This Weekly Reader is a little late and a little short because I spent most of Sunday drinking Bloody Marys trying to cure a hangover - but perhaps only contributing to it.
- How to Write A Thesis, by Umberto Eco
- "It's characteristic of Lucas's approach that she both needs and has the confidence to take periodic retreats from the main stage in order to preserve her own enjoyment in art making, rather than feeling hobbled by obligation."
- "I was immediately conscious of how unusual this was and reminded yet again of how little women's voices are heard in discussions of war, how little impact they have had on the recorded history of war."
- "When I first encountered Dossier, I opened all of the files and spread them out evenly on my desktop. I read her stories, opened the web pages and played the iPhone movie. I wandered through her files, rearranged them, closed and then re-opened them."
- "A typeface without a name or a known designer… this typeface – one that existed only as physical iron-on flock lettering, and was appropriated by New York street gangs and b-boys, as well as band like The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite."
- "Fatalism ("unfortunately nobody is looking for a small love"), Solitude ("you miss one single being and the world couldn't care less") and Adoration (embodied in a woman named Sylvie showing her devotion to God by flashing Him her tits)."
- "When I came to Japan in 2002, I was shocked by the narrowness and the endlessness of the built space. My first train ride from Osaka airport to Hiroshima went through an endless sea of houses without any noticeable interruption between the cities."
- "A microphone rotates slowly and triggers a tuned feedback melody as it comes nearer to one of the seven speaker cones. It takes nine full rotations of the microphone to reveal a skeletal version of the main theme from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet."
- "For the soldiers, the landscape is cruel, alien, and full of latent threat. For the Afghans, the land is home. These groups – occupiers and occupied – frequently provide the lens through which distant people attempt to comprehend the horrors of war."