You Might Like… to Hang for a Bit With Lessmore, Brewster, Alexander, Sandra, Otto, Ludwig, Russell, Et Al.

This is a post in a series appearing each Friday, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.

Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.

YouTube – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg – This 15 minute animated film won an Oscar. It’s a delightful story about the power of books, drawing on silent film, the Wizard of Oz, and many other influences you’ll recognize, if only as faint echoes.

Internet Archive Blog – Why Preserve Books? The New Physical Archive of the Internet Archive – Brewster Kahle – Of course, if you’ve watched the Mr. Lessmore film, you probably don’t need Mr. Kahle’s rationale. You might, however, want to learn about his (typically) grand project to preserve one physical copy of all the world’s books. Alexandria redux.

The New Yorker – The Legend of Alexander the Great – Jack Handey – And by the same token, if you’ve read Brewster’s post, you may not want to bother with yet another world conqueror. But this is funny. And useful: there’s material here to use whenever your own ego threatens to go blimp on you, for example.


NYRblog – The Politics of Safe Sex – Elizabeth Drew – As it clearly has with Mr. Limbaugh, and now gone Hindenberg, perhaps. Here’s another—and interesting—take on the “slut” scandal caused by Rush’s rash (or not) ranting. There’s also a C-SPAN video of Sandra Fluke’s testimony here, so you can see for yourself what in fact she said.

Harper’s Magazine – The Empty Stomach: Fasting To Beat Jet Lag – Steve Hendricks – No stomach for the politics of sex? Might mean you’re ready to get out of town. Turns out a bit of fasting could let you come to rights faster when you’ve crossed a raft of those pesky time zones. I like the big breakfast part of it.

Gilt Taste – How to Make Rockin’ Risotto – Whitney Chen – And depending on where your plane landed, this might be just the thing for that big breakfast. One of life’s easier “gourmet” meals to prepare, this should take the worry out of it completely. All I’d ask is that you pronounce it correctly, which is to say, rhyme it with Otto.


YouTube – Beethoven’s Eroica: opening chords – proteinjivesutra – Now for something completely different. Again, and again. And again. This recording plays the opening two chords of the Eroica as crafted by dozens of orchestras, all arranged chronologically. Pitch differences, timing differences, different emphases… fascinating in a slightly irritating way. I think the chord is E-flat.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog – Lytro Light Field Camera: Hands-on with the future of photography – Steven Sande – Wow: a new camera technology that lets you capture all the light from your subject, as it were, and then mess with focus etc. in post-production. What’s really cool here is the ability to go to the examples of Lytro photography and shift the focus simply by clicking on a region of the image. (And as a kind of pop quiz, you can go here to check about “Ten Things People Don’t Know (Or Have Wrong) About The New Lytro Field Camera.”)

TVO – On looking for meaning – Russell Smith – A brief clip in which the novelist and columnist talks about the tendency of some to want to be reductive about novels: what’s your book about, Mr. Joyce. That sort of thing. (A reminder once again about the trove of good vids to be found on the TVO site.)

Found Dialogue – Timothy Blackett – No search for meaning here. Mr. Blackett eavesdrops on us, recording our utterly trivial chat. There’s that sense of unhealthy fascination here that voyerism can produce. No names, no pack drill, though. So it’s okay. Right?

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