The following links come from various backgrounds and were chosen by various criteria to be in this equal-opportunity blog post.
- A way for artists to live – a NYTimes article on the rise of co-ops in New York providing income and room to pursue their goals… it’s one of the great initiatives that have come up as an alternative to the system.
- Lovely post on BrainPickings.org: Susan Sontag on Beauty vs Interestingness
That beauty applied to some things and not to others, that it was a principle of discrimination, was once its strength and its appeal. Beauty belonged to the family of notions that establish rank, and accorded well with a social order unapologetic about station, class, hierarchy, and the right to exclude.
What had been a virtue of the concept became its liability. Beauty, which once seemed vulnerable because it was too general, loose, porous, was revealed as — on the contrary — excluding too much. Discrimination, once a positive faculty (meaning refined judgment, high standards, fastidiousness), turned negative: it meant prejudice, bigotry, blindness to the virtues of what was not identical with oneself.
- China is experiencing one of it’s biggest strikes, and it has entered its second week, and most media goes “eh whatev”.
- Turkish PM Erdoğan announced he will not allow May 1st protest in Taksim. Or any protest on May 1st, or in Taksim, or in Kadıköy, anywhere, any protest. Protest bad, construction good.
And this is it for this week, let’s see how long my come-back will last.