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Barcelona for the AIR

Saturday, 7 October, 2017 0 Comments

Vincent Laforet is a French-American director and photographer and one of the most influential people working in contemporary photography and film today. His AIR project is a collection of high-altitude aerial photographs taken over 10 of the world’s most iconic cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Sydney. This is Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, with its arrays of perfectly honeycomb-like blocks.


The Long Tail of music

Wednesday, 26 November, 2014 0 Comments

In the early days of 1993, Elton John was forced to end a concert in Melbourne half an hour early when a swarm of grasshoppers invaded the stage. During that same year, Steve Albini exposed the rottenness at the core of the popular music industry in an angry, derisive article titled The Problem With Music. The same Steve Albini delivered a 10,000-word address to the Face the Music conference in Melbourne last weekend and it’s a significant update on where the business is going. Unlike many in the music trade, he regards the internet as a force for good and he’s very enthusiastic about its Long Tail potential for small bands and obscure artists.

Speaking of that Long Tail, it can be seen at work in the current popularity of Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose, a pre-New Age masterpiece by Jordan De La Sierra. No one bothered much about it when it was first released in 1977, but now it’s all the rage. De La Sierra’s two-hour recording took place in a small studio in Berkeley, and he then recorded that recording while it was played in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, to capture the building’s spiritual reverberations. It’s a long tail that has no ending.

The end of austerity

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 0 Comments

The Great Gatsby The screening of The Great Gatsby in Cannes tonight sends a message that stands in stark contrast to the policy of austerity that much of Europe is now experiencing. The hated hair-shirt imposed by Brussels/Berlin has divided the continent along its traditional geographical and cultural fault lines and exposed the myth of unity. “The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe,” states a Pew global survey published on Monday.

Jay Gatsby did not tolerate austerity. “The cost of the champagne and fruit alone racked up a whopping $81,300 to fuel Gatsby’s fun loving party guests. This assumes 500 guests for each weekend and that he bought fruit from The FruitGuys, and that he used Korbel champagne.” So reckons Nickolay Lamm, who asks, How Much Would it Cost to be The Great Gatsby? His conclusion: a lot. “After running the numbers on the cost of being The Great Gatsby the total figure came in at $34,320,880!”

Catching the wave, Belinda Goldsmith, reporting for Reuters from the Côte d’Azur, declares, “Cannes set to ditch austerity with ‘Great Gatsby’ launch“. She sees tonight’s premiere as “an opportunity to shed the caution of recent years overshadowed by broader economic gloom.” Let the party begin! Down with socialism!

By the way, Cannes does get a mention in The Great Gatsby. In Chapter 4, where we learn about the troubled origins of Tom and Daisy’s marriage, the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway, tells us:

“The next April Daisy had her little girl, and they went to France for a year. I saw them one spring in Cannes, and later in Deauville, and then they came back to Chicago to settle down. Daisy was popular in Chicago, as you know. They moved with a fast crowd, all of them young and rich and wild, but she came out with an absolutely perfect reputation. Perhaps because she doesn’t drink. It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue, and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don’t see or care.”

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Events are unpredictable until, quite suddenly, they occur

Thursday, 13 September, 2012

Tuesday, 9/11/12, was the day the roof fell in says Walter Russel Mead in a great post about the unpredictable nature of events. Snippet: “As the dust settles, there will be more to say — about the politics of Egypt, the chaos in Libya, the President’s leadership, the strike in Chicago, the nature of blasphemy, […]

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