Archive for September, 2014

Quote of the day: GOOGLE

September 29, 2014


Google doesn’t publish its own material, but the [European Court of Justice] decision [granting citizens the right to demand that Google remove links related to their names] recognized that the results of a Google search often matter more than the information on any individual Web site. The private sector made this discovery several years ago. Michael Fertik, the founder of, also supports the existence of a right to be forgotten that is enforceable against Google. “This is not about free speech; it’s about privacy and dignity,” he told me. “For the first time, dignity will get the same treatment in law as copyright and trademark do in America. If Sony or Disney wants fifty thousand videos removed from YouTube, Google removes them with no questions asked. If your daughter is caught kissing someone on a cell-phone home video, you have no option of getting it down. That’s wrong. The priorities are backward.”

–Jeffrey Toobin, “The Solace of Oblivion,” The New Yorker

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Performance diary: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet at BAM

September 28, 2014

Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM’s month-long tribute to Nonesuch Records continued with Landfall, another legendary collaboration, this time between Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet. It was a bit of a high-wire act – more speaking than you would get from a Kronos concert, more instrumental music than you would get at a Laurie Anderson concert, a theme (having to do with decay, erosion, corruption, extinction, glitches in verbal communication, technology, environmental integrity, cosmic meaning…) but not exactly a narrative, a visual element (generated by a program called Erst) of language streaming up and down and across the back wall, often too fast or cryptically to read or comprehend. The score fell into numerous discrete pieces, none of them songs exactly, not quite movements — in a program note, Laurie refers to them as “stories with tempos.” The first and last spoken pieces refer to Hurricane Sandy, but otherwise the stories stray to lists (extinct species, galaxies) and dreams (or rather, “Don’t you hate it when people tell you their dreams?”). There is no mention of the reality that during the time the work was created, Laurie’s husband Lou Reed was sick and dying, but there is a melancholy undertow to the surging, keening strings. The last words spoken, describing a basement full of water in which are floating all the things you’ve spent your life saving, are “beautiful, magical, catastrophic.” The piece kept me guessing every minute as to where it was going and how all the pieces fit together. The New York Times review was reprehensibly stingy – the music was challenging, varied, beautiful, adventurous, and well-played.

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Photo diary: a week in the Catskills

September 28, 2014

(click on photos to enlarge)

Eat your heart out, William Eggleston!

9-17 trout parade
9-19 why trout matter
9-19 middle school
9-18 hardware store
9-17 house on creek9-17 for rent
9-19 creekside
9-19 pet waste
9-14 goat milk chai caramels
9-19 halloween sign
9-19 3-ton bridge
9-19 smalltown synagogue
9-19 vacuum
9-19 vending machines
9-19 fire dept
9-18 horizontal pines
9-19 artists rendering
9-19 7 maiden lane
9-14 on the porch
9-14 hosts and guests

Playlist: iPod shuffle 9/27/14

September 28, 2014

“Reflections,” MisterWives
“Lothlorien – Lament for Gandalf,” Howard Shore featuring Elisabeth Fraser (Lord of the Rings OST)
“Anything Goes,” Helen Merrill
“Crystalfilm,” Little Dragon
“Dixie,” Tori Amos
“Learn to Keep your Mouth Shut Owen Pallett,” Final Fantasy
“Sonnets/Unrealities XI,” Bjork
“Make Love So Hard,” Darden Smith
“Like a Tourist,” Of Montreal
[with a typical lyric crammed full of postmodern psychoanalytic buzzwords: “You fetishize the archetype”]
“Ternontiene,” Panda Valium
“Neglected Space,” Imogen Heap
“MX Missilies,” Andrew Bird
“My Cup Runneth Over,” Aretha Franklin
“Aaj Ki Raat,” Slumdog Millionaire OST
“A Different Girl: Every Night,” Me’Shell Ndegeocello
“Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
[I know, kinda trashy, but IMHO one of the greatest dance tracks produced this decade]
“About to Die,” Dirty Projectors
“Get It Wrong, Get It Right,” Feist
“Soon Enough,” Aimee Mann [watch the YouTube video — crazy, intense, a little disturbing]
“Fickle Dove,” Madeleine Peyroux
“Tall Tales,” Matt Alber
“Wally, Egon & Models in the Studio,” Rachel’s
“Bom Demais,” Jorge de Altinho & Dominguinhos
“Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” Santino Fontana and Laura Osnes (Cinderella OCR)
“Paradise Circus (Gul Boratto Remix),” Massive Attack
“Another Thought (Hollow Tree),” Arthur Russell
“Raise Me Up,” Hercules & Love Affair
“Adventure.exe,” Final Fantasy
“Shake That Devil,” Antony & the Johnsons
“Chiclete Com Banana,” Jackson Do Padeiro
“Into the Vast,” Coyote Oldman
“where is the love,” the Black Eyed Peas

Quote of the day: HAPPINESS

September 26, 2014


Everyone should be born into this world happy
and loving everything.
But in truth it rarely works that way.
For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it.
Halleluiah, anyway I’m not where I started!

And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes
almost forgetting how wondrous the world is
and how miraculously kind some people can be?
And have you too decided that probably nothing important
is ever easy?
Not, say, for the first sixty years.

Halleluiah, I’m sixty now, and even a little more,
and some days I feel I have wings.

~ Mary Oliver


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