Jagannath ("master of the world" in Sanskrit) is an absurd but kind little god. Once every year he mounts an improbable wheeled contraption about five stories high. Row upon row of devotees perch on the different levels of Jagannath's throne as, clearly unsafe at any speed, he lurches through the streets of Puri. Today, we have our own much odder and much less kind Jagannath – "Juggernaut," as the priest wrote it – preparing some much bigger death for us in the form of impending climate calamity.
[Glamour Bomb] • What if knowledge in the Western tradition, pitched over a fault line splitting mind and matter into irreparably separate and unequal entities, is, in its essence, addiction?
When I think of Kehinde Wiley's paintings, a couple of affiliated effects come to mind. In his work we look at history juxtaposed with a really unstable relationship to realism. But I don't want to start an essay with quotations from history – after all, that's what Kehinde Wiley's paintings are already doing. The essential issue at hand is to give some context to portraiture, hip hop visuality, sampling, collage, and quotation. I want to unpack some of the issues that Wiley engages in his work.
Since Tim Leary still steals most of the headlines—and many of them bad—for psychedelic proselytizing in the ‘60s, I thought Allen Ginsberg deserved his due as one of Leary’s most articulate defenders, colleagues, and fellow-travelers. Ginsberg’s shameless integrity and sultry innocence offer charismatic counterpoint to Leary’s more superficial and self-serving crusades for psychedelic freedom.
Duke University is developing the first invisible cloaking material. What will we hide from?
The agriculture department responded to the shortage of migrant farm workers by suggesting that the farmers mechanize their harvesting. This could create an undo burden on organic, and sustainable growing.
[Terra Nova] • I’m in the middle of writing a book on making music with whales, a project which has taken me to Russia, Canada, and Hawaii, in search of giant sea creatures who want to jam. Sometimes they actually do. But some scientists I run across are more difficult than the whales themselves.