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Journalist Geeta Dayal on writing as an optimistic act – The Creative Independent
Writing means creating new possibility spaces for what could be, or what could happen. I think that’s a good thing. It’s a very hopeful way of looking at the world—that you have some ability to change the way things are, or that you hope that you can somehow make things better, you know?
writing  journalism  media  criticism  art  arts  music  electronica  books  creativity  research 
6 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
'High Fidelity' Sequel: Nick Hornby Reveals What Would Happen | Hollywood Reporter
The arts are the most elaborate and most precise social network ever invented, but if it's going to work properly, you have to get out of the house sometimes and show who you are and what you love. You have to go to shows and galleries and bookstores, you have to ask for what you want out loud. And this expression of taste must involve an impulse that, at its heart, is anti-democratic: Somewhere you have to believe that what you like is better than what all those other losers like.
arts  books  music  aesthetics  criticism  beauty  social  socialnetworking  culture 
september 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Why You Love "The Wire," Explained In Fascinating Detail | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
"That’s a very interesting question, because one of the main reasons I wanted to explore the video essay format was that I felt it could help bridge the gap between academic and journalistic film criticism," says Lavik. "Film scholarship has become so highly specialized, and often esoteric, that much of it does not even attempt to speak to anyone outside of the research community. Journalistic film criticism, on the other hand, often lacks ambition, I think, and functions merely as a form of consumer guidance. Writers rarely give their readers anything to reach for. Everything is pre-digested for you. The video essay I made is obviously meant for people who have already seen The Wire, but I hope most of those who are familiar with the show will be able to follow my arguments and observations. I certainly don’t think anyone will find it totally incomprehensible. But so what if there’s something you don’t understand? You’re watching it online, so Google it! Coming across something you don’t comprehend is not a cause for offense, but an opportunity to learn.
video  film  criticism  television  baltimore  fiction  journalism  writing  media  story 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #38
Music's digital availability means we're currently in a happy position where our distance from the Milton Point is utterly apparent: the past is too big for anyone to get much of a handle on it. It's easy to think of history-- of pop or anything else-- as a kind of map, whose final bits of terra incognita are now being glumly filled in. But there's a better way of thinking about history-- as a network, scaling up in complexity as more and more nodes are added and more pieces of information link to one another.
music  criticism  writing  history  attention  mapping  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West - ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ - NYTimes.com
Welcome to 2011, a year that — once the last of the snow is scraped away — will bring new hope, the promise of renewal, a chance to wake up in a world in which Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is not the consensus pick for album of the year. [...]
attention  reputation  music  criticism  pop  hiphop  art  creativity  social  power 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Book review: 'Bob Dylan in America' by Sean Wilentz - latimes.com
"Although reminiscent of the modernists' collages," Wilentz writes, "Dylan's method aimed not simply at allusion but at something very different, essential to his recent work — more emphatic, at times risky dissolution of distinctions between past and present, as well as between high and low, scholarly and popular, exotic and familiar, moving between and among them as if it required no effort."
books  bobdylan  nonfiction  criticism  music  1960s  history  art  creativity 
september 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
Gen X Has a Midlife Crisis - NYTimes.com
“If I were the protagonist of a book or a movie,” Milo says to his onetime boss, “it would be hard to like me, to identify with me, to like me, right?” The response is devastating: “I would never read a book like that, Milo, and I can’t think of anyone who would. There’s no reason for it.”

A lot of people seem to feel that way about “Greenberg,” which has done modest business and inspired a great deal of ambivalence among audiences. “Funny People” was a big flop, and “Hot Tub Time Machine” has not done nearly as well as “The Hangover,” which offers up coarse humor and male immaturity without the slightest attempt at historical perspective. Since its publication in March, “The Ask” has sold around 7,000 copies. Disappointing? Of course. Our generation wouldn’t have it any other way.
aging  marriage  criticism  movies  1980s  1990s  relationships  fiction 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #28
The characters who do come across as free spirits-- able to act without taking these identity-building games into consideration-- are generally outsiders: an exoticized foreign sexpot and the final issue's hip-hop fan protagonist. This fellow is Phonogram's most likable character, and it's a delight to see him rampage across his spotlight issue high on music and get a happy ending on the way. But he doesn't get his latent phonomancy activated by the Busta Rhymes or disco he's been depicted as loving. No, what sends him magical is TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me".

This struck me as an odd choice-- why would a casual rap dude get a power-up from one of 2006's most critically acclaimed indie rock songs?
comics  music  pitchfork  criticism  rock  writing  art 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why does Sade have such a poor reputation in the UK? | Music | guardian.co.uk
Nobody, with the possible exception of Spandau Ballet, reeks of 80s yuppie, conspicuous consumption and smooth operators doing deals over Asti Spumante like Sade. [...]

[...] Or maybe it's because the hardest thing to be in rock or pop, even soul, is soft. Sade's music is deceptively mellow, though – her best songs, such as the beat-less I Never Thought I'd See the Day, from 1988's Stronger Than Pride, are starkly beautiful, like an 80s apartment stripped of all but the most basic Habitat accoutrements.

But then, I always thought Sade was closer to trip-hop than torch muzak, an idea borne out by the title track of her new album, which approaches the metallic vigour of Tricky. It's just a shame the rest of Soldier of Love is so lacking in melodic lustre. Because it would have been fun, and not a little contentious, to proclaim her an idiosyncratic artist with a distinctive vision.
media  journalism  music  criticism  uk  usa  reviews  reputation  sade 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
writing  identity  reading  cinema  art  culture  film  movies  criticism  chicago  cancer  entertainment 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Ann Powers: Kris Allen beats Adam Lambert. A shock? Nah. | Idol Tracker | Los Angeles Times
In terms of the music industry, he cuts a more contemporary figure than Lambert: Many stars now (specifically rock-oriented, male ones) tend to do better when they draw themselves to scale, offering songs that make fans feel warm and connected, not blown away.

Think Jack Johnson. Dave Matthews. Jason Mraz, who performed on the “Idol” finale. And on the country side, Keith Urban, with whom Allen did a spirited duet early in the show.

This approachable kind of pop figure is one that often naturally emerges from the “Idol” competition. David Cook, last year’s winner, is cut from this natural-fiber cloth. Performing “Permanent,” the song he has dedicated to the brother he recently lost to cancer, Cook epitomized what Allen will likely soon become — a crowd favorite, empathetic and touchable.
music  rock  criticism  writing  losangeles  public  men  songwriting 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
‘American Idol’ - The Triumph of Soft Rock - NYTimes.com
That he shined on softer material — "Mad World," "Feeling Good," "One" — demonstrates the little-acknowledged truth about Mr. Lambert. Histrionics aside, he’s truly just an old-fashioned song-and-dance man, without the dancing; a lifetime in and around musical theater will do that to you. "Idol" wanted him to be something more, and he may well have wanted that for himself. If Mr. Lambert was hiding something, it wasn’t his sexual preference — it was his conservatism. If only he’d have let America see the real him.
rock  music  criticism  writing  nytimes  public  dance  songwriting  men 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Buzz Log - Idol Talk: Reviving the Southern Dynasty - Yahoo! Buzz
In the end, the South rose again. In the last possible moment, Kris Allen made "American Idol" history—or perhaps reinforced it. The numbers and judges may have been with Adam Lambert, but Allen once again showed that the Cinderella storyline could rally the American South and the heartland.
music  criticism  demography  usa  public  social  story  television 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Gawker - I Hate Your 90s: N+1 Discussion Panel Ruins My Favorite Decade - N+1
I stopped taking notes sometime around when they were discussing the "imminent failure of rap rock as evidenced by the Judgment Night soundtrack," because that about encapsulates the entire thing.
music  1990s  criticism 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
‘The Dark Knight’ of My Soul -- The Projectionist -- David Edelstein's Movie Blog -- New York Magazine
"Well, the people don’t need to be spoken for. And a critic’s job is not only to steer you to movies you might not have heard of or that died at the box office. It’s also to bring a different, much-needed perspective on blockbusters [...]"
cinema  film  reviews  criticism  writing 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Former (and Future) Film Critic - Mary Pols comments - Alliance of Women Film Journalists -
"Each critic is only one voice, but we serve as a filter for a society pummeled every day by an onslaught of new releases, whether they be movies, music recordings or books."
criticism  media  film  cinema  newspapers  movies  writing  reviews  society  books  music 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - Notes on Narrative
"All the same, you may find much of what follows to be nothing more than common sense. But think of it as a pleasant, country-weekend drive right into the center of a fellow writer's professional advice."
story  writing  fiction  creativity  aesthetics  criticism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Silent Party #3
"For classic rock programmers and consultants, part of this conservative cultivation was canon-creation, and they closed ranks around a white, hyper-masculine notion of rock music."
music  pitchfork  rock  radio  marketing  business  corporations  media  history  criticism 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A raunchy best seller gets Germans talking - International Herald Tribune
"It's not feminist in a political sense, but instead feminism of the body, that has to do with anxiety and repression and the fear that you stink, and this for me is clearly feminist, that one builds confidence with your own body."
books  criticism  germany  sex  women  aesthetics  feminism  writing  novels  hiphop  marketing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
From Media Darlings to Public Enemy No. 1 in Five Years or Less - Advertising Age - The Media Guy
"They were, it seemed, self-actualized mavericks who'd thrown off (or never even taken on) the shackles of media-conglomerate overlords. They were gutsy, outspoken, fearless, funny -- the polar opposite of the MSM."
media  criticism  celebrity  blogs  blogging  marketing  online 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
After the Apocalypse - The New York Review of Books
"The horror writer is not content to report on death as the universal system of human weather; he or she chases tornadoes. Horror is Stoicism with a taste for spectacle."
books  criticism  fiction  literature  reading  scifi  reviews  writing  creativity  aesthetics 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Raconteurs mess with biz formula -- for the better? - Los Angeles Times
"A commenter on Idolator.com who goes by the name 'SuperUnison' had a cute name for critics: 'the context mafia.' That's one family I'm proud to join."
context  writing  criticism  music  rock  losangeles  corporations  business  marketing  information  blogging 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com | Rock vs. jazz
"A world without a 16-year-old boy screaming out the words to 'Satisfaction' in the shower would be as tedious as one without a woman listening over a glass of wine to Bill Evans' 'Very Early.'"
jazz  rock  music  songwriting  beauty  creativity  criticism 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Dumbing Of America
"A comparison of two video reports, on the other hand, is cumbersome. Forced to choose between conflicting stories on television, the viewer falls back on hunches, or on what he believed before he started watching."
video  creativity  news  newspapers  media  information  criticism  attention  reputation 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Race Card - Richard Thompson Ford - Book Review - New York Times
"We should begin by looking at racial injustice as a social problem to be solved collectively rather than as a series of discrete wrongs perpetrated by bad people."
books  politics  race  reviews  nonfiction  criticism  black  white  asian  latino  justice  social  ethics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CJR: The Limits of Clear Language
"Intellectual honesty about the gathering and use of facts and data is a riskier and more precious part of a free society than is intellectual honesty in language."
writing  rhetoric  politics  language  criticism  information  data  ethics 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Noise: SFBG Music Blog - Cover me: Embracing Burial's noirish dubstep
"[S]crap the lush, symphonic strings, strip the vocals down to the barest bits, and dismantle the rhythms as much as possible - and while you're at it, bundle the whole thing up in blankets of whirrs and drones - and you'll get somewhere close [...]"
music  uk  futurism  cities  urban  criticism 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Poptimist #11
"Sometimes I've been called a "relativist" as a critic, implying that I don't think you can be right or wrong about music. That isn't true-- what I believe is that being wrong about music should never matter."
pitchfork  music  criticism  aesthetics  reviews  beauty 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #53
"I'm not writing for musicians. I'm writing about listening, for other people who listen. Exploring music from that perspective is enough work for a lifetime."
criticism  music  reviews  theory  songwriting  creativity  writing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On Photography, by Susan Sontag
"The subsequent industrialization of camera technology only carried out a promise inherent in photography from its very beginning: to democratize all experiences by translating them into images."
culture  criticism  art  media  photography  sontag  theory 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The best Joni Mitchell song ever. - By Ron Rosenbaum - Slate Magazine
"It occurs to me that in some way that's what 'Amelia's' enigma or paradox is about: True love is far more alarming than a false alarm. [... I]t may be better to have loved and lost than to have loved and won, which can be truly terrifying."
music  criticism  rock  1970s  aesthetics  travel  songwriting  love 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Here are 10 plus 10 essential records from this decade | AccessAtlanta
"We firmly believe that anyone with open ears, an Internet connection and a reasonable music budget can remain a lifelong musical hipster." I've five of the first and five of the second.
music  rock  hiphop  indie  newspapers  criticism  2000s  atlanta  georgia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
criminal odes - bookforum.com / in print
" 'She put her mouth close to my ear so that her breath was warm again on my cheek, as it had been in the car, and whispered the vilest epithet of which the English language is capable. Then she walked out to her cell.' "
fiction  crime  criticism  reviews  aesthetics  creativity  novels  shortstory  story  writing 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
eMusic Spotlight - Comfort Music for Restless Ears: Kranky Records
"Another way to describe Kranky, I suppose, would simply be as "psychedelic" — not in the sense of lava lamps and amoebic projections, of course, but as music that has uncanny ways of opening up the mind."
music  criticism  chicago  writing  reviews  online 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Blake Gopnik - Doing a Double Take at Richard Prince's Rephotography - washingtonpost.com
"You can't fail to notice how our visual culture is truly a 'language,' with almost as many rules to its grammar as English has. And you notice that, like the spoken word, pictures change with what is being talked about, when and where."
photography  criticism  art  beauty  aesthetics  magazines  marketing 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
eMusic Spotlight - Lolita: The Demons of Desire
"The discrepancy between the real and the imagined ideal appears constantly in human life, but it is never more poignant or more universal as when it appears in love or sexual desire."
books  toread  novels  criticism  sex  literature 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Benign Comedy: Good evening Santa Barbara! Are you ready to self-medicate??!
"Each minute on 'Minute By Minute,' even the song by other members McDonald lets 'em do, is so smooth and slick that your brain cannot withstand its intervention. You do not listen to 'Minute By Minute'; you just lie back and let the music do its thing"
songwriting  music  1970s  pop  criticism 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Five Obstructions
"I like notes because they represent unstructured material. They come as they come. They come out of nothing, out of moods—good or bad—they are points in blank space. They are absolutely born without storyline. That’s the beauty of notes."
writing  nonfiction  media  journalism  criticism  minimalism  art  cinema  film 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Project X: Bringing The Family Along - Idolator
"There's little introduction necessary for this one. While on vacation in Minneapolis two weeks ago, I played my family the Top 10 of Billlboard's Hot 100 for July 7, 2007, and recorded their comments as best as I could."
music  family  minneapolis  weblogs  criticism  hiphop  pop  aesthetics 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Jackson – Thriller - The Diamond - Stylus Magazine
On "Billie Jean": "[A] woman causing the downfall of a man, set to uneasy bass and impatient drums. It’s one of the best representations of film noir in pop music, ending with no resolution except a single mother and selfish, careless scumball."
music  pop  1980s  criticism  rock  marketing  relationships 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries
"It suggests that recent thinking describing the changing Web as "Web 2.0" will have substantial implications for libraries [...]"
library  library2.0  libraries  books  blogs  blog  community  criticism  education  information  emergent  iran  media  school  science  social  technology  theory  work  reference 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Explaining Movies By Jumping Right Inside Them
“'Oh, yes,' he said. 'We will copyright the concept and the name.' Laughing, he added: 'Capitalism! And I say this with pleasure as a Marxist!' "
cinema  criticism  art  fiction  creativity  documentary 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Daft Punks's "Discovery" : Classic or Dud
"I must confess that I really can't stand the opening track, 'One More Time,' but I was completely won over by 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,' which sounds like a daisychain of Cylons."
ilxor  criticism  music  dance  pop 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The greatest living critic | Salon Books
"Humanism was a particularized but unconfined concern with all the high-quality products of the creative impulse, which could be distinguished from the destructive one by its propensity to increase the variety of the created world rather than reduce it."
criticism  creativity  writing  humor 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Wire: Taking Modern Culture by Strategy
"[I]f there is any unit of cultural intelligence, it's empathy. [...] It does have to do with how much you understand the impression you make. On other people round you. And how important that is to you."
intelligence  behavior  criticism  culture  ethics  friendship  relationships  counseling  aesthetics 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ILX: Careless Whisper by Wham Classic or Dud?
"I always groan, thinking it's some terrible Kenny G track, but then George Michael starts singing and it becomes an undeniable classic." "This is still one of THE worst songs in the universe and one day you will understand and demand more [...]"
pop  rock  music  1980s  criticism  uk 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
IJBS: The Matrix Decoded: Le Nouvel Observateur Interview With Jean Baudrillard
"There are no longer external Omega points or any antagonistic means available in order to analyze the world; there is nothing more than a fascinated adhesion."
obituaries  cinema  criticism  philosophy 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: In Colombia, Songs Too Hot for the Mainstream Sizzle Underground
"A lot of stories are hidden. They have to be real. I'm more or less a news director. The corridos are chronicles."
songwriting  journalism  colombia  latinamerica  music  criticism  aesthetics  identity  poverty  drugs  crime  murder 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYRoB: Margaret Atwood's Tale
"Canada suffers from no such split, since it was founded not by idealists but by people who'd been kicked out of other places. Canada was not a city upon a hill, it was what you had to put up with."
usa  canada  identity  aesthetics  writing  novels  fiction  criticism  books 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: So the Torah Is a Parenting Guide?
“Indulged, coddled, pressured and micromanaged on the outside, my young patients appeared to be inadvertently deprived of the opportunity to develop an inside. They lack the secure, reliable, welcoming internal structure that we call the ‘self.”’
judaism  children  education  parenting  families  criticism  psychology  thinking  teenagers 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NY: David Denby's "The Moviegoer"
"'There are passions which last forever,' she told an audience of movie-lovers at the Japan Society in 2003. At the end of her life, working hard, and often ill, Susan Sontag went to the movies almost every day of the week."
cinema  aesthetics  sontag  criticism 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Memoirs of a Music Man
"To be in that parking lot was to feel like you were in on something that was sublime but fleeting. It's hard to explain, but I can sum it up with the highest praise in the history of high praise: You just had to be there."
music  writing  journalism  rock  criticism 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
hiphopmusic.com: NYU's Public Enemy Conference: Night One Roundup
Jay Smooth brings the noise, I mean, notes, on an "It Takes A Nation of Millions" panel
rap  hiphop  nyc  panel  music  songwriting  criticism  aesthetics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Critic's Notebook: The Women Behind the Myths
"All this mythmaking points toward a profound longing for what these books tell us we can never have: a coherent story about a life that answers all questions for all time, a goal as illusory as any fairy tale quest."
aesthetics  marketing  women  gender  writing  criticism 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
MTV News: Music Geek: The Politics of the Top 10 List
"A single takes you by the hand or gives you a bear hug or a body slam; 'Hey Ya!,' 'F--- Tha Police,' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' and 'Me So Horny' are singles."
music  songwriting  aesthetics  marketing  writing  criticism 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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