Required Reading


Question: Why don’t you get into NFT yourself?

A: I have been approached several times to “do an NFT”. So far, nothing has convinced me that there is anything worth doing in this arena. “Worth it” for me involves creating something that adds value to the world, not just a bank account. If I had primarily wanted to make money, I would have had a different career as a different person. I probably wouldn’t have chosen to be an artist. NFTs just seem like a way for artists to get a small slice of the action of global capitalism, our own cute little version of financialization. How sweet – now artists can turn into little capitalist assholes too.

And that’s why the future, whether it’s NFT or Memoji or the screaming existential horror of the Metaverse, looks so ugly and boring: it reflects the stunted inner lives of financial and corporate professionals. technology that produced it. As a visual manifestation of cryptocurrency, NFT art combines the nuanced social consciousness of computer programmers with the stirring whimsy of hedge fund managers. It’s art for people whose imaginations have been absolutely captivated by a new kind of money you can make on the computer.

It is also obviously a pyramid scheme, in which the need for a salable commodity is imperative and constantly renewed, but the commodity itself does not matter because it is useless – not even useless as everything. art is useless because you can get the pictures and whatever food grains your hungry little soul can find there for free, but useless like a used stamp is useless, useless like a receipt or a torn envelope. NFTs are an opportunity for commerce disguised as art, just as so many ostensibly significant 21st century experiences turn out to be opportunities for spending money disguised as life.

This year, as pandemic deaths ebbed and flowed, a distinctive eternal rhythm – that of artist deaths – continued as usual, bringing its own waves of collective grief. Some, like Cicely Tyson and Stephen Sondheim, have held the limelight for generations. Others, like Michael K. Williams and Nai-Ni Chen, have left us with curtailed careers with mourning. Here is a tribute to a small number of them, in their own words.

Hi, if you are reading this essay then congratulations you are still alive. And if you are alive then you have either received the COVID-19 vaccine or you still have the option of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. And damn it, if you’re not vaccinated against COVID-19, then you need to get the vaccine right away. I mean, what is it? Kiss my ass. To get vaccinated. Shit.

The fucking vaccine won’t make you magnetic. Are you kidding me ? It just won’t work. It’s not even a fucking thing, and this lady who tried to pretend the vaccine made her magnetic, looked like a real fucking shit and a fucking idiot, so get the shot. Jesus. Shit.

My theory is that our current collective obsession with trends is a response to the massive unpredictability of technology, finance and healthcare over the past two years, and the fact that the world is so different from what it is. it looked like before. I don’t think it’s just the pandemic; I think that the fact that an internet company founded in China took over American smartphones so quickly and so terrified the venture capitalists who were too comfortable with the idea that the geniuses of Silicon Valley would control the Internet forever.

That, at least, would explain the frantic and almost uniformly positive early coverage of apps like Clubhouse, whose central premise of audio-only live social media was too easily replicable by more established companies, or Dispo, an app that begged the question. , “What if we take the worst part of disposable cameras – meanwhile – and put it on your phone?” The tenor of those conversations sounded like a magical thought, as if just another old California tech company, no matter how useless, out of place TikTok was, things could finally get back to normal.

[Jeff T.] Green acknowledged that most Mormons are “good people who try to do good” and blamed church leaders for leading them astray.

“Church leaders are not being honest about its history, finances and advocacy,” he said in the 900-word letter. “I believe the Mormon Church has hindered global progress on women’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ + rights.”

Green announced he would donate $ 600,000 to Equality Utah, an LGBTQ organization.

“Almost half of the fund will go to a new scholarship program to help LGBTQ + students in Utah,” he said, including anyone who “might need or want to leave. [Brigham Young University]. “

For the publisher:

Caroline Weber’s selfish and error-filled review (December 5) of my book, in which she focuses on the details of whether or not Marie-Antoinette had an affair, as if “In the shadow of the Empress “spoke of that point and not of Marie-Thérèse, three of her remarkable daughters and the whole of the eighteenth century, demands an answer. There’s no way to deal with all of Weber’s inaccuracies here, so I’ll limit myself to some of the more egregious examples.

If Weber had read more than the genealogical chart and a footnote on page 251, she would have seen that Marie-Antoinette’s second son was almost certainly conceived during the week the queen was at the Petit Trianon, planning and organizing an evening party for the King of Sweden and his entourage, including Count Fersen. Fersen had been away for 10 months by then and in addition to coming to the party, he was known to be a regular visitor to the Petit Trianon whenever he was in town. Louis XVI, for his part, was not at the Petit Trianon all week, while he followed his regular schedule, which consisted in going to bed alone in his room at the Palace of Versailles at 11 a.m. sharp every night, as Ms. Campan attests. So it’s hard to see how he could have been the father. This is not gossip or fake news. It’s biology and geography …

Much of the material is being put on the Internet for the first time, and much of it goes against the sane image of the “bigger generation” of war.

Raw attitudes on topics such as race, women, sex, gender and combat are revealed in 65,000 pages of military investigations that a Virginia Tech historian found at the National Archives.

The black soldiers had their own take on the men they called the “crackers” of the South who could not admit that the civil war was over. Some soldiers were suspicious of the women in the service. A gay soldier wondered why he had been drafted. And several soldiers said they had been in combat for too long.

The project is called “The American Soldier in World War II” and is supported by funding from the university and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the work of the National Archives.

The required reading is posted every Thursday afternoon and includes a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth checking out.

The problem with many of Kandinsky’s abstractions is that they don’t offer enough immediate visual information to “break” his expressive code for color and form.


The Loft generation of Schloss creates a memory-mirror, because the literary portrait is coupled with a veiled self-portrait.


It might not be a great movie, but its narrative and tonal weaknesses highlight just how strong Léa Seydoux is as her beating heart.


This desire to get out of the ordinary without forgetting its existence seems to be a motivation shared by Jane Freilicher and Thomas Nozkowski.


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