum’s favourite colours were blue and black, but when I think about a grey area, it’s an area you are refusing to acknowledge or a space you don’t understand. It’s something between here and there, neither to be accepted nor ignored. It’s just there. I thought, focusing on that grey makes sense.
gray  fashion  women  design  beauty  creativity 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Nest Founder: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”
“I think we have to be very cognizant of the unintended consequences, but also acknowledge them and then design them out–make sure that we are ethically designing,” he says. “This is the slowest technology will ever progress ever again in your life. It’s only speeding up. So what are we going to do as designers to bring that element in all the time?”
technology  design  ethics  future  apple  google  beauty  mobile  business 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” | The Feminist Wire
Given this, it seems to me that any notion of black cool that is only imagined as being exercised or embodied by black masculine men and/or some masculine women is, well, played out. Black cool is multi-textured, unrestrictive, and forever changing. We, black folk are diverse in our embodiments, sexual identities, and gender expressions; therefore, our imaginations of black cool, if they are to be unrestrictive, should be vast enough to consider feminine women, feminine men, gender variant/trans men and women, and differently-abled individuals.
queer  gay  black  race  power  gender  sex  creativity  beauty  identity  presence 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With John Flansburgh And Jonathan Coulton | The Awl
k a lot of the performance aspect of what we do is about that sharp shock of just finding out that there are different levels of what’s going on. There’s a communal level, a literary level, a personal level. I feel like this kind of writing and performing at its best gets at something that’s normally found more in prose. Nobody reads a novel, and thinks, “The guy who wrote this must be a serial killer,” although maybe David Mamet has screwed that up. They know that the author is working to push ideas to extremes. We talk a lot about unreliable narrators and trying to push the point of view beyond just first person singular singer-songwriter stuff. It can be done. The popular song is not over. It’s not like all the good songs have been written and we’re just going to write some more because we like songs. There’s a future there. And if you really think about it, you can do some good stuff.
songwriting  music  beauty  rock  aesthetics  story 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Boss, the Big Man, and the Best Rock Song of the '70s < PopMatters
From the languid, strings and piano introduction to the gradual build-up (“As secret debts are paid / Contacts made, they vanish unseen), to the guitar solo (3.00 - 3.27), the tension, at once joyous and foreboding, builds and then, instead of crashing, it crests. Enter Clemons at 3.54: the solo. It is extended, totally in charge and almost indescribably affecting. He wails, establishes a groove and then (right around the 5.43 mark) goes to that other place. Finally, just as the strings and piano take over, that last gasp, like a light going out or a life being saved. It is his moment, and in addition to being the best thing he ever did, it ranks as one of the best things anyone has done in a rock song.
music  songwriting  rock  1970s  beauty 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Plastic Surgery Among Ethnic Groups Mirrors Beauty Ideals - NYTimes.com
"Everyone in New York is some sort of an immigrant. They’re just doing it to feel good."
beauty  surgery  health  from twitter
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Sue de Beer’s Latest Video, at Park Avenue Armory - NYTimes.com
“As an artist, you shed all these objects which were the ‘you’ back in the moment when you made them,” she said. “And then you go back and hardly recognize them and feel like the person who made them wasn’t you but someone else, like a sister or something. And you wonder ‘What was she like?’ ”
memory  art  creativity  attention  identity  beauty  nyc  nytimes  video 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The economics of love - Coupling: Dating, marriage and other relationships - Salon.com
"Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate scarce resources. Relationships involve two people who are sharing scarce resources -- whether that's time, energy, libidos, money, ambition, patience, whatever -- and that's of course going to involve trade-offs."
economics  relationships  love  technology  data  information  men  women  sex  marriage  beauty  attention  money  dating 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
At 25, Turtle Island Quartet turns back to Hendrix
"Sometimes you want to take a piece and really reinvent it. But this is music that I loved as a kid, and it was holy ground to me. I didn't want to undo it, I wanted to just be it. Hendrix was layering lines on top of each other, overdubbing them into a soundscape. It was perfect for a string quartet."
classical  classicalmusic  jazz  livemusic  sanfrancisco  rock  music  songwriting  beauty 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Lady Robots: The Shape of Things to Come On | The Awl
We didn't make girls perfect; we made them to be what we wanted. If they want to be masters, to live in a world where only one set of desires is valid, they take after us that way. They're still showing us what we want. The key is to want something better. The key is to want something more.
feminism  technology  power  gender  sex  art  beauty  culture 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
John Doe – Wolf at the door « Americana and Roots Music - No Depression
“So that’s what I aspire to. Having a few of those moments now and then. As you sing more, I find that you’re able to appreciate it more, and you’re able to put yourself in a totally open space so you’re not mentally trying to do something. You’re just letting it happen, which is great. Then you can find those moments, when it’s just happening. It’s not something you can do easily or by will. You just get into it.”
music  songwriting  attention  beauty 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Neil Gaiman on Amanda Palmer & the Dresden Dolls | SPIN.com
And when it's all over, and it's two a.m. and we are back in the hotel and the adrenaline is fading, Amanda, who has been subdued and awkward since the gig finished, starts crying, silently, uncontrollably, and I hold her, not sure what to say.

"You saw how good it was tonight?" she asks as she cries, and I tell her that, yes. I did, and for the first time it occurs to me how bad it must have got to make her leave something that meant that much to her, that made so many people happy.

Her cheeks are black with wet eye-make-up and it's smearing on the sheets and the pillow as she sobs and I hold her tight, and try with all my might to understand.
music  love  relationships  beauty  livemusic  rock 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
eMediaVitals: Vogue's microblogging experiment by Ron Mwangaguhunga
Tumblr, which is rich with photo and video content because of its simple yet refined design interface, is -- theoretically, at least -- the perfect entry point for a Vogue blog. Luxury fashion magazines, particularly those with an iconic photo library like Vogue, are a natural fit for the microblog.
fashion  technology  blogging  magazines  beauty  video  photography 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Books of The Times - ‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray - NYTimes.com
“Maybe instead of strings it’s stories things are made of, an infinite number of tiny vibrating stories; once upon a time they all were part of one big giant superstory, except it got broken up into a jillion different pieces, that’s why no story on its own makes any sense, and so what you have to do in a life is try and weave it back together, my story into your story, our stories into all the other people’s we know, until you’ve got something that to God or whoever might look like a letter or even a whole word....”
story  books  fiction  time  ireland  attention  beauty  physics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Selling Sex And Symphonies: The Image Of Women In Classical Music : NPR
Do these images reflect what you see in the record stores for classical music? How do they compare to the album covers you see for male performers, if at all? Do these representations spill over into the concert-hall performances that you attend?
classical  classicalmusic  music  marketing  women  beauty  power  feminism  business 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Peter Case Live at McCabe's - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Then, there came this thing where I just wanted to rock and roll. I mean, we rock and roll because we can. It really made me appreciate life and on the other hand I realized we don't really have control .I had to trust that everything was going to work out. Before the surgery I had this weird feeling. I saw the dawn coming up in the east over L.A. It was like I was seeing it for the first time. Like when I was kid in San Francisco. Then, I spent time reading William Blake.

After, I just got this feeling like we're gonna die...so let's do some rocking. Be in the moment. I'll tell you what it was like. The world was beautiful. It was like I was on this huge precipice seeing the sunrise across L.A. Everything was very beautiful. And I was on this huge cliff ready to fall, but I enjoyed the beauty of it. That's what it's about, man.
rock  music  livemusic  creativity  death  health  attention  beauty 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus | Books | The Guardian
"How," he said, "can you write about Morrison's music without taking into account what a completely unpleasant person he is?"

I never know how to answer that kind of question, because it represents a whole way of being in the world that's foreign to me. I don't believe that a person's life necessarily has anything to do with what he or she creates, whether the person in question is a musician, a painter, an accountant, an engineer, a designer or a cleaner. A person's work is not reducible to his or her neuroses, and a person's neuroses are not the determinant of a person's work. In the act, the work can take over; it can produce its own momentum, its own imperatives, its own yarragh. It can create its own necessity, its own insistence that, in the act, the world conform to the demands the work is making on it. "I don't know that Van Morrison is a completely unpleasant person," I said. "But I don't really care. I don't see what one thing has to do with the other."
music  psychology  uk  rock  books  criticism  1960s  1970s  beauty  art 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Robin Givhan: Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C clothes
Is it so wrong to lean on cliches for guidance? Well, yes. And, also, no.

People make choices about their appearance for all sorts of complicated reasons. And often, they glom on to a cliche because they find it reassuring and easy. They wear the dress of a particular social tribe because they want people to make assumptions about who they are -- because letting folks come to a conclusion on their own is often easier than having to explain.

Ultimately, of course, on matters so personal, only the individual's speaking up can truly make things clear.
fashion  power  washington  women  gender  beauty  politics  supremecourt 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Screw happiness - Feminism - Salon.com
Here is what I have deduced so far both from my experiences and from the hissed warnings of those who propel me toward their idea of happiness and simultaneously warn me it will never really be attainable: There will be peaks -- falling in love, seeing new places, enjoying whatever form a family takes, drinking a beer on a warm night, seeing a baseball team win a long coveted pennant. And there will be valleys -- divorces and illnesses, joblessness and money trouble, watching those you love in pain, a ninth inning playoff loss. In those valleys, I'm not sure that it's happiness we first strive for, but rather the power to not get stuck, to move toward just slightly higher ground. A spot within view of a peak will often do just as nicely as a seat atop it.
happiness  psychology  health  attention  beauty  love  family 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Rebel Music - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
When I am composing, I try to return to that time and place of inexperience when I was knocked sideways by dangerous sounds. Why else write? Why else listen?
music  classicalmusic  nytimes  songwriting  beauty  creativity 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jesus on a pink motorcycle, knitting hookers, feral dogs, and a beautiful sense of wellbeing.
I no longer wish to change either the world or my own nature. I only wish to live the most authentic life possible.
life  travel  attention  beauty  florida  writing  blogging 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Carrying an Extra 10 Pounds Might Not Hurt - WSJ.com
"Just because someone is slightly overweight doesn't mean they're not healthy," says Keri Gans, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. Indeed, researchers and doctors are starting to understand that eating healthy foods and getting exercise can matter more than the number that appears when you step on the scale.

And if you have just a little extra jiggle in your jeans, that fat is likely less dangerous than the kind carried by the obese. The fat sported by those slightly overweight is most often subcutaneous, meaning it is surface fat that is often carried on hips, thighs and in the gluteus region. That fat is less harmful to health than visceral fat, which is characterized as fat that attaches to organs and often causes a protruded belly. Visceral fat can increase the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes.
weight  health  exercise  beauty  disease 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Need Music. | Stripmall Architecture
What I am saying is that you need to also listen to new music. I know I have a conflict of interest here, (being an “undiscovered musician” and all) but I feel that discovering new music is of the utmost importance to your human-ness. I know this in the same way I know that burning books is wrong. I know this in the same way that I know that you don’t talk during a play. I know this like I know that you have to floss. Listening to new music is good mental hygiene and is of fundamental importance to your mental and emotional health and well-being. It makes you feel, it makes you think, it can help stroke victims recover language abilities, it reaches people suffering from depression when friends and family can’t , it even helps kids’ brains develop. There is an entire internet full of anecdotal evidence that music will get you laid. What more do you need?
music  reviews  beauty  attention  aging  health  creativity  listening 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How to Build Your Wardrobe for Men | The Art of Manliness
There are many things that we can’t control; the weather, the economy, the fact that college football needs a playoff system. How we present ourselves to strangers and new acquaintances, however, is not one of them. When you shake hands with a potential partner, they form an instant impression of you which is not easily dislodged. First impressions are powerful because until we begin to speak, they are the only bits of information we have to make a snap decision as to whether we like or trust someone. Countless communication studies have shown a man’s visual appearance is initially more powerful than what he says; ignore your wardrobe at your own risk.
fashion  men  style  advice  howto  business  beauty  identity  attention 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Same-sex weddings open the door to finding the right male attire for women - washingtonpost.com
"Women like me haven't necessarily had a community," says Susan Herr. "We haven't shared information. Do we shop in the women's department or the men's? How should a good suit fit? We had to figure this all out on our own."
gay  fashion  marriage  beauty  style  women  business  washington 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jake Shimabukuro, 'Hendrix of ukulele,' hits Bay Area for 3 shows - ContraCostaTimes.com
"I always believe that music should bring joy. That's my whole thing. And I really believe that the ukulele is an instrument that makes people happy," he says. "You can just mention its name and people will smile. I really believe that the ukulele is the instrument of peace. If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.

"Sometimes I'll come home and, if I'm having a bad day, I'll just take that thing out of the case and strum a few chords, and it's like, 'Man.' It's like a whole yoga session in one strum."
ukulele  music  livemusic  hawaii  peace  beauty  oakland  bayarea 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gene Weingarten - XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty. - washingtonpost.com
Me: If men read these books, they'd be terrified.

Kate: Why?

Me: Because what it makes clear is that, in comparative literary terms, female sexuality is James Joyce's "Ulysses" and male sexuality is "The Hardy Boys."

Kate: I won't argue with that.

Me: How can we ever hope to compete with your expectations?

Kate: Interesting. That's what we say about the material you guys use for arousal.

Me: Maybe the answer is for men and women to abandon all these immature fantasies and work tirelessly to find joy and fulfillment in the simple reality of each other's love and understanding.

Kate: You're not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.
sex  writing  fiction  relationships  men  women  reading  creativity  identity  beauty  love  gender  story  art 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Museums - Post-Minimal to the Max - NYTimes.com
These things should be understood by now: The present is diverse beyond knowing, history is never completely on anyone’s side, and what we ignore today will be excavated later and held against us the way we hold previous oversights against past generations.

Message to curators: Whatever you’re doing right now, do something else next.
museums  history  art  creativity  curation  aesthetics  beauty  research 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An Irishman's Diary - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 20, 2010
ONE OF the features of recent decades here has been a big revival in the use of old Irish names. Parents of new-born babies have scoured the history books for names of saints or kings or warriors: the more ancient-sounding and unusual the better. [...]
names  attention  ireland  family  children  parenting  beauty  language 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate.com: Same-sex dance instructors and champions
You either learn civility or lose your partner. That's part of the heart of partner dancing: Can you adapt? Can you listen so completely to another person that you feel the length of their step, how they move, each tiny movement and piece of information they're giving you? Can you listen with your whole body and be completely balanced and willing? It's such a fabulous life lesson.
dance  dancing  beauty  relationships  gay 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vital Signs - Study Finds Women Wear Shoes That Cause Pain - NYTimes.com
“I think women need to really pay attention to how a shoe fits and realize that what you’re buying could have potential effects on your feet for the rest of your life,” said the paper’s lead author, Alyssa B. Dufour, a doctoral student in biostatistics at Boston University. “It’s important to pay attention to size and width, and not just buy it because it’s cute.”
fashion  marketing  women  men  health  science  research  massachusetts  beauty  gender 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pop music notes on the decade: Authenticity takes a holiday | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
[...] I celebrate the return of glitter and weirdness and fakery in pop. It's opening up the doors to those who didn't fit more constrictive paradigms of authenticity: more women, more gay and lesbian faces, more multiracial and international voices. In general, it's making for a fuller reflection of life in our fragmented, hyper-accelerated time of struggle.

Pop today might seem like a big charade, but it's teasing out deeper truths. Authenticity's bound to make a comeback; after all, Brooks just came out of retirement (not that he doesn't have a showman's flair!) and Lilith Fair returns next spring. But after this decade, even the most sincere expressions of self will have to be multiple and complicated.

We've finally all learned the lesson of the disco prophet Sylvester: only by admitting that nothing is straightforward can we feel Mighty Real.
music  identity  beauty  pop  rock  creativity  writing  losangeles 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Adaptation. (2002) - Memorable quotes
Donald Kaufman: I loved Sarah, Charles. It was mine, that love. I owned it. Even Sarah didn't have the right to take it away. I can love whoever I want.
Charlie Kaufman: But she thought you were pathetic.
Donald Kaufman: That was her business, not mine. You are what you love, not what loves you. That's what I decided a long time ago.
english  quotes  language  love  beauty  identity  movies  film  relationships 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Columns: Thelonious Monk: Ode To A Sphere — By Vijay Iyer — Jazz Articles
[...] When Monk played someone else’s music, he would recast it in this sonic language. His versions were the result of painstaking labor. Each harmony was seemingly rebuilt from scratch, chosen with care and worked over, and every ornament, filigree, run and fill carefully considered. And yet the playing was also full of risk. You can’t help but notice the liveness of it, the sense of possibility and discovery, the chances taken and the rewards reaped.

That risk lies somewhere in the dialogue between rhythm and improvisation—in the sustained buoyancy of pulse that is his signature, and in the real-time melodic invention that forms a counterpoint to it. [...]
jazz  creativity  improvisation  beauty  music  language  magazines 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Music mimics the emotion of speech - Telegraph
"There is a strong biological basis to the aesthetics of sound," he said
"Humans prefer tone combinations that are similar to those found in speech."
speech  sound  words  language  beauty  music  research  science  uk 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Road Movie With Director John Hillcoat - Q&A With The Road Director John Hillcoat - Popular Mechanics
I was nervous about those trees. But I was told how to deal with it: The worst thing to do is run if a tree is falling because you'll lose your bearings. Trees go deceptively so far out that you could cross its line way off in the distance and it'll get you. The experts said if anything happens, the thing to do is just to watch it carefully. You've got seconds. Just watch it, and see where it's going, and then you can sidestep it. I thought I'd pass on that information.
culture  film  geography  movies  cinema  creativity  aesthetics  beauty  neworleans  photography 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Mark Morford: Where have you been all my life?
[...] To me, it's all flavors of delightful to ponder these rifts and hiccups, these jumps and thrusts of time. Because the danger is, you can give up. You can become thoroughly stuck in your patterns, your tastes, how you think it's supposed to be. You can attach yourself and your identity early on to various ideas, styles, modes of being, and never budge as the world evolves and dances on, and you just grunt and scowl and wonder what happened to the good ol' days.

But if you remain open, you can circle back around and rediscover yourself in new and fascinating recombinations, as each generation comes forth, bearing startling new gifts. It's a simple truth, recast in a million variations: The delights and epiphanies, the loves and the gods, the deepenings and the awakenings? They find you when you are ready. And of course, vice-versa.

Really, what more could you ask for?
writing  attention  time  aesthetics  aging  music  beauty  art  love  rock 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Chabon: Bonus Track 2: "Sailing By Ear"
The sound quality is probably still not anything close to what I used to get from the vinyl copy of Fragile that I picked up a couple of weeks after Bill took me shopping. And it’s definitely not everything that I need. Nothing is. That’s part of rock and roll, too, I suppose, and something that Bill and my mother and I all understood that day, without understanding it. And like Nemo at my keyboard, I will sail on, through 20,000 leagues or pages, chasing that mystery, and all the others that I can hear, once again, in the music.
music  writing  identity  aging  songwriting  beauty  books  parenting  technology 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - On Storytelling: The Powells.com Interview with Donald Miller
You can't tell a good story without conflict — the story can't be beautiful or meaningful. We're taught to run from conflict, and it's robbing us of some really good stories.
story  beauty  plot  writing  creativity  war  books  life 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The dark edges of Mika's deceptively sunny pop | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“Pop enables you to hoodwink people. If you follow certain formulas and structures, people gravitate to a song and attach themselves to it, they instantly ‘get’ it. And once you’ve got them, you can get them to sing along to something bitterly sad.”
pop  music  songwriting  beauty  story 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why women have sex | Life and style | The Guardian
I thought that my lover adored me. No – it is because I have a symmetrical face. "I love you so much," he would say, if he could read his evolutionary impulses, "because you have a symmetrical face!" "Oh, how I love the smell of your compatible genes!" I would say back. "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" And so we would osculate (kiss). I am really just a monkey trying to survive. I close the book.

I think I knew that.
sex  women  men  gender  power  relationships  love  beauty  communication  behavior  ethics  science  psychology 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Luc Sante on Robert Frank’s The Americans - WSJ.com
The overt influence of the book on the young may be on the wane these days, in large part because of the different possibilities and demands of digital photography. Among art photographers there may be more interest in manipulation, narrative, scale and deliberate control of the image. In documentary photography, on the other hand, its influence is deep-rooted and seemingly permanent. "The Americans" might be said to have brought agnosticism to photography; it forcefully introduced doubt, as expressed by asymmetry, overlaps, tilts, radical cropping, out-of-focus foregrounds and the use of massed shadows and pulsing glare. That quality has come to be synonymous with truth-telling, even if it has been abused over the years. Until someone comes up with a transformative new way of taking pictures that can convince us it has an even stronger mimetic relationship to the way we actually see, it is likely to stand as such.
culture  photography  beauty  usa  race  books  aesthetics  identity  travel  documentary  journalism  art 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne’s Perfect City - WSJ.com
Every time I visit San Francisco I ask out loud "Why don't I live here? Why do I choose to live in a place that is harder, tougher and, well, not as beautiful?" The locals often reply, "You don't want to live here. It looks like a city, but it's really a small village. Everyone knows what you're doing" Oh, OK. If you say so. It's still beautiful.
cities  urban  sanfrancisco  architecture  social  behavior  california  beauty  bicycling  music 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Miss Information, with Erin Bradley | Advice
Physical beauty is subjective. Not only that, but attraction has hundreds of components. They’re all woven together, like some big crazy quilt made of neurons, childhood memories, and hormones. No one can ever fully understand or unravel another person’s quilt.
beauty  sex  love  relationships  gender  childhood  psychology  identity  attention 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Even a Radiohead fan can appreciate Mozart - The Boston Globe
So don’t treat classical music as a once-a-year excuse to dress up and get a nice dinner. It is music. It’s meant to be loved by the young, hormone-crazed masses, loved the very same way we love Radiohead and the Arcade Fire. It should lie at the center of everyday life, spark our wildest conversations and profoundest thoughts, be the soundtrack to falling in love. There’s a galaxy of music in our city that needs our love, and I know we’ve got it in us.
classical  music  classicalmusic  ritual  boston  beauty  rock  education 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Generation B - 50-Something, Divorced and Looking for Love - NYTimes.com
“Among the divorced, the least marriageables in our society are older women, highly educated who make a good salary.”

“Studies show men tend to marry down — someone slightly younger, less educated, making less money,” Dr. Adler-Baeder said. “Women in their 50s literally don’t have a visible pool of eligible men around them.”

“And if she’s tall on top of that,” Dr. Adler-Baeder said, “the pool’s even smaller.”
marriage  relationships  love  men  women  aging  beauty  families  children  dating  divorce 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
California bill would tighten rules on tattoos, piercing - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee
About 36 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 are tattooed now, according to estimates by the American Academy of Dermatology.
art  law  california  aesthetics  beauty 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rating Attractiveness: Consensus Among Men, Not Women, Study Finds
"As far as we know, this is the first study to investigate whether there are differences in the level of consensus male and female raters have in their attractiveness judgments," Wood says. "These differences have implications for the different experiences and strategies that could be expected for men and women in the dating marketplace."
women  men  relationships  sex  gender  culture  psychology  science  beauty  marketing 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear - NYTimes.com
The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.
love  relationships  beauty  language  money  happiness  marriage  parenting  divorce 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham and John Cage, forever inseparable | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
The only reason this approach could work is because the dancer and composer were on the same wavelength. They understood that music and dance would come together as friends. Theirs was a deep relationship based upon trust that honored independence, which is different from separation.
music  dance  friendship  relationships  art  creativity  work  beauty  love  gay 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Life | It's hot! It's sexy! It's ... marriage!
We talk about our marriages so seriously and with such reverence; we talk about our sex or lack thereof in the same way. Maybe we shouldn't. Maybe we shouldn't treat the institution and its dirty little companion as some sort of precious Fabergé egg that is either shattered and worthless or pristine, untouchable and priceless. Maybe it's more like Silly Putty and the plastic egg it comes in. Sometimes the egg is open, allowing for hours of stretchy, flexible fun; sometimes the egg is closed and kind of boring, but as long as the Silly Putty remains inside the egg it's still full of as much potential as your imagination allows, and the value of the egg is not diminished no matter how often or vigorously the egg or its contents are fingered or played with. (And yes, I was staring at a Silly Putty egg on my dining room table when I came up with that extended metaphor.)
marriage  relationships  beauty  love  sex  writing  men  women  humor  comedy 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Dillinger, Existentialist by Thomas S. Hibbs on National Review Online
But the pace, in the end, is precisely the point. Dillinger is nothing more than what he does. He robs banks, and in this he achieves a kind of freedom, liberation from petty concerns over a job and a family, over what others think of him, over the desire for money and advancement, even over the fear of death, as the scene in the Biograph indicates.

That accounts for both the attraction of Dillinger and his essential emptiness, a combination that Mann’s own film mimics: artistic flair wedded to nihilism.
movies  cinema  film  aesthetics  beauty  philosophy  crime  men  gender  power  identity 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Incidental Pleasures of
"[T]he best rejoinder to Public Enemies is Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal video, which I watched again after the singer-dancer’s inevitable, untimely death. It’s a tommy-gun gangster fantasia with a touch of Guys and Dolls, and it’s everything Public Enemies isn’t: madly inventive, genre-bending, a passionate tribute to the artist as outlaw/loner. The video reminds you why the gangster has become an existential hero in pop culture: It’s how he seizes the space. On some level Michael Mann knows that, but he’s paralyzed by his pretentions and specious morality. And he can’t dance."
video  pop  movies  cinema  film  acting  aesthetics  identity  dance  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Nixon to Bush 41: Find ‘attractive’ women « - Blogs from CNN.com
"I noticed a couple of very attractive women, both of them Republicans, in the legislature," Nixon told Bush. "I want you to be sure to emphasize to our people, God, let's look for some… Understand, I don't do it because I'm for women, but I'm doing it because I think maybe a woman might win someplace where a man might not… So have you got that in mind?"

Bush replies, "I'll certainly keep it in mind."
bush  president  nixon  women  politics  power  men  republicans  southcarolina  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The brilliance of Beth Ditto - Times Online
“I don’t understand all these women who say they feel betrayed by fashion. A piece of clothing can’t talk — it can’t tell you that you can’t have it — so really, you're just telling yourself that. You make yourself the victim, because if you want clothes that bad, then make them yourself. You have to get creative if you’re fat. I’m really good at turning a belt into a necklace, and I can always find a nice pair of earrings.”
fashion  women  style  fat  beauty  creativity  diy  rock  music 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hormonal health linked to open blinds and sex | Straight.com
Turner advises everything from opening your blinds immediately upon waking in the morning (which she says will boost serotonin and reduce melatonin) to deep breathing on the way to work (which will decrease cortisol and increase serotonin) to strength training (which will lower cortisol and insulin and increase DHEA, testosterone, dopamine, and serotonin).
health  stress  biology  sex  beauty 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Baby Names Quantify the Faddishness of Fads | Wired Science | Wired.com
Take Tricia. Back in the 1950s, almost nobody named their baby girls Tricia. By the 1970s, the name had skyrocketed to the 144th most popular girl’s name and then just as quickly, Tricia fell back into disuse. It’s no longer in the top 1,000 names for girls. Literally hundreds of other names have followed similar trajectories.

It turns out that a name’s sad tumble into obscurity is tightly correlated with the speed of its rise. And that principle — what goes up quickly, must come down quickly — could be applicable to a broader set of memes.
names  identity  usa  beauty  children  parenting  science  thinking 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Interview with Emily Wells | AfterEllen.com
"How do you feel about the outcome of your live show vs. studio work? Is it as satisfying?" "EW: It’s totally satisfying. In a way you can’t dwell on things. It happened in the moment or it is happening, you know what I’m saying? With studio recordings you can take it with you and play it in all sorts of places. You can nit pick it, so there’s a type of restlessness with that. I love the feeling after playing a live show. There’s no drug that can compare."
songwriting  music  aesthetics  beauty  work  presence 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
UC Davis News & Information :: Study Finds Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory and Emotion
“What’s cool about this is that one of the main parts of the brain that’s tracking the music is the same part of the brain that’s responding overall to how autobiographically salient the music is,” Janata said.

Because memory for autobiographically important music seems to be spared in people with Alzheimer’s disease, Janata said, one of his long-term goals is to use this research to help develop music-based therapy for people with the disease.

“Providing patients with MP3 players and customized playlists,” he speculated, “could prove to be a quality-of-life improvement strategy that would be both effective and economical.”
memory  science  brain  music  beauty  health  mp3  identity 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Beauty Affects Men's and Women's Brains Differently | Wired Science from Wired.com
"In current hunter-gatherer groups, men are in charge of hunting; meanwhile women collect," said Cela-Conde. "If this is a scheme that can be extended to ancestors’ behavior, then we can think about a selective pressure to increase the capacity of spatial orientation in men, and the capacity to identify edible plants and tubers in women."
psychology  brain  science  research  beauty  men  women  sex  gender 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Music - M. Ward Is a Four-Track Guy in a Digital World - NYTimes.com
Ward’s job as he sees it is to capture something: less an emotional state or an overarching theme than an instant. “I wrote this song just to remember the endless endless summer in your laugh,” he sings on “Hold Time,” his album’s moody but sweet title track.

“I can trace all my songs to a specific moment,” he said. “Sometimes it’s as insignificant as a friend of yours saying something, a turn of phrase. Other times it’s like an epiphany moment or just something beautiful that you see. Some people are able to take a picture of that and capture it. I don’t have that skill.”
songwriting  creativity  music  rock  beauty  aesthetics  writing  photography 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Science News / It’s Written All Over Your Face
"The average person you pass on the street is probably not ‘hot or not.' But if they are hot or not, they should activate some kind of socially behavioral response [the reward circuitry] that says go after that person at all costs or avoid them at all costs because mating could be really horrific for your [offspring’s] genes."
science  health  psychology  beauty  sex  relationships 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The egos have landed | Salon Arts & Entertainment
Why is something that ought to hurt the ear so damn listenable? Partly it's because the tunes are so spare in their construction. But it's mostly because there's a unity of form and content. These abrasive digital effects -- noises that make the ear flinch, like the sudden surge of distortion on the vocal early on in "Love Lockdown" -- are motivated by the desire to find new ways to communicate pain. West wants to make his music sound how he feels, which is raw, skinless, unprotected.
music  reviews  hiphop  rock  aesthetics  beauty  creativity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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