Weekend links 318


The Meaning of Life by Alice Wellinger.

• A Kickstarter for A Hidden Landscape Once A Week edited by Mark Sinker: “How UK music-writing became a space for unruly curiosity, in the words of those who made it happen”.

• RIP Steven Young, one of the musicians in a cult group of mine, Colourbox, and the “S” in M|A|R|R|S, creators of Pump Up The Volume in 1987.

• At Greydogtales: The Pale Brown Thing & A Dose of De Quincy—Fritz Leiber, Dario Argento, Megapolisomancy, and The Three Mothers.

Pye Corner Audio lists some influences. Zones by Head Technician, another Martin Jenkins project, has just been reissued on vinyl.

• Mixes of the week: The Middle Eastern & African playlist For July by John Doran, and a Pye Corner Audio mix for 20jazzfunkgreats.

Evan Kindley on how the Proust Questionnaire went from literary curio to prestige personality quiz.

• To Surprise a Voice: Max Nelson on the subtitling and translation of foreign-language films.

• How the ’70s dethroned the ’60s as popular music’s Golden Age: Judy Berman investigates.

• “It puts a spell on people.” Ryan Gilbey on Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

• “Dennis Cooper fears censorship as Google erases blog without warning.”

Charlie Kaufman on freedom, the future, and the failure of Anomalisa.

Danny Heitman on why Nabokov’s Speak, Memory still speaks to us.

Daphne Oram‘s radical turntable experiments finally come to life.

Adam Kirsch on Walter Benjamin’s genius for surreal visions.

Shotgun (1983) by Colourbox | Baby I Love You So (1986) by Colourbox | Looks Like We’re Shy One Horse/Shoot Out (1986) by Colourbox

3 thoughts on “Weekend links 318”

  1. Re: Google censorship.

    About 8 or so years ago I used to post information regarding harm to the environment, to different peoples etc., by the big oil companies on Google Finance. Google banned me from posting there as a result. They also for a time denied access to my email account on Google, which was entirely unrelated, but simply to show their power that freedom of speech on Google was non existent. I realized then that the ‘do no evil,’ Google no longer existed. (if it ever existed) It was simply a front for big business and the message of profits without any regard to morality, or the environment.

  2. It’s a problem with all these corporations that offer services for free but which hold your data subject to pages of detailed terms and conditions.

    I own everything on my site down to the last gif, and it’s all backed up (blog data included) so if I had to change webhost I’d be able to move the whole site without losing anything. But I know why many people prefer the convenience of free services. Maintaining your own site requires effort and technical expertise that’s beyond many people. Dennis Cooper’s blog had been running for 14 years so he had no reason to expect this abrupt deletion.

  3. I think there has been a concerted effort to keep control of websites in the hands of the big corporations rather than DIY websites. I remember when Netscape got killed off. That to me seemed like a real disaster. Since it had built into it a function whereby anyone could easily make a website. It then got replaced by IE the worst internet browser ever.

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