Things I Saw This Week - Friday, November 26
TISTW is a collection of reads, visuals, and music, curated by Elle Perry, a Memphis-based journalist, featuring art and culture, food, cities, and more. (Issue No. 128)
One to watch:
Six Black Western flicks for you to check out, courtesy IndieWire:
The TRiiBE interviewed King Kemo, the Chicago footwork choreographer who worked with Iman Shumpert on his “Dancing With The Stars” win.
And, at The Chicago Tribune, critic Nina Metz examines prestige TV and film’s fascination with the ultra-wealthy.
In the art world, museums often have a “grab list” of things to take in case of a major emergency, say fire, flood, or terrorist attack. The Economist reports:
A single gallery or museum might contain hundreds of thousands, even millions of objects (the British Museum has “at least” 8m). Grab lists ideally include “ten, 20 items”, says Mr Knatchbull; more in a bigger gallery, perhaps, but not many more. Ten objects from millions, worth billions of pounds, to be rescued in minutes. Think of grab lists as a version of “Supermarket Sweep”, a game show in which contestants fill a shopping trolley in a hurry, but for high culture and far higher stakes.
But unlike readers of literature, who can choose which authors to pay attention to and which to ignore, which books to buy and which to leave behind, users of architecture rarely get to decide whether or not they will interact with a particular building. For a reader, a piece of criticism is a useful tool. It can help them figure out how to intellectually approach a piece of writing; it can help them think about something after they’ve read it, or put it in conversation with something else; it can, simply, help them decide whether or not to buy a book.
Architecture is, with very few exceptions, not directly “consumed” in this way. Most people don’t approach architecture the way they do a book or a movie, with the explicit intention of consuming it directly. Most people spend time in a building because they’re there to do something else.
Some of my favorite food headlines from the week:
The New York Times: Hundreds Line Up as Britain’s First Popeyes Opens
The New York Times: Thanksgiving in a Town Built on Lederhosen and Limitless Meals
Climate change is increasingly a campaign issue not just on the national level.
A New York bill would make landlords responsible for their tenants’ internet service.
“Ultimately those free-market apartments will see rent increases to cover the costs. It’s human nature — it’s not greed. You have to cover the costs somewhere,” said Jay Martin, the executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents operators of more than 400,000 apartments in the city. Martin’s greatest concern, he says, is for owners of rent-stabilized apartments, who would be on the hook to retrofit decades-old buildings with broadband and unable to recoup those costs through rent because increases for those units are set annually by the Rent Guidelines Board. Kallos’s bill, though, would set up city-funded grants to help landlords who can show that installing the infrastructure out of pocket would be a financial strain.
Instagram users with more than 10,000 users can now make money from going live.
Songs I Listened to This Week
TV/Films I Watched This Week
Love Life | HBO
Showcasing all the humor and heartbreak that comes with the search for love, this romantic comedy anthology series follows interconnected millennials as they chart unexpected paths towards finding their soulmates. While the first season sees Darby looking for love as her insecurities bubble to the surface, Season 2 finds her acquaintance, Marcus Watkins, forced to rebuild his life after his marriage implodes and hoping to find love that will last. Set against the backdrop of New York City and spanning the course of several years, each installment finds our protagonists learning that every relationship and fling brings them closer to their “person,” even if they don’t know it yet.