This week in the INDY, I wrote about Wireless Philosophy, a cool international project to bring philosophy to the masses via brisk, entertaining animated videos, which has strong ties to Duke thanks to Ph.D candidate and project co-lead Paul Henne, the subject of my article. Paul represents a new generation of philosophers who are defined by their focus on broadening popular access to the most practical tools and concepts of philosophy, setting the discipline in the ground-level present rather than the lofty past. Read it here.
NC Comicon returns to the Durham Convention Center this weekend. I had a really interesting interview with Afua Richardson, a comics artist with a crazy-impressive background (Soul Train! MTV Jams! Melvin Van Peebles!) who broke out with the chillingly-timed Genius (it came out during and reflected events in Ferguson last August) and is now headed for Wonder Woman at DC. We talked about the new wave of diversity in comics and the likely MMA influence of her Wonder Woman. Read it here.
You’d think it would be easy to write about albums you’ve listened to, thought about and loved for 15 years, but it’s actually very hard, sorting through the fossil record of your thoughts and perspectives, all those different versions of yourself and layers of musical culture, trying to draw them into something coherent. That was my challenge in reviewing these reissues of the first two Modest Mouse records for Pitchfork, two of my favorites ever, and I hope I did them some approximation of justice.
Also of note (to me): In my 10+ years at Pitchfork, I’m pretty sure that this is the first time I’ve handed out a perfect score. I couldn’t think of a better record than The Lonesome Crowded West for me to break the 10.0 seal.
I enjoy listening to Radiolab on WUNC on Sunday afternoons, so it was pleasure to interview co-host Jad Abumrad about the show and his new solo talk, “Gut Churn,” which he performs at the Carolina Theatre this weekend. Abumrad talks honestly about the chaotic origins of Radiolab and how he gets through times of feeling creatively lost. Read it here.