I might be shooting myself in the foot by posting this, but the table of contents for the newest issue of the New Yorker is usually available on Sunday on newyorker.com, the day before the issue hits the newsstands and arrives in subscriber mailboxes. All you need to do is hack the URL of the TOC from the previous Monday. Here’s the URL for the April 23 TOC:
“2007/04/23” is the date of the issue and “toc_20070416” refers to the date of the posting. This then is the URL for the April 30 issue:
At right is the cover for tomorrow’s issue, which includes Adam Gopnik’s piece on the Virginia Tech shooting, a new piece by Atul Gawande, and Anthony Lane’s review of Hot Fuzz. Monday’s New Yorker on Sunday is usually only available to the select few of the Manhattan media elite who are sped their new issues hot off the presses. Now everyone can have a similar experience on the web.
Anyone working with film and/or video in the last fifty years likely owes much to Nam June Paik, and is also likely to know it. Who among us has not come face to face with "TV Cello" or "Global Groove" and been rendered speechless.
Don’t miss the chance to see this new show of the late artist’s work at Andrewshire Gallery, LA this month. From the press release:
"Nam June Paik died on January 29, 2006. His presence lingers in the surprising array of ideas and artworks he left behind. These works signal the contribution the artist made to contemporary art and culture. Paik’s often whimsical compositions, video-objects and installations are studied portraits wherein the artist himself seems to look out across the distance from the work to a point inside each of us. These artworks, already held in preservation, are perpetually connected to us while appearing suspended in time due to their vintage look. They serve as elucidations in which the artist and his countless viewers are portrayed and linked even as their mutual search for meaning is in flight. In his absence, Paik somehow still lives out the revelations he experienced in the bounds of the work which endlessly reproduces his era and his vision."
Nam June Paik
April 21–May 12, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 6–8:30PM
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, John Souza
Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
We’ve been hearing rumors about this one for months, and though we still haven’t tested it on any of our systems, we thought you’d be interested in the "Next Big Thing":
"You won’t find videos of laughing babies, choreographed wedding routines, or epic karaoke performances on Joost. Unlike YouTube, this new online video site is not a hub for user-generated content, but rather a potential revolution in the way people watch network television. Formerly known by the code name The Venice Project, Joost is being launched by the same powerhouse dotcom entrepreneurs (Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom) also responsible for Kazaa and Skype, which naturally has created a lot of buzz for it.
Currently invitation-only with plans to open up to the public this summer, Joost brings good old regular TV to the Internet for viewing. Although it is similar to Slingbox in that the application enables you to watch TV on your computer, Joost is poised to be a hit in its ease of use: users simply download free software to “tune in”. A deal with Viacom is already in place, in which Joost will be airing MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central programming, as well as Paramount movies. Real time programming from networks such as National Geographic, Lime, and international TV distributor JumpTV will also be accessible for Joost users. For networks that fear YouTube, Joost may be the answer."
What if the eyes were not windows to the soul, but portals to the abyss? The Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek said it best when he suggested that the profundity of feeling inspired by the close eye contact of lovers was not cosy and emotionally comforting, but in fact fundamentally terrifying, as it offered a glimpse into the hollow unblinking emptiness of human existence. Zizek was talking about Hitchcock’s Psycho at the time, but he could have been describing the fascinating and strangely disturbing ONE Life: The Woman Who Can’t Stop Lying (BBC One).
Can’t wait for the grand opening on January 20th? This might be just what you’re looking for, tonight on KCTS:
At the north edge of Seattle’s downtown waterfront, just down the hill from Seattle Center, a brand new park is taking shape: The Olympic Sculpture Park, which will open to the public on January 20, 2007. Built on a long-vacant, 9-acre site that had to be cleaned up after 70 years as an oil depot, the Olympic Sculpture Park is already being acclaimed as one of the most unique urban parks in the world, with its combination of sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, groves of native trees and plants, wide open green spaces, a reclaimed beach and grand-scale works of art. Art Without Walls: the Making of the Olympic Sculpture Park is the story of how the park came to be and what visitors have to look forward to.
Oh, yes, this was it: "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh."