Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Friday. Here are our favourite things from the internet this week:
Chris: Two, three, many links. At his blog Sit Down Man, You’re a Bloody Tragedy, the young author/academic/Marxist Owen Hatherley often dwells on hopeless Blair-era architecture. Last weekend, in reviewing a book called Unbuilt Masterworks of the 21st Century, he regarded buildings that never were with the same scorn. The final sentence is like a shiv: “As a whole, Unbuilt Masterworks is one of the most damning indictments of the last decade – even its fantasies were banal.”
Someone’s writing 28 essays about Prince’s Purple Rain and for obvious reasons I am compelled to pass on the first one.
And finally, via Douglas Wolk, here’s Loretta Lynn.
Margaux: I just read a review of the 2010 Whitney Biennial that my friend Sheila Heti wrote. A really thoughtful view of a show that I never saw.
This is the first Youtube video link that my father has ever sent me. He sent it today. It’s about hummingbirds. The footage is slowed down in order to see in detail what the hummingbirds are doing. The whole videos is kind of slowed-down – with the people featured talking very slowly too. Makes me think of when time was slower and less hummingbird-like.
Carl: Let me add to Margaux’s dad’s discovery another study in avian time – but in this one, humans are accelerated to bird speed, and burst forth with song. If only this were what people mean when they say they’re going to “tweet.”