Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
OTM Staff Picks, Volume 16
Monday, July 16, 2012 - 04:14 PM
The staff of OTM choose a few of our favorite things. Please, please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Chris Neary: Here’s Kanye West dancing and singing along to “Take on Me” by A-ha.Come back next week to see Jay Electronica rock out to “Holiday” by Madonna.
Bob Garfield: You buy dried beef at the supermarket. Very low in fat. There's a low-sodium option. You fry 3 ounces of the beef in a little butter or margarine till it browns at the edges. Then you mix in 2 tablesspoons of flour and immediately start mixing in a cup of milk. Mush it all up with a spatula and take the whole wad of hot myuhhhch and plop it on a slice of toast. This is creamed chip beef, what the Greatest Generation used to call shit on a shingle. It sticks to your ribs, because it is essential beef-flavored glue. It is retrograde dining behavior and about the most satisfying breakfast EVER.
Alex Goldman: It’s been a couple weeks since I picked a movie theme as my staff pick, but I’m back on top of my game! I don’t know what it is about Diana Ross’ “Theme From Mahogany” that gets perpetually stuck in my head, but this song is a total soft jam. This weekend, a friend and I came up with the hilarious comic device of having someone sing this song to you immediately after they break bad news to you. Hilarity and joy ensued.
Jamie York: 2 picks this week:
1. Every five years since 1955, hundreds of internationally renowned artists are invited to come take over the town of Kassel, Germany to produce work that’s site-specific and accessible to the public. It’s called Documenta and it’s a fantastic way to experience art. Because there’s so much of it and because I’d never been to Kassel before every new experience feels like it could have an artist behind it or it could just be the kind of discovery you consistently have while traveling. That stranger beside you who suddenly bursts into song? A 'work' by Tino Seghal. Those shapes under the bridge that are decaying just so? Potential art everywhere heightens the senses.
One of my favorites 'pieces' was actually on display in a museum - a brick painted to look like a radio. The accompanying sign told a story about the oppression that followed the Prague Spring uprising of 1968. Czech police vowed to confiscate anything that looked like a radio. Czech artist Tamas St. Turba painted hundreds of bricks to look like radios and distributed them around the country. The police, headed straight into his absurdity trap, had to confiscate them from people “listening” to them and haul the heavy bricks away over and over again. Subsequently anything painted like a radio had to be seized.
And 2. The Lahn River Trail is hundreds of kilometers of dedicated bike trail that follows the Lahn River through the German countryside. The trail is beautifully maintained, mostly flat, rolls though farmland and poppy fields, past vineyards, tiny German towns, the most castled area in the world and, of all things, natural mineral water springs. There are no cars. I rode 150 miles of it and while admittedly I got kind of sick of beautiful castles, it’s a national treasure that even most Germans didn’t seem to know about. I don’t fully understand a public service that isn’t subsidized by advertising or subservient to cars but I found it and you should go.