1. 10:45 28th Aug 2014

    Notes: 5

    The first tenet of the mass culture theory which lends the magazine its panache (an article of belief that goes all the way back past Adorno on the left and Ortega y Gasset on the right) is that the mass audience ineluctably stifles aesthetic worth; so, scratch rock. The first tenet of the newsroom cynicism to which any press journal must pay heed is that hard-news “digging” is a more blessed endeavor than feature writing, of which reviewing is the lowliest example; so, scratch criticism.
    — This old Christgau piece is going around, and this section skewers every comment section on criticism since.
     
  2. 23:43 27th Aug 2014

    Notes: 37

    Reblogged from aintgotnoladytronblues

    evanfleischer:

    I’d love to see an old 56k dial-up modem be given a desk in an office.

    You know —

    Employee: Hey. How’s it —

    Modem: *Existential mechanical howl.*

    Employee: Right. I’ll — I’ll just — um —

     
  3. 17:36

    Notes: 733

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    clientsfromhell:

    I’ve been working on a copywriting project with a new client. After sending her my first draft, her comment was that she wanted something “edgy.”

    I went back and made some changes, but her feedback was the same - it needed to be “edgier.”

    After numerous back-and-forths, both through email and phone calls, I finally found what she wanted: she meant she wanted the word “edge” to appear in the copy more.

     
  4. 17:23

    Notes: 133622

    Reblogged from rubyvroom

    drawingguitarist:

Give your cat the  F L O A T I N G     J U D G E M E N T     B O X     to allow them to stare at your half finished work from afar

    drawingguitarist:

    Give your cat the  F L O A T I N G     J U D G E M E N T     B O X     to allow them to stare at your half finished work from afar

    (Source: herotox)

     
  5. 15:42

    Notes: 12

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    secondbalcony:

    'How Do You Make Sense': Text for Zak Kitnick's '1-4'

    image

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    How do you make sense?

    By ‘making sense’ I mean, specifically, the kind of work canonically done by e.g. a Kafka story when its patterns add up into higher order patterns that in turn form even higher…

     
  6. 13:22

    Notes: 14

    Reblogged from oneterabyteofkilobyteage

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    oneterabyteofkilobyteage:

original url http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Guild/6606/
last modified 1999-05-26 18:02:50

    oneterabyteofkilobyteage:

    original url http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Guild/6606/

    last modified 1999-05-26 18:02:50

     
  7. 21:16 26th Aug 2014

    Notes: 7

    Reblogged from inat40

    inat40:

    When it comes to a lyric in a song that’s a reference to something that’s come before it - to pick one at random, the Police reference in Arctic Monkeys’ ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ - does people’s (‘critics”) appreciation or even acceptance of it come down to a) how obvious they think it is and b)…

     
  8. 20:14

    Notes: 454

    Reblogged from shihlun

    Tags: i'll see myself out sorry guysKate Bush

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    shihlun:

Kate Bush with the Fairlight CMI

(drumroll)more like… fair isle

    shihlun:

    Kate Bush with the Fairlight CMI

    (drumroll)

    more like… fair isle

     
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    nyrbclassics:

200 years ago today, Shelley and his entourage find their Lake Lucerne digs not up to snuff and “flit” without paying the bill:

On Friday, 26 August [1814], a mere three days after their arrival on the lake, they suddenly decided that they had had enough. Arguing through the afternoon, as the rain fell miserably on the waters below them, they decided first to go over the St Gothard, and finally, quite abruptly, to return to England and London. They could manage it, Shelley calculated, if they took the risk of travelling by the ‘water-diligence’ used mostly by local peasants, merchants and students, down the length of the Rhine to a Channel port. The next morning, the 27th, they flitted from Brunnen at dawn on the first boat available, having packed their bags and omitted to inform or pay their landlord, and gazed back on the receding shore ironically imagining ‘the astonishment of the good people of Brunnen’. ‘Most laughable to think’, as Jane put it, ‘of our going to England the second day after we entered a new house for six months — All because the stove don’t suit.’
—Richard Holmes, Shelley: The Pursuit

Our devoted blog follower, whose blog is The Red Shoes, sent in this cosy photo with a pun that we will spare you (unless you really want to know)*
Have you a photo of an NYRB Classic posed with a cup of coffee or tea? By all means send it to this address and we’ll add it to the Classics and Coffee Club series. And let us know where you bought or borrowed the book from—we’d be glad to shout out places that stock NYRB Classics.
*She asks: “Does Shelley suffer a tea change?”

Improbably, this is someone who references Claire Clairmont and The Red Shoes in one postwho is not me.

    nyrbclassics:

    200 years ago today, Shelley and his entourage find their Lake Lucerne digs not up to snuff and “flit” without paying the bill:

    On Friday, 26 August [1814], a mere three days after their arrival on the lake, they suddenly decided that they had had enough. Arguing through the afternoon, as the rain fell miserably on the waters below them, they decided first to go over the St Gothard, and finally, quite abruptly, to return to England and London. They could manage it, Shelley calculated, if they took the risk of travelling by the ‘water-diligence’ used mostly by local peasants, merchants and students, down the length of the Rhine to a Channel port. The next morning, the 27th, they flitted from Brunnen at dawn on the first boat available, having packed their bags and omitted to inform or pay their landlord, and gazed back on the receding shore ironically imagining ‘the astonishment of the good people of Brunnen’. ‘Most laughable to think’, as Jane put it, ‘of our going to England the second day after we entered a new house for six months — All because the stove don’t suit.’

    —Richard Holmes, Shelley: The Pursuit

    Our devoted blog follower, whose blog is The Red Shoes, sent in this cosy photo with a pun that we will spare you (unless you really want to know)*

    Have you a photo of an NYRB Classic posed with a cup of coffee or tea? By all means send it to this address and we’ll add it to the Classics and Coffee Club series. And let us know where you bought or borrowed the book from—we’d be glad to shout out places that stock NYRB Classics.

    *She asks: “Does Shelley suffer a tea change?”

    Improbably, this is someone who references Claire Clairmont and The Red Shoes in one postwho is not me.

     
  10. 13:05

    Notes: 151

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    text-mode:

    Cross sea at Île de Ré, France. The waves of two weather systems meet and create a dangerous grid.

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