A fully edited one is on the way but until then please enjoy it in 7 parts.
Part 1: https://vine.co/v/bDPiEi7alDz
Part 2: https://vine.co/v/bDPvFHgH3qx
Part 3: https://vine.co/v/bDPHhAjvbb0
Part 4: https://vine.co/v/bDP0vbIregh
Part 5: https://vine.co/v/bDxBLYEgLnI
Part 6: https://vine.co/v/bDxKQiAetav
After Credits Twist Ending: https://vine.co/v/bDxhVlHTAEb
this is a remarkable piece of artistry
I saw and heard something remarkable just a few hours ago, something I’m not likely to forget until all the mechanisms of remembering are shot and I’m tucked away for good. Philip Roth celebrated his eightieth birthday in the Billy Johnson Auditorium of the Newark Museum last night with the most astonishing literary performance I’ve ever witnessed….
David Remnick on the Roth-endorsed, Roth-attended 80th birthday celebration of Philip Roth: http://nyr.kr/160afX8
if youve never read american pastoral idk what youre doing with yourself
SXSW is the 21st-century equivalent of a medieval market town, just with more horseshit. It’s an orgy of capitalism, an unrestrained, unselfconscious celebration of sales, marketing, branding, and “gamification.” Even the dumbest of memes have been recruited in the service of sales. Grumpy Cat is here, and she wants you to buy Friskies. For a gathering so driven by the pursuit of money, the question of who has it—and who doesn’t—goes almost completely unmentioned. There are talks about social and civil rights issues—feminism, race, female genital cutting—but words like “inequality” literally aren’t on the schedule. (A search for “taxes” returns a session that mentions how awesome it would be to have a robot who could do them.) Maybe that’s because everyone knows that almost everyone here coughed up several hundreds of dollars for a conference pass, and hundreds more for lodging. Conversations about inequality are awkward. Conversations about futurism, tech triumphalism, entrepreneurship, and the “intersections” thereof reign supreme. There’s almost no talk of religion, electoral politics, or labor unions—anything that smacks of old-school collective action. This is a place of unfettered technological optimism, where coders and entrepreneurs can solve any societal problem. SXSW has a politics, but it’s one that mirrors the technolibertarianism of the Reddit generation: civil liberties (read: free speech, Larry Lessig, and Aaron Swartz), entrepreneurship, and individualism.
Maybe it’s unfair to expect a conference that’s essentially a glorified trade show to concern itself with a broader sort of politics. But SXSW is a big deal: Hundreds of media outlets cover it, and its overall tone sends a message to attendees and the broader culture.
The hucksters have taken over. SxSW has jumped the shark: the shark has a giant Coca-Cola logo on it, and Jump The Sharktm is an app where you can superimpose your friends’ faces on Fonzie jumping the shark.