But it did force me to look back on what I had posted, and has allowed me to curate (ugh) a sort of retrospective of the few years I spent with this ungainly add-on to my digital life, an acquaintance rather than a friend. And of course, when I get the e-mail advising me that Blogger is about to be taken away to the glue factory, I’ll have to do it all over again. (But at least I got the warning, unlike poor old Dennis Cooper, whose story I’d completely forgotten until I looked back at my account, so there’s that. And I also found this wry squib about the invisibility of G+ itself, which I posted on G+ and nobody noticed so it was clearly the truth; this also applied to more serious analyses, also here.)
Anyway, here are the choicest morsels:
- Clair Dederer in The Paris Review on good art made by bad men.
- The dull, middle-aged Scandinavians who create modern pop music.
- Bari Weiss in praise of cultural appropriation.
- Cool Tokyoites in the bath.
- How big business bought “alternative” pop music and a related conspiracy theory about how Britpop was a neoliberal plot. (And this is along the same lines – I think I may have been having a Situationist moment or two.)
- Nick Cohen on the genius of bad books.
- The most profane artists in music.
- Gamifying obedience to the Chinese state.
- The people who hate Renoir.
- Dissertations as graphic novels.
- A book about poo.
- DeepDream and showing porn to AI. (See, not everything Google does is rubbish).
- Baudrillard goes to Starbucks.
- F Scott Fitzgerald draws a dinner party.
- The beautiful cubes of food.
- Drone porn.
- Scary playgrounds.
- Conservatives vs nerds.
- Mark Greif in the LRB on The Velvet Underground.
- Faking cultural literacy.
- The Murakami video game, plus Murakami reviewing the Top 20.
- Doing a Myers-Briggs on Tube lines.
- How to title every book you ever write.
- And, inevitably, the fundamental dumbness of Donald Trump.
And some nice pictures. Because you’re worth it, even if G+ wasn’t.