Deep River
The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project seeks to catalogue, preserve, and digitize recordings from the "golden age" of gospel (1945-1975), an estimated 75% of which have been lost.
music  preservation  gospel  race  digitization 
18 hours ago
In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing? | The New Yorker
On the growing power of digital image synthesis, which is increasingly convincing. Really interesting stuff in here about applying the concept of "texture" to other areas, and the ways in which human predictability makes plausible images easier to synthesize.
artificial_intelligence  technology  computers  images  science 
18 hours ago
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. - The New York Times
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. via Instapaper
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2 days ago
On the nose
Sissel Tolaas goes nose-on with the whole world via Instapaper
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2 days ago
Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow - The New York Times
Michelle Alexander on the dangers of systems of electronic surveillance and monitoring, which might seem like a better alternative to mass incarceration but really present some of the same problems.
crime  race  prisons  surveillance  tech_and_demos 
2 days ago
Demolishing the California Dream: How San Francisco Planned Its Own Housing Crisis | Collectors Weekly
On the use of zoning and other regulations to maintain racial segregation, and how that policy precipitated he housing shortage in San Francisco.
history  housing  segregation  racism  zoning  urban_planning  power_in_city 
8 days ago
The Quietus | Film | Film Features | From Pickpocket To The Qing Dynasty: A Jia Zhangke Primer
The Quietus | Film | Film Features | From Pickpocket To The Qing Dynasty: A Jia Zhangke Primer via Instapaper
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13 days ago
Female Candidates Break Barriers, Except When It Comes to Money - The New York Times
2018 has more women running, and more winning primaries, but many face a disadvantage in fundraising.
election_2018  elections  women_and_politics  women  gender  politics  campaigns 
13 days ago
Jia Zhangke - BOMB Magazine
Interview with Jia from 2016, focused mainly on "Mountains May Depart."
chinese_film  jia_zhangke  directors  film  interview 
14 days ago
Retailers Are Using Facial-Recognition Technology Too
On the use of facial recognitions systems to track customer habits.
tech_and_demos  technology  democracy  privacy  surveillance 
14 days ago
Class Differences in Child-Rearing Are on the Rise via Instapaper
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18 days ago
What Do Kendrick And Kanye Owe Women Listeners?
What Do Kendrick And Kanye Owe Women Listeners? via Instapaper
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21 days ago
Interview: Jia Zhang-ke - Film Comment
2009 interview with Jia, discussing his films "Still Life" and short film "Cry Me a River."
film  directors  chinese_film  china  interview 
21 days ago
White women voters are sticking -- not just with Kemp, but Trump, too
On some recent polling data (Oct. 2018) showing that white women in Georgia continue to support both Donald Trump and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp against Stacy Abrams, the Democratic nominee who would be the first African American woman governor ever if elected.
women_and_politics  PSC_217  women  gender  politics  elections  election_2018 
22 days ago
Charles White Was a Giant, Even Among the Heroes He Painted - The New York Times
Review of the MOMA version of the Charles White retrospective that appeared first at the Art Institute.
art  artists  art_shows  exhibitions  charles_white 
23 days ago
Growing Up in the Library | The New Yorker
Excerpt from Susan Orlean's "The Library Book," describing her childhood visits to the library, and her return to them as an adult.
libraries  books  reading  memory 
23 days ago
How TripAdvisor changed travel
A history of TripAdvisor, which is much older than I would have thought. Some interesting bits about the history of travel writing, and the analogy between travel and using the internet.
travel  travel_writing  technology 
24 days ago
The origins of prison slavery in the American South.
Why Do Inmates Fight Wildfires for Dollars a Day? The Origins of Prison Slavery in America. via Instapaper
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25 days ago
White Americans Gain the Most From Trump’s Tax Cuts, a Report Finds - The New York Times
Explains how the distribution of income, and different means of earning that income, have meant that the benefits of tax cuts are very uneven for different racial groups.
inequality  taxes  race  trump 
28 days ago
The First Abstract Painter Was a Woman
On Hilma Af Klint, a Swedish artist whose painting embraced full abstraction, possibly before and without the influence of the men going in this direction at the time. A show at the Guggenheim in NYC, her first in the US, is the reason for the article.
artists  art  women  modernism  abstract 
29 days ago
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture
Post-Authenticity and the Ironic Truths of Meme Culture via Instapaper
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4 weeks ago
How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music | Pitchfork
Simon Reynolds's capsule history of Auto-Tune, including his thoughts about the resistance to it, and more generally authenticity of expression in recorded music.
criticism  music  authenticity  autotune  technology 
4 weeks ago
'The rich man's road': Nairobi slum demolished for highway | Cities | The Guardian
On the clearance of part of Nairobi's Kibera slum for a new road, which most of the displaced residents would never use.
slums  cities  urban  power_in_city  africa  planning 
6 weeks ago
Walmart’s Veggie-Tracking B.L.T.: Blockchain Lettuce Technology - The New York Times
On Walmart's use of a blockchain database to maintain records of produce, allowing them to track any given piece to its source and better detect contamination. Questions remain about implementation, in particular why a blockchain system is useful when the database will still be centrally maintained.
technology  bitcoin  blockchain  tech_and_demos 
6 weeks ago
Women Have Won More Primaries Than Ever Before. Will They Set a Record in November? - The New York Times
More women are on the ballot in November 2018 than any previous election, but many are challenging incumbents or running in difficult districts, and so the numbers elected may be less striking.
women  women_and_politics  PSC_217  elections  election_2018  campaigns  political_science 
8 weeks ago
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. - The New York Times
The belief in work as the way out of poverty depends on the possibility of securing a job that pays enough; increasingly, such jobs do not exist, particularly for people with little education.
work  labor  poverty  inequality  social_justice  PSC_235 
8 weeks ago
Europe and nationalism: A country-by-country guide - BBC News
An overview of the main right-wing/nationalist/anti-immigrant parties in Europe right now (Sept. 2018).
politics  nationalism  far_right  immigration  EU  europe  racism  psc150 
9 weeks ago
Ayanna Pressley Seeks Her Political Moment in a Changing Boston - The New York Times
On a primary challenge by a popular member of Boston's city council to a long-time Congressman, Michael Capuano.
women_and_politics  women  gender  PSC_217  elections  campaigns  election_2018 
10 weeks ago
Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar - BBC News
Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar - BBC News via Instapaper
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11 weeks ago
302 Moved Temporarily
Pilsen Gets Whiter As 10,000 Hispanics, Families Move Out, Study Finds via Instapaper
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11 weeks ago
Christine Hallquist, a Transgender Woman, Wins Vermont Governor’s Primary - The New York Times
On the nomination by the Democrats of a transgender woman for governor of Vermont. She won the primary easily, but faces an uphill battle in the general against a popular Republican incumbent.
women_and_politics  women  gender  transgender  campaigns  elections  political_science  PSC_217 
12 weeks ago
Is This the Year Women Break the Rules and Win? - The New York Times
On the large number of women candidates in the 2018 elections, many of whom do not fit the typical candidate profile.
women_and_politics  women  elections  campaigns  political_science  PSC_217  gender 
12 weeks ago
‘Don’t Run This Year’: The Perils for Republican Women Facing a Flood of Resistance - The New York Times
On the problems faced by women Republican candidates in the 2018 elections, when a record number of women are running but almost all of those candidates, and the energy behind them, is on the other side.
women  women_and_politics  PSC_217  gender  elections  voting  partisanship 
august 2018
A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores - The New York Times
Overview of recent research suggesting that the pattern of women doing more housework is established in childhood, with girls doing more housework overall than boys and getting paid less for it. They also do more inside work, while boys do more outside.
women  gender  PSC_217  women_and_politics  work 
august 2018
'All-weather friendship': but is Pakistan relying too heavily on China? | Cities | The Guardian
On Chinese investment in Pakistan, especially energy and transportation infrastructure. There are concerns in Pakistan that the country will become too dependent on, or indebted to, China, but also a sense that 1) there are few good alternatives; and 2) China is the rising power and it is prudent to grab hold while they still can.
china  development  globalization  colonialism  neocolonialism  trade 
august 2018
A $100 Billion Train: The Future of California or a Boondoggle? - The New York Times
On the construction of a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which faces obstacles in financing, the politics, and the engineering, and may in fact be abandoned by the next governor.
transit  transportation  trains  politics 
july 2018
Tech Companies Like Facebook and Twitter Are Drawing Lines. It’ll Be Messy. - The New York Times
On the difficulties faced by social media platforms trying to decide when to protect freedom of speech and when to remove content that is dangerous in some way.
tech_and_demos  technology  social_media  democracy  civil_liberties 
july 2018
As Gillibrand Pushes Left, Her Economic Agenda Tilts to Populism - The New York Times
On Gillibrand's policy shifts, as she appears to be positioning herself for a presidential run.
women_and_politics  women  gender  congress  elections  politics 
july 2018
The Believer - Interview with Rebecca Solnit
Solnit on writing across genres, engagement vs. ignorance, and beauty.
rebecca_solnit  interview  writers  writing 
july 2018
In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal - The New York Times
On the recovery efforts in the Gorongossa park in Mozambique, which was devastated by the civil war.
nature  environment  animals  science  zoology  africa 
july 2018
A Painting of the Sky Every Sunday, and the Art of Careful Attention | The New Yorker
A Painting of the Sky Every Sunday, and the Art of Careful Attention via Instapaper
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july 2018
Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon's home | Cities | The Guardian
On the effects that Amazon, in particular, has had on issues like housing and homelessness in Seattle.
cities  housing  amazon  inequality  urban  power_in_city 
july 2018
Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends? | The New Yorker
On the tendency of economics to try to reduce complex realities to a simple set of quantifiable measures, and the difficulties it therefore has dealing with complicated social and cultural realities.
economics  humanities  two_cultures  culture  sociology  behavioral_economics  behavior 
july 2018
Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It? - The New York Times
Long interview/profile of Adrian Piper, artist and philosopher whose work deals with race in interesting, baffling ways.
art  artists  museum_exhibitions  race  adrian_piper 
july 2018
Hidden City: will giving residents land rights transform a Buenos Aires slum? | Cities | The Guardian
On plans to give people in slums deeds to their homes, and other urbanization efforts in Argentina. Includes discussion of the White Elephant, a massive building planned as Latin America's largest hospital in the 1950s, but abandoned in the midst of construction after the coup against Perón.
cities  urban  housing  inequality  slums  argentina  latin_america  power_in_city 
july 2018
The ‘Two Cultures’ Fallacy - The Chronicle of Higher Education
How the "two cultures" division is maintained, artificially, by academics on both sides who have a stake in the distinction (or believe they do). The distinction does a disservice to everybody, in particular because research and knowledge creation in the future will increasingly be transdisciplinary.
academia  two_cultures  humanities  science  interdisciplinarity 
july 2018
The crop that put women on top in Zanzibar - BBC News
Seaweed farming has allowed financial independence for some women in Zanzibar, but the trade is threatened by climate change and rising water temperatures.
women  economics  gender  islam  agriculture  africa 
july 2018
In Denmark, Harsh New Laws for Immigrant ‘Ghettos’ - The New York Times
On new laws in Denmark mandating special rules, restrictions, and punishments for residents of neighborhoods classified as "ghettos," mainly aimed at recent immigrants, particularly Muslims.
denmark  muslims  immigration  islam  refugees  europe  racism 
july 2018
The known unknowns of plastic pollution - The environment
Describes some reasons that plastic pollution may be less of an issue that other environmental problems, like air and (more general) water pollution. Reasons include the fact that the actual effects of plastic and additives on living things are unknown, and that the costs of dealing with plastic are high.
plastic  environment  recycling 
july 2018
Take a Photo Here - The New York Times
Teju Cole on the affordances for photographers of public spaces.
photogprahy  space  planning 
june 2018
Too smart, too successful: Mongolia’s superwomen struggle to find husbands | World news | The Guardian
Mongolia now has a "reverse gender gap," with many more educated women than men, especially in the capital city.
women  gender  economics  labor  education 
june 2018
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
How abusers may use their control of smart home devices to annoy, frighten, or manipulate their victims.
technology  gender  domestic_violence 
june 2018
Urban Intelligence – Spring 2018 | Shannon Mattern + Jonas Voigt
Shannon Mattern's syllabus for the course Urban Intelligence, at MIT. If nothing else, really makes me want to up my syllabus game.
architecture  design  cities  urban  technology  internet_of_things  syllabus 
june 2018
Understanding 'Border Vacuums' - CityLab
Explanation, with many examples, of the idea of a border vacuum in cities. Uses the embarcadero freeway as a case study.
cities  urban  urban_planning  power_in_city 
june 2018
Environmental collapse makes for terrifying nightmares, and compelling art | The Outline
A review of new books by Richard Powers and William T. Vollman, as well as Paul Schraeder's film "First Reformed," thinking about how art can confront the anthropocene.
anthropocene  environment  climate  art  review 
june 2018
‘This Ruling Gives Us Hope’: Supreme Court Sides With Tribe in Salmon Case - The New York Times
On the 2018 Washington v. United States decision, which held the state of Washington liable for repairing numbers culverts that had disrupted salmon runs and reduced the supply of Salmon available to the Swinomish tribe, whose right to the fish is guaranteed by treaty. The Supreme Court decision was actually 4-4, with Kennedy recusing himself, so it really just let a lower court decision stand. This could, therefore, still end up being re-heard with a different, broader ruling.
native_americans  indians  indigenous  treaties  environment  law  LSP_200 
june 2018
In Pilsen, Churches Are More Than Sunday Mass — And Their Closures Are ‘Devastating’ – Block Club Chicago
On the closing of churches and consolidation of parishes in Pilsen, with a focus on the larger impact on the community. Emphasizes the role of churches and centers for community activities and organizing, which are lost when services end.
pilsen  gentrification  urban  cities  inequality  power_in_city 
june 2018
As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust - The Verge
On the drying of the Salton Sea, and the problems with toxic dust that result. An ironic aspect of this story is that the Sea was artificial to begin with, created by an accident, but once it was there whole ecologies and economies developed around it. It's an example of the fact that, once you've made big change, trying to go back to "the way things were" isn't a restoration or a return to "balance," it's just another big change.
water  environment  anthropocene  salton_sea 
june 2018
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