this month’s Criterion newsletter clue

this month’s Criterion newsletter clue

isabelthespy:

can you imagine what would happen if tfa alum weren’t allowed to use it in their grad school application essays? can you imagine how quickly tfa would collapse

The Apple proposition is a 1960s futurist-zen minimalist throwback, lifted from Nordic designers like Panton and Saarinen, whose functionalism was influenced by movements like De Stijl and the Bauhaus.

While modernism proposed ways of dealing with the cataclysmic upheaval brought on by industrialism, Apple’s proposition is the Western capitalist commercial: freedom, ease, and cool control of one’s environment.

We’re encouraged to lose our possessions. Music? Store it on the iCloud. Books? Store it on the iCloud. Movies, magazines, newspapers, TV — all are safely stored in the ether and not underfoot or stuffed in a closet. It’s a modernist monastery where the religion is Apple itself.

Meanwhile, those who have hung onto possessions are castigated, jeered at, and painted as fools.

The hit A&E TV show Hoarders identifies people with things as socially malignant, grotesque, primitive, dirty, bizarre. In a word: poor. Apple has turned the world upside down in making possessions a symbol of poverty and having nothing a signifier of wealth and power.

All Power to the Pack Rats, Ian Svenonius

Honestly haven’t thought too hard about this piece as an argument, whether he’s on to a truth, but it’s a very fun read nonetheless.

(via markrichardson)

(via markrichardson)

theundergroundismassive:

John Digweed, Kiss 100 (at Fabric, Pt. 1 of 3), 2000.12.23. Exactly what you’d expect, musically speaking—only really good, if you weren’t expecting that (I wasn’t, necessarily). Part 2 (2000.12.30) here.

jonathanbogart:

andrewtsks:

jonathanbogart:

Whenever I remember doing something that makes me want to shrivel up and die of embarrassment, I think about the fact that Elvis Costello sent a copy of “Man Out of Time” to Ira Gershwin with thanks for the inspiration, and everything looks better in comparison.

Interesting. That’s not Costello’s version of the story:

Several years later, while working on the album King Of America, I was in a Hollywood hotel bar and a man introduced himself and started talking about [Imperial Bedroom]. He turned out to be the renowned pianist, singer, and connoisseur of arcane and obscure lyrics of the Broadway era, Michael Fienstein. He had once worked as an assistant to Ira Gershwin, and he told me that when a New York Times review compared some of the writing on Imperial Bedroom to his brother, George, Mr. Gershwin had requested that his assistant purchase a copy of the record.

It conjures a horrifying image of a despairing Ira Gershwin being assailed by the howling introduction of “Man Out Of Time”, believing that this is what the people made of his brother’s legacy. He had no way of knowing that I would have been delighted by this small contact with the musical world that existed before rock and roll. Having read the cutting remarks in Mr. Gershwin’s volume of annotated lyrics, I probably don’t want to know his true reaction to the record.

(source)

Hm. I must have conflated that story with another in which he did actually send one of his idols a record, and felt foolish about it later; those Rhino liner notes were where I thought I got it from.

Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, 2002)

(Source: 100newfears, via unimpressed2chainz)

buttercreamdicks:


fakeliampayne Style from Julian Bunetta the original captain

Liam Payne as Hugh Hefner AU, and go

liam is probably trying to live that au

buttercreamdicks:

fakeliampayne Style from Julian Bunetta the original captain

Liam Payne as Hugh Hefner AU, and go

liam is probably trying to live that au

(Source: wwadirectory)

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jonathanbogart:

Whenever I remember doing something that makes me want to shrivel up and die of embarrassment, I think about the fact that Elvis Costello sent a copy of “Man Out of Time” to Ira Gershwin with thanks for the inspiration, and everything looks better in comparison.

livingasasacrifice:

Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance. V&A Museum

livingasasacrifice:

Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance. V&A Museum

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