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Is Yunchan Lim’s Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto the greatest ever?

Yunchan Lim is South Korean pianist who June became the youngest ever winner of the Van Cliburn piano competition. Among the pieces that the 18 year old player were Liszt's Transcendental Etudes and Mozart's Piano Concerto #22. Most notable however, was his performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto, which created something of a stir. [more inside]
posted by beisny at 10:53 AM Jan 29 2023 - 17 comments [55 favorites]


Chronophoto is a game in which you guess the dates of some photos — the closer the guess, the higher your score. That's it!
posted by swift at 4:31 PM Jan 27 2023 - 75 comments [49 favorites]

A plain old-fashioned newspaper crusade.

Why Is the New York Times So Obsessed With Trans Kids? A detailed, scathing editorial by Tom Scocca.
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted at 4:55 PM Jan 30 2023 - 52 comments [47 favorites]

Japanese Music Sirens

A lengthy post at details the mechanical Yamaha Music Sirens of Japan. These can be played with a keyboard, but sadness: "some were being removed or are going to run until they die and will not be repaired." And if they're replaced, it will naturally be with something electronic. They play familiar old tunes which signal the start of a factory's working day, etc. There's a link to a playlist embedded in the article. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 3:22 PM Jan 25 2023 - 22 comments [44 favorites]

Low-income people need ‘15-minute cities’ the most

"Those who think “15-minute cities” are for wealthy urbanites should consider this graph from a recent nationwide study. It shows a powerful reverse correlation between household income and use of services and amenities within a 15-minute walk of home. In other words, the wealthier you are, the less you rely on goods and services within your immediate neighborhood or adjacent neighborhoods. (You can easily afford to drive, or take a cab or Uber/Lyft to more distant locations)." [more inside]
posted by aniola at 9:28 PM Jan 28 2023 - 77 comments [41 favorites]

In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats

In 1183, a Chinese Poet Describes Being Domesticated by His Own Cats. In Korea cat owners aren't called cat owners: they're called goyangi jibsa, literally 'cat butlers.' Clearly the idea that felines have flipped the domestic-animal script, not serving humans but being served by humans, transcends cultures.
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries at 3:25 PM Jan 29 2023 - 17 comments [41 favorites]

The photography of Tyre Nichols

Beyond the headlines, the man. From Heather Cox Richardson.
posted by aiq at 8:57 AM Jan 28 2023 - 26 comments [38 favorites]

Life, liberty, security of the person, and Waterloo homeless encampments

A Canadian judge has denied a request to clear a homeless encampment, ruling that doing so went against the residents' Charter rights to life, liberty and security of the person because of the lack of shelter space in the region. The region has not indicated whether it will appeal. Full text of the ruling [PDF]. Resident of the encampment quoted in the ruling say they prefer it to the shelter system because "we respect each other, we consider each other family and we don’t touch each other’s stuff. I have privacy here and no one steals from me." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 5:38 AM Jan 31 2023 - 48 comments [36 favorites]

The Stink A

Once you notice them, you'll start seeing them everywhere. The Side Eye zooms in a tiny but telling detail: the glitchy macron.
posted by Etrigan at 8:00 AM Jan 31 2023 - 43 comments [35 favorites]

What Was Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism?

Adherence to TINECUC ["there is no ethical consumption under capitalism"] allows organizers to focus on building solidarity between workers or community members rather than buyers, whose common interests may be superficial. It is also, in a world system of production based on exploitation, a factually true statement, insofar as no purchase of anything made with exploited labor has any business branding itself “ethical.” But the unexamined phrase isn’t worth using; before people start attributing TINECUC to Marx or Lenin, we should figure out how Sandinista beans turned into Starbucks — and how anti-consumerist politics fell out of fashion on the American left.
posted by jshttnbm at 6:34 AM Jan 26 2023 - 44 comments [34 favorites]

"No ideas but in things" is an idea not a thing

No the CIA Didn't Invent "Show Don't Tell". Or maybe they did? Perhaps the effects of CIA money on the Iowa Writer's Workshop are overblown, but this piece in Current Affairs makes a strong case how the CIA has influenced "literature" in America. (previously)
posted by slogger at 1:31 PM Jan 26 2023 - 48 comments [32 favorites]

Roxane Gay in Antarctica: The Things We Do for Love

Once upon a time, writer Roxane Gay and her wife, the illustrator Debbie Millman, set sail to Antarctica. Here, they each tell the tale—well, their version of it.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:52 AM Jan 27 2023 - 12 comments [32 favorites]

An unusually close glimpse of black hole snacking on star.

The Moon doesn’t currently have an independent time. It's time for another look at humanity's exploration of space, from 2022's end to the start of 2023. There's a lot going on, especially between the Earth's surface and orbit. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 12:18 PM Jan 30 2023 - 10 comments [32 favorites]

The little black and white movie that could

Love it or hate it, there is no denying the influence and impact of one little movie from 1994. Join everyone involved with the movie in celebrating three decades of Clerks with the late 2022 documentary We're Not Even Supposed To Be Here Today [1h13m]. Covers the entire Clerks trilogy and some of the View Askewniverse, and is mostly a lot of people amazed this even happened. And wow, a lot happened!
posted by hippybear at 9:07 PM Jan 25 2023 - 42 comments [29 favorites]

This of course is Fflewddur Fflam, that outrageous bard

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was an author of numerous beloved works of childrens' and young adult literature, most notably The Chronicles of Prydain, Westmark, and the Vesper Holly adventures. In 1994, his publishers produced a short film of a "visit" to his home in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, in which he speaks about imagination, writing, and his love of place.
posted by biogeo at 6:49 PM Jan 24 2023 - 33 comments [46 favorites (28 in the past 7 days)]

“...being accused of being a gamer, solve the problem like a gamer,”

The union-oriented Twitter account Daily Union Elections asked the world in a recent tweet, “Union folks, what is the best grievance/[Unfair Labor Practice] that you’ve ever won?” And the world responded in kind.
““A member was accused of playing video games on his work computer,” union organizing director Erik Strobl said. “I got him cleared by proving conclusively that the employer-provided graphics card couldn’t handle the resource-hungry game his supervisor claimed to have seen.””
The worker wasn’t even playing a game, but watching “a game review on his break (which is fine),” Strobl clarified, “but he was accused of installing unauthorized third-party software on a government computer (which he 100% didn’t do and, as I showed, couldn’t have done). Zero abuse of time or state property.” [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz at 12:28 PM Jan 26 2023 - 8 comments [28 favorites]

A True, Truthful and Genuine Life

Adolfo Kaminsky saved thousands of Jews by changing their identities [The Economist; ungated] [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 9:37 AM Jan 28 2023 - 24 comments [27 favorites]

This case is closed.

Tom Verlaine was a member of Television, the first band out of the CBGB scene in New York City to get signed to a major label. Their album Marquee Moon has been a huge influence on generations of bands. Verlaine died (non-paywalled) this morning after a brief illness.
posted by pxe2000 at 2:21 PM Jan 28 2023 - 53 comments [27 favorites]

Culture, identity, and belonging

My Son Asked For Minnie Mouse Underwear And I Realized We Have A Big Problem. If we believe in equality and inclusivity, it’s incumbent we create space early in kids’ development to experiment, experience and grow outside of narrow labels. For me and my son in that Target, these labels raised questions on why we separate genders in the first place and the ways this separation impacts how each of us sees the world.
posted by tiny frying pan at 2:32 PM Jan 28 2023 - 59 comments [26 favorites]

Regional textile economies (aka soil-to-skin)

Each year, the United States produces enough wool to create millions of sweaters. But a big hunk of that wool production ends up composted or even landfilled. The Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative at Fibershed includes tons of research, e.g. current capabilities of Western U.S. fiber manufacturing (artisanal bottlenecks and all) and their Fiber Visions of how dogbane, wool, and cotton could honor Indigenous practices and regenerate soil health for Central & Northern California. Small wool mill Ewethful (in Oregon) on what goes into the price of a skein: 12 lbs of unprocessed wool --> skirt the wool (remove any vegetable matter, poop and/or unwanted fiber) --> 9 lbs of raw wool --> wash --> resulting in 6.5 lbs of clean wool. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi at 4:27 PM Jan 29 2023 - 5 comments [25 favorites]

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