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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing

 

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“Eight minute silent film”

In Art, Film, photography, University of Chicago on January 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm

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Unsolicited Recommendations – January 2015

In Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, literature, music, Technology, University of Chicago on February 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

Randomly:

App –  Microsoft’s Outlook App for the iPhone is great (so far) for those of us who have to use exchange for our work-lives.  I get that it’s a rebrand of some technology that Microsoft bought, but from my point of view I’m less concerned about the app’s origin and mostly concerned w/ functionality.

Book – I didn’t read much in January, but I did enjoy* (with the caveat that “enjoy” is constrained to the genre, and the rules of the genre, thus a business book is always just an insight or two wrapped in a litany of stories that are an odd mix of poor decisions or common sense) Scaling Excellence:  Getting to more without settling for less.

Graphic Novel – Rob Rodi’s “Thor & Loki:  Blood Brothers” was a fun read.

Album –  I’m of the (advanced) age where “Sukierae” by Tweedy sounds good to me.

Documentary –  Two documentaries from Netflix that I enjoyed in January were: “Something Ventured” on American Venture Capitalism and the 3-D printing documentary “Print the Legend

Film –  Selma!  Powerful.

Articles – I don’t (yet) have a good method of tracking the best articles I’ve read online, but from memory, I enjoyed:  Next City’s profile of Derek Douglas (who happens to be my boss at UChicago), everything about this Humans of New York profiling a school in Brooklyn story,  and John Lewis’s take on Selma and its attendant controversies.

TV – PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” is good.  The King Lear episode might make you rethink how original “Empire” is.   Also,  Star Wars: Rebels manages to channel the spirit of Star Wars in an enjoyable way.

Events/Speakers – You should try to see Cornel West in person.  He’s very present in his surroundings and engaged with his audience.  Also, if there are more events surrounding the School Project in Chicago, you should go.  Passionately committed people trying to figure out how to make education work in chicago (particularly after the school closings).

On the X-Men’s Days of Future Past

In Film on May 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I like that the film dispensed with all of the origins and most of the recaps to dive right into a story that the long-time fans all know the basic outlines of.   Will be interesting to see if that turns out to be a disjointed mess for newer fans.

Quick Thought On “Long Walk to Freedom”

In Africa, Film on December 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm

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I want to see it a second time before trying to write a proper review, but let me say right off the bat that I was surprised (pleasantly) by how much time Winnie Mandela got in the story — AND how well-done the telling of her story was!

I liked Elysium

In Africa, Art, Film on August 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Elysium

I liked Elysium.

But then, I *would* like Elysium.

I like anti-apartheid stories, including healthcare apartheid stories, especially when they are allegorical.

I like the gritty style of sci-fi film that looks low-budget (even when it clearly is not).

I like my villians to speak a little afrikaans, and wield samurai swords while wearing exosuits.

I could go on…

Moneyball

In Film on January 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

MoneyballI have to admit that I liked “Moneyball” much more than I thought I would.  Well worth-watching!

As a baseball fan, I’d have liked Hudson-Mulder-Zito to have gotten more credit for the A’s success during both seasons (and either Beane or his scouts to have gotten credit for drafting them).

Michael Lewis’s book is also still worth-reading, but as the conventional wisdom in baseball continuously adopts (and refines) more of the Bill James / sabermetric point of view, I wonder how dated Moneyball will feel to a contemporary reader.

Highly Recommended: “Have you heard from Johannesburg?” #PBS

In Africa, Film on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

In no uncertain terms, the documentary “Have You Heard from Johannesburg” is worth watching for anyone interested in South Africa, History, Human Rights, International Movements, Mandela, etc.

Parts One and Two aired this past week but can be found online *in their entirety* on PBS!

Part 1: “Road to Resistance” –  History, Oliver tambo, setting up the ANC abroad, Sharpeville

Part 2: “The New Generation” the Dutch, Steve Biko, Black Consciousness, Soweto

SoundtrackAvailable on Spotify

Random Screen Caps:

Netflix Streaming: Fela – Music is the Weapon, Konkombe – The Nigerian Pop Music Scene

In Africa, Film on January 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

 

Some 70s African Music Recommendations from the Netflix Streaming Catalog:

Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon

Fela is at his charismatic talented best in this short documentary highlighting his rise, situation, and talents.

Konkombe:  The Nigerian Music Scene

Another short documentary on African musicians that highlights the 70s in all their glory and the variety of the Nigerian music scene in particular.  Interesting enough on it’s own, it’s particularly good as a compliment to “Fela Kuti:  Music is the Weapon” to see Fela in context.

Netflix Streaming: Black Power Mixtape & The 9 Lives of Marion Berry

In Film on January 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

Two recommendations from the Netflix Streaming catalog:

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Fantastic historical footage, particularly of Stokey Carmichael, Fred Hampton, Angela Davis, and Farrakhan.  A must see for anyone interested in the 60s, 70s, Civil Rights, or Race Relations.

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Marion Barry is shown in all his complexity from his highest to lowest moments.  Well worth-watching.