Information Diet 008

Adam Neely released a pretty interesting video going through the expenses of a band going on tour – not a new genre, but as always I find Neely insightful and interesting.
Dustin Illingworth reviews Murnane’s latest final book in the NYT – Illingworth is always reading, but especially so on Murnane.
This conversation between Terry Eagleton and Jessica Swoboda in the Point Mag. Here’s a comment that immediately stood out to me from Eagleton, on finding his voice:

“When I started out, my writing was what I call “YMI,” meaning Young Male Intellectual. All very high-minded. And then for various reasons, I found my own voice. That took a long time, but I began to relax more and experiment more and found my own element. But I had to unlearn a lot of the styles, habits and forms of academic address while remaining within the limits of academia.”

I’m a little late to the piece, but Scorcese remembering Federico Fellini in Harper’s Magazine is some of the best writing on cinema you’re likely to find.
John Coulhart has a nice write up of some of Jean Cocteau’s drawings inspired by HP Lovecraft on his blog.

It feels like a slow week for new stuff. Like every one else, I’ve been watching the horror show that is the news coming out of the US, out of the Australian election, out of Ukraine, out of everywhere it seems.

I’m still between Negri and Shaw’s books on Cartesian politics. My project idea is taking a bit of a turn because of them, so I’m going a bit more slowly than I’d normally like for academic reading.

I’ve been listening to the new Rammstein album a lot, and revisiting much of their back catalogue. The new one is good, (I mean, it’s a Rammstein album, how bad could it be?), but the thing that I’m really into is their videos. This is a band that’s always been theatrically minded, with high ambitions for their entire production. It’s so great seeing what they’re doing now that they have the resources to do whatever they like. Even still, this album doesn’t have anything as good as Deutschland or the associated video.

Information Diet 007

  • Continuing to feed my obsession with other writers’ spaces and craft, here’s a fun article about 5 women writers’ workrooms at Financial Times.
  • Anil Dash on his blog on 12 things people need to understand about tech. May be a bit of a basic list, but some good food for thought there. No 5 – that tech education doesn’t include ethical training – is an important one, but the solution won’t be to simply teach ethics to entrepreneurs or stem students, the solution is to decouple technological progress from capitalistic incentives.
  • Alissa Quart appeals for more inclusive editorial standards for journalists in the Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Kensy Cooperrider in The Public Domain Review on hand mnemonics in medieval Europe, China and Tibet – super interesting stuff about how hands were used as mnemonic devices to remember prayers, musical pieces and scales, to figure out important dates, etc.
  • Lauren Carroll Harris in Kill Your Darlings on the puzzling absence of anti-war sentiment in Australian cinema.
  • The Liminal Magazine team have released another tranche of their “Liminal Review of Books” series – right now they’re publishing some of the most exciting critical writing in this country, so it’s well worth a read. My favourite essays are Brian Castro on Fernando Pessoa, no thoughts head empty by Michael Sun, and Susie Anderson on my second favourite Siri Hustvedt book.
  • Liminal editor Cher Tan is also the reviews editor at Meanjin, and unsurprisingly Meanjin has now started publishing way more way good quality criticism – huge week for this kind of writing (and books in general) – beyond their usual quarterly publication, they’ll now publish more criticism online as well. I think I saw that they’ll release a few every fortnight, I might be included next time? Not sure when my review’s coming out. In any case, here’s this edition, with Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn writing on Bastian Fox Phelan’s memoir and Scott Limbrick on Steve Toltz’s Here Goes Nothing.

Listening this week to Jake Xerxes Fussell’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert, which is one of the most exceptional ones in the series. There’s a new album by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (there’s always a new album by them, and that’s a good thing). The big find for me this week though is this album by Real Lies. Maybe it’s just come at the right moment to suit my mood, but Lad Ash is just phenomenal, filled with textures and rhythms, and it really just hits a certain nostalgic nerve in me. Waiting is the new Rammstein album – I’ve only heard bits, but I’m very excited to sit down with it properly.

Books on the go are Devin Zane Shaw’s Egalitarian Moments and Antonio Negri’s Political Descartes, both as background for a potential new project. I’ve got a few books waiting to be reviewed for various outlets, but with loose deadlines. I should get to those soon also.