It’s not often that a graphic novel gets a animated trailer that amazing. I’m going to have to go pick it up now. There are also rumors that a full movie is in the works, which would be fantastic. Checkout Archaia‘s site for more details, or head over to Comic Bastards for a preview of the graphic novel.
Who knew Vampire Weekend had something this beautiful in them? I’ve got to catch up with their new stuff.
This is a legendary debate, and essential reading if you’re interested in architecture, modern art, and modern philosophy in general. Peter Eisenman is a prominent Deconstructivist architect, while Christopher Alexander considers himself a builder, focusing on methodologies outside the mainstream of architecture, including holism, human feeling, objective beauty, and living structure. It’s fascinating how much of what is often left unsaid in modernist architecture comes out during the debate. The mask slips a little, and we get to see some of modern architecture’s real goals.
Read the whole thing here.
Below I’m including pictures of the buildings discussed in the debate, to help provide some context.
Almost two decades ago, Earl Shorris, a novelist and journalist, told the editor at his publishing house that he wanted to write a book about poverty in America. The editor, to his credit, said that he didn’t want just another book describing the problem. He wanted a solution. So Shorris, who had attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship many years before and who was greatly influenced by its Great Books curriculum, hit upon the idea of teaching the core texts of Western civilization to people living in poverty, whose school experience had scanted the canon or skipped it entirely. His Eureka moment came when he was visiting a prison and conducting interviews for another book he was planning to write.
He asked one of the women at New York’s Bedford Hills maximum-security prison why she thought the poor were poor. “Because they don’t have the moral life of downtown,” she replied. “What do you mean by the moral life?” Shorris asked. “You got to begin with the children . . . ,” she said. “You’ve got to teach the moral life of downtown to the children. And the way you do that, Earl, is by taking them downtown to plays, museums, concerts, lectures.” He asked whether she meant the humanities. Looking at him as if he were, as he puts it, “the stupidest man on earth,” she replied: “Yes, Earl, the humanities.”
Read the rest of the article at The Wall Street Journal.
These kids are 14-16 years old. By the time they’re adults, they’ll have the skills to start their own business, free from wage-slavery.
Looks like FTL (one of my favorite games from the last year) but in real time.
See the rest of them at Wired.