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On literature, art and thought

"The worst thing ever the French gave us is the auteur theory,” he said flatly. “It’s a load of horseshit. You don’t make a movie by yourself, you certainly don’t make a TV show by yourself. You invest people in their work. You make people feel comfortable in their jobs; you keep people talking."
The secret of Minecraft
The secret of Minecraft
Dark Arts
Dark Arts

Meet the architects of Tumblr’s cyberpunk renaissance

We’re in a weird time for the way the future looks; somehow House of Cards can slyly introduce a floating text-message interface to their present-day political drama without so much as blinking,…

Tu nous a habitués à être un grand mystificateur, là tout d’un coup on est dans le hard, dans le dur, dans le vrai, donc, c’est un changement de position de ta part?

— Bon, c’est une mauvaise réputation avec laquelle je dois charger. Je ne suis pas un mystificateur, tout au contraire. Je dirais que la photographie est un oeil à distance. Je serais un oculiste, l’ophtalmologue, pas un mystificateur mais quelqu’un qui essaye de calibrer s’il y a la myopie, ou l’astigmatisme, etc, pour assurer que le regard soit juste.

La collection Trepat, un cas d’étude de la photographie d’avant-garde

moma:

"Her world may be limited physically but by no means spiritually."
- Andrew Wyeth, born today in 1917. 
[Andrew Wyeth. Christina’s World. 1948.]

moma:

"Her world may be limited physically but by no means spiritually."

- Andrew Wyeth, born today in 1917. 

[Andrew Wyeth. Christina’s World. 1948.]

millionsmillions:

“For the most part, it’s a catalogue of unrealized creativity, which in the very extensiveness of its cataloging becomes a monstrous paradox of realized creativity.” — Mark O’Connell

millionsmillions:

“For the most part, it’s a catalogue of unrealized creativity, which in the very extensiveness of its cataloging becomes a monstrous paradox of realized creativity.”  Mark O’Connell

theparisreview:

“What I hope to represent, what I try to represent, that cannot be obsolete.” —Harold Bloom, who is eighty-four today.

theparisreview:

“What I hope to represent, what I try to represent, that cannot be obsolete.” —Harold Bloom, who is eighty-four today.

The Mapmaker's Conundrum
The Mapmaker's Conundrum
Text Games in a New Era of Stories - The New York Times
Text Games in a New Era of Stories - The New York Times

Interactive fiction, which once went by the name “text adventure,” is having a moment.

Ruth Thorne-Thomsen is an internationally renowned photographer best known for her innovative work with pinhole cameras. In her current show at Philadelphia’s Schmidt Dean Gallery, she is exhibiting some examples of her Messenger series which photographs of photographs of statues.

Thorne-thomsen Sends `Messengers` Of Interior Worlds
Monthly Evaluations, Ioana Nemes: a long-term project in which Nemes’ attempted to analyze her interior system of organization- the way in which she truly functioned as a human being. Between 2005 and 2010 Nemes derived a personal methodology for transforming qualitative data regarding her own existence into quantitative measures. Daily thoughts and experiences were recorded using five parameters; physical, emotional, intellectual, financial and luck factor (P, E, I, F, L). Inspired by Swiss psychologist Max Luscher’s notions about colour, Nemes allocated each day logged a particular shade, along with a quotation or saying, before sculpting them into objects and/or installations. (by Samantha Manton, in BerlinArtLink)
Read more: Ioana Nemes - projects

Monthly Evaluations, Ioana Nemes: a long-term project in which Nemes’ attempted to analyze her interior system of organization- the way in which she truly functioned as a human being. Between 2005 and 2010 Nemes derived a personal methodology for transforming qualitative data regarding her own existence into quantitative measures. Daily thoughts and experiences were recorded using five parameters; physical, emotional, intellectual, financial and luck factor (P, E, I, F, L). Inspired by Swiss psychologist Max Luscher’s notions about colour, Nemes allocated each day logged a particular shade, along with a quotation or saying, before sculpting them into objects and/or installations. (by Samantha Manton, in BerlinArtLink)

Read more: Ioana Nemes - projects

Jaume Vallcorba - Discurso del editor - Acantilado Editorial
Jaume Vallcorba - Discurso del editor - Acantilado Editorial

 […] Al lado de la ficción de quiosco, Balzac puede ser leído como un tebeo. Con los libros pasa como con las personas. Y no es lo mismo encontrar a Zweig por la calle en compañía de cualquiera que en la de Joseph Roth, que fue un amigo cercano en vida, o en la de Chateaubriand, con quien dialoga desde la distancia en el mundo del espíritu. Porque, no lo duden, Joseph Roth charla a menudo con Zweig, y también con Chateaubriand y con Aleksander Wat. Y Leopardi lo hace con Lucrecio, que a su vez lo hace con Montaigne. Y lo hacen porque son amigos.  […]

A New David Foster Wallace 'Infinite Jest' Interview Reveals the Book's Boston Influences
A New David Foster Wallace 'Infinite Jest' Interview Reveals the Book's Boston Influences

The David Foster Wallace Audio Project  This collection of David Foster Wallace recordings was originally collected by Ryan Walsh in early 2009. This website was built and is maintained by Jordyn Bonds.

 

 

Geoff Dyer: The Art of Nonfiction No. 6
Geoff Dyer: The Art of Nonfiction No. 6

longform:

“If I’m writing a thing based on something that happened, it often starts to become fun for me when I see there’s an opportunity to make myself look even more of a jerk than I am in real life.”