BEST THINGS I READ/HEARD/WATCHED ONLINE THIS WEEK (1/17/16)

  1. Men Making Movies About Men
    Incredible analysis and charts on movies that pass (and fail) the Bechdel Test. // via Polygraph: http://poly-graph.co/bechdel
  2. 'The Trials of Alice Goffman’ by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
    A long but great read profile on Groffman, author of the controversial “On The Run.” Explores the conflicts of journalism vs sociology, ethnography vs exploitation, innate vs adopted identities, and how, if, and when to speak up on matters you care about that are outside you. // via @nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/magazine/the-trials-of-alice-goffman.html
  3. 'Oscars 2016: Here's why the nominees are so white — again' by Rebecca Keegan and Steven Zeitchik
    The sad truth/reasons to not watch: “On every measure, film is a couple steps behind TV,” said Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA's Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. “This is, unfortunately, a reflection of the academy itself. The academy is white and male, so we have a taste culture that's only going to recognize certain types of projects.” // via LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-all-white-oscar-acting-nominees-20160114-story.html
  4. 'At-risk students improve when they take a race and ethnicity class – study’ by Eli Rosenberg
    I mean.. 'Race and ethnicity class' really just refers to a curriculum of true and relevant studies. But: “One of my hopes is that this research helps shift the debate away from those heated political outcomes towards student outcomes, about which everyone cares,” he said. “They may have dramatic effects.” // via The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jan/14/stanford-study-at-risk-students-race-ethnicity-class-performance?CMP=share_btn_fb
  5. Why Los Angeles Was America’s Best Dining City in 2015
    "The city is the current epicenter of freethinking and diversity in American cooking." // via @eater: http://www.eater.com/2015/12/30/10689696/why-los-angeles-is-americas-best-dining-city-in-2015
  6. David Henry Hwang on Diversity and Equity in the Arts
    "This dual perspective–understanding that a show sends an underlying message of white superiority yet feeling moved because it’s executed so well–helped me realize how my brain has been colonized to embrace narratives where people who look like me and come from the nations of my ancestors are more primitive, childlike, and/or hostile than white Americans and Europeans.” // via Art of Change http://artofchange.is/art-of-change-fellow-david-henry-hwang-on-diversity-and-equity-in-the-arts/
  7. 'The Nation He Built' by Michael Grunwald A POLITICO review of Barack Obama’s domestic policy legacy—and the changes he made while nobody was paying attention.
    "this has been a BFD of a presidency, a profound course correction engineered by relentless government activism. As a candidate, Obama was often dismissed as a talker, a silver-tongued [savant]... But ever since he took office during a raging economic crisis, he’s turned out to be much more of a doer, an action-oriented policy grind who has often failed to communicate what he’s done. // via @politico: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/obama-biggest-achievements-213487?paginate=false
  8. Bradbury and Bowie: Dancing, So As Not To Be Dead' by Callie Oettinger
    "The day after diving into The Illustrated Man for the first time, I read about Cancer hitting David Bowie. Bradbury’s story came to mind, of dancing and dancing and dancing, and writing and writing and writing, so as not to be dead.” // via Steven Pressfield: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/2016/01/bradbury-and-bowie-dancing-so-as-not-to-be-dead/?mc_cid=3442828018&mc_eid=e54a964509
  9. 'The Beginning of a Goodbye to Obama’ By Vinson Cunningham
    "Still, the atmosphere was one of close friendship—this person is ours, the room seemed to feel, an emotion made evident by the things people said about the President as he sauntered toward the podium.” // via The @newyorker: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-beginning-of-a-goodbye-to-obama?intcid=mod-latest
  10. You Can Now Fly To Europe For As Low As $199
  11. Ellies 2016 Finalists
    A necessary list of essential publications from last year. http://www.magazine.org/asme/ellies-2016-finalists-announced
  12. Daughter - NOT TO DISAPPEAR
    A beautiful album that reminds the best parts of being alone in every sense of the world. // Video for “Doing The Right Thing” via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU5F-DvGLkA // Album on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/NTDi
  13. "No Rush” - Ella Mai
    Mustard's signee on that wave. // via SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/itsellamai/no-rush
  14. Ryan Adams & Shakey Graves on Austin City Limits
    Solo acoustic performance by Ryan Adams + kick something Texas rock by Shakey Graves. // via PBS: http://video.klru.tv/video/2365637128/
  15. "Disintegration Anxiety” - Explosions In the Sky
    I’ve enjoyed all the film scoring, but I’ve missed these guys like this. // via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT2UmlUmDQI
  16. "Weekend" - Mac Miller feat. Miguel
    EDIT: Forgot this one - video dropped this week. My dude Miguel can apparently make me reconsider anything. This is a jam. // via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N29-54dhVHg