So here is the definitive source for the Culture Project plus a sheaf of things that will be helpful, if you take advantage of them.
Here is the assignment: Culture Project Assn
Here is the song list: 25 Songs list
Here is a compendium of articles, etc… that may be helpful in exploring the stacks underneath the cultural forces that are at work in your song. The articles have been collected by me over the past year and are organized by categories. Feel free to use what is helpful, just remember to give author and title after the quote.
The compendium: Article collection
Finally, a few reminders: NO late work; NO digital copies – hard copies only; NO printing in LA209 (my printer died this morning anyway).
It’s a big world, you’re smart, start exploring.
For what is coming, you are going to need this article. Need as in you will need to do things with it for a grade so bookmark it, listen to it, explore it, and come to class to find out.
via 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going – The New York Times
Of books – if you read, if you like books, if you think of yourself in some way as literary – then you should read this. She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s opinionated, and she loves books. It’s like a little treat – try it, you’ll like it.
via Fran Lebowitz: By the Book – The New York Times
via Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person – The New York Times
Here in a small version is a lot of what Gilbert was talking about. It also neatly encapsulates why thinking about how you came to know something is significant for the thing that you think you know.
Let me frame it this way: this is the most accurate thing I have read about choosing a mate that I have read. Show it to the parents and see if they agree.
via Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? – The New York Times
You could read this as “See Mr Whiteside, at least I’m not doing drugs”
“I am hooked, and I don’t even know on what – just whatever this device pushes on me.”
It does make me think about Marx’s line: “Religion is the opiate of the masses” and how completely he underestimated technology.
This is for all of you that feel that I give pop culture the shrift. Plus it’s just kind of fun to think about (hint: avoid judgement).
And finally, double-plus, it’s about one of the greatest and most influential bands that has ever played – not to mention one of my personal favorites. Every smart person should spend a little time with the Velvet Underground – it could change your life.
via 800 Copies: Meet The World’s Most Obsessive Fan Of ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ : The Record : NPR
via Massive Ancient Statue Discovered Submerged In Mud In Cairo : The Two-Way : NPR
“Look on my works ye Mighty and Despair” Another way of saying that life ends and accomplishments fade. Which is really asking, “So, knowing this, how are you going to live your life?”
Something to ponder on this fine Fri morning.