Links beyond this blog have been known to expire, sometimes rather quickly. I wish things weren't this way (but they are). I will do what I can to choose wisely (but don't say you weren't warned). Click away!
Start your browsers, there is a new Tuber in town. The National Archives has joined the YouTube fray and promises to dole out weekly videos that will make us feel just a little bit less like we are wasting bandwidth: US National Archives Channel.
He isn't a luddite, but he is a realist - and a thorough one at that. When Malcolm Gladwell takes technology utopianist and author Chris Anderson gently, insistently to task, as he does in this week's New Yorker, you know who's been schooled: Read Priced to Sell.
A worker doing demolition as part of construction of the new American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has found a letter written by a worker from 1926. Thomas F. Crowley left his typewritten letter inside of two envelopes between two sections of terra cotta wall where it stayed, undisturbed, for 83 years. Maureen Melton, historian and director of the museum’s libraries and archives has been researching Thomas Crowley and is piecing together the details of his life.
It was a sort of summit meeting between two venerable institutions, with salami. Andrew Clark of The Financial Times sat down to lunch with Sir Simon Rattle, conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, at his house in Provence. The column, called "Lunch with the FT" (hey, why stay up late trying to be cute?), is a Financial Times staple.
Clark's conversation with Rattle is, predictably, not merely a chat about cooking and, say, the next series of concerts, with a publicist sitting quietly in the corner to smooth out the rough places. For example, Rattle gave the FT this analytical comparison of German and English culture:
"Rattle ponders the challenges of running a German institution. In
England, he says, people like to be indecisive and then, after making
up their mind, they can be relied on to go through with it. Germans, by
contrast, like to be decisive and then change their mind.
necessity for rules and strictness is a way of dealing with an
enormously powerful impulse: Germans are among the most emotional
people on the planet. Maybe it has to do with the fact that as a nation
they are always drawn back to nature and the forest.'"
Then there was this greyish job description:
"What does a conductor actually do, beyond coordinating and
motivating musicians? 'I have no satisfactory answer because whatever
you say, the opposite would also be true. It’s to do with controlling
and not controlling, allowing and not allowing. It’s essentially to do
with balance – responding to each other and finding where that balance
Rattle suggests a coffee. 'Every drug helps,' he says,
alluding to the prospect of a long and arduous Wagner rehearsal 20
minutes away at the Aix theatre."
Today's edition of my SPAM friends opens up a new world of possibilities:
Subject line: "Jack Wright: New Model!"
I had two reactions:
1. When were my 8X10s taken?
2. Can I get the new 20-something model?