Capturing American Fútbol: From Tijuana to Rio
Four friends of the AFR Team, Pete, Petar, Sam & Austin, have decided to take a trip from Los Angeles to Brazil, and they’ll be capturing everything (North, Central and South) American fútbol along the way. For their first stop on the way to Brazil, they spent a week in Tijuana profiling Los Xolos and their role in changing the perception of the world’s most busiest border town. Find their first dispatch here and follow their journey here.
Ready for another Dota 2 metal cover? It’s one of the battle themes this time, enjoy!
Morphling from my favorite game DOTA 2!
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Congratulations to Katherine Rundell, winner of the 2014 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! For more whimsical storytelling, try these next…
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead for proper old-fashioned storytelling mixed with a healthy helping of whimsy
My Name is Mina by David Almond for a truly unique heroine taking control of her own future
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente for a quirky fantasy adventure
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine for a strong female voice exploring what it’s like to have Asperger’s
Remainder by Tom McCarthy
For more sanity-dissolving books about mental unraveling, try these next…
The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei for insight into the psychological devastations wrought by creative ad agencies
Here Lies Gerald by Robert Travieso for a delusional subway ride into mental collapse
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville for a book that’s less about finding a white whale and more about a monomaniac losing his mind
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger to remind yourself that your childhood hero was suffering from a nervous breakdown
This makes me feel protective over Hammond which is how I imagine Jeremy feels most of the time.
Look at that Hamster sunning himself, so perfect.
Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor opens with documentary footage of a boot camp for the United States Navy SEALs, where hardbodied trainees strain their way through feats of endurance and strength. The point of this sequence, it seems, is to show how exceptional the real-life SEALs are before introducing SEALs as characters. With soldiers’ conviction and might thus demonstrated, the film can then whisk a few of them off on a mission that, as the title suggests, does not end particularly well.
But this montage serves another, more insidious function. Assembled like a high-gloss music video and slathered in Explosions in the Sky’s soaring post-rock, it plays out like an advertisement for the Marine Corps—an affectionate endorsement from Hollywood of the SEALs’ peerless brawn.
Adapted from the memoirs of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (played in the film by Mark Wahlberg, who also co-produced), Lone Survivor is the sort of film you expect to seem at least a little propagandistic. It’s rooted in a tradition of patriotism as old as the motion picture itself, stretching from the John Wayne vehicle The Green Berets to the recent Act of Valor. Many of its more aggressively nationalistic elements are just a matter of following genre protocol.
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Influential Photographs: Jimi Hendrix playing at Bakersfield, California 1968
Jimi Hendrix will forever be known as one of the greatest musicians to have ever lived. This photo of the musician during one of his performances will be an enduring reminder of his self-defined persona.