Ordinary Sunday Brunch: Culture Quick Links
- Music Links
[Mu1] Music is art, music is a language, and-according to this piece-music is a pretty good format for abstract algebra as well.
[Mu2] This chartered music club is 88 years old, and has gone from phonographs to singing along with Alexa, and is now looking for new members…if you can pass the audition.
[Mu3] The blessings and curses of being a singer-songwriter who goes from working musician to international stardom when your single breaks big. In this case it’s Irishman Hozier, and how his mega-hit “Take Me to Church” did and didn’t change him.
[Mu4] I like both, but color me skeptical that playing Metallica during, or more specifically at, the distilling whiskey is much more than a marketing gimmick. The vibrations during aging is an interesting idea, however…
[Ar1] This is a cool idea: “Who can curate a professional art museum exhibit in St. Louis? Teens can.”
[Ar2] This is a well thought out piece: “Art Spaces Can Bridge Social Divides—But First You Need to Know Your Neighbor”
[Ar3] Steven Murphy has an interesting perspective here; he compares how streaming actually has increased interest in music, so has Instagram and social media changed-and in some ways increased-the appreciation for art.
[Ar4] After kicking it around in the comments this week, an article on how tattoos and body art are actually becoming part of the planning when it comes to wedding dresses and formal attire; not to cover up, but to emphasize.
[Hi1] So how exactly did we come to get the first Monday of September off? The history of Labor Day.
[Hi2] The history of that one time in the ’40s when a little girl’s lemonade stand nearly become a national epidemic.
[Hi3] The legend goes the west discovered fireworks as one of the many wonders Marco Polo discovered. But the actual history of fireworks goes back several hundred more years before that.
[Hi4] The lost history of a TV show you probably never heard of, but might just have changed entertainment forever: “When Steven Spielberg and Steven Bochco Worked on the Same TV Show (With Sean Penn’s Dad and Noam Chomsky’s Cousin)”
[Hi5] That time during WW2 that a US destroyer fended off a Japanese submarine by slinging potatoes at it.
[Fo1] One dealer hacked another to death with a hatchet, turf wars among distributors, riots between customers, counterfeit product that was dangerous to consume…drugs? Nope, the great Tamale Wars of turn of the century America.
[Fo2] What do you do when you can’t find the right beer pairing for your favorite Mexican food? This guy gave up and just started making his own.
[Fo3] Guy Fieri gets some flack for being a big personality, but the “Triple D” effect when his “Diners, Drive-ins, and Divers” show explodes a restaurants business is real, and the result can be life changing for the owners.
[Fo4] News you can actually use: Food places offering free food over the Labor Day holiday.
[Fo5] Bao buns have long been a personal favorite, first the Japanese version called hirata and later the Thai versions I had once from a vendor, can’t pronounce, and haven’t found anywhere else since. This details gua bao, a Taiwainese version with coriander, pickled greens, powdered peanut, braised pork, and of course the steamed bun.
[Fo6] Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver got himself in some hot water this week for “cultural appropriation” because he made “jerk rice.” This column pushes back on that.
[Re1] Pew takes a crack at a new metric for religious typeology: “The new typology sorts U.S. adults into seven cohesive groups based on their answers to 16 questions about their religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, the value they place on religion, and the ways they find meaning and fulfillment in life.”
[Re2] Interesting angle to take: “Our research suggests, given two people who feel equally disconnected, the individual who feels more connected to God will have a better sense of purpose in life.”
[Re4] This will probably be the real measure of how much rank and file Catholics are outraged, if they stop giving to the Catholic Church in significant numbers.
[Re5] Ahmad Ajaj is suing the federal government for violating his religious rights. The catch? He was a prisoner at ADX Florence at the time, and the fabled “supermax” was so restricted his law student representatives had to watch proceedings via video. That security happens when you are serving 114 years for your role in the first World Trade Center bombing.