Why Criticism Matters – Essay by Elif Batuman NYTimes, 2011.
Literature viewed in this way becomes a gigantic multifarious dream produced by a historical moment. The role of the critic is then less to exhaustively explain any single work than to identify, in a group of works, a reflection of some conditioned aspect of reality.
Batuman reads “Constructed Worlds” is adapted from her forthcoming first novel, “The Idiot.”
Also, How to Be a Stoic.
Recreation indicated by the Pantone 469, as specified by Federal Highway Administration; but really, Park McArthur.
Visitors to the Whitney Biennial must be at least eighteen years old to put on a headset and watch “Real Violence,” an extremely bloody virtual-reality project by Jordan Wolfson. PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL ORCUTT.
Monica Uszerowicz covers MemoryLab for Hyperallergic:
All histories are multifaceted, contingent on who’s telling it, and that’s maddeningly clear here. In their examination of Miami’s history, the artists in MemoryLab are essentially communicating the city’s present and future, because life is too cyclical to keep it all separated.
Jacques Rancière on the representative democracy, professional politicians and the french election. Applies to much western democracies. via verso.
Édouard Louis echoes critiquing the system, of a failed Left, from which the far Right seems hopeful. via guardian.
Journalism can help with a deeper probe of the politics, numbers and language of the system. via On the Media.
Mario Carpo via Artforum; Essay – “Space Odyssey: The rise of 3D Technology” in ArtForum, March 2017.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a guide (as a PDF) that gives travelers the facts they need in order to prepare for border crossings while protecting their digital information.
From the guide:
At the U.S. border. Agents may ask travelers to unlock their devices, provide their device passwords, or disclose their social media information. This presents a no-win dilemma. If a traveler complies, then the agents can scrutinize and copy their sensitive digital information. If a traveler declines, then the agents can seize their devices, subject the traveler to additional questioning and detention, and otherwise escalate the encounter.
Border agents cannot deny a U.S. citizen admission to the country. However, if a foreign visitor declines, an agent may deny them entry. If a lawful permanent resident declines, agents may raise complicated questions about their continued status as a resident.
Your response to this dilemma may vary according to your risk assessment. However, all travelers should stay calm and respectful, should not lie to border agents or physically obstruct them, and should plan for this dilemma ahead of time. Try to document or politely ask for the names, badge numbers, and agencies of the government officers you interact with.