Essays/Articles That Opened Your Mind

“Potential to alter/broaden the reader’s perspective, however slight. More than anything, I want stuff that’ll provoke thinking. Maybe you read something you’re still mulling over long after? That’s what I’m on the lookout for. Good examples of this are Jess Zimmerman’s Toast piece on emotional labor, Adichie’s TED Talk on the danger of a single story, and Scalzi’s blog on the lowest difficulty setting.”

—EXStickland, “Essays/Articles That Opened Your Mind, ” Metafilter. October 1, 2019.

Scratch: Hip Hop Turntablism Documentary

The important thing to remember is that this basement isn’t packed with treasure. It’s packed with junk. You have to spend the time to sort through the junk to find the treasure. There is no shortcut. There is no algorithm. There is only time, attention, noticing — digging…I like to try to apply this spirit of crate-digging to everyday life. The only way to find the good stuff, the special stuff, the genuine moments and the true inspiration, is to first engage with the everyday, the mundane, the seemingly useless, the things nobody else seems to care about. So engage. There is no shortcut; there is no algorithm. If all you do is track what’s trending, then all you’ll ever know is exactly what everyone else already knew. To discover, you have to dig.”

—Rob Walker, “Crate-Dig Reality.” The Art of Noticing. No. 29. September 29, 2019.

This could serve as a mission statement for cafebedouin.org.

Control (Game)

“After a secretive agency in New York is invaded by an otherworldly threat, you become the new Director struggling to regain Control. This supernatural third-person action-adventure game will challenge you to master a combination of supernatural abilities, modifiable loadouts and reactive environments, while fighting through a deep and unpredictable world.

Control

Monkey Trap

“…take a hollow gourd or coconut and drill a small hole in it. Size matters. The hole should be just barely big enough for a monkey to get a hand inside. Place a treat—bananas, rice, etc.—in the gourd and tie it to a tree. Then wait.

Eventually a hungry monkey will come by, stick in their hand, grab the food, and become trapped. The monkey’s hand fits through the hole, but his fist doesn’t fit back out. They will scream and struggle, clinging tightly to their reward, until someone comes to collect them. The irony, of course, is that the monkey could have escaped at any time. All they had to do was let go.”

—Frank Chimero, “Monkey Trap.” FrankChimero.com. September 19, 2019.

Love Frank Chimero. See also: “Fuck you, pay me,” “A Modest Guide to Productivity,” and the books and music he’s been reading and listening to.

CRAZY4CULT 13

CRAZY4CULT 13 is opening tonight at Gallery 1988. Check out their store to get reasonably priced artwork on the cult pop culture theme.

“TONIGHT we bring back the most popular G1988 art show of all time for its 13th consecutive year. Once named “Art Show of the Year” by LA Weekly, CRAZY4CULT features pieces from our favorite artists inspired by your favorite cult films. See paintings, prints & sculptures paying tribute to films like This Is Spinal Tap, Little Shop of Horrors, Twin Peak: Fire Walk With Me, Fight Club and so much more. The opening reception is TONIGHT from 7-9 PM and will mark your first chance to purchase work – and remaining pieces will be online for purchase Saturday at gallery1988.com.

CRAZY4CULT 13