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    Default Writing worth Reading

    I just read the below essay by Jonathan Franzen in the NYT and I thought this thread would be a great addition to our forum. Post stuff that is worth reading. Please keep it high quality - articles, essays that say something about this world.

    Franzen on liking versus loving.
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    “You know,” he says, with a resilient smile, “it is a hard world for poets.”
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    The Triumph of the Humanities, by Stanley Fish

    An apparently empirical project like geography is, and always has been, interpretive through and through. “The map has always been a political agent”(Lize Mogel), has always had a “generative power” (Emily Eliza Scott), and that power can only be released and studied by those who approach their work in the manner of literary critics. Geography “demands a reader who is at once an archeologist, geologist and geographer, a reader who … is at all times attentive to the stratification of history, memory, language, and landscape and who can read obliquely through their layers” (Peta Mitchell).

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    What this all suggests is that while we have been anguishing over the fate of the humanities, the humanities have been busily moving into, and even colonizing, the fields that were supposedly displacing them.

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    Default THE PANCAKE PEOPLE, OR, "THE GODS ARE POUNDING MY HEAD"

    http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/fore...n05_index.html
    "But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the "instantly available". A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance—as we all become "pancake people"—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button."

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    The article itself may not qualify as brilliant, but just how sweet (and hilarious) justice
    can be – if you pursue it – does.

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    /\ Funny, thought just that when somebody "liked" my Dries van Noten article within 30 seconds of me posting it on FB. I, too, thought, well, it would've been nicer if you actually read it. Although maybe the person first liked it and then read it, who knows.
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    Not to defend the "like" (or google +1) culture overmuch, but maybe they'd already read it?

    and not to derail the thread entirely:

    http://www.theparisreview.org/interv...nest-hemingway
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    http://edge.org/conversation/next-step-infinity

    I apologize for posting 2 edge.org essays, but its a golden resource.

    Not to mention, I have to rep my hometown, and this is disturbing:

    "Another key aspect of infinity is that it is so much larger than anything finite. In particular, an infinite system including some randomness will tend to contain infinitely many realizations of any given finite subsystem compatible with the properties of the infinite one. This means that if we reside in an infinite bubble, then somewhere (incredibly far away) within it is another copy of the entire Earth, perfect in every detail. On a more personal level, there are infinitely many identical copies of you, as well as infinitely many of every possible small or large variation of you, some more common than others. What does this mean? If these other people are identical to you, are they you? What is your relation to them? If you were to suddenly cease to exist, should you take heart that “you” continue merrily along out there? Or would “you” simply find yourself to be one of them? (Beware: This possibility becomes more and more disturbing the more you think about it.)"

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    TLDR, but I find it odd to see infinity as the infinite replication of something finite. shouldn't infinity be the non-existence of the finite. the question of the coexistence of both cannot possibly be resolved by such an idea as replication, even identical (if there could even be such a thing as perfect replication outside theory). and anyway, the whole sky is encompassed in single a rain drop or whatever, so the fact that you see the sky reflected identically in myriad raindrops, doesn't mean there are myriad identical skies. I forgot where I was going with this, but if you are smarter than me you'll get it

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    ^ haven't commented till now, but that was a good one, Faust.

    http://bombsite.com/issues/99/articles/2882

    Not so much "writing," but an interview between John Yau and painter Bill Jensen. A solid read for those interested in art.
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    Generation Sell: Hipsters as Cultural Movement

    I would like to know what you think about the above article? I found it interesting, and I agree on some points, not sure about others. More soon.
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    Some valid observations, and I do agree that this generation is very entrepreneurial, but obviously not all of it. The way it was linked with the entire generation was a bit vague.

    Also, social background was entirely overlooked and it plays a big role. This is of course generalizing, but I would imagine many of the types described here come from middle class families who (well, until recently I suppose) have had more wealth than the families of those kids who were hippies, punks or whatever, and this has had an effect on their views on life and interests and also in being entrepreneurial.
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    A lot of hippies were rich brats. Punks were more working class/lower middle class, generally speaking.
    I thought the interesting point of the article was the disappearence of rebellion because of the stifling emotional comfort of the world we live in.

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    /\ Yes, that's the bit I found interesting. The idea that commerce trumps criticism. There is something to it - art criticism became irrelevant just when the art world became an art industry in the 80s. Same with fashion.

    Another bit I found interesting in the article is that making money and being cool have become confluent. Cool has become a huge commodity. A number of social critics, like Naomi Klein and Frank Rich have commented on that.

    And the rise of bobos seemed fitting. This is the hipster market essentially - people that make money but don't want to live a soccer mom lifestyle. Although I don't exactly know what Bohemian about them is - going to brunches in the williamsburgs of the world and buying artisanal honey?
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