Friday, October 02, 2009

Plug Beach! Just In Time For The Off-Season!

Partially a low-content plug salad, partially a memo to make sure I don't forget these things. Either way, you should take a look.
  • Letters of Note (via News From ME): Lots and lots of scanned-in memos and letters that for one reason or another are worthy of attention. Many of these are funny, some are sad, and a few are actually historically important. All of them are a great way to kill some time.
  • The Constant Viewer (via Roger Ebert): Now here's somebody who, in a perfect world, would go a long way on the Intertubes. Framed as entries in an imaginary "cinema diary" which will eventually stretch from Muybridge's earliest experiments to this summer's blockbusters, most people would be content to watch the movies and write them up. Paul J. Marasa is much more ambitious than that, putting himself in the shoes of a contemporary viewer and conjuring up that guy's reactions. Even the writing styles his diarist uses are period specific.

    At a time where everybody under creation seems to be using their cozy modern sensibilities to skin the past (guilty as charged), Marasa is doing much heavier imaginative lifting by inhabiting the skin of the past. Currently, he's up to 1954, so now's as good a time as any to get in while the getting's good.

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