Justin Davidson on the history and the future of the New York waterfront.
Currently Listening to Quasi’s “You Can Stay But You Got To Go” from their upcoming album Mole City available for download over at Pitchfork. I’m not a big Quasi fan (I just can’t get into Sam Coomes’ style), but I love Janet Weiss on drums. Overall, I’m really digging this track.
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Chapter 2 uses the setting to move the narrative over to Rachel Owlglass in a generally subtle way. This is perhaps in part to tie the novel more closely together early on given its disparate elements and the larger jumps that are to appear as the narrative progresses. The effect is compelling, small though it may be. The element that stands out to me the most in this chapter is, surprisingly, not the clues about V. or Stencil’s history. I say surprising because I recall this was what captivated my attention the first time I read the book (or, more accurately, the time I finally read the book all the way through). Certainly the chapter heads in that direction by giving Stencil a major position in the middle of the chapter and it’s introduction to the Whole Sick Crew. The mystery is undeniable. Nevertheless, Rachel’s role as den mother to the Whole Sick Crew was what really drew my attention this time through. Continue reading “V. Chapter Two – The Whole Sick Crew”
A gallery of computing machines at io9.
Why Miami is doomed by Jeff Goodell from Rolling Stone.
Also from Rolling Stone: 20 songs that are 20 years old. (I am so very very old…)
Finally, because I’m old, I’m going to include the following clip from Teen Titans Go! due to its thorough explanation of VCRs, VHS tapes and Betamax.
Currently Listening to Middle Brother’s “Blue Eyes.”
I want to admit something at the very start: getting back into this series is going to be a little rough. I read the first two chapters of V. about three months ago. As my long absence from the site may suggest, life got in the way of blogging. Suffice to say, work was a little overwhelming. There’s an odd symbolism to the timing of my return to writing longer pieces for the blog though. I’m actually sitting in the exact same spot at my parent’s house where I did the last bit of serious writing. That was back in December and I was writing a eulogy for my Grandpa. I’ve been slowly building up steam to return to Pynchon over the last few weeks, but it’s fitting that I’m hitting the reset button now. Continue reading “V. Chapter One – In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apochair”
For your consideration:
Verlyn Klinkenborg at the New York Times on the decline of the English major.
Lee Hutchinson at Ars Technica has the story of how NASA rebuilt the F-1 “moon rocket.”
Adam Johnson tells the story of Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef at GQ.
Finally, Atlas Obscura takes a tour of the “Ruins of Super Science.”