“Personal Website 2008”
by Holden Smith
Happy New Year, campers.
Welcome — here's my humble contribution to the 'circus' *, that is the web. Full redesign coming for the 2008-2009 blogging season. Looking good!
Culture Crawl Blog by Holden Smith
"Culture Crawl" blog by Holden — My writings on Theater, Art, Travel, Social Commentary... Blogging!
New posts coming - including pictures and videos from an awesome trip to and through the Peoples Republic of China.
..and various other inspirational and culturally stimulating ideas.. Thought leadership (apparently) in blogging... MInimal effort, maximum impact. So, thanks for reading my blog, I'm probably not reading yours, but if you would like to cross link, please let me know.
Dentyne = gum
Olympic torch in Hong Kong. Beijing 2008
What is Holden Reading?
"Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China" (the updated edition) by Karen Smith. published by the Timezone8 bookstore located at 50 Moganshan Road, Shanghai.
"ANISH KAPOOR: Past, Present, Future" The book and interview by curator Nicholas Baume, from the exhibit at ICA Boston, (great 30 min video interview as the ICA as well)
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Lustre by Dana Thomas, who writes about fashion history and gives us an insider's look into the luxury industry's business and cultural problems. Plus it's a breezy read.
Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions (Faith Meets Faith Series) by Daniel L. Smith-Christopher (Editor) Fresh reissue of an important textbook from an peace-based center.
Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe — by Andrew Boyd. This is so so funny and heart-to-heart. Man, I heart this funny humane book so much, that I've given it as a gift to few friends. Just a holiday gift idea in case you need one.
The Chinese Art Explosion — Art News, interesting.
Hipster: The Dead End of Western Civilization — This is an interesting article by Douglas Haddow. I suspect to see more and more social analysis articles like this in the coming five years as America further matures. It's a facisnating idea, what does the "hipster" stand for? Did what we call hipsterdom, co-emerge with a rise of a unique media technologies? How is hispterdom related to Dan Rather? More thoughts on this later.
"We've reached a point in our civilization where counterculture has mutated into a self-obsessed aesthetic vacuum. So while hipsterdom is the end product of all prior countercultures, it's been stripped of its subversion and originality.
"These hipster zombie.. are the idols of the style pages, the darlings of viral marketers and the marks of predatory real-estate agents," wrote Christian Lorentzen in a Time Out New York article entitled 'Why the Hipster Must Die.' "And they must be buried for cool to be reborn."
With nothing to defend, uphold or even embrace, the idea of "hipsterdom" is left wide open for attack. And yet, it is this ironic lack of authenticity that has allowed hipsterdom to grow into a global phenomenon that is set to consume the very core of Western counterculture. Most critics make a point of attacking the hipster's lack of individuality, but it is this stubborn obfuscation that distinguishes them from their predecessors, while allowing hipsterdom to easily blend in and mutate other social movements, sub-cultures and lifestyles."
What Drives China Understanding what the Beijing games mean to China. Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough, NYT: "The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating",
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY - "Is Google Making Us Stoopid?" article on how excessive online reading and searching can change one's brain (I've only googled myself once this year), AppleScript - The Definitive Guide, "Joel on Software" by Joel Spolsky, "Managing Agile Projects" by Sanjiv Augustine, The New York Times: Fall Season supplement.
Some post beach summer light in Gloucester, MA
Followed by dinner, and then a quarry swim in Rockport, MA
Our Name is USA
Have you donated time and/or money to a true cause close to your heart recently?
Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge of thine own cause.
— William Shakespeare
Twitter town 2008
Weather (Earth's atmosphere)
Boston Weather Almanac stats -
* Martin Amis "Website Inferno"
Enduring encouragement: "Let us all set our sights on leading great lives dedicated always to truth and move toward that goal in good health, brimming with hope. Let us live our lives boldy without regret, advancing with patience, enthusiasm and a spirit of friendship." — DI