CCTV/Creative Control, an intervention by Marcos Zotes in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of Zotes.)
Congrats to James, Michael, Rosa, Daniel and Antonio for winning the five copies of Graffiti 365 — for the latest C-Mon Giveaway Extravaganza.
- American executives: Paid to fail. This is pretty gross.
- Progress: human civilization’s big mistake. (@jmcolberg.)
- Steven Pinker thinks that humans are less violent than ever.
- Sherman Alexie on the Lost Colony of Roanoke.
- A taxonomy of taxonomies: A Historical Timeline of Systemic Data and the Development of Computable Knowledge. Or, how humans have created ways of sharing information. A good one for the information geeks. Find the explanatory blog post here.
- A guide to character archetypes in women’s romantic comedies. My favorite: “The Woman Who Works in an Art Gallery.”
- Procrastinate by reading this essay about how procrastination is tied to our relationship with time. Interesting fact: “Victor Hugo would write naked and tell his valet to hide his clothes so that he’d be unable to go outside when he was supposed to be writing.”
- Flashback: Hunter S. Thompson’s 1965 Hell’s Angels story for The Nation.
- John Perrault breaks down all the shows about Fluxus that seem to be popping up in institutions all around the Northeast.
- Beautiful story: Love in the time of Stonewall, one of the models behind George Segal’s iconic West Village sculpture writes about how she met the love of her life.
- Michael Kimmelman’s debut outing as New York Times architecture critic. It’s nice to see public housing get ink, but I would have loved a little context on how these structures fit into the immediate landscape and how they might compare with other public housing efforts, past and present.
- I’m totally late on this, but this Studio 360 piece about the TV show Dallas is all kinds of excellent. Thing I never knew: The show was HUGE in Romania.
- Relentless Self-Promotion: In which I interview Work of Art judge/New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz about art reality, his fantasy green room demands and what it’s like to party with the Housewives. Bonus: Audio of Jerry imitating Simon de Pury.