- Monday, August 5, 2013
"It runs about ten minutes. There's an intro and an outro with people's interviews, just about their anticipation and their reaction afterwards. When it came to footage, we had an incredible amount of choices every time he sang a line. You know, he did it about 40 times, and we had eight cameras running, so what's the math on that? It was a quite a slog to troll through all that footage to make sure you're not missing some gems, but editing for me is the funnest part." - Mark Romanek, Director
Read more on the making of the video @ NY Mag.
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- Wednesday, July 31, 2013
If you've been in New York City anytime in the last few months, you've probably noticed people trying to get a grip on the handle bars of the Citi Bike, a new wrinkle in the Big Apple's quest for cleaner and more versatile transportation.
Detractors and haters notwithstanding, the Citi Bike has been a smashing success giving summer dwelling commuters and New Yorkers another option to sweaty subways and crowded sidewalks.
Predictably, as is the case with anything nascent in an urban environment, the demand for analysis usually leads to the creation of an interactive infographic, which in this circumstance was charted recently by the New Yorker.
How to accommodate a more biker friendly culture in NYC has been a slow progression for years, but the creation of the Citi Bike station is a quality step.
Now if only somebody could find a way to track which riders are part of the S**ty Bike movement.
I mean if Leo (above) and Louis C.K. can get on board, can't we all just get along?
- Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Mantle proudly presents the third in a series of important blog posts by Cæmeron Crain exploring critical concepts in contemporary political philosophy. Last week, Cæmeron addressed Deleuze & Guattari's difficult concepts of Territorialization & Deterritorialization. Below, he illustrates the kind of society brought forth by the power of deterritorialization, where despite the appearance of an unparalled freedom, "the diffusion of power places us all the more under the forces of capitalism."
- Thursday, July 25, 2013
Edward Snowden, just like Bradley Manning, has been labeled a traitor and at times an aid to terrorists. It has even been suggested that he might be faking the information leaks, or simply wanting attention, otherwise he would have gone through the proper whistleblower channels. Snowden, some say, should have been more patient; he should have been more careful in revealing the NSA's secrets. Jeffrey Toobin, writing for The New Yorker, claims:
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Context matters. A work of art cannot be judged in a vacuum. It matters, for example, that Christo and Jeanne-Claude hung their orange curtains in Central Park, New York City: "The Gates," as the show was titled, would have a different (and equally valid and powerful) effect had those orange banners been strung across the Great Wall of China or the Sonoran Desert.
- Monday, July 22, 2013
The Mantle is pleased to present the second in series of blog posts by Cæmeron Crain exploring key concepts in contemporary political philosophy. In his previous post, Microfascism, Cæmeron introduced us to the concept of desire, and the work it does in Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia.
- Friday, July 19, 2013
Friday, July 12, I was welcomed back to join Mike Wilson, Greg Becker, and Blaine Kneece on Inside the Sulphurbath. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about the hunger-striker Kostas Sakkas, Austerity and the ongoing, and ever worsening European Debt Crisis, Anarchism in Greece and at home, and the yet-to-be-decided Trayvon Martin trial.
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Everybody loves a good zombie movie. The concept of a rabies-like virus transforming docile human populations into ravenous man-eaters is a fascinating one. World War Z (2013) is just the latest (and at $200 million the best-funded) iteration. The movie is interesting because it introduces a new twist to the zombie genre. Rather than concentrating on zombies ravaging isolated locales like a convenience store or even New York City, World War Z treats us to the zombie menace on a global scale. Brad Pitt plays a United Nations investigator who trots around the globe in an effort to find the origin of the epidemic.
- Monday, July 15, 2013
"Extended Identity" (2012) explores the idea of globalization and how it allows a person to extend his or her identity through learning about other cultures. The idea of transformation is explored mainly due to technologies that increase our capabilities to search for and interact with new and other individuals who seem very far away, and yet we are able to share a great part of their cultural being.
- Friday, July 12, 2013
Yesterday, we received the news that a Greek court of appeals has decided to release the hunger striker Kostas Sakkas on a thirty-thousand euro bail. Temporarily, at least, the continuing criminal assault on Greek society has been denied another victim.
- Thursday, July 11, 2013
We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013
An interconnected world demands that we collaborate in the public sphere. Indeed, without this cooperation the public sphere would not exist, for it requires not just an action, but also a reaction. The speech is not a speech until it is heard. The rally is not a rally unless it is seen. The map is not a key until it is read. To exist, the public sphere requires a necessary but beautiful tension between all of us, all of us collaborators.
- Friday, July 5, 2013
The underdog and the Jew—those were my points of empathy as a child when watching Chariots of Fire (1981) for the first time, and I was neither Jewish nor ethnically European. Even now, I can only marvel at the artistry that managed to take a story of a Jewish Olympic runner in training at World War I and smuggle it so successfully in to the kinetic dream life of an immigrant boy in a bad part of London.
The film worked that well.
- Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Several months ago I heard a famous literary translator give a talk about the difference between translating and being a translator. The former is the process of taking a text in one language and putting it into another. The latter is everything that comes with doing translation as a profession: building relationships with writers, researching book markets, selling to publishers, promoting books you've published, the list goes on. For a new literary translator like me, the message was clear: there’s a lot more to being a translator than you think.
- Saturday, June 29, 2013
You Listen to This Man Everyday Rick Rubin got Black Sabbath to return to its roots. He crashed Kanye’s new album in 15 days. From Def Jam to Adele, the hit-maker gets intimate about his last 30 years—and how he’s about to make history. [daily beast]
Jimmy Wales is not an Internet Billionaire The founder of Wikipedia has a brand-new life in London with Kate Garvey, his third wife, whom he often describes as “the most connected woman in London. [NYT]
Silent War Washington and Tehran are ramping up their cyber-arsenals, built on a black-market digital arms bazaar, enmeshing such high-tech giants as Microsoft, Google, and Apple. With the help of highly placed government and private-sector sources, Michael Joseph Gross describes the outbreak of the conflict, its escalation, and its startling paradox: that America’s bid to stop nuclear proliferation may have unleashed a greater threat. [vanity fair]
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- Wednesday, June 26, 2013
This essay is a meditation upon the production of William Shakespeare’s MacBeth, playing now on Broadway until July 14, which features a gripping Alan Cumming performing every major role. The setting is a mental hospital, sterile and minimal: a bed, a bathtub, a sink, wheelchairs doubling as thrones, a large one-way window, and three cameras, representing the three “Weird Sisters,” constantly watching the singular player.