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Re: Long Reads

Post by kranepool » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:02 am

An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its premiere

In January 1994, a group of filmmakers from Chicago went to the Sundance Film Festival to accomplish the impossible, by selling a three-hour documentary about two inner-city teens hoping to get to the NBA. By the time they left, their lives had changed, and so had the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.
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Post by Shirley » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:37 pm

kranepool wrote:An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its premiere

In January 1994, a group of filmmakers from Chicago went to the Sundance Film Festival to accomplish the impossible, by selling a three-hour documentary about two inner-city teens hoping to get to the NBA. By the time they left, their lives had changed, and so had the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.
That was a fun read. Great movie. If any Swampers haven't seen Hoop Dreams, they should immediately rectify that.
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Re: Long Reads

Post by Giff » Sun Jan 19, 2014 6:53 pm

As huge a basketball fan as I am, I can't believe I've never seen it.
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Post by Scottie » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:36 pm

Giff wrote:As huge a basketball fan as I am, I can't believe I've never seen it.
Oddly, neither have I.

[changed] the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.

It what?
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Post by brian » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:39 pm

Scottie wrote:
Giff wrote:As huge a basketball fan as I am, I can't believe I've never seen it.
Oddly, neither have I.

[changed] the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.

It what?
It did launch a renaissance for the feature-length documentary. It was arguably an almost dead art form at that point. Sure you had Errol Morris and a few other folks doing their thing, but it really came back gangbusters after Hoop Dreams.

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Post by Scottie » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:48 pm

No, I singled out that sentence because it is completely meaningless. Read it carefully; it's absurd.

Feature-length documentary filmmaking was never near death. It may have been suffering from a lack of well-made films in America, or more accurately "profitable" films in America, but it was doing just fine in the rest of the world, thankyouverymuch. "Dead art form"? Not remotely.
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Post by brian » Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:55 pm

Scottie wrote:No, I singled out that sentence because it is completely meaningless. Read it carefully; it's absurd.

Feature-length documentary filmmaking was never near death. It may have been suffering from a lack of well-made films in America, or more accurately "profitable" films in America, but it was doing just fine in the rest of the world, thankyouverymuch. "Dead art form"? Not remotely.
I agree the sentence was poorly worded/inaccurate. And dead art form was strong, but it certainly engendered a resurgence in documentaries and that's hard to argue.

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Post by Giff » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:00 pm

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Scottie wrote:No, I singled out that sentence because it is completely meaningless. Read it carefully; it's absurd.

Feature-length documentary filmmaking was never near death. It may have been suffering from a lack of well-made films in America, or more accurately "profitable" films in America, but it was doing just fine in the rest of the world, thankyouverymuch. "Dead art form"? Not remotely.
I agree the sentence was poorly worded/inaccurate. And dead art form was strong, but it certainly engendered a resurgence in documentaries and that's hard to argue.
It's Scottie...ain't nothing too hard to argue. Insert smiley.
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Seems generous to label them "errors".
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Post by Pruitt » Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:33 am

The so called White War was a series of hellish battles during World War One fought between Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

Five years ago, I hiked through some of the more accessible battle sites and visited the museum up in the hills.

It is really hard to imagine anything worse than what these soldiers went through.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ns-history
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Post by A_B » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:01 am

Pruitt wrote:The so called White War was a series of hellish battles during World War One fought between Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

Five years ago, I hiked through some of the more accessible battle sites and visited the museum up in the hills.

It is really hard to imagine anything worse than what these soldiers went through.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ns-history

that's the inspiration for A Farewell to Arms.
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Post by govmentchedda » Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:42 am

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Pruitt wrote:The so called White War was a series of hellish battles during World War One fought between Italians and Austro-Hungarians.

Five years ago, I hiked through some of the more accessible battle sites and visited the museum up in the hills.

It is really hard to imagine anything worse than what these soldiers went through.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... ns-history

that's the inspiration for A Farewell to Arms.
I'm nearly halfway through the 8 hour, 4 part Hardcore History podcast titled, "Blueprint for Armageddon". No mention of the White War yet.

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Post by Johnnie » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:23 am

I'm going to have to saddle up for this:

The Tragedy of the American Military

From the Atlantic.
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Post by howard » Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:20 pm

I like Fallows, but I have not been able to muscle up to read this. Let me know if he says anything drastic that we don't already know to be so.
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“All I'm sayin' is, he comes near me, I'll put him in the wall.”

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Post by P.D.X. » Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:53 pm

The Man Who Broke the Music Business

Fascinating read on probably the single biggest pirate/bootlegger.

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Post by Gunpowder » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:13 pm

Ahh, right down the street in ol' Braddock.
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Re: Long Reads

Post by Sabo » Tue May 05, 2015 2:49 pm

Mallards rule.

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Post by brian » Tue May 05, 2015 2:55 pm

I love me some Wright Thompson, but there's not really anything particularly revelatory that wasn't in Williams' biography (The Kid).

ETA: Though to be clear, I agree it's still worth a read.

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Post by howard » Tue May 05, 2015 4:08 pm

Even though I never saw him play (I'm not that old) Williams was as big a hero to me as possible for a celebrity/someone I did not actually know in real life. Bigger than Willie Mays in my teenaged estimation. His standard, sanitized (pre-Ball Four) autobiography, My Turn at Bat I read a half dozen times; I memorized The Science of Hitting (and had my one truly successful season as a baseball player, maxed out at 15yo all stars.)

Over the years, and since his death, my childhood hero has been as thoroughly demolished as possible. Hard to imagine anything that could shock me now about Teddy Ballgame[*]. But, I'll give it a shot.



*I mean, how do you top that he was half-Mexican?

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Post by mister d » Tue May 05, 2015 4:27 pm

P.D.X. wrote:The Man Who Broke the Music Business

Fascinating read on probably the single biggest pirate/bootlegger.
This was really, really good.
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Re: Long Reads

Post by DSafetyGuy » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:21 am

“All I'm sayin' is, he comes near me, I'll put him in the wall.”

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Re: Long Reads

Post by Giff » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:01 pm

DSafetyGuy wrote:A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

And a casino.
This was great. Would make an awesome movie.
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Re: Long Reads

Post by DSafetyGuy » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:59 pm

Giff wrote:
DSafetyGuy wrote:A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

And a casino.
This was great. Would make an awesome movie.
That was one of my first reactions, as well.
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Post by DSafetyGuy » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:14 pm

Since the term has returned to prominence lately, here is the article about policing neighborhoods, "Broken Windows".
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Post by howard » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:51 pm

That is a nice look back at a 1982 article, on a theory since completely discredited, yet still championed.

Taibbi has at the failed theory: Why Baltimore Blew Up
Broken Windows policing, which gained renown in the Nineties thanks to politicians like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is the mutant offspring of our already infamous race history, a set of high-tech tricks to disguise old-school discriminatory policing as cheery-sounding, yuppie-approved, Malcolm Gladwell-endorsed pop sociology. The ideas grew out of a theory advanced in 1982 by a pair of academics, James Q. Wilson of Harvard and George Kelling of Rutgers. "If a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken," the pair wrote in The Atlantic, arguing in "Broken Windows" that disorder and crime were "inextricably linked" and that fixing the former would impact the latter.
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Post by brian » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:50 am

Feather bowling in Detroit.

trust me, the piece is a lot more interesting than you would think. I've been to the place in question many a time. It's one of the most interesting places I've ever been anywhere in the world.

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Post by Pruitt » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:13 pm

brian wrote:Feather bowling in Detroit.

trust me, the piece is a lot more interesting than you would think. I've been to the place in question many a time. It's one of the most interesting places I've ever been anywhere in the world.
A few years ago, Anthony Bourdain went there (probably in "No Reservations") and he got drink and tried the feather bowling. Looked like a riot.
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Post by DSafetyGuy » Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:55 pm

The Chameleon.

The write-up that led me to click on it:
Frédéric Bourdin was an imposter. His "trail of cons," for which he used five languages and dozens of identities, extended for years across Europe and America.
But, there's more than that.
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Post by DC47 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:54 pm

brian wrote:Feather bowling in Detroit.

trust me, the piece is a lot more interesting than you would think. I've been to the place in question many a time. It's one of the most interesting places I've ever been anywhere in the world.
I went there first with a Belgian acquaintance in the early '80s. It's the real deal. This is a terrific depiction.

Brian, what interested you about this place?

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Re: Long Reads

Post by Shirley » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:49 pm

This is a fascinating read about a pair of identical twins who were accidentally raised as a pair of fraternal twins after a hospital mix-up.

The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by rass » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:16 pm

Shirley wrote:This is a fascinating read about a pair of identical twins who were accidentally raised as a pair of fraternal twins after a hospital mix-up.

The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá
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Post by P.D.X. » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:52 pm

Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”

MSM is like 5 years late to the party.

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Post by Johnny Carwash » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:58 pm

I want to punch everybody in the opening segment of that article. Probably the rest too but I couldn't make it that far.
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Post by brian » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:59 pm

Johnny Carwash wrote:I want to punch everybody in the opening segment of that article. Probably the rest too but I couldn't make it that far.
Yeah, I'd probably be interested in reading a story not about a bunch of douchy, entitled New York fratbros and their experiences with Tinder. I think there's a story there waiting to be told that would be interesting, but it wasn't this one.

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