Interesting and inspiring from week beginning 19 September, 2016

I love a juicy bit of fashion world insight (Dior & I is one of my favourite docs of the past few years, and the recent TV two-parter on British Vogue was good too), so this long read on how fashion forecasting works is like catnip to me.

Great news: It’s been confirmed that there are still plans to make a companion TV series to the upcoming Dark Tower TV film, that will fill in some blanks from the movie.

This article over on Medium compares what it’s like to ride a bike in Tokyo, San Francisco, London, New Delhi, Shanghai and Kabul.

Has Donald Trump made the NY Times abandon years of balanced ‘he said, she said’ journalism?

Someone has uploaded the entire broadcast of the July 12, 1979, baseball double-header between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, better known to as ‘Disco Demolition Night’. You can skip past the first hour or so, but the rest is an incredible (and weirdly Trump-ian) historical document.

You know what kind of beer I like? I like cold beer

I will watch, read or listen to anything Anthony Bourdain does. He’s seemingly one of those rare, utterly genuine people that becomes ‘famous’ (or a ‘personality’) every now and again, as his recent Reddit AMA demonstrates…

What food trend do you want to see die quickly?

“I would like to see the pumpkin spice craze drowned in its own blood. Quickly. Juice – I don’t understand the juice cleanse. I mean, if you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, the doctor gives you something that will cleanse you right quick, so I don’t really understand juice cleanses. I believe celiac disease is a very serious ailment, and if you’re diagnosed with it, I’m pleased that there are now gluten-free options, but these people who are treating gluten as, you know, an equivalent of Al Qaeda are worrying to me. So, I’m uneasy about that.

Also, overuse of the word “artisanal”. You know, an artisanal potato chip? What does that mean other than it’s an expensive potato chip? Oh, I’m also no big fan of the judgmental barista and beer nerds. I mean, I like a good craft, but don’t make me feel bad about my beer choices. You know what kind of beer I like? I like cold beer.”

Interesting and inspiring from week beginning 12 September, 2016

in these times – the Kardashian age of the Relentless Selfie – the choice to document this process still appeared to be an utterly selfless act.

Phew, this article by Amanda Palmer about her admiration for Nick Cave, his way of creating art and dealing with grief is just superb, and taps into all the stuff I’ve been thinking about recently about modes of expression in what Palmer calls “the age of perfect-image-posturing”.

Another favourite quote:

“…but then again, look at Nick. He ignores all that and simply puts it out there, too preoccupied with being authentically in the moment of expression to give a single fuck.”

Elsewhere, It’s Nice That interviews Nina Manandhar about the What Soho Wore exhibition she has curated for The Photographers Gallery. Some amazing images in here.

The New York Times kicks back at the Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism: “Whiteness, in a literal sense, is good. Mess, heterogeneity, is bad.” Incidentally, one of the reasons I like watching Casey Neistat’s stuff is his lack of respect for the minimalist, ‘box fresh’ aesthetic.

And, finally, I don’t tend to watch a lot of TED talks, but this one on block chain is very good. It explains the technology and its potential applications in the clearest way I’ve seen so far.

Another occassional musical interlude

Time to recap a few recent audio highlights.

It is the twentieth anniversary of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing this year. That record means an awful lot to me, and I’d probably put it in my top three records of all time list, so I’m pretty excited about Endtrospective a six LP (six!) reissue that includes a whole host of guest remixes, including this fantastic version of Stem by Clams Casino:

Friends have been telling me to listen to Pye Corner Audio for years now, but Martin Jenkins’ work hasn’t really clicked with me until this new album, Stasis, which is very cinematic and synthy but just the right side of nostalgic. Great commute/headphone listening:

The front cover of Tycho’s last album has been my desktop wallpaper for a couple of years now, and that album (Awake) was one of my favourites of 2014. Now he’s back with a new single which makes me equally excited for the new album due out later his year:

Finally this week, a bit of Robyn, because who doesn’t love a bit of Robyn:

“Without memories we kind of disappear”

There were some absolutely fantastic talks at yesterday’s Interesting conference (I hesitate to call it a conference really, but I can’t think of a suitable synonym), but the one that really resonated with me for all sorts of reasons was Kim Plowright’s, called “try and explain what it feels like to preserve memories and talk about dementia and death on social media, whilst still occasionally making people laugh (and how her Mum would’ve had her guts for garters if she’d realised what she was up to)”.

One thing that Kim said during the five or ten minutes she was on stage was “Without memories we kind of disappear”. As much as she was talking about how dementia robs us of so much of what we call our ‘real selves’, she was also talking about why she felt the need to record the last few years of her parents’ lives in a series of very candid photos.

I’ve always struggled a bit with my motives for doing what I’m doing right now: writing down tiny chunks of my life, and yet I’ve found myself doing it again and again for about a decade and a half. Even with the opportunity that social media gives us to ‘over share’ today, I still want something that is somehow mine, something that’s not part of a larger network and feels cohesive and has some meat to it.

I want to have a bit of control over my memories.

(Strangely as I’m writing this I’m listening to Adam Buxton interview Michael Palin about his diaries, proving there is nothing new in the world.)

What’s scarier than real ghosts?

An article from (shiver) the Telegraph’s property section about London’s ‘ghost signs’ and Sam Roberts, the man who ‘hunts for them’:

With a background in advertising, working at big firms and on accounts such as Tesco, Roberts became interested in the history of advertising outdoors, and the ethical issues it raises. Big billboards, he says, “trespass on people’s field of vision… Now takes on commissions from advertising agencies and interior designers, many of whom ask him to recreate the weathered, old designs and create “faux” ghost signs, using the illusion of historical authenticity for marketing purposes.

Fair enough, it sounds like Sam himself discourages the creation of artificial ghost signs, but the very fact that there’s agencies out there who think this that ‘the illusion of historical authenticity’ is a good thing, is a little terrifying.

WWSD?

Sometimes, when you have to post something but just can’t get inspired, there’s one question you have to ask yourself…

My bible

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