Sunday, September 30, 2018

links du jour

---"Sunday links" by Illuminations

---"Best of September" by The Film Experience

---Dennis Cozzalio considers Fahrenheit 11/9

---Sarita Cannon considers A Raisin in the Sun for Criterion

---Art of the Title presents Deep State

---Catherine Grant celebrates ten years of Film Studies for Free

---"Jane Fonda is paying close attention" by Michael Schulman

---Script to Screen

---the most prescient film I've seen recently on DVD: Nine to Five (1980) 

---the most eerily apt film I've seen: The Death of Stalin

---"Kavanaugh Hearing Cold Open" by SNL

---best novels read over the summer: Rachel Cusk's Outline and Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation

---from "Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?" by Evan Osnos:

"Occasionally, Zuckerberg records a Facebook video from the back yard or the dinner table, as is expected of a man who built his fortune exhorting employees to keep 'pushing the world in the direction of making it a more open and transparent place.' But his appetite for personal openness is limited. Although Zuckerberg is the most famous entrepreneur of his generation, he remains elusive to everyone but a small circle of family and friends, and his efforts to protect his privacy inevitably attract attention. The local press has chronicled his feud with a developer who announced plans to build a mansion that would look into Zuckerberg’s master bedroom. After a legal fight, the developer gave up, and Zuckerberg spent forty-four million dollars to buy the houses surrounding his. Over the years, he has come to believe that he will always be the subject of criticism. 'We’re not—pick your noncontroversial business—selling dog food, although I think that people who do that probably say there is controversy in that, too, but this is an inherently cultural thing,' he told me, of his business. 'It’s at the intersection of technology and psychology, and it’s very personal.'"

From "The Most Honest Book About Climate Change Yet" by Nathaniel Rich

"Authors like to flatter themselves by imagining for their work an 'ideal reader,' a cherubic presence endowed with bottomless generosity, the sympathy of a parent, and the wisdom of, well, the authors themselves. In Carbon Ideologies, William T. Vollmann imagines for himself the opposite: a murderously hostile reader who sneers at his arguments, ridicules his feeblemindedness, scorns his pathetic attempts at ingratiation. Vollmann can’t blame this reader, whom he addresses regularly throughout Carbon Ideologies, because she lives in the future, under radically different circumstances—inhabiting a 'hotter, more dangerous and biologically diminished planet.' He envisions her turning the pages of his climate-change opus within the darkened recesses of an underground cave in which she has sought shelter from the unendurable heat; the plagues, droughts, and floods; the methane fireballs racing across boiling oceans. Because the soil is radioactive, she subsists on insects and recycled urine, and regards with implacable contempt her ancestors, who, as Vollmann tells her, 'enjoyed the world we possessed, and deserved the world we left you.'" --Nathaniel Rich