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The Crisis of Credit. Animated.

March 1, 2009

Jonathan Jarvis’ animation will explain how we got into this mess.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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The New Geography

February 19, 2009

The March issue of The Atlantic features an interesting article by Richard Florida on the effects that the economic/housing collapse may have on the use of space in America. Among Florida’s proposals are a shift from home ownership to long-term renting and the development of suburbs into higher-density nodes within urban metro-zones. Here’s a quote:

If there is one constant in the history of capitalist development, it is the ever-more-intensive use of space. Today, we need to begin making smarter use of both our urban spaces and the suburban rings that surround them—packing in more people, more affordably, while at the same time improving their quality of life. That means liberal zoning and building codes within cities to allow more residential development, more mixed-use development in suburbs and cities alike, the in-filling of suburban cores near rail links, new investment in rail, and congestion pricing for travel on our roads. Not everyone wants to live in city centers, and the suburbs are not about to disappear. But we can do a much better job of connecting suburbs to cities and to each other, and allowing regions to grow bigger and denser without losing their velocity.

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Derrida on Love

February 14, 2009

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Saving the Suburbs

February 6, 2009

Thought provoking post from Allison Arieff at the NY Times design blog on the future of failing suburbs.

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Haruki Murakami’s Daily Routine

January 17, 2009

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength. In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

The Paris Review, Summer 2004

[via Daily Routines]

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Beanshooter Man

January 16, 2009

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Gary Snyder at Reed

January 8, 2009

I’ve had a soft spot for Gary Snyder since the day I met him in a Lenape long house while performing one of many high school summer jobs.

As mentioned in Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, Snyder and Allen Ginsberg passed through Portland on a trip up the coast in 1956. They made a stop at Reed College and gave a reading that including what have become some of their canonical works. A reel-to-reel tape of the event was discovered in Reed’s archives in 2007, and excerpts have been posted to the university’s website (including the first known recording of Howl).

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Humor Runs in the Family

December 28, 2008

Zadie Smith writes in the New Yorker about the role of comedy in her father’s life.

In birth, two people go into a room and three come out. In death, one person goes in and none come out. This is a cosmic joke told by Martin Amis. I like the metaphysical absurdity it draws out of the death event, the sense that death doesn’t happen at all—that it is, in fact, the opposite of a happening. There are philosophers who take this joke seriously. To their way of thinking, the only option in the face of death—in facing death’s absurd non-face—is to laugh. This is not the bold, humorless laugh of the triumphant atheist, who conquers what he calls death and his own fear of it. No: this is more unhinged. It comes from the powerless, despairing realization that death cannot be conquered, defied, contemplated, or even approached, because it’s not there; it’s only a word, signifying nothing. It’s a truly funny laugh, of the laughor-you’ll-cry variety. There is “plenty of hope, an infinite amount of hope—but not for us!” This is a cosmic joke told by Franz Kafka, a wisecrack projected into a void. When I first put the partial cremains of my father in a Tupperware sandwich box and placed it on my writing desk, that was the joke I felt like telling.

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Hilarious

December 11, 2008

Enjoyed some toothsome pork belly and good company at Clyde Common last night. Diana and Scott were kind enough to bring us a copy of Fillip, a rather nicely designed art journal from Vancouver that features several inserted artist projects and some pretty thoughtful articles. Particularly liked the conversation between David Goldenberg and Patricia Reed on participatory art practices and Ron Terada’s kitten poster.


Image via Fillip: Patricia Reed and Societe Realiste, Manifesta 6.1, Dept III: Abschlussball/Contract of Discord, 2007. Contract of Discord was a collective project involving more than twenty of the people who were to participate in Dept. III at the canceled Manifesta 6 biennale scheduled for Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph by Societe Realiste.

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Prosumers

December 8, 2008

For the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about production and consumption. About what it means to be a consumer. About the word “consumer,” which tends to leave one with a kind of cupronickel mouthfeel. We don’t like to think of ourselves as consumers. The notion evokes images of Macdonald’s-eating, Suburban-driving, Walmart-shopping drones. Always on the take. Languishing in guilty, greasy pleasures. We prefer the idea of producers – artists, designers, architects, writers, musicians – the people toward whom our culture-making edifices lend their mortar and trowel.

Michel de Certeau tried to upset this distinction between producers and consumers by recognizing that consumption often contains elements of play and invention. He wanted to investigate the ways that people adapt everyday products, spaces and situations to meet their own needs. He preferred to talk about “users” rather than “consumers” at a time when the internet was still an ARPANET project. Anyway, the important point de Certeau made was that the economy of production and consumption is a dialogic process, not a one-way transmission. I think that recent developments in social media have both complicated and illuminated this issue. With so much information available to us, and so many channels through which to gather, ingest and reproduce that information, I’d say we’re giving new definition to the term prosumer. Check out the video below to get an idea of what I’m talking about. This kid’s 12.

Now, Tavi G would like to have a word with you.

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