Pop Culture Love

I’ve been thinking about how shows aren’t just deep immersive experiences in their own right, they’re also fuel for the thick conversation of friendship. TV sociality: what’s behind it? Why? When I see a good show, I find I instantly want to re-watch it WITH someone. Watching alone is a thin, unrewarding experience. It’s nothing[…]

Animating (and Reanimating) Debussy, or, The Artist (and Hugo)

Listen to and look at this lovely thing: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6s49OKp6aE] This animated score of Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 [h/t Nathan Pensky] is the most compelling visual illustration of musical voicing I’ve seen since—well, since Fantasia. I loved Fantasia as a kid, but it had the formal disadvantage of layering on, not just a visual component to an[…]

Sunday Videos

The Very First Kiss on Film (via @brainpickings):   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IUyTcpvTPu0]   BATS! (via io9):   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Oc8ACBiwIyE]   Q: When is a Guitar Not A Guitar? A: When A Bird Mistakes a Bluegrass Singer For a Disney Princess. (via @zunguzungu)   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7vBo0ptYJNs#t=87s]

Taglines for HUGO

Hugo: We’ll shove our metaphors down your throat through your eyes. Hugo: Frenchifying Dickens because it’s prettier that way. (Don’t worry–everyone still talks British!) Hugo: Orphans are sad, but old men who never got recognized for their filmmaking are sadder. Hugo: People want to work, but they don’t want to be cogs in a machine,[…]