Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Friday. Here are our favourite things from the internet this week:
Carl: Via my friend Sean Dixon, this entry from Toronto poet Sina Queyras’ always-interesting Lemon Hound blog, which usually concerns poetry, instead addresses itself to photographs, selective looking, wishful thinking and historical atrocities. It has the quality of a parable: Not only is it about how little separates humanity and inhumanity, but it asks: How much in our lives does affinity conceal from us?
Chris: Obviously this:
But here’s a strong, equally frivolous late challenger.
Margaux: I read a bit of “Exiles from Dialogue” (a book of interviews between Jean Baudrillard and Enrique Valiente Noailles) in the laundromat this week. Baudrillard, especially in this excerpt, sounds simultaneously like a grand god in the sky and a humble accountant on the ground – incapable of saying anything that is not technically true. So good. “We have undertaken to engineer our disappearance in an extremely complex and sophisticated way.”
Oh! Speaking of which (thanks Kathryn Borel), a song about engineering our own disappearance – with heart.
“Tea With Chris” is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Friday. Here are our favourite things from the internet this week:
Carl: Tracy Wright in Me and You and Everyone We Know:
This appearance in Miranda July’s movie by the Toronto actor, who died this week, perfectly captures what she could do and how, as her lonely art-curator character gradually, wordlessly realizes the true identity of the Internet sex-chat partner she’s arranged to meet in a park.
Rae Armantrout, 5 Poems. If Tracy had been a poet, she might have been a lot like this one.
Chris: Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG envisions a flower factory producing its own miniature climate in the caverns beneath Naples.
Stereogum got a bunch of musicians to participate in an “artists’ dialogue” about the band CocoRosie, which I loved even though I’ve never heard a single one of their songs. You should scroll down to the contribution from Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent), who stands out, as she often does, with an extended quote from Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar. And I should finally read that damn book.
Margaux: An amazing article “ARMY OF ALTRUISTS On the alienated right to do good” (2007) from my favourite anarchist David Graeber – an agile and sympathetic exploration of the motivation factors, opportunities and effect of the American left and right to do good. Read here or download here.
It is nice to watch Carole Lombard swear, it feels like 1999: