weeklies Istanbul-April edition

OH hai, didn’t see you there. The blog is having a bit of a quiet time, due to me country hopping a bit, but definitely doesn’t mean I’m having a quiet time. In my running around, I have gathered the following things for your reading pleasure this week:

– Here’s a series of interviews on the future of books, with Clay Shirky, the author of Here Comes Everybody. Here’s cool excerpt to get you into it:

The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately. Fact-checking, we need. For some kinds of long-form texts, we need designers. Will we have a movie-studio kind of setup, where you have one class of cinematographers over here and another class of art directors over there, and you hire them and put them together for different projects, or is all of that stuff going to be bundled under one roof? We don’t know yet. But the publishing apparatus is gone. Even if people want a physical artifact — pipe the PDF to a printing machine. We’ve already seen it happen with newspapers and the printer. It is now, or soon, when more people will print the New York Times holding down the “print” button than buy a physical copy.

– Here’s a list of the 50 coolest museums. While most of these museums are indeed cool, a large majority in the list are from the States. That is fine, but I can imagine there are more “cool” museums outside of the US and definitely others than the obvious choices of Tate and Centre Pompidou. Still a cool list to check. Complex.com / Complex Art and Design

– Fighting online censorship when legal action fails – an Al Jazeera op-ed by Jillian C. York worth a read. @jilliancyork.

– I came across this great blogpost on Venice and The Islamic World, talking about Venice’s ties with the Ottoman empire. Definitely worth a read. zunguzungu Sunday Reading.

– On media and patriarchal news, Ashley Judd responds to stupid remarks about looking puffy; slaps media in the face. Respect. And very interesting to have a public figure go out and say what it is, it is sexism, from women towards women, because we fall into the trap of patriarchy. So glad she is writing it out.

Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style – by artist Nina Katchadourian … because.. they are funny and clever and and…why not?

– A while ago, CBS’s Sunday Morning hosted Patti Smith, and had a lovely chat. I didn’t get a chance to share it then, so here it is now. Also, I can not wait for her concert in Amsterdam in July.

– On unrelated but happy news, Game of Thrones got the green light for Season 3 after two episodes of Season 2. The internet went “YAY!” and “Obviously!”.

/Film has a video on The Visual Style of The Wire. Give it a go.

– And for your entertainment; Star Wars a la Silent film:

Enjoy your weekend!


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