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  • heath 2:25 pm on Friday, May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: manual labor, Matthew B. Crawford,   

    An old way of looking at new work 

    A new article in the upcoming NY Times Magazine is one of most revolutionary things I’ve ever read from within the American sociocultural environment:

    The Case for Working With Your Hands — by Matthew B. Crawford.

    An excerpt:

    “..After finishing a Ph.D. in political philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2000, I managed to stay on with a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university’s Committee on Social Thought. The academic job market was utterly bleak. In a state of professional panic, I retreated to a makeshift workshop I set up in the basement of a Hyde Park apartment building, where I spent the winter tearing down an old Honda motorcycle and rebuilding it. The physicality of it, and the clear specificity of what the project required of me, was a balm….”

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    • cat 4:56 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it’s excellent. I got the link to the article on advrider.com this morning.

      Nothing quite like recognising the truth; something you’d always known, at some level, but never seen expressed so well.

      • heath 11:24 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi cat. Crawford’s article has struck a deep chord. He has a book coming out, from which the article is drawn. It’s “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”, available in hardcover, and download for Kindle, at Amazon.

        love, h

  • heath 11:49 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fearlessness, Juxt, The Young Turks, visual blogging   

    Fearless visual blogging 

    My two favorite visual blogs are

    The Young Turks

    and

    Juxt Interactive

    In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would check these out and I wouldn’t have to say why they’re my favs — and since saying why is against the visual paradigm, that would suit me fine.  But this ain’t the best of all possible worlds, hai na? 🙂  So here’s why:

    (More …)

     
  • heath 10:16 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humaneness, humanity, , Times of India, TOI   

    Another way to see: TOI 

    If you’re an American cousin, check out the Times of India online.   The page layout — what content is selected for the first page, and how it’s organized — expresses India’s innate socio-cultural respect for humanity’s humanity.

    I love that respect.  It’s saved my life twice.  And it draws me back to India’s people and arts time and time again.

     
  • heath 9:48 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anthony Lane, film reviews, Manohla Dargis, new Star Trek movie, ,   

    Better than the movie 

    Anthony Lane’s New Yorker Mag review (titled “Highly Illogical”) of the new Star Trek movie is dense, running on 24 levels, and funny as hell. There are too many good bits too thickly interwoven to be plucked out as snippets, so please excuse my providing no sample. If you want to laugh and think hard at the same time, give it a read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2009/05/18/090518crci_cinema_lane

    And if you disagree with Lane’s take, try Manohla Dargis’s, in the NY Times: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/05/08/movies/08trek.html

    (Comparing the reviews should show you why I think Lane is the best living film reviewer at the moment.)

     
  • heath 1:14 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compassion, practical transcendence, U2's Bono   

    A very fine Op-Ed piece by Bono 

    Just read — it’s that good…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/opinion/19bono.html

     
  • heath 5:25 pm on Friday, April 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bollywood film producers may strike, cricket   

    Bollywood producers may strike? Say it … 

    Bollywood producers may strike? Say it ain’t so! Not enough BW films reach the US to start with…

    http://www.desihits.com/blog/article/bollywood-producers-go-on-strike-20090403

    There’s an upside to every down: if the strike happens, some multiplexes will be showing cricket instead of films.

     
  • heath 5:57 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: digital publishing, new edition,   

    The NYTimes.com has gone global… 

    The NYTimes.com has gone global:
    http://global.nytimes.com

     
  • heath 11:14 am on Sunday, March 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Deborah Solomon, Donald Trump, global finances, , , real estate, zillionaires   

    I’m laughing out loud at Donald Trump’… 

    I’m laughing out loud at Donald Trump’s unalloyed unabated arrogance (and his crowing at not being hit as hard as others by the real estate downturn) in this mini-interview by Deborah Solomon in the NY Times Sunday Magazine:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/magazine/29wwln-q4-t.html

     
  • heath 6:41 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clay Shirky, journalism, Raghav,   

    Raghav’s song Humrahee and an essay ab … 

    Raghav’s song Humrahee and an essay about how the web is affecting journalism have one thing in common — uncommon beauty.

    Humrahee, written and performed by Raghav — tender, lyrical, gorgeous:

    Clay Shirky’s “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable”, a profound essay on how the web is affecting journalism (and by implication, other businesses and arts):
    http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

    God bless the Internet — that’s all of us — for what it allows us to experience and share.

     
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