Sunday links

14th December 2014

As usual this a selection of articles and more that have engaged me recently; it is presented with my regular apology for not including appropriate thanks to those who alerted me to some of them.

Worse than a defeat: if you follow only one recommendation this week, make it this angry and important and appalling piece about ‘Britain’s Afghan war’ by James Meek for London Review of Books.

The messy media ethics behind the Sony hacks: as good a piece as you could hope for from Anne Helen Petersen at Buzzfeed about the legitimacy or not of reading, writing about and studying the hacked Sony e-mails.

Why we’re reporting on Sony ‘s leaked info: the view from the sharp end of journalism, by the entertainment editor of The Verge, Emily Noshida.

Project Goliath – inside’s Hollywood’s secret war against Google: more from the Sony story, and from The Verge, this time by Russell Brandom, about Hollywood paranoia, piracy and the world’s most powerful search engine.

How Sony lost the Steve Jobs movie – the inside story from the hacked e-mails: … and one more compelling piece, this time by Christina Warren for Mashable.

Hollywood and Vine: excellent headline for a very good New Yorker piece by Tad Friend about YouTube and stuff.

Visual story-telling – is that all?: yet one more essential post by David Bordwell.

A movie magician: Luke McKernan on the British early filmmaker Walter Booth.

David Lynch’s bad thoughts: the fine art of the filmmaker, including Factory Building, 2012, a detail of which is above, discussed by J. Hoberman at New York Review of Books.

Stan B. and Mr Turner: Tim Cawkwell on Brakhage, Mike Leigh and J. M. W. himself.

At Tate Britain: John Barrell in London Review of Books on Jonathan Jones as well as Late Turner at Tate Britain.

When the art is watching you: the application of data mining by museums, by Ellen Gamerman for The Wall Street Journal.

Is Livestreaming the future of media, or the future of activism?: a strong essay from Ferguson by Adrian Chen for New York, with some excellent video illustrations.

The strange fates of the Shakespeare First Folio: Eric Rasmussen at The Conversation on the fluctuating numbers of one of the world’s most valuable, in all senses, volumes.

• ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse): the best piece I’ve read on the recent production of John Ford’s play, by Peter Kirwan at The Bardathon.

Who cares what the critics say? Peter Pan Live! was a social phenomenon: a short round-up by Lost Remote of the reaction on Twitter and elsewhere to NBC’s live musical.

How fairy tales grew up: Marina Warner on Frozen and other adaptations, from the Guardian.

John Berger ‘ ‘Writing is an off-shoot of something deeper’: also from the Guardian, ‘I have been writing for about 80 years…’

• The Pilgrim’s Way: a fine reflective video essay by Max Nelson, from Film Comment.

The Pilgrim’s Way: A Video Essay from Film Comment on Vimeo.


  1. Sumit Patial says:

    Nice video and post thanks for sharing this……………

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