Somehow I lost track of the fact that this week marks four years of blogging for me. But instead of writing yet another long post about how my blogging practices have changed over the last [insert number] years, I’d rather link to a few of my morning coffee reads:
- Chris at Category D has a reminder about what sounds like a pretty cool conference, “Media History: What are the Issues?” Added bonus: the conference is in Austin, one of the coolest cities in the country.
- That Little Round-Headed Boy mentions that it’s Spike Lee’s 50th birthday, using that as an opportunity to revisit Lee’s masterful Do the Right Thing. I’m tempted to agree with TLRHB that Lee is one of the “most interesting” (and prolific) contemporary directors. Everybody has been complaining for years that Marty had never won an Oscar. What about Spike?
- Twittervision, a Google Maps/Twitter mashup, shows you what the whole world is thinking, one Twitter post at a time
- I watched Inland Empire (IMDB) Saturday night. For a variety of reasons (mostly grading), I don’t have time to write a full review, but it’s one of the more compelling films I’ve seen in a long time, all the more so because of Lynch’s experimental approach (which included writing the screenplay as he was filming). Manohla Dargis of The New York Times liked it for similar reasons: “Like the surrealist practice of automatic writing, the film feels as if it could have been made in a trance, dredged up from within.” Like her, I found the film somewhat less approachable than Lynch’s earlier Mulholland Drive, but Inland Empire is definitely a film I’d like to revisit in the future.
Update: By the way, I haven’t mentioned MediaCommons in a while, but because I’ll be flying up to New Jersey for an editorial board meeting next week, I just wanted to point out that in addition to the In Media Res columns, there are a number of interesting project proposals that are starting to appear. More later.