click click – 07-08-12

Welcome to click click, the sporadic review of what I find worth clicking on the internet.

Here are two broken-down doll posers found on recent image searches. What do you think it is about a clichéd, busted jumble of lanky limbs that is so perennially appealing?

  • Hype! – this excellent 1996 documentary covers the rise and fall of grunge over a decade in Seattle, from the economic and cultural disconnection that allowed a new subculture to develop, to the eventual pop dissolution.
  • Can you make any kind of living as an artist? – no, you won’t make a “reasonable living” from creative pursuits, not that you should be concerned with reasonability. Being comfortable inhibits creativity – and as the link above exhibits, so-called success can be downright toxic. As long as you’re adequately fed and sheltered, money is immaterial to art.
  • The Terrors & Occasional Virtues of Not Knowing What You’re Doing – I’ve been quite into the idea of unplanning lately, so this story by Jad Abumrad about stumbling his way into creating a new type of radio genre fascinates me. While I’m talking audio, my latest podcast obsession is the Slate Culture Gabfest discovered via Jessica.
  • Future Uniforms: The Failed MLB Promo of the 90s – the axis of uniform design, futurism, and baseball represent a subject singularity within a single link for The Grumpy Owl. Ryan also shared a couple insightful interviews recently: Stanley Kubrick and MF Doom.
  • Does the Fashion Critic Matter Anymore? – Colin McDowell assesses the dubious relevance of the ephemeral phenomenon that is fashion criticism, whether it is practiced by professionals or amateurs. Does the obscure art of the show review have any afterlife?

Karma to show my appreciation…

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