“Miranda-july-reading” by Alexis Barrera / Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
Ah, the joys of dining at a new friend’s home, knowing sooner or later, one’s hostess’ bladder or some bit of last minute meal preparation will dictate that one will be left alone to rifle the titles on her bookshelf with abandon.
Where do artistic ideas come from?
The collective unconscious?
Cheesy covers of 50s pop tunes?
The ghost of Jerry Garcia?
Perhaps rather than trying to identify the source, we should work toward being open to inspiration in whatever guise it presents itself.
Nobody likes the way an entire human life can get reduced to a sound bite, but even if you know absolutely nothing else about Carl Sagan, you know that he said the words “billions and billions.[...]
Image by Nicolas Genin
Our vast media landscape feels grossly oversaturated with advertising, propaganda, and all manner of redundant noise. But the discerning eye, and ear, perceives just as much quality out there as crap.
Season 5 of Downton Abbey will begin (in the US) on January 4th. But before the main course, we get a little appetizer, which comes in the form of a nine-minute parody starring George Clooney, Jeremy Piven and the cast of Downton Abbey.[...]
Remember when television was the big gorilla poised to put an end to all reading?
Then along came the miracle of the Internet. Blogs begat blogs, and thusly did the people start to read again!
Of course, many a great newspaper and magazine fell before its mighty engine. So it goes.
So did television in the old fashioned sense. So it goes.
Back in 2011, we featured John Cage’s 1960 television performance of his piece Water Walk. Its video quality may have left something to be desired, but now, thanks to the YouTube channel of Bard College’s Richard B.[...]
Johnny Cash, outlaw country singer and defiant man in black, comes carefully packaged for many people through the merchandising of his life and image.[...]
Fatherhood is a fertile subject for comedian Louis C.K.
Kids do say the darnedest things, but Louis’ observations reveal the depth of his investment.
He lit out after standardized testing and the Common Core on Twitter.
He made a passionate case against giving kids smartphones to Conan O’Brien.
Blade Runner‘s vision of a thoroughly Japanified Los Angeles in the year 2019 reflects the western economic anxieties of the early 1980s.[...]