Made me laugh:
I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”
He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.
New Yorker: L.P.D. Libertarian Police Department
“RSS is at its most interesting and useful when big companies ignore it.” –Brent Simmons
I’m incredibly in love with all of these Horvat photos from NYC in the 1980s, “New York Up and Down”.
Auden is probably my favorite poet next to Wallace Stevens. My older son’s middle name is Auden. I come back to his work several times a year, perhaps more frequently than any other writer, because his voice is perennially perfect. My favorite work is Age of Anxiety. Two wonderful things to spend time with if you’re interested in getting to know him better: “Tell Me the Truth About Love“, a documentary about Auden on YouTube, and this wonderful piece “The Secret Auden” which reveals some incredible private stories about the man, who he was in private, and how hard he worked to hold some of that back from the public. My favorite story involves him quietly gifting a manuscript to a friend in need of medical care he couldn’t afford. The manuscript was sold to the University of Texas and the friend received the treatment he needed. Lots more wonderful stories in that piece.
And of course you should listen to him recite “As I Walked Out One Evening“.
I stumbled upon these amazing iPhone photos from Scotland on Behance, and now know I must follow on Instagram as well. Absolutely stunning.
I’ll use the shit out of this: What Theme? helps users discover which themes are being used for their favorite sites, not unlike Shazam for themes. Brought to you by the smart and thoughtful team at Inspired Mag.
“The master key is part of a new global effort to make the whole domain name system secure and the internet safer: every time the keyholders meet, they are verifying that each entry in these online “phone books” is authentic. This prevents a proliferation of fake web addresses which could lead people to malicious sites, used to hack computers or steal credit card details.” –read more at The Guardian.
“What does it mean to describe a recording as being of a moment in which it did not circulate? Conversely, what does it mean to describe previously inaccessible music as participating in a later moment in which it resonates more powerfully?” Sign up to get notified when the book is ready to order. From the Duke Press about the book:
John Cage’s disdain for records was legendary. He repeatedly spoke of the ways in which recorded music was antithetical to his work. In Records Ruin the Landscape, David Grubbs argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. How could these proudly evanescent performance practices have been adequately represented on an LP?
In their day, few of these works circulated in recorded form. By contrast, contemporary listeners can encounter this music not only through a flood of LP and CD releases of archival recordings but also in even greater volume through Internet file sharing and online resources. Present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings. In Records Ruin the Landscape, Grubbs surveys a musical landscape marked by altered listening practices.
Read more at The Wire.
Read the article that accompanies this amazing glimpse into how listening habits and preferences vary regionally – fascinating work!
Since Tim Burton’s Batman turns 25 this year, you should spend some time on YouTube remembering how amazing it is, and then hop over to Spotify and listen to Prince’s soundtrack. h/t MentalFloss
And just for fun, Buzzfeed’s “21 Things You Might Not Know About about Tim Burton’s Batman”. And Robin Williams came very close to playing The Joker (whew).