Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rian Johnson's Leica M6 35mm film camera



























Wall Street Journal – "How Rian Johnson Kept His ‘Star Wars’ Script From Leaking Online"

"One thing I had with me on set and used every single day was my Leica M6 35mm film camera from the 1980s. I bought a ton of very high-speed, black-and-white film, had the camera on my shoulder at all times and just snapped away. By the end of the shoot I had a couple thousand film stills. It kind of keeps your eye fresh on set because you’re always looking for interesting stuff to shoot."

Related,
Gear Patrol – "The Logical Argument For Shooting With Film. Bottom Line? It’s Just Fun."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Case Keenum: "proving it ... is all I’ve ever known"


























The Players' Tribune – "Right Team, Right Time"

"I was a two-star recruit, man. I quarterbacked a team to a state title in Texas — in Texas — and I only got one scholarship offer. I had to compete for the QB job in college twice: Had to win it, and then we changed coaches and I had to win it again. I’ve been getting, “If you were only a few inches taller” … or, “If you were just a few ticks faster” … or, “If that arm was maybe a few yards stronger, son” — basically my whole life."

Cities Becoming Too Warm for the Winter Olympics


























New York Times – "Of 21 Winter Olympic Cities, Many MaySoon Be Too Warm to Host the Games"

Atlanta Season 2



Vulture – "Atlanta Will Be Back for Season 2, a.k.a. Robbin’ Season, on March 1"

52 Places to Travel to in 2018

















New York Times – "52 Places to Go in 2018"

OkCupid DTF Campaign




















Adweek – "OkCupid Redefines ‘DTF’ in Striking Ads That Are Like Little Works of Art"








Nas with the National Symphony Orchestra



High Snobiety – "Nas Performs ‘Illmatic’ With the National Symphony Orchestra"

"The Mass Appeal produced piece premieres nationwide on Friday, February 2 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings). The program will also be available to stream the following day at PBS’ website and on PBS apps."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Case for the New York City Subway






















New York Times – "The Case for the Subway"
By Jonathan Mahler

"Before the subway, it was by no means a foregone conclusion that New York would become the greatest city on earth. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants fleeing poverty and persecution were arriving on its doorstep every year, but most of them were effectively marooned, herded into dark, squalid tenements in disease-ridden slums. The five boroughs had recently been joined as one city, but the farms and villages of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens might as well have been on the other side of the planet from Manhattan’s teeming streets. Bound up in the fate of the city were even larger questions: Would America be able to manage the transition from the individualism and insularity that defined its 19th-century frontiers to the creative collaboration and competition of its fast-growing urban centers? Could it adapt and excel in this rapidly changing world? Were cities the past or the future of civilization? And then came the subway: hundreds of miles of track shooting out in every direction, carrying millions of immigrants out of the ghettos and into newly built homes, tying together the modern city and enabling it to become a place where anything was possible.

It was the arrival of the subway that transformed a seedy neighborhood called Longacre Square into Times Square, that helped turn a single square mile surrounding the Wall Street station into the center of global finance, that made Coney Island an amusement park for the masses. It was the subway that fueled the astonishing economic growth that built the city’s iconic skyscrapers. Other cities had subways, but none threaded through nearly as many neighborhoods as New York’s, enabling it to move large numbers of workers between Manhattan and the middle-class boroughs — a cycle that repeated itself every day, generating ever more wealth and drawing in ever more people.

As New York evolved over the decades, the subway was the one constant, the very thing that made it possible to repurpose 19th-century factories and warehouses as offices or condominiums, or to reimagine a two-mile spit of land between Manhattan and Queens that once housed a smallpox hospital as a high-tech university hub. When the city is in crisis — financial or emotional — the subway is always a crucial part of the solution. The subway led the city’s recovery from the fiscal calamity of the 1970s. The subway was at the center of the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 attacks. The subway got New York back to work after the most devastating storm in the city’s history just five years ago.

The questions we are facing today are not so different from the ones our predecessors faced 100 years ago. Can the gap between rich and poor be closed, or is it destined to continue to widen? Can we put the future needs of a city and a nation above the narrow, present-day interests of a few? Can we use a portion of the monumental sums of wealth that we are generating to invest in an inclusive and competitive future? The answer to all of these questions is still rumbling beneath New York City."

Chinese and U.S. Relations




























New Yorker – "Making China Great Again"
By Evan Osnos