“Susan Orlean recently wrote about Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender, the duo behind the Twitter account Horse_ebooks. Their generation of tweets was a high form of the weird and the cutting edge, a mashup of prank and performance art. Her article explains that “a lot of net art defies the attributes usually associated with art: it isn’t singular, it doesn’t require the artist’s hand, it isn’t necessarily visual, it is often intangible, and, because it is usually distributed free, it is hard to collect and monetize.” This, it turns out, is a pretty accurate description of Horowitz’s disquieting, free, and interactive work. When I pressed Horowitz to demonstrate the magnitude of his most recent hoax, it quickly became clear that, for him, duping wasn’t exactly the point: what mattered was the unravelling. “My project is about social-media appropriation,” Horowitz said. “In art, there is an entire history of appropriation: from Picasso to Duchamp to Rauschenberg to Warhol to Richard Prince to Jeff Koons to Christian Marclay.” Besides, he added, quoting the artist Jeanette Hayes, “When you put something on the Internet, it’s mine.””—Dumb Starbucks and the Art of the Hoax : The New Yorker
Super well done.
“Instructions for Lovers: teaching them, how to demean themselves towards their Sweet-hearts. You must not accost them with a shrug, as if you were lowsie: With, ‘your Ladie,’ ‘best Ladie,’ or ‘most super-excellent Ladie’: neither must you let your words come rumbling forth, ushered in with a good full mouth’d, Oath, as ‘I love you’… But you must in fine gentle words, deliver your true affection: Praise your Mistress Eies, her Lip, her Chin, her Nose, her Neck, her Face, her Hand, her Feet, her Leg, her Waste, her every thing.”—Ask the Past: How to Sweet Talk Your Lady, 1656 Get in love! Get. In. Love!
“In this setting, “Your an idiot!” has everything necessary to be considered the ultimate representation of Internet discourse. And the importance of “Your an idiot!” extends far beyond those three words: It is a synecdoche for what may be The Internet’s Most Internet conversation.”—"Your An Idiot" Is the Internet’s Most Internet Sentence | New Republic
“Bill was also MIA for the cast’s group workout sessions, which were organized by Bob Balaban. “I was the gym-forcer person,” Balaban said. “I don’t remember seeing Bill at the gym. Or any gym. I think Bill works out on his own, in a special private way that I don’t know what it is.””—The Cast of Grand Budapest Worked Out Together — Vulture
It seems like a whimsical summer camp.
“Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain.”—Visualizing Positive Outcomes May Keep You From Ever Getting There - 99U
As unfortunate as it may sound, I think a big part of success is a willingness to struggle.