"While all activity at the camp works toward a certain ‘repetitionsasthetik,’ a passionate attachment to the past-tense, the already-done and the has-been, the educational program nevertheless situates itself within the vanguard. Reenactment has become something of a frequent subject in galleries and museums as artists highlight the malleability of history and the creative potential of redoing. In ‘The Battle of Orgreave’ (2001), Jeremy Deller famously brought together veteran miners and members of historical reenactment societies who re-staged the controversial clash between miners and the police during 1984-85 in England. In 2002, Rod Dickinson recreated Dr. Stanley Milgram’s infamous 1961 social psychology experiment ‘Obedience to Authority’. And, this past year, Joseph DeLappe reenacted Mahatma Gandhi’s famous 240-mile, 26-day 1930s Salt March walk on a custom treadmill that controlled his nomadic avatar in Second Life. These works, among the better publicized of their kind, are part of a much larger movement of artists pursuing ‘culture of the re-‘, often including a critical examination of ossified histories, dominant accounts, and latent trauma. While this concern for marginalized narratives and a psycho-analytical process of ‘working through’ history is very much open for discussion in the Future School for Old Ideas, our point of departure is both broader and more modest, one motivated by a belief in the recreation of the remarkable and mundane alike as a platform for learning."
Also: nice cheese (imported brie, aged cheddar), good drink (microbrews, wine that cost more than 10 dollars, orange juice not-from-concentrate), various obscure gifted jams (pepper jelly, that raspberry champagne jam), leftover homemade popcorn
“It is a sacred duty for all the fathers and mothers of the world to forbid coffee to their children with great severity, if they do not wish to produce dried-up little monsters, stunted and old before they are twenty.” ––Brillat-Savarin
Also: comma misuse, incorrect capitalization, overuse of ellipses, overzealous and unironic deployment of internet acronyms, refusing to use contractions in an effort to sound smarter. And so, so much more.
I picked up Susan Sontag’s newly published diaries (Reborn: Journals & Notebooks, 1947-1963), and started reading last night at Stumptown (while also imagining my future married life with the girl behind the counter). What I’ve learned so far is this: little Susie Sontag was a smart banana. Here she is writing on September 10th, 1948, about Andre Gide:
“Gide and I have attained such perfect intellectual communion that I experience the appropriate labor pains for every thought he gives birth to! Thus I do not think: ‘How marvelously lucid this is!’—but: ‘Stop! I cannot think this fast! Or rather I cannot grow this fast!’ For, I am not only reading this book, but creating it myself, and this unique and enormous experience has purged my mind of much of the confusion and sterility that has clogged it all these horrible months—”
She was fifteen years old.
Sontag automatic reblog PLUS extra points for excellent title.
My dad just handed me a video cassette that said, in my own 12-year-old handwriting, “LIZ’S TAPE NO ONE ELSE USE.” I was immediately fearful that it was some kind of horrifying pre-adolescent video confessional, but I should have known myself better: it’s the Marx Brothers’ A Day at the Races, taped off of TMC…. followed by West Side Story.
2.Two pounds of a dried plant that turned out to be the oldest marijuana in the world was discovered in a 2,700-year-old grave in the excavated Yanghai Tombs in the Gobi Desert. The cannabis was found near the head of a blue-eyed, 45-year-old shaman among other objects intended for use in the afterlife.
5. Puerto Rican anole lizards perform push-ups and unfurl their dewlaps, the flaps of skin beneath their chins, to grab the attention of others when the forest is noisy.
12. The use of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace on company computers leads to increased productivity.
21. Drinking red wine, but not white wine, may reduce lung cancer risk, especially among current and ex-smokers.
26. Girls and boys now perform equally on standardized high school mathematics tests across North America, ending a gender gap that lasted for decades.
mark ronson’s specific brand of pop-soul tends to be hit and miss, although i empathize with the guy as a fellow survivor (survivor, not graduate) of vassar college. that said, i loved his take on the smiths’ “stop me,” with vocals by daniel merriweather, specifically the kissy sell out mix which elevated the original to club-banger heights.
ronson is now producing the entirety of the debut album by daniel merriweather, an australian r&b singer who has opened for kanye west and justin timberlake on their international tours but has yet to attain widespread success. merriweather’s first single off his upcoming album “love & war,” entitled “change,” is out in february.
this song, a wistful and understated country-tinged ballad, is vocally solid and lyrically clever for the first two-thirds, but leaves something to be desired. crucially, though, the last minute of the song kicks into some spectacular and unexpected doo-wop wailing. awesome.
Benja introduced me to this song the summer before our freshman year of college, and I have loved it ever since. I was reminded of this last night when I was falling asleep and listening to Mirah and remembering old times.