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    weekly offering (may 21-27)

    Lightly edited version of David Foster Wallace's 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech, which remains one of the great modern texts about empathy and attention

    Condensed summary of the New Yorker's interesting piece on the search for Earl Sweatshirt

    Thinky PDF on the role of "Texts, Tweets, and Status Updates in Nonviolent Revolutions"

    In New York: Talismanic art of Ethiopia || Crazy Ryoji Ikeda installation

    Elsewhere: Big art show on digital media and identity || Giant Tesla machines playing pop music

    Colson Whitehead's Zone One is "a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel."

    Ten truths about books and video games

    Could you fake being crazy in order to go to a mental institution instead of jail? And could you later demonstrate sanity to get back out? Jon Ronson reports

    More important questions: What the heck is a puzzle hunt? What is pataphysical botany?

    New BBC documentary from arch-paranoid Adam Curtis featuring technology, systems and Ayn Rand. Seems like something a very talented schizophrenic might make:

    New feature from Miranda July featuring performance art, anxiety about time, and a talking cat. Seems like something Miranda July might make:

    Offline: I finished Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, still working on David Foster Wallace's The Pale King and Kafka's The Trial (which represent near-opposite approaches to the theme of the Bureaucracy, just FYI).



    Friday, May 27, 2011
    8:20 AM


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