weekend links: Kim & Kim & Marina & Jay
X-ray of Left Hand (Voyager Golden Record Image #100)
, Eric Zimmerman.
Image appears courtesy of Conflict of Interest.
Despite its hyperbolic headline (“How Indie Rock Changed the World”), Deborah Cohen’s essay on the indie rock revolution of the 1980s and 1990s is worth a read. She provides some great commentary on the gender dynamic of the scene, and informs those of us who have not yet read Girl in a Band that Kim Gordon is a mortal human woman. [The Atlantic] Speaking of hyperbolic headlines: “How and Why We Started Taking Kim Kardashian Seriously (and What She Teaches Us About the State of Criticism),” a conversation with New York’s Jerry Saltz and David Wallace-Wells. Obligatory eyeroll gif. Comparisons to Karl Ove Knausgaard abound. [Vulture]
And speaking of Karl Ove, constant source of amusement, he reunited with his college band Lemen for a performance at this week’s Norwegian-American Literary Festival. (They’re also playing in Brooklyn on Monday. Brooklynites: video please?) Lindesay Irvine compiled a short list of writer-musicians, and pitched the idea of a supergroup featuring the Brooklyn Jonathans. Make it happen, Lethem! [The Guardian]
What is the greatest fight of our time? Certainly not that Mayweather-Pacquiao brouhaha. My money’s on the unlikely and embarrassing feud between Marina Abramovic and Jay Z. In case you missed the brief but splendid fire, Carolina A. Miranda summarizes it, with pictures! (Or, rather, medieval illuminations.) [Los Angeles Times]
If that Saltz-Wells piece leaves you with a distaste for conversations about art, I offer a palate cleanser. Our friends at Conflict of Interest are publishing some great interviews, including this one with Houston artist Eric Zimmerman. [Conflict of Interest]
LitHub has your 2015 O. Henry Prize winners, along with links to a few of the stories. [Literary Hub]
And if you need more reading material for this rainy Memorial Day weekend, check out this collection of pieces on photographer Diane Arbus. [Longreads]
Bobby Scheidemann has photographed thousands of drivers from local overpasses during rush hour. This weekend is your last chance to view a selection of those photos at ATM Gallery. [Austin Chronicle]
—Alyssa G. Ramirez