Apologies for our problems with malware over the past ten days or so. Believe me, we are very happy to be back – and we feel confident that we’re free of problems now. So to celebrate here is a list of interesting recent links. As before, I apologise in advance for not crediting the sources of the ones I picked up from others – but do feel free to appropriate any of these.
• Here’s why The New York Times‘ television criticism is so bad: Anne Helen Petersen for Buzzfeed – so good.
• Scandals of Classic Hollywood – the long suicide of Montgomery Clift: meanwhile, here’s a terrific extract courtesy of Vanity Fair from Anne Helen Petersen’s new book.
• Eyes of Hitchcock: a hypnotic short video essay from ::konogawa and Criterion Collection
• Macbeth – something wicked: Terence Rafferty on Polanski’s Shakespeare adaptation, from Criterion Collection
• Independent nation with films to match: J. Hoberman for, um, The New York Times, about MoMA’s essential Georgian cinema season…
• Discovering Georgian cinema, parts I and II:… and here are MoMA’s programme notes for the season.
• A celestial cinémathèque? or film archives and me – a semi-personal history: a wonderful extended essay from David Bordwell.
• Archives online – British Pathé’s Death Jump – Eiffel Tower (1912): for Sight & Sound Thirza Wakefield responds to the eerie film of Franz Reichelt plunging to his death.
• The death of adulthood in American culture: more from The New York Times, in this case A. O. Scott’s richly interesting essay.
• One last look round – Television Centre 18 months on: a final goodbye to TVC from Jon Jacob at the About the BBC blog.
• Into the unknown: Calvin Tomkins on Chris Ofili for The New Yorker.
• Get your motor running – a history of the American road trip, in pictures: images drawn from David Campany’s new book, for whcih I can hardly wait.
• My recording sessions with Bob Dylan: ‘what it was like to be in the studio for Blood on the Tracks, by assistant engineer Glenn Berger via Esquire.
• Ibsen – the unlikely radical: a really terrific online essay about the playwright from Andrew Dickson and the Barbican.
• The writer and the valet: Frances Stonor Saunders on the Zhivago story, from London Review of Books.
• Designing a url structure for BBC programmes: from smethurst, and so much more interesting than you think it might be.
• David Foster Wallace novel translated by an 11-year-old – into Lego: from Alison Flood, Guardian –
‘[Kevin] Griffith and his son had the idea to “translate” Infinite Jest into Lego after reading Brendan Powell Smith’s The Brick Bible, which takes on the New Testament.’ (I’m very late with this, I know, but it’s worth it.)
• … and here it is: Brickjest
• It’s silly to be frightened of being dead: 96-year-old Diana Athill is wonderful on death and dying, from the Guardian.
Image: Ketevan Abuladze, left, and Edisher Giorgobiani in Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance (1984); courtesy Cannon Films/Everett Films, from MoMA’s Georgian cinema season.