Wednesday Morning Coffee Reads

I’ve been trying to regain some sense of summer normalcy this week, catching up on blogs and other cool reads before I make the Big Move next week. Here’s what I’ve been reaing this morning, in no particular order:

While reading a Miranda July interview yesterday, I came across her fascinating collaborative web project with Harrell Fletcher, Learning to Love You More, which calls for visitors to complete “assignments” that are then posted on the website. Assignments include re-reading your favorite book from 5th grade, reading Raymond Carver’s story, “Cathedral,” and then drawing a cathedral, and drawing a scene from a movie that made you cry (thanks to Craig Phillips for the tip).

The LA Times is the latest newspaper to discuss the box office blues. Some executives are blaming the dissemination of negative film reviews on the Internet (mea culpa), but another culprit appears to be those annoying pre-movie advertisement shows. I still agree with executives that it’s too early to abandon the good ship Hollywood, but those shows, such as “The Twenty,” do make the movie theater experience feel more like watching television.

The New York Times is plugging the documentary Waging a Living (IMDB), which documents the experiences of a small group of working poor living in northern California. The article describes the film as a live-action version of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. The Times also mentions Sally Potter’s latest film, Yes, which was written entirely in verse (now I really wish I’d caught this at the Atlanya Film Festival last week).

From the Washington Post (my soon-to-be local newspaper!), an AP article noting that the World Monuments Fund has deemed all of Iraq an endangered site, the first time they’ve listed an entire country as endangered.

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