i’ve been going to the new park almost every day, but ever since i saw the parts that had been ripped off of the public art piece, i’ve just not wanted to go
so this morning i decided that i’m being ridiculous and went for a walk around the park - only to find another part that had been yanked off and left on the ground. it definitely happened since the last time that i was at the park
i feel so stupid for caring. i’m not able to do a lot for my community, but i do what i can. i pick up litter when i see it. i clean up graffiti when i am able. i try to overlook the bad and focus on the good. sometimes i struggle with feeling like none of that matters, that no matter what i do, there’s always going to be some jerk who just flat out doesn’t care about anything, so why should i?
this bothers me as well because it impacts the way we are allowed to build in public projects-heavy duty everything, railings everywhere, administrative and funding difficulties based on the cost of maintaining a public space. just because because people can’t be bothered to keep an eye on their kids or think of public space as a place they can shit all over.
yesterday I read this Anil Dash article about the definition of public as it applies to online interactions but the same argument should be applied to the physical world as well. “Ultimately, we rely on a set of unspoken social agreements to make it possible to live in public and semi-public spaces.”
too much idealism is a dangerous thing but it is almost our duty as respectful citizens to keep on going to parks and enjoying them in a responsible way. not only because our presence itself is the greatest deterrent of vandalism but because allowing assholes to occupy these spaces leads to them being labelled as blighted and dangerous places. which is then used by the assholes in suits to devalue public space and block future projects that so many of us work so hard to create. it’s such a burden to be a role model but unfortunately we all need to step up and do what we can.
This is not going to be a real review, because it’s after midnight on a sunday and I have to get up for work tomorrow morning. Please read this piece from Emily Nussbaum for the general writing and structural wrongness.
The central failure of The Knick is its anachronism, not that in portraying the past, but its seeming unawareness of the landmark developments in television of the past decade. Just as all Soderbergh films seem to belong in 1999, this show would have killed it in 2004 but the bar has been infinitely raised since then. Modern prestige dramas serve an educated, or at least willing to read the relevant wikipedia, audience seeking challenging content will sustain repeated viewings. The Knick seems to assume that none of its audience has seen a Thomas Eakins painting or know that tenements were deplorably dirty disease incubators. Are we meant to be shocked by the blatant racism of middle aged white men or the fact that an immigrant child works in a sweatshop?
The accents are ridiculous and the art direction worse. Could they not have cast a real southerner as the nurse from West Virginia (instead of Bono’s daughter), or a child who is a little bit better at reading yiddish phonetically? It’s unfair to pick on the performance of a little girl, but this a casting issue that come up time and again with the snippets of foreign language dialogue sprinkled into tv shows, performed by actors without convincing fluency.
The exteriors have the sterility of a backlot sitcom New York street and breaks between physical sets and matte painting are visible even in my sd copy viewed on a 13” laptop. It wouldn’t surprise me if the extras were rendered with Massive although the lack of crowds would suggest a very lazy hand at that. The overall effect is less convincing than that of a Wes Anderson miniature. How is that street so clean? There should be horse shit everywhere.
Lastly, if the initial selling point of your show is the hotness of Clive Owen, you better show some male nudity. I’m not even talking about full frontal, although there’s a perfect opportunity tor a penis shot to end all penis shots in the pilot. I’m talking a standard premium cable hairy chest or upper buttock shot. You do not expect the only nudity in a HBO-family drama to be an out of focus shot of a Chinese prostitute in the opening scene.
This would all be okay is the show was full season streaming or even just a 2 hour pilot. I watched a full season of House of Cards out of boredom. I would totally push through a few episodes if only to watch excellent performances by Michael Angarano and Cara Seymour. Or see what happens to Dr Edwards or Nurse Elkins, both of whom clearly could have been our entree into this world. But wait for weeks for this to get good? I don’t think so.
Most people in America vote in schools, rec centers, firehouses, or churches. However, cities like Philly have some odd balls: corner stores, auto repair shops, restaurants, and even people’s basements. Photographer, Ryan Donnell, photographed some of these places in his project “Behind the Curtain.”
i just found out that my mom’s voter registration “didn’t go through.” in new jersey and previously in maryland. and i wish i knew sooner but my parents and i don’t discuss politics. and this is what i found when i googled “2012 election monitoring nj”
To the assholes who broke out our back window to steal the suitcase that contained the entirety of my zine workshop supplies: good job. Enjoy your new massive collection of zines, button maker, art supplies, craphound collection, rubdown type and other awesome ephemera: fuck you. You better make some zines. To my Chicago workshop kids…I am sorry! We will figure out something! Ahhhh!!!! (at CB & KBB HQ)