You should read this for 5/2/2018:
Art and Film
Laurie Anderson’s Favorite Things “The artist shares a few of her and her late husband Lou Reed’s favorite things”
Books, Writing, and Language
A Scrappy Makeover for a Tweedy Literary Fixture “He doesn’t go to book parties. He doesn’t do lunch. He maintains, he says, no literary friendships.”
The crucial thing that he does do, is love to read: he gives people favorite books. That, I think, says a lot. Add to that that he wants to not only increase the reader numbers for TLS, he wants to widen the readership in terms of kinds of people and what they read.
In other words, for every cliché of a barista or bartender with a liberal arts degree, there were ten with a degree in business.
Food and Drink
History and Archaeology
Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan. “Kennedy was shot at point-blank range from behind, including a fatal shot behind his ear. But Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, was standing in front of him.”
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
NHMoves encourages Granite Staters to exercise with free passes to state parks “NHMoves, a project of The Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health, is challenging New Hampshire residents to exercise for 20 minutes or more every day in the months of June, July and August.
The council has partnered with the N.H. Parks and Recreation Division to provide residents with a pass for free admission to [some state] parks” listed at the link.
Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber review – the myth of capitalist efficiency Grabber has written a new book, based on an essay he wrote in 2013 about “bullshit jobs,” jobs that are meaningless, don’t actually solve a problem or make the world better, but that produce income. Here’s an interview of Graber’s about his new book and bullshit jobs, from Vox.
As Graber says about bullshit jobs:
if they went away tomorrow, it would make no difference at all.
And that’s how you know a job is bullshit: If we suddenly eliminated teachers or garbage collectors or construction workers or law enforcement or whatever, it would really matter. We’d notice the absence. But if bullshit jobs go away, we’re no worse off.
We are experiencing a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationship to knowledge. From the “information age,” we are moving towards the “reputation age,” in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated, and commented upon by others. Seen in this light, reputation has become a central pillar of collective intelligence today.