Saturday, February 02, 2002

Pressure FM:

Turn it up, but keep quiet about it. A group of anonymous dance music DJs are here to inject the [San Francisco] scene with a desperately needed dose of renegade flavor – on FM radio, pirate style. The tech-savvy team recently launched Pressure FM – seven years in the making – on 88.1, where it pumps out top-notch styles of house, U.K. garage (2-step), and broken beat every Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. We can't disclose the details of the operation, but like a map point for an old-school underground, the actual location will provide you with everything you need to know: that quality dance music is at the people's disposal . . .

(Thanks to Metafilter.)

Also, I can say enough good things about Iggy Scam's piece for This American Life on Miami's Tape Radio - it's the first act of their 100th episode, "Radio".

Friday, February 01, 2002

The Grand Complication author Allen Kurzweil interviewed on KCRW's program Bookworm:

A genuinely odd discussion about the consequences of scholarly book-loving. That is, a conversation about manipulation, games-playing, sexual repression and sadism in the lives of Kurzweil's characters who continue their unwholesome adventures beyond the intrigues and enigmas of his first novel, A Case of Curiosities.

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Chilling Effects: Monitoring the Legal Climate for Internet Activity:

This website is the beginning of a project being developed by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society, Boalt Hall's Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, and clinics at law schools across the country.

The Chilling Effects clearinghouse will catalogue cease and desist letters and present analyses of their claims to help recipients resist the chilling of legitimate activities. The project's core, this database of letters and FAQ-style analyses, will be supplemented by legal backgrounders, news items, and pointers to statutes and caselaw. Periodic "weather reports" will sum up the legal climate for online activity . . .

Via another impressive issue of the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter.

Library Juice 5.4 is available.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002


Beautiful Quicktime movie of Tibetan Buddhist monks constructing and destroying a sand mandala at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in D.C. earlier this month.

WFMU's Brian Turner put together a tribute show to mark Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet's 61st birthday.

Teching Hsieh has "used his life as a medium to produce art that tests the limits of human tolerance and behavior."

Ruin Japan

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Ona Simaite

Great Librarians in History - Ona Simaite:

A librarian [at] Vilnius University, [Simaite] took advantage of her freedom of movement into the Jewish ghetto, ostensibly to retrieve books loaned to Jews before the war, as a pretext to secure valuable literary works by Jewish authors. She also looked after Jews in hiding outside the ghetto. Arrested during an attempt to smuggle a Jewish girl outside the ghetto, she was tortured and sent to a concentration camp. She survived but suffered permanent damage to her health.
Widely reported. but worth repeating: Marginal Librarian 9.2 is available, and features an article on mail art.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

Cultural Readings: Colonization & Print in the Americas - an exhibit from the University of Pennsylvania Library:

Most of the books, manuscripts, illustrations, and maps shown here were printed in Europe: produced by Europeans for Europeans. Europeans used the written and the printed word to call for colonization and promote its benefits; to depict native cultures in narrow ways familiar to European audiences; to proclaim the benefits of missionization; and to portray the lands of the New World as rich and ready for the taking. But the encounters between European and American populations changed both sides profoundly. These texts do not merely record the self-satisfied praise of the victors; they also betray the questions and doubts which victory brought with it . . .
Poster for the magazine Le Petit Sou (The small penny), TH. A. Steinlen, 1900.

Art to the People

An exhibit of the work of four artists (Walter Crane, Albert Hahn, Frans Masereel, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Gerd Arntz) who embraced the popular print as a means of militating for social change at the turn-of-the-last-century (from the International Institute of Social History, with thanks to gmtPlus 9.) The IISH also has a beautiful collection of the illustrated covers of Soviet children's books from the 20's and 30's available online.