The Playlist for Dylan and other stuff

Here, at long last, is the link to the Spotify playlist to accompany the reading on page 4 of the ToK Reader. Enjoy.

Dylan playlist

And here are some  friendly reminders about the days to come:

ToK Reader – articles starting on the following pages are due by Nov 13: 4, 9, 11, 15, 53, 55

VSI – have at least 25% of it read

EE – I am giving you 3 hours to work on it – please make smart use of that time. Your drafts are due Nov 19, 20 – No Exceptions.


A Caution About the Final

Too many people have asked me so I must not have made it as clear as I thought it was:


I will be checking the lists and using a different song for this project will dramatically affect your grade for the worse. Part of the last part of the course has been about encountering the other, the different, the foreign, so here is a chance to step out of your comfort zone. Enjoy it.

np: Seefeel “Filter Dub”

Final Exam Thing

Here is the digital copy of the final in case you prefer a copy with live links.

Final Exam Thing

I also encourage you to look at the NYTimes video on how “The Middle” was created. You may find it useful, especially if you are working on the creation of art (though it certainly could fit with the other two topics). You could also look at the response to the Kendrick Lamar Pulitzer for art and its function (again, though, it works with the other options.) Enjoy.

np: Seefeel “Climatic Phase #3”

A Change in Knowledge Production

I saw this today and immediately thought of several things almost at once but for now I am going to leave aside the English teacher excitement of such a finding. Instead I want to think through this wearing my ToK beanie/toboggan. Read through this and see how much of this is similar to the piece we are reading in class about how a discipline is altered/created by the technology used. I am of the opinion that the humanities have only begun to understand what the computer can do and as time goes on, a paradigm shift is in the works – not unlike what happened to ethnomusicology with the advent of the phonogram. If this kind of thing strikes your interest, then look up the Stanford Literary Lab and Franco Moretti – they are seen as being on the cutting edge of this. Enjoy.

via Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays – The New York Times

np: The Hair and Skin Trading Company (early stuff)

Film from Iran

If you don’t know Abbas Kiarostami, you should treat yourself and find his earlier work. He is a wonder. In fact, a lot of Iranian cinema from the 80s and 90s is amazing. These filmmakers were not beholden to Hollywood and were, in a sense, self-taught so they see through the camera in an entirely different way, frequently in ways that will take your breath away. If this film makes it to Charlotte, you will find me in the theatre repeatedly.

via When A Still Life Isn’t Entirely Still: ’24 Frames’ : NPR

ps. plus the opening quote takes us right back to Fish.

np: Deepchord “Liumin”

A version of Fish regarding TV

This review of the new show,  “AP Bio” makes use of what I would refer to as “Fish lite” in discussing it. The reviewer does a good job of suggesting the ways in which context plays defining roles in both the creation and reception of this show, so it’s kind of a real-world application of what we have been discussing in class. See if you agree.

via ‘A.P. Bio’ And The Complications Of Context : Monkey See : NPR

On a side/more personal note: this show falls into a category that really bugs me – the category of using teachers to make some other point. I contend that one of the side effects of a show like this is to promote a kind of anti-intellectualism, and it does so by suggesting that teaching high school is about as low as you can go intellectually. For the record, the only show that I have ever seen on TV that does a good job of portraying the job I have is season three of “The Wire”, which my affinity for “Seinfeld” notwithstanding, is the greatest show to ever appear on TV – past or present.

All of the above written while listening to Jenny Lin play Philip Glass’ Etudes for Piano (a new recording).