Articles Archive for March 2008

Interviews, Videos »

March 31st, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Interviews, Videos

Daniel H. Pink has been exploring the way we work for over a decade now. From Free Agent Nation (Warner Books, 2001) to A Whole New Mind (Riverhead, 2005), he’s been unearthing the intricacies of the working world from the abstract to the concrete. His latest book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (Riverhead, 2008), is a career guide written in the Japanese graphic-novel style of manga (a trailer for which is embedded below). As the world of work continues to get more and more confusing, we need all the help …

Reviews »

March 26th, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Reviews

Networks and network protocols are often seen as sites of control, but extreme connectivity eludes control. Diseases, worms, viruses, these all spread beyond our control because of connectivity — networks — that are beyond our control.
When networks cause problems is it because they work too well, not because they are broken.

Reviews, Videos »

March 21st, 2008 | 4 Comments | Category: Reviews, Videos

Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales finally hit DVD this week, and I’ve been soaking it up ever since. It’s a lot to take in and a lot to decipher (as Salon put it, “It’s filled with so many references and so much self-conscious irony that it’s nearly impossible to make sense of it all.”), but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it’s worth it. I agree with Steven Shaviro that it’s “not only a brilliant film, but an extraordinarily important one.”
Like Donnie Darko, this is …

Essays »

March 16th, 2008 | 5 Comments | Category: Essays

Over the past ten years, I’ve been rejected by graduate schools no less than twenty times. This year, however, I was accepted by three of them. This proves at least two things: 1) Persistence does indeed pay off, and 2) I know a little bit about applying to colleges. A lot of the following might seem like common-sense advice, but once deep in the fray of applying, I find periodic reminders quite helpful.

Announcements »

March 06th, 2008 | Comments Off on No Country for Old Hen | Category: Announcements

My good friends Patrick Barber and Holly McGuire (of McGuire-Barber Design — the fine folks who designed my book, Follow for Now) run their own egg cooperative. Well, edible Portland ran a story on them this week — featuring a video clip of just what goes down with the chickens and the eggs. Check it out.

Marginalia, Videos »

March 04th, 2008 | 3 Comments | Category: Marginalia, Videos

Something about this Belvedere Vodka commercial has haunted me since its constant airing during the holidays last year. I must’ve seen it fifty times. I’m not shilling for Belvedere here. Hell, I’ve never even tasted the stuff, but I can’t get this ad out of my head.

Directed by the chronically flannel-wearing fashion photographer Terry Richardson, the spot is set in a self-consciously “downtown” party featuring Richardson himself snapping pictures of fellow party-goers, including actor/director Vincent Gallo and graff artist Earsnot. The soundtrack, which sounds drunk itself, was composed by …