Friday Videos

I’m finally more or less caught up on things after my trip out to Santa Barbara for Console-ing Passions (here’s Alex Juhasz’s take on the conference and on our panel) and my last week of teaching for spring semester (I do, however, have a big stack of grading that I’ve promised to finish by Tuesday), so to celebrate the semester’s end (and the very cool news that I won my department’s “Research and Publications Award”), I’m throwing together a few links posts. First, some videos that I’ve found intriguing and/or entertaining:

  • Given the number of page views, I’m guessing that I’m among the last people to discover “Trapped in an Elevator for 41 Hours,” the haunting video of Nicholas White’s 41-hour ordeal of being stuck in an elevator back in 1999. White’s story provides the backbone of Nick Paumgarten’s New Yorker article on elevators.
  • Speaking of haunting–or least haunted–videos, Amanda points to a video depicting an alleged ghost in the library stacks at the New Paltz library. Like Amanda, I’m guessing that it’s just a bug crossing the camera’s lens, but given the widely discussed NEA report documenting a decline in reading, it could very well be the ghost of literacy itself come back to haunt us.
  • This YouTube mashup, “Charlie Rose by Samuel Beckett” is a fascinating riff on representations of technology.  The mashup was assembled from a single episode of The Charlie Rose Show by filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr.
  • I’m not sure I have anything to add to Karina’s observations about Adam J. Robinson’s intriguing new web series, Father Wrote the Play by Leeland J. Greenmess. The aesthetic in the series–a mixture of found footage and child-like hand-drawn animation–is interesting enough, but as Karina points out, Robinson has established a fairly compelling narrative thread involving a son balking at his father’s dying wish that he produce a play written by the father.  So far, I think this is one web series that will be worth following.
  • Karina also pointed me to the second season of the Four Eyed Monsters podcast series, now available on the movie’s IFC page.  Because I’ve been traveling and grading, I’ve only been able to watch through episode nine, so perhaps I’ll have more to say about these later.

Next up: a whole ‘nother set of links on yet another topic.

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