1. “Terence Davies: Chronicle of a Carpet.” On the Criterion Collection website, Michael Koresky offers an excerpt from his book-length study Terence Davies.
“By drawing our eyes to the pattern on the rug so completely, disallowing us from looking anywhere else in the room for an extended period of time, Davies pointedly frames this unremarkable carpet as a self-contained work of art in its own right. Indeed, the pattern, which offers no symmetry or coherent structure (its lines and waves are unsettlingly inconsistent), might strike some as a painterly piece of lyrical abstraction, its coldness put into relief by the sunlight cast upon it. We are forced to consider its shapes as though we have been drawn to them in a museum. The rug acts as a passive, found art object and an active signal to Davies’s memories; either way, it is spectacular in its inescapable mundaneness.”
2. “Why Even I Am Not Masturbating to the Leaked Celebrity Nudes.” Over the weekend a large collection of nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton was leaked to the internet through the online message board 4chan. King Masturbator, Lord of All Who Wank, weighs in with his take on the event.
“And if not for me, choose not to masturbate to these photos for a higher cause: to inspire the young masturbators in my kingdom. The youth of today are surrounded at all times by things they can and will masturbate to, yet they know not what deserves their masturbatory focus and what does not. Young masturbators today need role models. And yes, of course they have me to look up to as they rub their penises, but they need more than that. They need you, the everyday masturbators in their lives too. Older brother masturbators, older brother’s friend masturbators, even fathers and uncles that are still active masturbators. The younger generation of masturbators is looking to you for guidance. Tell the little masturbators in your life that it is OK to rub one out to porn or their girlfriends, but it’s not OK to masturbate to these women.”
3. “German Actor Gottfried John Dies at 72.” The actor worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and was James Bond’s nemesis in Goldeneye.
“German character actor Gottfried John, star of German stage, film and television who found international success as a James Bond villain, died this week of cancer. He was 72. John was one of a generation of German actors to emerge after World War 2 who took German theater and film in a new direction. He was part of the acting troupe surrounding directing legend Rainer Werner Fassbinder and shot several films with him, including The Marriage of Maria Braun,
Lili Marleen and the acclaimed TV series Berlin Alexanderplatz.”
4. “Mitchell Fain Presents, Part 3: A Conversation About Joan Rivers.” Sheila O’Malley speaks with her friend Mitchell Fain about the commediene.
“She’s one of those people who says things out loud what we’re all thinking, in our worst moments, and she says it with cleverness and speed. And the monster gets smaller. You know when you’re a little kid and you think there’s a monster in your closet, and you have to take the monster out of the closet and realize there is no monster? Joan Rivers makes the monster smaller. Whether it’s Kim Kardashian or menopause, she makes the monster smaller. And everybody is subject to her attention. It could be the Jewish girl sitting there, the skinny white girl, the black guy. Yes, it’s insult comedy, but it’s always felt honest, as opposed to just mean.”
5. “Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled.” Emma Sulkowicz chose for her visual arts senior thesis a performance art piece titled “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight.”
“’Every day, I am afraid to leave my room,’ Sulkowicz wrote in Time in May. ’Even seeing people who look remotely like my rapist scares me. Last semester I was working in the dark room in the photography department. Though my rapist wasn’t in my class, he asked permission from his teacher to come and work in the dark room during my class time. I started crying and hyperventilating. As long as he’s on campus with me, he can continue to harass me.’ ’Now a senior majoring in visual arts, Sulkowicz has devised a senior thesis rooted in performance art that will allow her to protest the fact that her rapist continues to study on campus. She has committed to carrying around a twin-size dorm mattress everywhere she goes on campus, to classes and appointments, ’for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist.’”
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