Paul Glass-Steel

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The Meaning of Mahler

Gustav Mahler<p>by Bruno Walter, with a biographical essay by Ernst Křenek, and an introduction by Erik Ryding<p>Dover, 236 pp., $14.95 (paper)<p>Gustav …

Happy 100th birthday, Roland Barthes

Little did the great demythologiser know that after his death he would become famous, commodified and mythic himself<p>In <i>Mythologies</i>, his influential 1957 collection of micro-essays on topics ranging from striptease to <i>steak-frites</i>, Gide to Garbo, Roland Barthes used “myth” to mean things wrongly taken …

Explaining Your Math: Unnecessary at Best, Encumbering at Worst

Common Core-era rules that force kids to diagram their thought processes can make the equations a lot more confusing than they need to be.<p>At a middle school in California, the state testing in math was underway via the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam. A girl pointed to the …

Mathematics

The Hateful Life And Spiteful Death Of The Man Who Was Vigo The Carpathian

You’ve seen a painting of Norbert Grupe. A heavy, creased brow and shoulder-length hair framing a frightening scowl, the massive work hung in the …

In Praise of Cartoon Violence

I recently bought a DVD set for my six-year-old son that featured the following offenses: reckless gunplay, the detonation of high explosives, …

South Park

The Leica SL (Typ 601) Full Frame Mirrorless Camera: How the World is Reacting

The recent announcement by Leica that they are entering the mirrorless camera market with the new Leica SL is one of the more exciting mirrorless …

There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket

<i>The following essay appears in issue 10 of</i> The Common.<p>On Nantucket, 80-year-old Connie Congdon and I sat in her dim living room looking at the …

10 Photographers Who Captured the Soul of New York City

Stephen Hawking did a Reddit AMA, and it was mostly about robots

If you need something to reaffirm your faith in humanity, know that Stephen Hawking’s first ever Reddit AMA, held on Thursday, was the third largest …

Stephen Hawking

Ultron finally upgrades to his full, smug potential in Ultron California

As previously noted, almost every flaw in <i>Avengers: Age Of Ultron</i> (of which there are many) can get a pass for one, simple reason: James Spader’s …

Mashups

A Homemade TTL Light Meter for an Old Rangefinder

Photographer and camera hacker Kevin Kadooka recently built a custom through-the-lens (TTL) light meter add-on for his Canon P rangefinder. Instead …

A Regicide by Alain Robbe-Grillet review – debut novel in English for the first time

The French avant-garde writer and film-maker’s experimental 1949 book is disorienting, beautiful and weird<p>The author’s name may be familiar to you, but unless you are unusually keen on mid- to late-20th-century French fiction and the <i>nouveau roman</i>, only distantly so. You may know about …

The Freakishness of Christianity

What would the American culture wars look like if they were less about “values” and more about Jesus?<p>Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith. Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it’s “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really …

Faith

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The A.V. Club compresses They Might Be Giants’ 30-year career into 60 minutes

<i>Power Hour</i><i>distills musicians’ discographies down to one tight 60-minute set, picking the big hits and deeper cuts from across a career, looking both</i> …

Apollo Missions

Beyond Black and White: The Forgotten History of Color in Silent Movies

Filmmakers were using dyes, stencils, baths, and tints as early as the late-19th century.<p>For many modern audiences, silent films are virtually synonymous with black and white. Yet as far back as 1895, more than 80 percent of them were all or somewhat colored with dyes, stencils, color baths, and …

Michigan State University

What This Cruel War Was Over

The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it.<p>This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had “a sick and twisted view of the …

War

The Story of Denmark Vesey

On Saturday afternoon, May 26th, 1822, a slave named Devany, belonging to Colonel Prioleau of Charleston, South Carolina, was sent to market by his mistress—the Colonel being absent in the country. After doing his errands, he strolled down upon the wharves, in the enjoyment of that magnificent …

South Carolina

1995 marked the end of the major-label explosion of weird

History is written by the victors—one of them being, oddly enough, Steve Albini. In 1993, his infamous article “The Problem With Music” ran in <i>The</i> …

Alternative Music

David Chase analyzes The Sopranos’ final scene and the awesomeness of Journey

For nearly eight years now, we have pondered the quandary of “Schrodinger’s gangster” set forth by <i>The Sopranos</i>’ David Chase—a situation where, until …

TV

What to Make of Finnegans Wake?

1.<p>Like many admirers of the work of James Joyce, I had imposed strict terms on that admiration, and around the work I had drawn a clear ambit, beyond …

It’s Still a Scandal!

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s <i>Ulysses</i><p>by Kevin Birmingham<p>Penguin, 417 pp., $29.95<p>1.<p>One small scene from the annals of heroic …

John Aubrey by Ruth Scurr review – ‘one of the finest English prose writers there has ever been’

‘Night after night Aubrey sat up late in the coffee houses on Exchange Alley, gossiping, remembering, questioning’ … A superb, inventive life of the author of Brief Lives that immerses us in a defining era of British history<p>When the great 17th-century antiquary and biographer John Aubrey gathered …

On the Nature of Photographs from Aperture Magazine Archives

Stephen Shore, <i>West Third Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia</i>, May 16, 1974, from <i>Stephen Shore: Survey</i> (Aperture, 2014) © Stephen Shore, courtesy 303 …

Best Mirrorless Camera Strap - Less Gear

Back in in the BM (before mirrorless) years, my camera strap wasn’t something that I gave much thought to. I generally accepted the branded strap …

The Pleasures of Richard Strauss | by Tim Page | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

By the time Richard Strauss died in 1949, many musicians and critics considered him an embarrassing fossil. Born in 1864 while Berlioz and Rossini …

The Gacy Files

Thirty-five years after Chicago's infamous "killer clown" was convicted for murdering 33 men, eight of John Wayne Gacy's victims remained unidentified. Jason Moran, Cook County's one-man cold case unit, has made it his mission to find those names, exposing what has been called our criminal justice …

Darkness Visible

Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, Sylvia Plath, Yukio Mishima, Primo Levi—in 1986, William Styron almost joined the long list of writers who have committed suicide. He spiraled down into a long and frightening bout with what is commonly known as depression. Now he has chosen to write a …

Literature

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

DIY: How to Create an Entire Darkroom In a 3.5×7-Foot Closet

Do you love the smell of fixer on your fingertips and the ominous red glow of the safety light, but don’t have enough space to build your very own …