The New York Review of Books reflects on the films of Chris Marker, who recently passed away.
Continue reading about Marker and his films in Catherine Lupton’s Chris Marker: Memories of the Future.
Who says alcohol can’t help you learn? The Edible Series proves you can have your cocktail and drink it too, as this review from the Inquisitive Eater reveals.
This is the first Olympics in which women are participating in every sport! Women’s boxing is being held for the first time in London. The last hundred years has seen a huge transformation—in the early 1900s, only archery, golf, croquet and tennis were deemed all right for women’s delicate sensibilities.
Women are kicking some major heiney in weightlifting, swimming, gymnastics, and more this year. Sit back and celebrate!
Pioneering filmmaker Chris Marker died at 91 yesterday. In landmark films such as Letter from Siberia, La Jetée, Sans Soleil, and Level Five, he overturned cinematic conventions by confounding the distinction between documentary and fiction, writing and visual recording, and the still and moving image. Yet these works were only the tip of the iceberg; Marker’s career also encompassed writing, photography, television, and digital multimedia.
We don’t know about you guys, but we are SUPER EXCITED for the Olympics to start. Can the US women’s gymnastics team win gold? Will Michael Phelps beat someone by a hundredth of a second again? Will anyone be able to pull off those berets?
Whatever happens, the Games always bring with them some memorable moments. Mike O’Mahony captures many of these images in Olympic Visions, a beautifully illustrated look at how the pictorial legacy of the Games continues to shape the way the events are viewed today. Flip through its pages while cheering on your favorite athletes!
We love Clueless. We also love herbs. Probably not together. Anyway, it’s summer and those of us who haven’t already killed our potted plants (ahem) are enjoying fresh herbs! Listen to Gary Allen, author of Herbs: A Global History discuss these plants.
Researchers have determined that booze makes life better. Well, moderate amounts of it, anyway. But hey, we’ll take it!
Don’t know Tanqueray from Captain Morgan? Two of the spirit experts from the Edible series are offering up some of their knowledge. Gin author Lesley Jacobs Solmonson discusses her favorite gins in this post on Good Food. And Alcohol Reviews interviews Richard Foss of Rum: A Global History fame.
And rumor has it that he’s going to spend it on a country house. Can we come visit? And go to a jubilee? Because the jubilee looked amazing. Barge parties! Awesome hats!
But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re talking Fyodor Dostoevsky, who opted out of his inheritence “by receiving a lump sum, a decision that caused him to spend most of his life in debt and poverty.” Oops. That’s just one of the tidbits of info about the Russian author available in Robert Bird’s new biography, which this review in The Coffin Factory calls “a concise and smooth telling of one of the world’s most important figures” and “a breeze to read”!
That’s right, today we celebrate bourbon. Yes, we think this should be a national holiday that we all get off work, too, and yes, we fully support you celebrating atwork since it isn’t and you have to be there. The Awl has some tips for how to drink it, which you’re sure to find extremely useful.
For more on this delectably potent potable, see Kevin R. Kosar’s book, Whiskey: A Global History.Cheers!