12 August 2023
- What’s going on at TCM? Insiders detail the fight to protect the network — and why it matters.
- Why US malls are dying (and European malls aren’t). (Spoiler: it’s the failures of car-centric planning.)
- A terrific interview with linguistics professor Emily M. Bender on the limitations of large language model technologies.
- Looking at The Fugitive, one of the great Chicago films, thirty years after its release.
- From Tim Waggoner, on avoiding ableism in horror writing.
- Barbie and the cinematic history of weaponized pink.
- A beautiful, broken America: what you learn on a 2,800-mile bus ride from Detroit to LA.
- A thoroughly original and psychologically brutal story: A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck.
- If you need me to tell you to watch the entirety of the Criterion Channel’s Roger Corman + Edgar Allan Poe collection, consider yourself told.
- I’ve been reading Mason Currey’s collections of artists’ routines and working styles—Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and Daily Rituals: Women at Work—and I’m finding them very useful for training myself to prioritize my own work and to feel comfortable seeming like a total weirdo when that’s what works for me (and it usually is).
- This past week I saw Bruce Springsteen live for the first time. So that was pretty great.