Bookmarks for 2012-11-26

November 27th, 2012 | brainjuice

  • The Ethics of Nostalgia | Notes on Metamodernism
    ." much as we may still love to superficially aestheticise history as a ‘style’ and a consumer ‘product’, we are also witnessing an engagement with nostalgia that is about ethics rather than simply style. Like postmodernism in the 1980s and 1990s, our current engagement with the past is consciously aware of what Fredric Jameson has termed its own “random cannibalization of all the styles of the past”, yet nevertheless seeks to say something beyond style in the process."
    (tags:theory philosophy history )
  • Surgeon « mary anne hobbs
    "…this is the Surgeon… one of the most fascinating men i ever met.. President of the Russian motorcycle club the Night Wolves…"
    (tags:writing )
  • One big fiction, read and written by us all | Books | The Observer
    "The newly released iPhone and iPad app The Silent History collects case histories of a future epidemic of speechlessness, in the form of a serial novel released one day at a time. Each short episode is designed to be absorbed in 15 minutes and some of the stories are tied to particular locations: the reader stands within 10 metres of a dot on the map in order to unlock the section."
    (tags:digital publishing books )

Professor Elemental’s “I’m British”

November 27th, 2012 | music

The magnificent Professor Elemental returns.


(See also his marvellous “Cup Of Brown Joy.”  Which is much less filthy than it sounds.)

Why COSMOPOLIS Won’t Let Me Hate It

November 27th, 2012 | stuff2012

I watched this twice, last week.  Well, maybe one and a half times.  I watched it once and didn’t like it.  And the next day I watched some bits again because, for no reason, parts of it were sticking in my head.

It’s stagey.  Stilted.  Not all the actors can pull off the Don DeLillo dialogue that Cronenberg (ever a writer’s screenwriter) transposed from book to film.  It’s short and still feels flabby in places.  The thread of a fairly simple plot gets lost.  Among other things.

And yet.

There is something almost brilliant in here, in places.  The weird back-projection of the world outside the car the film (mostly) takes place in is a great choice. There are ideas, and ambitions, and… I’m going to have to watch the damn thing again. Because it’s making me think about it.

NIGHT MUSIC: Theory Anesthetic

November 27th, 2012 | closedown, music

I was very fond of Theory Anesthetic when she was recording back in the 00’s.  And, hey, this turned up on Bandcamp the other day and took me back a few years.  Excellent night music.

Bookmarks for 2012-11-26

November 26th, 2012 | brainjuice