Thanks to some thunderstorms near Chicago, I returned from my visit to Champaign very late last night, so I’ve spent much of the morning recovering from the trip. I very much enjoyed my visit, especially catching up with old friends, but I was also vividly reminded of why I enjoyed my two years as an instructor at the University of Illinois. Champaign-Urbana is an underrated college community, even livelier than I remembered.
But because of the travel and a general desire to escape from the wired world for a few days, I’ve fallen way behind the rest of the blogosphere, so here are a few links that I’ve been following this morning over my second–soon to be third–cup of coffee:
- It’s somewhat old by internet standards (it was posted a month ago), but I think this “Introducing the Book” skit from Danish television, in which a medieval reader is being introduced to the book as if by an IT expert is pretty funny. It might also fun to watch in a media studies class.
- There are some interesting conversations going on over at Dr. Mabuse’s place. One of the most interesting is the discussion of Cinema Tour, a website devoted “to thoroughly research and document the locations and histories of cinemas throughout the world.” This prompts Jason to propose a game in which he asks whether you can remember where you saw a specific film. I generally have a pretty good memory for this sort of thing, and in some cases, I can even remember the specific screen on which I watched a certain film. But Cinema Tour looks like a great resource for people interested in screen culture.
- Jason also has an interesting post on the politics of cinephilia, something I’ve been thinking about in my own work lately (Jason includes a mention of Richard Porton’s Cineaste essay, “The Politics of American Cinephilia,” which I need to revisit).
- On a related note, Michael at Zigzigger offers a useful taxonomy of film blogs in order to give that discussion a little more (media) specificity.
- Finally, the Cinecultist points to Mike Mills and Miranda July’s Blonde Redhead video. Enjoy.
In other news, I read most of Michael Chabon’s latest novel, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union during various legs of my travels this week, and I’m very much enjoying it. Hopefully more on that at some point.
Update: Forgot to mention that comments are still down because of ongoing security issues. We’re working on it.