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Keep New York City a Shooter's Town

This seems like a bonehead move, especially by the Bloomberg administration, which is easily the most competent and least hormonal city government in my New York lifetime (which began in 1979). According to a story last week in The Times:

The new rules, which were proposed by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a public place for more than 30 minutes to get a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance. The same requirements would apply to any group of five or more people who plan to use a tripod in a public location for more than 10 minutes, including the time it takes to set up the equipment. The permits would be free.

Picture New York
is fighting the good fight. Go sign their petition.

Posted on July 30, 2007, in Art Stuff.

links for 2007-07-20

  • "Looking back over a quarter of a century of chronicling current affairs, I cannot recall a more comprehensive and avoidable man-made disaster."
    (tags: Iraq Bush loser)

Posted on July 19, 2007, in Delicious links.

Photography: The Missing Criticsim

I like reading about photographs almost as much as looking at them, and though there is a considerable body of great criticism in print, there's also a lot that has gone missing.

Case in point: Tod Papageorge's Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence, which was apparently the catalog for a 1981 show Papageorge curated at Yale, where he's run the graduate photography program for years. I'd never heard about this show or book until last week, when Time critic Richard Lacayo mentioned it, calling it "one of the most illuminating books about photography I ever read."

I could buy a copy of Papageorge's book via Amazon or Alibris, but the cheapest price I found is $195.06. I don't want to collect a first edition, I just want to read the essay. A PDF would be fine.

This seems like a perfect opportunity for some innovative web publisher to work the Long Tail, not only for Papageorge's essay but any number of essays and introductions from out-of-print books and show catalogues that warrant being re-introduced to the photographic conversation. Paging Tim O'Reilly!

As long as I'm playing Lazy Web here, I want to add a Lazy Publishing request: Would someone (Aperture, are you listening?) please publish The Collected Introductions of John Szarkowski, a compilation of the essays he wrote for photographers' books.

Posted on July 15, 2007, in Art Stuff. Web Stuff.

Waits Dishes the Dali Lama + Ohio Players

"That's not the Holiness I used to know . . . You know what I'm saying? He had a whole 'nother look going." Tom Waits sings "Diamond in Your Mind" for the Dali Lama. Buy it at iTunes or eMusic.

What does Ohio sound like? Maybe it's Erika Wennerstrom singing "Into the Open." Listen for free at Fat Possum. Buy it at iTunes or eMusic.

Posted on July 14, 2007, in Heavy Rotation.

links for 2007-07-09

  • "The theory . . . is that lead poisoning accounts for much of the variation in violent crime in the United States. It offers a unifying new neurochemical theory for fluctuations in the crime rate, and it is based on studies linking children's exposure to lead with violent behavior later in their lives."

Posted on July 08, 2007, in Delicious links.