English 3.0 is a 20 minute documentary that explores how the internet has influenced the way we communicate in the digital age and whether the changes witnessed have had a positive effect on the language.
To make us feel less alone: on ‘The David Foster Wallace Reader’. “The argument here is going to be that David Foster Wallace not only wrote about literature, lobsters, cruises, David Lynch, Roger Federer, grammar and John McCain, but he also wrote about writing about literature, lobster, cruises, etc. In nearly every published essay, Wallace first established the parameters of his project, the limitations of his assignment and even the crass, subtextual thesis of all book reviews. He dissected the very idea of reviewing a book, or covering a festival, or interviewing a radio host. In other words, Wallace wrote metanonfiction.”
Flirting on Instagram: deep thoughts on deep liking. “A few weeks ago, I spent an evening flirting with a super-cute bartender in Brooklyn. After many generous Gruner refills, we added each other on Instagram. When I got home later that night—his number written on a cocktail napkin in my purse—I checked my Instagram to find that Mr. Bartender had Deep Liked me. As in, he had taken the time to scroll back through at least most of my 850 photos and “liked” a handful of my finest work—or more accurately, my finest selfies. So I did what any interested girl would do and scrolled through his feed, too.”
An artist finds a little bit of Los Angeles everywhere. “The typefaces that people used to use to make signs for buildingswere not the same from coast to coast […] ’On the East Coast, all the fonts are these sans-serif fonts that are kind of boring,’ [Cynthia Connolly] says. The photographer grew up in Los Angeles, where the type was more stylish and unabashed: ‘thick-and-thins,’ Connolly calls them.”
Moors and Marrakech. Why we spell it ‘Morocco’.
The 24 most perfect dad moments in the history of dads. Not usually a fan of this sort of thing, but I laughed too hard not to include it.