Information Diet 006

Resurrecting this series. Here’s a brief reading digest for this week.

  • Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven on Samir Amin in Aeon – interesting for its description of Amin’s concept of Eurocentrism, which is presented here as an alternative anti-imperialist position to Edward Said’s Orientalism. It’s a literature I’m keen to get into more, so this is very handy both as an intro and as a way of extending my reading list. Amin’s book Eurocentrism seems like essential reading.
  • On his blog, Anil Dash writes on the renaissance of the web. His broad point is that we might be moving past the dominance of platforms, back to a sort of private web. Wouldn’t that be nice, to be back on an Internet that isn’t aggressively trying to capture and sell all of our information, and is a place where weirdos are allowed to be creative and do whatever. Would be nice.
  • It’s Tarkovsky day on Dennis Cooper’s blog – worth checking out just for the gifs of so many beautiful shots from T’s films.
  • There’s a cool interview with David Lynch at Believer Magazine – mostly talking about his connection with Philadelphia, a little bit about his youth, a little bit about creativity. But look, listen, hey, it’s always good to hear what’s on the mind of the greatest film director the United States have produced.
  • Also at Believer, an interview with Pat Metheny. Seeing Metheny was one of the most formative experiences of my musical life. It was on his Speaking of Now tour in the early 2000s, and it introduced me to jazz as I like to think of it now. The interview touches a lot on his approach to craft and the practice of music.
  • Like everyone else online, I’ve followed the Libs of TikTok story with a fair degree of disgust. I’m sure further developments are to follow. Here’s the write up at WaPo.

When it comes to books, I’ve spent the last few days on Yumna Kassab’s Australiana and Mirandi Riwoe’s The Burnished Sun, both of which I’m reviewing. Prior to this I read Michael Winkler’s absolutely excellent Grimmish, which might be the best Australian book of the last decade if not more.

Currently my ears are occupied with the Archive 81 podcast, which I’m listening as a result of binging the excellent TV adaptation (that was sadly cancelled after one season – no wonder Netflix is losing subscribers). I’m also listening to new albums by Yung Lean, Jack White, and Orville Peck.