David Denby on the limits of critical privilege and Armond White’s remarks about Steve McQueen: http://nyr.kr/1gE7xw9
“No one would question Armond White’s freedom to write as badly as he wants. In shouting abuse at McQueen at an awards meeting, however, he pushes past the extraordinary liberties that critics enjoy; he becomes insulting in a way that makes those liberties seem an indulgence rather than a necessity.”
Photograph of Steve McQueen by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.
"Sounds travel through space long after their wave patterns have ceased to be detectable by the human ear: some cut right through the ionosphere and barrel on out into the cosmic heartland, while others bounce around, eventually being absorbed into the vibratory fields of earthly barriers, but in neither case does the energy succumb; it goes on forever - which is why we, each of us, should take pains to make sweet notes."
- Tom Robbins
Old Finnish people with things on their heads. That is all.
(OK, I lied, that is not all. These are part of a funny, gorgeous photo series by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen called Eyes As Big As Plates, and you should look at as much of it as you possibly can.)
(Also: hat tip, so to speak, to Mr. Benjamin Birdsall.)
Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine took to the streets to demonstrate against President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to abandon an EU integration pact, as he works to strengthen economic ties to Russia, rather than Europe. Protesters blockaded government buildings and occupied Independence Square in Kiev today, seeking to force Yanukovich from office. After harsh crackdowns last night, demonstrations continued this morning, with leaders calling for a nationwide strike.