Monday, March 03, 2003

Pieces, Particles XIII
The following media-related stories recently spotted in print publications might be worth a look. Heads and decks, only. Heads and decks.

Books on the Run by Andy Cornell, Punk Planet #46 (November/December 2001)
The projet Mobilivre-Bookmobile project builds a bridge between zines and book arts.

Caution, Planets Ahead by Sam Hooper Samuels, Smithsonian, March 2003
The world's largest (maybe) 9-planet solar system model goes up along Route 1 in northern Maine

Comic Book Collection by Ed Symkus, The Cambridge Tab, Feb. 28, 2003
Zeitgeist reveals true comic superheroes: the artists

A Concept in CDs That Offers Profits to Artists, Prized Tracks to Fans by Sean Glennon, The Boston Globe, March 2, 2003
Discs available only at concerts grow in popularity among indie acts

A Critic Reading His Critics by Bernard Holland, The New York Times, March 2, 2003
Some letters from readers are very nice, some genuinely instructive. But others are alarmingly vicious.

The Crusaders by John Pilger, New Internationalist #333 (April 2001)
John Pilger uncovers the hidden history of Western media propaganda.

Drawing a Blank by Chris Ziegler, Punk Planet #46 (November/December 2001)
DIY comic artists sketch out life in the margins

Empires of the Senseless by Katherine Ainger, New Internationalist #333 (April 2001)
The media don't just promote globalization -- they're an integral part of the process

Fire Your Inner Slave Driver by Joe Robinson, Utne, March-April 2003
Is "work guilt" keeping you from getting most out of life?

Going Postal by Sarah Raper Larenaudie, Fashions of the Times, Feb. 23, 2003
When W or Elle puts Gisele on the cover, you can expect a torrent of letters, pro or con. Who would bother?

Hitmakers for Hire by Jenny Eliscu, Rolling Stone, March 20, 2003
Writing chart-toppers isn't complicated for the Matrix

Hooked on Comics by Mike Miliard, The Boston Phoenix, Feb. 28, 2003
Collector Robert Cronin give fans a glimpse beneath the panels

How Protesters Mobilized So Many and So Nimbly by Jennifer 8. Lee, The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2003
"Smart mobs," text-messaging -- and organizers who think like field commanders.

Kaufman on TV by Jason Dove, Chunklet #16
The following lists several of the many pieces of Kaufman footage that I have obtained in the past few years. Some are available as regular or standard releases and some are considered hard to find, rare, out of print or bootlegged. With this trusty key we can categorize most of the Kaufman performance footage that is available. In the process, we can analyze and perhaps begin to understand some of the many facets of this ultimate method actor

A More Perfect Union by Linda Frye Burnham, Utne, March-April 2003
A troubled Southern community turns to theater for healing

A New Monopoly Earth First, August-September 2001
Large-scale, global anti-capitalism protests putting smaller, local, anti-capitalism protests out of business

Sitcoms and the Single Girl by Marcelle Karp, Bust, Summer 2001
These TV gals showed us that you don't need a man, as long as you've got your girls

Social Centers by Adam Bregman, Alternative Press Review, Spring 2001
Italy's cultural underground

Staging a Comeback by Rick Rothacker, Northwestern, Spring 2003
Richard Geer helps economically depressed towns find their muse -- and their pride -- through community theater.

A Star-Studded Kid-Lit Scam by Tracy Mayor, The Boston Globe Magazine, Feb. 23, 2003
What do Spike Lee, Lynne Cheney, and Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Along with other celebrities, they write children's books that shoot to the top of the bestseller list no matter how bad they are.

Top 12 Most Luddite Films of All Time Alternative Press Review, Spring 2001

Up Against Wal-Mart by Karen Olsson, Mother Jones, March/April 2003
At the world's largest and most profitable retailer, low wages, unpaid overtime, and union busting are a way of life. Now Wal-Mart workers are fighting back.

You Are What You Queue by Craig Tomashoff, The New York Times, March 2, 2003
Our lives and psyches are more public than ever, thanks to Netflix.

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