Archive for September, 2007
This might be the best metaphor I have heard about a person’s brain, ever. Jon Stewart on Stephen Colbert:
“[The whole show] depends on Stephen’s ability to process information as this other person,” says Stewart. “I’ve seen talk-show hosts who can’t do that for real. … And then you watch Colbert and it’s like the first time you use broadband: ‘How the fuck did that happen?’ He’s rendering in real time.”
From the Vanity Fair piece, which is good.
You’ve got to give it a listen if you haven’t already. Immediately, you’ll hear a huge difference from the boring march of words that characterizes every other radio show, ever. On Radio Lab, the words and sonic interjections are fragmented, tiled, cross-cut, layered. There’s just so much more to absorb; it lights your brain up. Radio Lab is DENSE.
This is how all explanatory media should feel. We’re ready for it.
P.S. I don’t want to focus entirely on the meta-method stuff, though, ’cause the ideas and the reporting are also sublime. This is a must-listen.
Remember this spring, when I was gushing about the American Stakeholder Act ($6,000 given to every child at birth for capital investments)? Apparently, no less bright a light than Hillary Clinton is all over the idea. Awesome. I wonder if the New America Foundation is working some kind of Manchurian Candidate-fu?
Awesome riff on music over at n+1:
If you could write perfectly, you would write the way Charles Mingus composed music: uncompromising intelligence and seriousness married to shit-kicking raunch.
Frustratingly sans permalink — it’s just the site front page — so get it while it lasts.
P.S. n+1 seemingly in parody of itself: “Against Email.”
Today at work, I convened a tiny confab of colleagues for an inaugural, bimonthly, lunchtime essay-reading series. We kicked it off with the National Magazine Award-winning essay Russell and Mary, by Michael Donohue, a work he apparently spent five years putting together.
I’ve been enjoying the blog Nonfiction Readers Anonymous for its choice snippets of random tomes.
All Aunt Hagar’s Children is finally out in paperback.