7:10 am Listened to Gustav Mahler: 150 Minutes celebrating Mahler. After a cup of coffee at Cafecito, I needed something devastating to get my day started.
7:40 am Harry Morgan was just shot in the gut by the Cuban on Freddie’s boat in To Have and Have Not, a Hemingway novel I never actually finished.
8:25 am Xi Chuan, a view from his apartment in Beijing. A generally boring article, but I really love pen and ink drawings so I trudged through it anyways.
8:27 am Writers I Read: An interview with Marco Arment. “Text is an amazingly versatile medium. Relative to other media, text has very low production costs, both in authorship and distribution. One person can produce a great essay or even a complete book. It’s much harder to be a one-person filmmaker. And since text as a medium does not have a fixed timescale like audio and video, it can be easily skimmed or read at any desired speed.”
10:43 am Listened to Gabriel Faure’s Valse-Caprice in G-Flat Major. You’ll notice I listen to a lot of classical music in the morning.
2:28 pm Listened to Charles Mingus’ Mingus Plays Piano. And jazz in the afternoon.
2:39 pm ‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World “The turn of the twenty-first century, however, saw the beginning of a steep plunge that continues through the most recent years for which we have data, to the point that the constitutions of the world’s democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II.”
2:43 pm Spinoza’s Version of Freedom, and Ours. “Well before John Stuart Mill, Spinoza had the acuity to recognize that the unfettered freedom of expression is in the state’s own best interest. In this post-9/11 world, there is a temptation to believe that “homeland security” is better secured by the suppression of certain liberties than their free exercise. This includes a tendency by justices to interpret existing laws in restrictive ways and efforts by lawmakers to create new limitations, as well as a willingness among the populace, “for the sake of peace and security,” to acquiesce in this. We seem ready not only to engage in a higher degree of self-censorship, but also to accept a loosening of legal protections against prior restraint (whether in print publications or the dissemination of information via the Internet), unwarranted surveillance, unreasonable search and seizure, and other intrusive measures.  Spinoza, long ago, recognized the danger in such thinking, both for individuals and for the polity at large. He saw that there was no need to make a trade-off between political and social well-being and the freedom of expression; on the contrary, the former depends on the latter.
2:48 pm Paul Krugman, Things are Not O.K. “So here’s what needs to be said about the latest numbers: yes, we’re doing a bit better, but no, things are not O.K. — not remotely O.K. This is still a terrible economy, and policy makers should be doing much more than they are to make it better.”
2:53 pm Steal This Column.“In the journalistic equivalent of taking a bullet for you, I read all 78 staggeringly dull pages of the House version, called SOPA.”
2:55 pm Do Unpaid Internships Exploit College Students? Short answer: Yes.
6:06 pm Listened to Charles Mingus’ Mingus Plays Piano. Again.
6:09 pm In Memoriam, Wisława Szymborska ”You give the impression of a ghost, who attempts to summon the living.”
6:12 pm Greg Wooten at Home in New York | The Selby
6:13 pm Truffaut interviews Hitchcock. Read the article, didn’t listen to the interview.
6:17 pm Tom Waits fishing with John Lurie ”Like ‘Waiting for Godot’ on water”
6:22 pm What’s Happening in Syria Now (Updated) Terrifying.
6:33 pm BTJunkie, 2005-2012 Oh nooooo!
6:35 pm Listened to Field Music’s Plumb. Really great listen all the way through. Lovably carefree.
6:42 pm American Cinema Editors Honor Alexander Payne as Filmmaker of the Year. Bullshit.
7:30 pm Listened to Field Music’s Plumb. One more spin.
8:13 pm Continued watching Robert Altman’s “3 Women” from last night. Sissy Spacek x Shelley Duvall = all sorts of creep going on.
9:15 pm What Does Moby Know about Silver Lake Real Estate?
9:15 pm Listened to Tanlines’ Settings
9:50 pm Listened to Charles Mingus’ Mingus Plays Piano for a third time.