Here we are again, on a Saturday. I have reached a mile stone in the preparation of my thesis, had an excellent dinner at Envy during the Restaurant Week in Amsterdam, and purchased Patti Smith concert tickets. All in all not a bad week. Let’s see what else has been roaming around on the interwebz:
– Let’s start this week’s links with Slavoj Zizek talking about one of the best TV shows ever: The Wire. Article contains link to the audio recording of the talk.
– This week, I finally got around to watching A Separation, which recently won the Best Foreign Film Oscar among many other awards this year. Here’s a lovely read from Al Jazeera on Iranians and their cinema:
Between Iranians and their cinema thrives a love affair: Every film that a gifted Iranian filmmaker makes is a love letter to their people, and they return it in kind, with the joy and ecstasy of sharing in their global celebrations.
– Continuing the reactions to library.nu being shut down, here’s a long but useful read from Al-Jazeera. Here’s a lovely excerpt from the article:
The world, it should not come as a surprise, is filled with people who want desperately to learn. This is what our world should be filled with. This is what scholars work hard to create: a world of reading, learning, thinking and scholarship. The users of library.nu were would-be scholars: those in the outer atmosphere of learning who wanted to know, argue, dispute, experiment and write just as those in the universities do.
– The Myth of the Sole Inventor. An interesting looking paper. Already the abstract is great, even better if you have access to it via a library.
– NPR has an interview with the author of a new book about habits, how we form them and how to break them.
And I’ll leave you with this video of sloths learning how to climb, because it is super-adorable: