Jamie York is a producer for On the Media.
OTM Staff Picks, Volume 12
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 03:27 PM
The staff of On the Media choose a few of our favorite things. Please, please leave us comments below and enjoy.
Jamie York: This is like the lullaby you sing while the bombs are falling and I’ve always found it a deeply cathartic thing to listen to. I can’t find an online version of the recorded track so instead here’s live footage of Neil Young, looking like a deranged scarecrow, sounding like a mad sonic architect.
And when is food ever just food? Two recent "news" articles in The New York Times give food the treatment I think it deserves. An article about Indian mangoes and another about Thai rice look at how these two foodstuffs are inseparably tied up with with the culture, history, economics, nationalism, tradition, politics and geopolitics, etc., of their respective countries.
Bob Garfield: Bereft of better viewing options the other night, Milena and I watched a romantic comedy called "Hall Pass" with Owen Wilson and Jason Sudakis. We had the lowest of expectations, but it turned out to be a Farrelly brothers flick, and therefore as funny as it was adolescent and vulgar.
Alex Goldman: My staff pick for today is the theme song to the Seijun Suzuki Yakuza-themed masterpiece Tokyo Drifter. It’s a weird, garish movie that can be read both as a Japanese gangster movie and a parody of the American Cowboy genre. And the theme, by Hajime Kaburagi, is bonkers!
PJ Vogt: The Memory Palace. It’s not a place (sorry), it’s a podcast, by this guy Nate DiMeo. The episodes are these short, weird, sometimes melancholy stories from history. One that I liked a lot was called These Words, Forever, about Guglielmo Marconi, the guy who’s credited with inventing the radio. Toward the end of his life, he became entranced with the idea that every sound that’s ever been uttered still floats around the universe, and that it might be possible to build a radio that would pick them all up.
I would say more but I feel like at this point you probably have enough information to decide if this kind of thing is for you. It ought to be.
Katya Rogers: My staff pick is Laura Miller. Both her column on Salon and also the site the chimerist – I mean check out the description of the chimerist: Two iPad lovers at the intersection of art, stories, and technology. What’s not to love? Just today I read her piece about an app called “Time Line World War II” which I really want to check out and also a review of this book - a true crime story set in Tokyo which “illuminates the complicated truths behind media clichés.” Also I like her because she wrote (I think) one of the smartest reviews of Brooke’s book.