San Francisco on Film Days Before the 1906 Quake

Just caught this on 60 Minutes. A fascinating silent film I first saw in graduate school, “A Trip Down Market Street” has been re-dated to just days before the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, making it an even more haunting record of everyday life. Kudos to David Kiehn for his dogged research.

Talk to Me at MOMA

Hoping for good things from the”Talk to Me” MOMA exhibit opening this summer on the seemingly impossible-to-curate topic: “communication between people and objects”.

Two Minutes and 42 Seconds in Heaven

Joshua Allen:

How many horn solos does it take to kill a perfect pop song? Applying science and taste to determine the exact best length—down to the second—for the platonic song, including a full mix tape of samples.

Make sure you click through to the 2:42 “mix tape”.