weeklies – almost April edition

A week with no classes, but lots of writing, passes by. And it is almost April, which means it is time for the Paris study trip. Before I take a weeklong hiatus; here’s some reading.

– Let’s start with a laugh: Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.

– The Hunger Games has taken everyone by a storm. There are positive and negative reviews alike, I’m sure you have seen plenty, including my own. Here’s the Guardian review, on the movie adaptation failing to give teenagers food for thought.

– Speaking of The Guardian and characters on-screen, here is a great read on female characters, and the rise of the female slacker on screen.

– The Art Newspaper published their 2011 Museum and Exhibition Attendance report. Lots of interesting lists in terms of most attended exhibitions and most attended museums. Very nice to see Istanbul Modern‘s exhibitions on the list along with Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

– And as my emerging art markets project concludes, here’s The Economist writing on Qatar’s cultural projects and the woman behind it.

An interesting and important read on Artists Against Copyright, which I got the chance to read only this week.

How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East. zunguzungu Sunday Reading.

– Speaking of gender, here’s a blast from the past. Tips for Single Women, 1938. The terrible part is that some of these are still valid to this day. Anyone wants to join me in writing a Tips for Single Men 2012?

Also, tomorrow is the season two premiere of Game of Thrones, so here are two cool articles:

– Peter Dinklage Was Smart To Say No. New York Times

Game of Thrones Women Are Winning in season two USA Today

Love this excerpt from it:

The women in Thrones, based on the best-selling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, are one of the elements that drew the interest of executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“I think there’s a mistaken notion (that) fantasy is a boys’ club and aimed more at teenage boys. These books are aimed at adults and had, if anything, more strong female characters than male,” Weiss says. “Television is such a great place to fill that gap that seems to have opened up in film, where I don’t think you see the strength and depth of female characters. It was something (we) wanted to emphasize in the show in the second season.”

And to get all psyched, here’s a Paris photo I took last time I was in Paris.

little gem in Paris. taken by @sirintugbay



No, no, not a post about Berlin the city, but about Modeselektor latest video for their new track Berlin. The animated video is really adorable, referencing their new label Monkeytown with a King Kong like story.

Stereogum also reports a nice little backstory to the video, which is one of those perfect timing moments. Turns out graphic designer François Chalet wanted Modeselektor to play at his wedding just as Modeselektor needed someone to make their video. And here’s the result!

Modeselektor within Modeselektor?

I particularly enjoyed seeing the döner joint at the end of the video, because it wouldn’t be Berlin without it. Enjoy!