If most mortal millennials tried to recreate our teenage creative endeavors, we would be sharing Twilight fan fiction or painfully awkward YouTube dance videos. It speaks to Taylor’s wunderkind status that she can revisit the work of her teen self without embarrassment.
From Philippe Van Parij in Eurozine (via The Browser), a counterintuitive argument for why the European Union should promote English as its official language, even with Brexit.
What made English the lingua franca of the European Union was neither its official status within the Union, nor the fact that the United Kingdom was a member state. Rather, the maximin mechanism gives English, the language that is already far the most widely spoken, a self-perpetuating advantage. …
Here’s the nightly news program I’d love to see. An hour every night of Steve Kornacki doing in-depth analysis of vaccination activity. State by state. County by county. City by city. Hospital by hospital. Health group by health group.
How many doses have been delivered? How many have been administered? What percentage of each population tier have been vaccinated? What percentage of the overall population? Where are the trendlines heading?
File under: something to look forward to. Sally Rooney has a new book coming.
In September, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release her new novel, “Beautiful World, Where Are You,” which follows four young characters in Ireland as they navigate the pressures of work and relationships against the backdrop of political turmoil and fears about their economic futures.
Twitter bans Trump, at last. The final bullet in their (compelling, detailed) list of decision factors is an interesting one.
Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.
Three things of note:
Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible.
Sol LeWitt did a series of maps where he cut out a section of it based on various criteria. … The area between the places he had lived in NYC were cut out, leaving an absence in the map. This tool lets you create your own cut up map, enter at least three locations and the map will be generated. A unique map reflecting your relationship to a city. Works best for larger metropolitan areas but it tries its best to scale the map.
I loved this post from Josh Rose in The Art of Photography: Does the iPhone 12 Dream of Rendered Moments? He uses the Voight-Kampff test from the movie Blade Runner as an analogy for computational photography.
You can tell a non-human from a human because the non-human is trying to be human, whereas a human is just being human. And imitation will always feel slightly cartoonish to anyone who has studied emotion deeply. But this works in reverse, too. Life and simulated life are indistinguishable to those who have not connected deeply with nature or humanity. …
Labs @ Medium. Avid reader, long time blogger.