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U.K. Supermarket to Have ‘Quieter Hour’ for People With Autism
Ceylan Yeginsu. NYTimes. July 19, 2018

LONDON — Dim the lights. Silence the piped-in music. Turn down the checkout beeps. For an hour on Saturdays, a British supermarket chain is introducing a weekly “quieter hour” aimed at helping people with autism have a better shopping experience by easing sensory overload.

The move by the supermarket, Morrisons, which begins on Saturday and runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., has been welcomed by the National Autistic Society, which says that even small changes can make a big difference in the lives of people with autism and their families.
autism  quiet  retail 
4 hours ago
'Monumental' undertaking: Workers finally tame an epic landslide that reshaped the coast and blocked Highway 1
'Monumental' undertaking: Workers finally tame an epic landslide that reshaped the coast and blocked Highway 1

Thomas Curwen. The Los Angeles Times. July 19, 2018
california  engineering 
5 hours ago
Opinion | The Lesson of the Château de Calberte
Opinion
The Lesson of the Château de Calberte

Michael Goldfarb. NYTimes. July 19, 2018

. . . . .

He explained that when he and Ms. Darnas had first seen the place the walls had long since caved in on themselves. The couple pulled the stones out and eventually solved the jigsaw puzzle of how they had originally been assembled. He pointed to the different layers of stone just above our heads. The first layers were flat and had been cut by masons in such a way that they fit together effortlessly with very little mortar. He asked me to look a little higher. The stones were smaller and more haphazardly arranged.

His theory was the workmen who initially built the chateau had very advanced masonry skills. But over the centuries, as the region suffered war, plague and economic collapse, those skills had been lost. The last workmen who expanded the chateau simply didn’t know the advanced stonecutting techniques.
progress 
7 hours ago
Community Plumbing: A History of the Hardware Store
Shannon Mattern
Community Plumbing
How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds.
July 2018
hardware  hardware.stores 
2 days ago
Jason Fagone / Elizabeth Wayland Barber on the Friedmans
Jason Fagone on Twitter: "I’ve been thinking about Barber’s story all week. It says so much about the Friedmans: how they lived, what they valued and found joy in, what they regretted. And their profound influence on others.… https://t.co/tgzfJOw1IV

great story about William Friedman, and about the author's own experience as female scholar.
William.Friedman  Elizabeth.Wayland.Barber 
7 days ago
What Babies Know About Their Bodies and Themselves
THE CHECKUP
What Babies Know About Their Bodies and Themselves
How infants’ brains respond to touch may indicate their understanding of their bodies, researchers say.

Perri Klass, M.D. NYTimes. July 9, 2018

. . . . .

For young babies, Dr. Meltzoff added, “touch tells them about themselves when they’re in the bassinet alone, touching their face, shaking their hands.” When they’re kicking their feet, or opening and closing their hands, he said, and those associated brain regions are active, you could think of it as a kind of “body babbling.”
cognition  brain  touch  body.babbling 
8 days ago
(9) 映画『お父さんと伊藤さん』予告編
My Dad and Mr. Ito (Yuki Tanada, director; 2016)
nice hardware store scene — a turning point in the film — at 0:37.

father doesn't approve of his daughter's life (she works in a convenience store) nor of her boyfriend (works in same place). (later, she's working in a bookstore.)
begins to see the good in Mr. Ito (who tends the garden in their small apartment yard), and this hardware store scene, where the two guys delight in the nuts and bolts section, is turning point in the film.
hardware  Tanada.Yuki  hardware.film 
13 days ago
'Colour was too sweet for apartheid': the austere genius of David Goldblatt | Art and design | The Guardian
'Colour was too sweet for apartheid': the austere genius of David Goldblatt
The South African photographer, who died this week, caught apartheid’s grotesqueness without ever letting anger take over. His portrait of a place and a time is without equal in modern photography

Sean O'Hagan. The Guardian / Photography. 26 June 2018
ZA  David.Goldblatt 
23 days ago
Rachel Cusk on the reaction of women to her book A Life's Work | Books | The Guardian
I was only being honest
When author Rachel Cusk wrote A Life's Work, her disarmingly frank account of motherhood, she was shocked by the vicious reaction it provoked from other women. The experience forced her to question herself as a writer and a parent, as she records here

Rachel Cusk. The Guardian. 21 March 2008
rachel.cusk 
23 days ago
Review: A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk
Kate Kellaway. The Guardian. 9 September 2001



She knows exactly when claustrophobia may become too much - and she reaches then for the steady help of writers: Edith Wharton, Tolstoy, Olivia Manning, Coleridge. She writes beautifully about them and about herself. Words are her way of staying adult, separate, fluently mutinous. She also subjects childcare manuals - Penelope Leach, Doctor Spock et al - to satirical scrutiny; her book should be read alongside them because her writing is such an antidote to their bland, knowing prose. She writes about not knowing, about the mother as a lost soul. Hers is a book of doubts.

One of the implied doubts is about the subject itself. Being a mother and writing about it are a contradiction in terms. As a mother you are meant to be secondary, selfless - not to take, as Cusk bravely does, centre stage. Her partner spots the nice irony, joking to friends that they are moving to the country where he will look after the children while Rachel writes a book about looking after the children.

Cusk emerges as someone for whom resistance is second nature. She dislikes groups and yet pines for a community of feeling. A friend tells her 'quite firmly' that she must not forget 'all the good things' about being a mother. I felt 'the good thing' we missed was the baby herself. Cusk protectively under-exposes her. She is at the heart of the book and outside it.
rachel.cusk 
23 days ago
In and Out of Sight
Artists Who Lose Their Vision, Then See Clearly

Eight artists found new ways to see after learning they had macular degeneration. “Nothing to lose is a kind of new freedom,” says one of them.

Serena Solomon. NYTimes / Arts. June 19-20, 2018
A version of this article appears in print on June 20, 2018, on Page C1 of the New York edition with the headline: In and Out of Sight.

. . . .

"Mr. Hollerbach painted throughout every aspect of his vision loss caused by macular degeneration, a disease that affects 10 million Americans, often in their twilight years — typically depleting their central vision and leaving most legally blind, but with some remnant of sight.
Can they stay creative?"

strange use of the word "creative".
macular.degeneration  blind  paint 
29 days ago
It’s Last Call at Ports O’Call ~ Scenes From the Final Days at L.A.’s Waterfront Village ~ L.A. TACO
It’s Last Call at Ports O’Call ~ Scenes From the Final Days at L.A.’s Waterfront Village ~ L.A. TACO
Erick Galindo. L.A. Taco. June 18, 2018

“We’re basically going to keep coming to work until we see the padlock and the notice from the sheriff on the door,” Caldera laughed.

His colleagues all added their own version of the end, laughing as a small yacht sped off in the distance.
los.angeles  san.pedro 
4 weeks ago
The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar / In Search of the Perfect ‘Ulysses’
The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar
Two decades ago, a renowned professor promised to produce a flawless version of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated novels: “Ulysses.” Then he disappeared.
John Kidd

Jack Hitt. NYTimes Magazine. June 12/17, 2018

. . . . .

“As much as humanly possible, the 19th-century dictionary of English is in here,” he told me. His translation is titled “Isaura Unbound,” and he wanted me to understand its ambition: When the book is finished, it will be a complete reordering of one entire English dictionary into a single work of art.
John.Kidd  James.Joyce  dictionaries  lexicon 
5 weeks ago
LES INROCKUPTIBLES - antennae / Why are contemporary artists obsessed with animals?
SPECIAL INTERVIEW
Why are contemporary artists obsessed with animals?
Les Inrockuptibles' Julie Ackerman talks with Giovanni Aloi

via Steve Baker

. . . . . . . . .

"Personally, I don’t care anymore about what Heidegger thought
of lizards, Agamben of spiders, and Deleuze of wolves, as they all knew very little about these animals. Most often than not, in their work, animals become abstracted and generalized pictures of inferiority."
animals  animal.art  Giovanni.Aloi 
5 weeks ago
I can't bear people who swim too fast in the slow lane | Coco Khan | Life and style | The Guardian
I can't bear people who swim too fast in the slow lane
Mark my words, there will be an entire circle of hell dedicated to them

Coco Khan. The Guardian. Life and Style / Adult Learner. 8 June 2018

. . . . .

range of comments.
swimming  swimming.pools 
5 weeks ago
Hardware store tent :: Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Order Number 00007271
Title Hardware store tent
Collection/Location Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Shops and stores-Hardware.
Physical Description 1 photograph :b&w
Description Three men stand at the front of the tent which contains shovels and pails. Beside it is the sign for Colman & Thompson Hardware.
Subject Colman & Thompson Hardware.
Hardware stores.
hardware.stores  los.angeles 
6 weeks ago
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over - Axios
Artificial intelligence pioneer says we need to start over
Steve LeVine. September 15, 2017?

. . . . .

But Hinton said that, to push materially ahead, entirely new methods will probably have to be invented. "Max Planck said, 'Science progresses one funeral at a time.' The future depends on some graduate student who is deeply suspicious of everything I have said."
aphorisms  Max.Planck  Geoffrey.Hinton 
6 weeks ago
The Secret Language of Ships | Hakai Magazine
The Secret Language of Ships
Signs and symbols on the sides of ships tell stories about an industry few outsiders understand.
Authored by Text by Erin Van Rheenen
Photos by David Webster Smith

IMO, load lines, Samuel Plimsoll
nautical 
6 weeks ago
Women, men and complementarity: The awkward questions raised at a hardware store | Christian News on Christian Today
Women, men and complementarity: The awkward questions raised at a hardware store
Robin Bunce Thu 24 May 2018

While mixing a bespoke pot of emulsion, the woman behind the desk talked me through wattage, lumens, bayonet caps, all of that. As we talked, another female shop assistant swept by in a forklift, deftly handling a massive pallet of sealant.

Quite naturally, my mind turned to theology – I should explain, I write about philosophy, so when I go to B&Q big ideas are never far behind.

I asked myself, as evangelicals so often do, what would John Piper say? Women were speaking authoritatively and operating heavy machinery like it was the most natural thing in the world, and in a hardware store of all places. Was this a full-scale assault on God's vision of masculinity, or just another Monday morning in the paint aisle?
hardware.stores  theology  gender 
7 weeks ago
anne boyer on Twitter: "So much contemporary “literary” fiction is about the denial of the possibility of different forms of life and arrangements of the world — this denial what holds steady across “subject” and “subject position”"
So much contemporary “literary” fiction is about the denial of the possibility of different forms of life and arrangements of the world — this denial what holds steady across “subject” and “subject position”

27 May 2018

I should clarify this is an anglophone/ North American problem & part of it comes from unthinking adherence to enactments of “character” that have nothing actually to do with the real structures and events of most human lives

Action is so rarely linked to individual agency— social pattern and accident and infrastructures vastly stronger forces (& making for more interesting novels — like jelenik’s Women as Lovers) — but contemporary anglophone novels are always reproducing freedom’s lie

So many novels are both obviously boring & inobviously wicked, the world left out & put in its place, a punishment of unnecessary sensory descriptions and the narrative lie

I am beginning to believe it is unethical for me to leave novels in the hands of North American literary novelists

& I don’t know about you, but I’ve been alive and reading long enough to dread opening up any literary novel written by a living American

& of the great tragedies of my national literature, the one in which the philosophical novel has been replaced with the “self-aware” kind and the motion toward truth is replaced with the infantile exhibitions of cleverness

All of this that I’m describing too is not merely a denial of truth or exclusion of the world and its possibilities but actually a denial of *pleasure* which to my mind is among its greatest crime

Hello from la guardia the gates to and from the city of the endless production of deadened and competent novels and the engines that push these lil rectangular corpses through the marketplace thinking they will fool us that dead rectangles have legs

. . .

I wrote my novel Joan (which I won’t publish ) back during the financial crisis in order to end the American novel & also begin another unnational one, going back to the fortunate plot of Defoe & early novels, vacating character of its forceful lie

& it kind of did it, despite being made at a time of my poverty & distress & although it will never be a public property it is odd to write another novel in the shadow of this first, as if it won every prize via my own awed satisfaction

A satisfaction I guess derived from my total critique of available forms being *formally* enacted, ideas delivered via textual embodiment which at least taught me that my satisfaction as a writer will almost always be derived only from that

. . .

I recommend writing many books of exactly what will bring you delight or meaning and then never or rarely publishing them instead walking around in the world with your quiet books as a secret fortification of your blood stream

& if fame threatens despite your fortified blood & majorly secret art diffuse it into new amateurisms or extend it also to others until it dissipates and you can become only famous to yourself again

For example

713

Fame of Myself, to justify,
All other Plaudit be
Superfluous—An Incense
Beyond Necessity—

Fame of Myself to lack—Although
My Name be else Supreme—
This were an Honor honorless—
A futile Diadem—

by Emily Dickinson

. . .

Perhaps I should never come to nyc

To summarize these waiting for the plane to Kansas City thoughts please make better literature, the necessary kind that aims toward truth & does not in its docile, panicked, unimaginative receivedness insult the beauty & possibility of the world
Anne.Boyer  fiction 
7 weeks ago
The women who designed the pattern for modern Britain | Art and design | The Guardian
The women who designed the pattern for modern Britain
Enid Marx, Minnie McLeish and Lucienne Day – a generation of revolutionary print creators
Vanessa Thorpe. The Guardian / The Observer. 26 May 2018
design  UK 
7 weeks ago
Wonder Valley life threatened by nature, the authorities and tourists
Community and isolation in California's high desert
This winter a Joshua Tree couple was charged with child abuse for camping on their own land. Thirty miles away, some Wonder Valley residents saw themselves.
Rebecca Plevin and Amy DiPierro, The Desert Sun
Photos by Zoe Meyers, Richard Lui and Jay Calderon.
May 23, 2018
desert  california 
7 weeks ago
42: Anne Boyer / poet and essayist — Mythos Magazine
Anne Boyer talks caretaking, capitalism, poverty, romantic and sexual abuse, household objects, and Mary J. Blige.
Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist, and the inaugural winner of the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction/poetry. Boyer’s newest book, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, is now available from Small Press Distribution or directly from the publisher, UDP. Boyer’s other books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award-winning Garments Against Women.
Cara Lefebvre is a photographer, native to Kansas City. She studied writing and photography at the Kansas City Art Institute.
This interview was conducted by Sophia Richards over Skype on March 8, 2018. Cara Lefebvre photographed Anne in her Kansas City home.
Anne.Boyer 
9 weeks ago
John W. Robinson, legendary author of hiking guides, histories of Southern California mountains, dies at 88 – Pasadena Star News
John W. Robinson, legendary author of hiking guides, histories of Southern California mountains, dies at 88
Steve Scauzillo. Pasadena Star News. May 9, 2018

. . . . .

Robinson later wrote “The San Bernardinos,” “Mines of the San Bernardinos,” “Mines of the San Gabriels,” “The Mount Wilson Story,” “Sierra Madre’s Old Mount Wilson Trail” and his latest, “Gateways to Southern California,” a 484-page examination of the passes traversed by explorers.

Robinson worked on “Gateways” for 14 years, said Lapides. It’s a tome that highlighted the discovery of treacherous cattle runs from Southern California to Northern California, a fact often left out of history books.
san.gabriels  los.angeles  John.W.Robinson 
10 weeks ago
'Vogue was my escape hatch!' André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions | Fashion | The Guardian
'Vogue was my escape hatch!' André Leon Talley on Warhol, Wintour and weight interventions

Emma Brockes. The Guardian. 6 May 2018
André.Leon.Talley  fashion 
10 weeks ago
Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art - The New York Times
GRACE NOTES
Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art
A Los Angeles performance artist [Tim Youd] has been typing Mary McCarthy’s 1963 novel “The Group,” about eight Vassar College alumnae, on the Vassar campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

James Barron. NYTimes. April 29-30, 2018

A version of this article appears in print on April 30, 2018, on Page A16 of the New York edition with the headline: He Has Retyped 55 Famous Novels, Word for Word. He’s Aiming for 100.

. . . . .

Unlike a writer turning out double-spaced page after double-spaced page, Mr. Youd was typing a single single-spaced sheet of paper. That one page will contain the entire novel. By the time he reaches Page 487 and the last two words of “The Group” — “New York” — the page will be an inky, illegible mess.

“I’m coming at this from the perspective of the visual artist who’s interested in how text and literature manifest themselves in a visual way,” he said.
typewriting  Tim.Youd  experimen.membaca  experimental.reading 
11 weeks ago
The Opposite Sides Of A Very English Artist - William Tillyer
The Opposite Sides Of A Very English Artist - William Tillyer
David J Markham
The Yorkshire Times.
2 January 2018

. . . .

Right up to the present where although they look like conventional paintings they are very open to the wall. I work on a very open mesh.

//

of course the name Fontana comes up quite a bit when he was cutting his canvases. If you look at the work, there is a cut in the canvas but you never see through the canvas to the wall - the wall is never a part of the image. The cut of the canvas almost becomes like a pencil drawing - it has some physicality but you don't go through it. For me the important thing is to go through the picture plane to the wall and incorporate it all as a physical entity.

Why is that important?

If you think about painting way back - even pre-renaissance, for example, up until the end of the 19th century - the canvas or the panel was always a receptacle. A surface on which to put an image. It didn't really play a part in the image and one put an illusion on it. Creating space by illusion. Then some artists in the 20th century wanted to incorporate not only the wall but the space in the gallery too. The panel or canvas became physical - part of the image as well. It was more than simply a support. It's all encompassing. The physicality - you as a viewer, the gallery, the wall, the painting.

//

I'm interested in the way you incorporate quite hard geometric shapes into your watercolours.

Geometry is always important because I feel it counters my organic marks. If you take water and splash it around - it's loose and organic. The opposite is something very precise and defined. As I keep saying - I like the contrast - it's like two cogwheels that mesh - it's where they interact. It makes for a split personality. I'm very comfortable in that space. The important thing always for a writer or musician or artist - is to know what you are about so you have something to express. Something you are always trying to reach. If you don't know what you are reaching for you are going to miss it.
William.Tillyer  painter 
11 weeks ago
Bernard Jacobson Gallery - William Tillyer | Radical Vision
Radical Vision is the first of a series of 5 exhibitions at Bernard Jacobson during 2018, presented to honour the work of William Tillyer as he turns 80. The gallery’s working relationship with Tillyer spans the rich evolution of his practice across almost 5 decades, representing a creative pairing unique in contemporary art and one which is also celebrated throughout 2018.
Willliam.Tillyer  painter 
11 weeks ago
Olivia Laing: 'There's no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature' | Books | The Guardian
Olivia Laing: 'There's no book I love more than Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature'

Olivia Laing. The Guardian. 27 April 2018
Derek.Jarman  Olivia.Laing  orts 
11 weeks ago
Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis' | World news | The Guardian
Is white America ready to confront its racism? Philosopher George Yancy says we need a 'crisis'
In his new book, philosopher George Yancy uncovers just how unprepared even well-meaning whites are for a courageous conversation about race

Alex Blasdel

Alex Blasdel. The Guardian. 24 April 2018

George Yancy’s book invites white people to explore the ways in which they are complicit with white systemic and institutional power and privilege.
race  whiteness  George.Yancy 
12 weeks ago
Rebecca Solnit: Whose Story (and Country) Is This? | Literary Hub
Rebecca Solnit
Whose Story (and Country) Is This? : On the myth of a “real” America
rebecca.solnit  storytelling  misogyny 
12 weeks ago
workman's tumblr -
womaninterrupted: If you need me I’ll be watching this on a loop all day.
brilliant
but by whom?
machinery 
april 2018
excerpts from my Sent folder: my goal in life – Snakes and Ladders
excerpts from my Sent folder: my goal in life
April 20, 2018 / AYJAY
My goal at this stage of my life is to get to the point where I don’t know who any public figure is and therefore can’t have an opinion about any of them.
ayjay  goals  learned.ignorance  de.docta.ignorantia 
april 2018
'The best in the world': a love letter to Australia's public pools | Cities | The Guardian
Australian cities week
'The best in the world': a love letter to Australia's public pools
Tracing his conversion from pool refusnik to aquatic evangelist, Benjamin Law asks: is swimming the Australian version of baptism?

Benjamin Law. The Guardian. 13 April 2018
swimming.pools  oz 
april 2018
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian
Damian Carrington. The Guardian. 16 April 2018

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
enzymes  anthropocene 
april 2018
Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading | Modernism / Modernity Print+
Search and Replace: Josephine Miles and the Origins of Distant Reading
Apr 11, 2018 By: Rachel Sagner Buurma and Laura Heffernan

Volume 3, Cycle 1

. . . . .

Miles’s tabular views not only rescued past poets held hostage by present-day poetic values, they revealed entirely new genealogies linking past to present. Nearly all of Miles’s scholarly essays contain illuminating and original asides about modern poets. She notes, for example, how the “Donne tradition” lives on in “the Cavalier lyricism of Cummings and Millay” as much as “the metaphysical meditation of Frost and Auden” (Eras, 27). She describes how the dominance of the “family relations of father, mother, son” to be found in the old ballads reappears in “such poets as Auden or Lowell,” while Ezra Pound and Robert Penn Warren and Federico Garcia Lorca develop upon “Coleridge’s ballads of night and strangeness” (107). She sees T. S. Eliot as attempting to “strike a balance” between Miltonic phrasal poetry (qualitative, coordinate) and Donnic predicative poetry (clausal, conceptual, full of logical subordination) (24).

Against her era’s critical truisms—its emphasis on the image, its separation of poetry from prose, its figuration of the poem as object—Miles carved out an alternative view of modern poetry’s challenges and strengths. In her view—one that looked at poems as sentences, and traced the pendulum swings of each century from verbs to adjectives and back again—poets of the 1950s faced the same challenges as “Pope or Thomson” did in the 18th century: they had at their disposal a “stifling amount of device to deal with a stfling amount of objects and sensations.” Modern poetry, contended Miles, needs “a Wordsworth of its own, to be the generalizer and steadfast interpreter of its own terms” (Eras, 125).
josephine.miles  distant.reading 
april 2018
London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community?
London Fields Lido: did saving a pool mean losing a community?
When campaigners successfully reopened the open-air pool in Hackney, they had no idea it would turn their community into something unrecognisable

Jo Glanville. The Guardian / Cities. 16 April 2018
swimming.pools 
april 2018
An artist (Manuel Lopez) finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.
An artist finds his subject in the hills of East L.A.
Esmeralda Bermudez. Los Angeles Times. April 14, 2018
Artist Manuel Lopez framed by his drawings of hillside communities at his City Terrace studio.
los.angeles 
april 2018
The FEYNMAN technique of learning
The FEYNMAN technique of learning:
STEP 1 - Pick and study a topic
STEP 2 - Explain the topic to someone, like a child, who is unfamiliar with the topic
STEP 3 - Identify any gaps in your understanding
STEP 4 - Review and Simplify
learning  Richard.Feynman 
april 2018
For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection - The New York Times
For the Compton Cowboys, Horseback Riding Is a Legacy, and Protection
A group of childhood friends wants to create a safer community and challenge the notion that African-Americans can’t be cowboys.

Walter Thompson-Hernández. NYTimes / Surfacing. March 31, 2018

print edition:
April 1, 2018, on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: Black Cowboys Get Back on the Trail, in Compton
los.angeles  horses 
april 2018
Alan Jacobs. Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future
Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future
Alan Jacobs
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 1 (Spring 2018)
march 2018
Ferlinghetti speaks out at 99, his voice as vital as ever - San Francisco Chronicle
John McMurtrie. March 19, 2018
. . . . .
the son of an Italian immigrant doesn’t let a visitor leave without sharing an Italian proverb — “wisdom for future generations,” as he puts it: “Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto.” (“Eat well, laugh often, love a lot.”) To which he adds, chuckling, “And don’t screw up.”
march 2018
Poet Anne Boyer’s Recommended Read: Sanora Babb’s ‘Whose Names are Unknown’ | Frieze
CULTURE DIGEST - 19 MAR 2018
Poet Anne Boyer’s Recommended Read: Sanora Babb’s ‘Whose Names are Unknown’
Gazumped by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, a story of Dustbowl climate refugees who rise up against their oppressors

BY ANNE BOYER
Anne.Boyer  Sanora.Babb 
march 2018
Text and Textile | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Text and TextileThursday, May 3, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018

Even as the Fates spin the thread of our lives, text and textile enshroud the body in the fabric of myth, the costume of the domestic or the exotic, the imperatives of the industrious or the industrial. This exhibition draws on Yale University’s extraordinary collections to explore the intersections of text and textile in literature and politics, from Eve spinning in a thirteenth-century manuscript to the mill girls of New England in the nineteenth century. Particular highlights include: Gertrude Stein’s waistcoat; manuscript patterns and loom cards from French Jacquard mills; the first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s plays; the “Souper” paper dress by Andy Warhol; American samplers; Renaissance embroidered bindings; Christa Wolf’s “Quilt Memories”; Zelda Fitzgerald’s paper dolls for her daughter; Edith Wharton’s manuscript drafts of “The House of Mirth”; an Incan quipu; poetry by Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe, and Walt Whitman; and the Kelmscott Chaucer by William Morris.

Curators: Kathryn James, Melina Moe, Katie Trumpener
march 2018
Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail | 89.3 KPCC
Thomas Guide maps: The rise and fall of Los Angeles' directional holy grail
KPCC / AirTalk transcript, Natalie Chudnovsky. March 7, 2018
los.angeles  maps  cartography 
march 2018
Typographica 6
December 1962

Reading by touch, by Donald Bell
bibliography at p24

Typewriter type faces, by Alan Bartram 42
braille  blind  typography 
march 2018
not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but | sara hendren
not in any particular order, and not exactly a gospel, but

March 6, 2018
good advice.
sara.hendren 
march 2018
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
40 Years of Data Suggests 3 Myths About Globalization
Lucas Chancel. HBR. March 2, 2018

globalisation increases inequality
income doesn't trickle down
government policy is what increases or decreases inequality, not trade or technology
political.economy  economics  globalization 
march 2018
Requiem for a bookstore: Caravan writes its final chapter
Requiem for a bookstore: Caravan writes its final chapter
Thomas Curwen. The Los Angeles Times. March 2, 2018
book.sellers 
march 2018
Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists - The New York Times
SCIENCE
Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists
Carl Zimmer
NYTimes. 22-27 February, 2018

The Neanderthal, the Artist
Recent studies of cave art suggest that the cousins of modern humans were more sophisticated than their beastly reputation.
neanderthals  paleolithic  paleolithic.art 
february 2018
Am I Going Blind? / Frank Bruni
Am I Going Blind?
My eyesight is in jeopardy. But I see some things more clearly than ever.
Frank Bruni. NYTimes. 23-24 February 2018

. . . . . . . . .

I had almost certainly experienced what is colloquially called “a stroke of the eye,” whereby the optic nerve is ravaged by a brief reduction of blood flow and thus oxygen. The name for this condition is nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (N.A.I.O.N.), and it afflicts perhaps one in 10,000 Americans. But I’d need extensive blood work and tests to rule out other possibilities.

This tends to occur after the age of 50. (I’m 53.) It typically strikes during sleep, when blood pressure drops, and is sometimes associated with sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension or the use of pills for erectile dysfunction — none of which applied to me. I was a mystery.

I would be surprised, Dr. Moazami said, by my brain’s eventual adjustment. It would edit my right eye out of the equation so that my left eye could guide me on its own, leaving me with entirely serviceable vision. There was even a possibility that I’d get some vision back.

But there was a much better possibility that I wouldn’t. There was nothing I could do — no diet, no exercise, zilch — to influence the outcome. Worse, the “stroke” revealed anatomical vulnerabilities that meant that my left eye was potentially in jeopardy, too, and there was no proven script for protecting it.
fear  blindness  Frank.Bruni 
february 2018
BBC - Culture - The mysterious painting that changed how we see colour
Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. Kelly Grovier looks at how it inspired the modern colour chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor.

Kelly Grovier
BBC.
15 February 2018
color  Marcel.Duchamp  Pantone  Erik.Kwakkel 
february 2018
Everything Easy is Hard Again – Frank Chimero
Methods that were once taboo are back on the table. For instance, last week I was reading a post about the benefits of not using stylesheets and instead having inline styles for everything. The post made a few compelling points, but this approach would have been crazy talk a few years ago.

So much of how we build websites and software comes down to how we think. The churn of tools, methods, and abstractions also signify the replacement of ideology. A person must usually think in a way similar to the people who created the tools to successfully use them. It’s not as simple as putting down a screwdriver and picking up a wrench. A person needs to revise their whole frame of thinking; they must change their mind.

In one way, it is easier to be inexperienced: you don’t have to learn what is no longer relevant. Experience, on the other hand, creates two distinct struggles: the first is to identify and unlearn what is no longer necessary (that’s work, too). The second is to remain open-minded, patient, and willing to engage with what’s new, even if it resembles a new take on something you decided against a long time ago.
Frank.Chimero  WA  WAS18 
february 2018
It's Nice That | Graphic designer Angharad Hengyu Owen on textual shapes and wandering poems
Graphic designer Angharad Hengyu Owen on textual shapes and wandering poems
Daphne Milner, 16 February 2018
book.design 
february 2018
Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium
February 18, 2018

Yesterday I sat down for coffee with a colleague who teaches design at the local art school. (Why design is taught in art schools is worth another 10,000 words. I’ll save it for later.)
design.edu 
february 2018
The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times
Tim Wu. NYTimes. February 16-18, 2018

and this weird comment —
cameron tonkinwise‏
@camerontw

if you write something like this, you have either undermined your credibility ('everything that follows is whatever was easiest for me to say without research because I don't even have integrity wrt my coffee values') or you are lying
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html
18 Feb 2018
https://twitter.com/camerontw/status/965186365305511937
Tim.Wu 
february 2018
Met Office still 'best forecaster in galaxy' despite BBC rejection
Caroline Davies. The Guardian. 10 February 2018

Then there’s the shipping desk. Nigel Bolton is staring at a hypnotic screen of purple, blue, green and white computerised fletches – green is force 6, purple force 7, white force 8. The poetry of the shipping forecast, provided through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, will continue on BBC radio, to the delight of fans and sailors alike.
meteorology 
february 2018
Alterity, Misogyny & the Agonistic Feminine | Jacket2
Joan Retallack.
Alterity, Misogyny & the Agonistic Feminine
February 6, 2018
Joan.Retallack  experimental  agonisms 
february 2018
Introduction | Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Introduction: The origins of numerical abilities
Brian Butterworth, C. R. Gallistel, Giorgio Vallortigara
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Published 1 January 2018.
counting  number  mathematics 
february 2018
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You - The New York Times
"Basics"
Many Animals Can Count, Some Better Than You
Numerosity is deeply embedded in species that need to track quantity, such as hungry spiders and schooling fish. But the ability seems to have faded in humans.
Natalie Angier. NYTimes. 5-6 February 2018

points (links) to
The story of the frog’s neuro-abacus is just one example of nature’s vast, ancient and versatile number sense, a talent explored in detail in a recent themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, edited by Brian Butterworth, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London, C. Randy Gallistel of Rutgers University and Giorgio Vallortigara of the University of Trento.

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1740/20160507?etoc
mathematics  number  counting 
february 2018
Was Australopithecus an Artist? / Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
Was Australopithecus an Artist?
Jason Farago. NYTimes. February 1-2, 2018

better title in print edition —
Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both?
but.is.it.art?  Australopithecus  paleolithic  paleolithic.art 
february 2018
Digital Humanities Asia 2018 (evenbright)
Digital Humanities Asia:
Harnessing Digital Technologies to Advance the Study of Asia and the Non-Western World

April 27-28, 2018

Stanford Humanities Center
conferences 
january 2018
Scarry passage on the light bulb
“A light bulb transforms the human being from a creature who one who would spend approximately a third of each day groping in the dark, to one who sees simply by wishing to see: its impossibly fragi...
Elaine.Scarry  light.bulb  from notes
january 2018
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic Interiors
Sylvia Faichney. September 22, 2017
the.kitchen  gender 
january 2018
Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’
The Observer
Zadie Smith: ‘I have a very messy and chaotic mind’
Zadie Smith has been a vital literary voice since her first novel, White Teeth, became an instant bestseller. Here she answers questions from famous fans, including Teju Cole, Philip Pullman and Sharmaine Lovegrove, and a selection of our readers

The Guardian. 21 January 2018

. . . . .

Chris Ware
Cartoonist
Do you have any secret techniques for overcoming self-doubt?
As you know, there isn’t really any solution to self-doubt. In the end, you just have to write and doubt simultaneously.

. . . . .

David O’Rourke, from Kilburn, London, asks:
You published an essay collection called Changing My Mind. Any recent instances?

When I was young, I tried to read Memoirs of Hadrian and thought it was boring and stopped. This year, I discovered it’s a masterpiece.
Zadie.Smith  doubt  Chris.Ware  Marguerite.Yourcenar  mutability 
january 2018
Deep Space Nine’s Revolutionary Look at Black Fatherhood
Deep Space Nine Is TV’s Most Revolutionary Depiction of Black Fatherhood
Angelica Jade Bastién
vulture.com
January 19, 2018
DS9  race 
january 2018
“It just became so obvious” – Snakes and Ladders
JANUARY 19, 2018 / AYJAY
When Colleen Malloy, a neonatologist and faculty member at Northwestern University, discusses abortion with her colleagues, she says, “it’s kind of like the emperor is not wearing any clothes.” Medical teams spend enormous effort, time, and money to deliver babies safely and nurse premature infants back to health. Yet physicians often support abortion, even late into fetal development.

As medical techniques have become increasingly sophisticated, Malloy said, she has felt this tension acutely: A handful of medical centers in major cities can now perform surgeries on genetically abnormal fetuses while they’re still in the womb. Many are the same age as the small number of fetuses aborted in the second or third trimesters of a mother’s pregnancy. “The more I advanced in my field of neonatology, the more it just became the logical choice to recognize the developing fetus for what it is: a fetus, instead of some sort of sub-human form,” Malloy said. “It just became so obvious that these were just developing humans.”

— Emma Green
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/pro-life-pro-science/549308/
abortion 
january 2018
Writing - The Studio at the Edge of the World
Design Philosophy Papers Archive
Design Philosophy Papers (DPP) was a refereed online journal published between 2003 and 2017 aiming to advance critical thinking on design and the-world-as-designed. The issues were organised according to themes like: design and power; design ethics; design and the global south; technology as environment;  re-materialization; user-centred design; sacred design, and many more. There are more than 140 papers in the archive available for download.

via
https://twitter.com/camerontw/status/953074104357208065
design.theory  design.philosophy 
january 2018
Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now - The New York Times
Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now
In the movie, “I, Tonya,” the disgraced figure skater looks back on the 1994 Nancy Kerrigan scandal and her struggles to tell her side of the story.
Taffy Brodesser-Aknerjan. NYTies. January 10, 2018

. . . . .

When she got the call from Mr. Rogers, she’d been doing fine. She could take care of herself. She had other skills. She’d worked as a welder, a painter at a metal fabrication company, a hardware sales clerk at Sears, where every day some guy would ask if there was a man who could help him, and every day she’d school that guy on how much more she knows about tools than just about anyone.
ice.skating  hardware.stores 
january 2018
The Women the Abortion War Leaves Out - The New York Times
Michelle Oberman. NYTimes. January 11, 2018

I don’t mean to suggest money is the only factor that shapes many women’s response to an unplanned pregnancy, but let’s be clear about how much it matters. One of the largest research studies on the question of why women choose abortion surveyed about 1,200 abortion patients and found 73 percent said they could not afford a baby at the time.

Those women are telling us something that is hiding in plain view: Motherhood is really expensive. Rose Home has dedicated itself to offsetting the high cost of motherhood, but the costs are staggering. The system is rigged against poor women. Ms. Chishko remarked that “the bottom line encourages abortion.” She is right.

The price of motherhood is set by our government’s policies. It will, at some level, always be cheaper for a woman to have an abortion than to have a baby. But if anti-abortion campaigners truly want to decrease the numbers of abortions, rather than passing laws designed to drive up the costs of abortion, they would do far better to invest in the kinds of economic supports that make becoming a parent a realistic possibility for struggling women.
abortion 
january 2018
How many dimensions are there, and what do they do to reality? | Aeon Essays
Radical dimensions
Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it’s 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality?

Margaret Wertheim (yes, she of Crochet Coral Reef)
aeon
10 January 2018
mathematics 
january 2018
Midnight Eye interview: Yuki Tanada
25 August 2009
would later direct
My Dad and Mr. Ito (2016)
moving.pictures  Tanada.Yuki 
january 2018
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