“Which means they don’t surprise us. They don’t take us out of our comfort zone. A recommendation engine isn’t the spouse who drags you to an art film you wouldn’t have been caught dead at but then unexpectedly love. It won’t force you to read the 18th century canon. It’s no substitute for stumbling onto a great CD just because it has cool cover art. Recommendation engines are the enemy of serendipity and Great Books and the avant-garde. A 19th century recommendation engine would never have said, If you liked Monet, you’ll love Van Gogh! Impressionism would have lasted forever.”—
Exactly right. A recommendation engine has no love for culture, no desire to make things better, no drive to show you something better than what you already like. It is simply there to reinforce your notions of what you like, and taking much notice of them will make you hollow.
I’m looking at pictures of the G20 protests in Toronto and I’m of the school that burning shit and destroying things to make a point is not really conducive to making any point except that you know how to set shit on fire.
Protesting as a means to stand up for your beliefs and possibly get your…
“Why any vampire would want to put up with Sookie’s thudding earnestness is the real mystery. She makes a few moves toward jokes—”I ain’t that blond”—but her deadly earnest seriousness, which borders on smugness, is too often at odds with the invigorating bad taste of the best parts of the show. In an ethically-challenged world of happy fools, proud scamps, and lovable killers, she always remains boringly correct.”—A True Blood mystery: Why does everyone love Sookie? - By Jason Zinoman - Slate Magazine
It is that time for recommendations! Here are a few more blogs on this platform that you would be foolish not to be following.
1. booyahgrandma: Erin’s a soon-to-be librarian who loves food, making awesome zines, and saying great things to dudes (“hey let’s touch?”). Also, she’s in Europe for the summer so this should be extra fun.
2. andrewstout: FANTASTIC writer, truly, truly lovely stuff. Also worth a mention for baseball fans, Andrew’s blog Doughnuts which seriously features some of the best baseball writing I’ve seen online.
3. citizenkerry: NYC writer exploring the rest of America. A treat for those people not traveling this summer.
4. nellienellie: One of my favorite new tumblrs to follow. Hilarious, fun fashion, yummy recipes. The kind of girl I’d get super drunk with IRL, for real.
5. thesmokinghobo: This one! Funny anecdotes, great taste in basically everything, smart as a whip.
6. anarchyandscotch: The internet’s sardonic big brother. This blog is very well-written and sarcastic. Wear your thickest skin.
7. unbornwhiskey: Damn. Brad writes some of the loveliest essays on music I’ve read in a while. And other stuff, too.
8. jimmyrabbitte: Back to the Future posts galore! Pop culture! Obscure and awesome internet videos! One of the ways I procrastinate (Newsies meets Gaga)!
9. garlandgrey: SO GOOD. Writes for Tiger Beatdown, and writes WELL. Excellent analysis of pop culture and an eye for what’s interesting.
10. titspervert: If you like your anonymous dating blogs hilarious, snarky, and awkward as fuck, this is the place for you.
11. girlvanized: I seriously don’t think any posts on tumblr make me laugh as much as any from this lovely lady. You will pee your pants but hey, maybe you’re into that.
12. katiecoyle: I didn’t think anyone could love Katharine Hepburn as much as me but then I found Katie. I feel like we’re writer-sisters (I just made that up) and if we hung out in real life, we’d hug a shit ton and then eat sandwiches. Basically, I’m telling you that she’s awesome as all get out.
13. michelledeluca: Seriously, the best taste ever, ever, ever on here. Chooses the best photos and music and everything. A lovely lady.
14. littledidiknow: I am a new follower of Jenny but I have already made my way through page after page of her tumblr looking at her beautiful photos, she is an amazing photographer, seriously fantastic stuff. Talented lady.
15. revoltintheranks: Stef is my friend IRL (I KNOW. SHOCKING) and we are both book-loving, sarcastic writers. I don’t know many people as smart as this one.
There you go, and if you don’t follow these? Well, you know, you won’t like me when I’m angry blahblah.
As a testament to girlperson’s reliability, I’m reblogging this, then I’m following all 15.
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