Yesterday, Alexis Madrigal wrote “This 90-Year-Old Lithuanian Filmmaker Has the Best Website: Jonas Mekas is the antidote to all the dark currents and undertows on the Internet.” I’ve been reading and watching works by and about Mekas ever since.
If people really wanted a better world—what you might foolishly regard as a better world—they would have it already. So what if you signed up to use Facebook as a social network, and Facebook changed the terms of service to reverse your privacy settings and mine your data? So what if you would rather see poor people housed than billionaires’ investment apartments blotting out the sun? Some people have gone ahead and made the reality they wanted. Immense fortunes have bloomed in Silicon Valley on the most ephemeral and stupid windborne seeds of concepts, friends funding friends, apps copying apps, and the winners proclaiming themselves the elite of the newest of meritocracies. What’s was wrong with you, that you didn’t get a piece of it?
The last one was a bit smarmy… This would probably trigger you more to actually read it and enjoy it if you liked the quote…
Here is a piece of writing that has attained a certain length—a form that you can read, secure in the knowledge that someone did a lot of typing, and that you are doing a lot of reading. Everyone recognizes that there is virtue, or an approximation of virtue, in doing a lot of reading. Share it, this quantity of reading.
Baked some iPhone cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, then I just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law.
I am made of lying on the floor, the same song on repeat."
— Dean Young (via beatboxgoesthump)
Watch for many reasons, not the least of which is the encouragement to love (be a fangirl or fanboy) without restraint, to be interested in the world, and to be relieved of the pressure to be authentic, novel, genuine, etc.
This is glorious. Watch it.