Friday, April 10, 2015

links for the weekend

Against “Indie”

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Sahim and Berlatsky each in their own ways call for widening indie’s tent, but I think it’s more realistic to pull it down. Because its insularity is not only racial and gendered—it is also the effect of sorting by class
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One of the rival terms in the 1980s and 1990s that indie eventually eclipsed (along with alternative, underground, etc.) was college rock. It was more honest, which is no doubt why it was abandoned.
 

on police departments dealing with ransomware

And on things like "spear-phishing" and stuff like that.

HT Mockingbird, "Our Push for ‘Passion,’ and Why It Harms Kids"

Sometimes it seems that if we can pierce through the veil of pretense of why people "should" appreciate the arts it boils down to this, that we're admonished to cultivate the practice of vicarious living.  Sometimes the vicarious living is done by enjoying what others are able to do, and sometimes the vicarious living is done by articulating to others what our expectations of their enjoyment and activity will be. 

Not everybody wins the game for acclaim and status, and of all the sorts who could be described as losers, Kafka might qualify.  Thus "Beautiful Loser", a review of a recent book about Kafka.  It might not be a great big shock to readers of Wenatchee the Hatchet that two of my favorite authors over the course of life have been Dostoevsky and Kafka. 

"The Stagnation Blues"

lest we forget, here's something about the new Daredevil series (HT to DZ)
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/04/netflix_s_daredevil_show_understands_that_catholicism_is_the_superhero_s.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

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