There are a few ways to end up on Hart Island. One third of its inhabitants are infants—some parents couldn’t afford a burial, others didn’t realize what a “city burial” meant when they checked it on the form. Many of the dead here were homeless, while others were simply unclaimed; if your body remains at the city morgue for more than two weeks, you, too, will be sent for burial by a team of prisoners on Hart Island
posted by anastasiav
on Nov 8, 2013 -
Perhaps the most dangerous effect of the Big Crunch mentality has been to make television creators think of themselves as auteurs, to convince them that in spite of the massive interference with their work, they can somehow create a work of aesthetic integrity and sociological insight even if they don’t know where it’s going. Well, sometimes you get lucky, but more often, the result is disaster, and the effort spent toward that failure is redirected from where it would be better put: creating great trash. An essay on the challenges and pitfalls of writing serialized TV plots
from The American Reader. [more inside]
posted by chavenet
on Jun 23, 2013 -
On October 8, 2010, art student Emilie Gossiaux
was struck by a semi-truck while riding her bike in Brooklyn. Left functionally blind, deaf, unable to communicate, and showing few signs of cognitive activity, Emilie was judged to be too mentally impaired to undergo rehabilitation. Then her boyfriend, Alan Lundgard, found a way to reach her. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret
on Feb 17, 2011 -
covers things abandoned, displaced, and lost, with many issues covering a particular theme: food
, lost in space
, at sea
. Other issues are collections of journalism, memoir, poetry, photography, and fiction: first-person accounts of lost memories
, diary entries
, crime scenes
and lost species
, among many others. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Feb 14, 2011 -
TV serials, says Richard Beck, self-consciously set out from the very beginning to get us to take them seriously. From Hill Street Blues
to The West Wing
to The Sopranos
and The Wire
, how the television series convinced us that it was art
— and now, why Lost
's achievement of success via casual genre mixing and narrative derangement might signal that there's no future creative ground left within the old limits of serial drama.
posted by hat
on May 24, 2010 -
On the cusp of the long-awaited series finale of Lost
, people are understandably confused. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to catch up, from the fan compendium Lostpedia
to the 2-hour ABC recap tonight at 7:00 EST to YouTube summaries of Seasons 1-5 from ABC (in 8:15)
and from costumed fans (in five minutes)
. As for longtime fans, why not reminisce by revisiting the show's infamous bookends -- the artfully inscrutable scenes which introduce or conclude each season? Look inside for these and more, along with a cavalcade of interesting fan videos and other fun stuff. [Warning:
Spoilers (for everything but the series finale) inside] [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on May 23, 2010 -
Never Seen Lost
is a blog by 'papa durbin' aka John Durbin
, detailing his journey through watching the final season of Lost. The twist: he has never seen any other Lost episodes, and he attempts to understand whatever occurs as best he can. There is, however, some contention
about whether the author is truthful about his lack of background in the show.
posted by jouir
on Mar 1, 2010 -
At ComiCon 2009, comedian Paul Scheer stood up during the LOST panel and introduced Damon, Carlton, and a Polar Bear
, a painting on black velvet of the two head writers/executive producers of LOST with a friendly polar bear, as well as a website
that turned into an almost five month scavenger hunt/Fan appreciation event, where fans were given the opportunity to purchase 16 LOST-inspired posters commissioned by artists such as Daniel Danger
, Dan McCarthy
and Olly Moss
page, which has been updating with clues since the beginning of August, has brought out fans from Tokyo, Argentina, Arizona, Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Glasgow to events where the URL to purchase these prints (300 limited editions, less than 200 for sale) has been given out. LOSTArgs
has been following the action since the beginning.
Tomorrow, the LOST Underground Art project wraps up with the reveal of the 16th poster (rumored to be a Season 6 spoiler), at the Gallery 1988
art show in Los Angeles.
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Dec 14, 2009 -
TV and Parables of Our Times: Speaking of Faith
( a weekly radio program about "religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas") looks at how tv deals with issues in contemporary life. A link to the main episode (MP3) is on the page along with various support media.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Nov 18, 2009 -
At the mostly abandoned Moffett Field in an abandoned McDonald's, digital archeologists attempt to restore, recover and archive abandoned high resolution imagery and data from previous manned Moon missions, using an abandoned Ampex 2" tape drive found in a chicken coop - the last working machine in the world, restored by the last man alive capable of rebuilding the heads. This is likely only part of their weird story.
posted by loquacious
on May 1, 2009 -
of the SkyscaperCity Forum presents "Lost London"
, an absolutely stunning photographic thread of old London architecture.
posted by 6am
on Feb 25, 2009 -
Save the Words. Do lost words still have meaning?
st because society has neglected them doesn't make them any less of a word. How do you get lost words back in the dictionary?
s scanning publications and other communication for words not curre
ntly housed in the dictionar
y, all yo
u need do is use your adopted words as often as possible. G
* - government by an old woman or women
. [more inside]
posted by Tufa
on Jan 29, 2009 -