RW Quarterly Update: Pokémon Go in the Lower Ninth Ward; DIY AR-15; Savage Lovecast; etc.
|Rob Walker||Aug 28, 2016|
Opening theme: “Losing My Edge,” by LCD Soundsystem
Hey everybody — I'll be brief!
[ 1. ] NEWS
Pokémon Go in the Lower Ninth Ward. Pretty much what it sounds like: A few weeks ago I got interested in the claim that the game could work as a sort of urban-exploration tool, so I decided to put that to the test in the neighborhood where we live in New Orleans. This is what I learned.
This is part of a personal writing project (a/k/a "hobby"), pieces about places, or about ideas about place, that probably don't have much commercial appeal, so I'm just putting them out myself. (To my surprise, The Daily Dot asked to reprint this one, but that's just a nice bonus.)
The series is called Letters From Here. In addition to the New Orleans vs. NOLA pieces that I promoted here earlier, it also includes some older items that I dug up recently. This is all in the spirit of Letters From New Orleans, which was actually an online project before it became a book.
Anyway, there will be more. So please check it out, follow on Medium — and share with others. I really appreciate it. https://medium.com/letters-from-here
[ 2. ] OTHER RECENT STUFF
A Crypto-Anarchist Will Help You Build a DIY AR-15. The latest innovation (if that's the right word?) from Cody Wilson of 3D-printed gun fame. Feature for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Tag / Anti-Tag. From an essay for The Quarterly — a beautiful print publication by the Design Observer folks — about the work of photographer Matthieu Martin, who has recognized surprising aesthetic value in graffiti "buffs."
If you happen to a "Magnum" subscriber to Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, you can hear my guest turn on that show here. Very fun.
[ 3. ] PLUGS
Wasting Time On The Internet, by Kenneth Goldsmith. Delightful. (I blurbed it!)
When Strangers Meet: How People You Don't Know Can Transform Your Life, by Kio Stark. Got this the other day and can't wait to read it. (First TED book I've ever looked at in person — very nicely produced.)
The Revenge of Analog, by David Sax. I know some of you are analog fans; this is for you.
"Quirk Your Enthusiasm," an outstanding series of 25 HiLobrow posts "celebrating and analyzing a few of our New Wave favorites."
Jamaican Me Breakfast Club. A friend's new band: 1980s music, performed reggae style. You should know, based on that description, whether this is for you or not.
[ 4. ] JUST LOOKING
[ 5. ] Playlist, special 1980-1985 edition
"We Care A Lot," Faith No More
"Boy," Book of Love
"Baby, Oh No," Bow Wow Wow
"The Boy With The Perpetual Nervousness," The Feelies
"Stop It," Pylon
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