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Monday Tally: Videos for Lots of Cheer

monday-tag-150px Monday Tally is a weekly link round-up of some of my favorite posts discovered over the week. If you have suggestions for Monday Tally, please e-mail sophisticated [dot] dorkiness [at] gmail [dot] com. Enjoy!

If you read only one link this week, let it be this blog post by Linda Holmes (blogger at Monkey See from NPR) who writes in praise of cultural omnivores — “people who …  ‘are involved in both ‘highbrow’ and middle- or lowbrow activities.” I won’t say much more, just share this quote, which gives you a good sense of the tone and topic (emphasis mine):

This is where the study gets most interesting and the connection to omnivores most intriguing, because it echoes a broader cultural conversation I feel like I’ve been watching unfold with dismaying — and increasing — unpleasantness. And that conversation raises the possibility that it’s not that interest in arts or creativity is declining; it’s that there’s a wedge between people who enjoy different kinds of culture, and that once again, we are connecting social status and cultural tastes in a way that’s bad for the kind of experimentation that makes people omnivores in the first place.

Ted Conover, author of Newjack, is one of the fathers of participatory journalism. His new book, The Routes of Man looks at the role of pavement in an interconnected world. This interview in The Atlantic has a good take on travel writing and the changing genre.

I was having a bad day on Friday, so I asked Twitter for some things to cheer me up. And boy, did people come through with some pretty awesome videos:

The Wisconsin State Journal featured an interview with Meg Hamel, the director of the Wisconsin Film Festival. I liked her response to the question, “What else do you look for in a movie?”:

I’m looking for a film that succeeds at what it sets out to do. With any movie, what was it the filmmakers wanted to accomplish and how well do I think they did that? Only in rare instances is a motion picture completed by one or two people, and if there are more people involved there are more variables about whether it succeeded. When I look at a film, I’m also aware of all the different parts that went into it.

And finally, a leprechaun trap cake. Oh man, delicious.

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  • rhapsodyinbooks March 21, 2011, 7:37 am

    The leprechaun cake is beautiful – thanks for the link!

    • Kim March 21, 2011, 7:38 pm

      rhapsodyinbooks: Isn’t it? I’m amazed. I’m not sure I’d have the patience for something like that.

  • softdrink March 21, 2011, 9:30 am

    That leprechaun cake is something else…I can’t imagine spending that much time in kitchen!

    • softdrink March 21, 2011, 9:31 am

      Umm, THE kitchen. It’s still kinda early here. At least that’s my excuse.

    • Kim March 21, 2011, 7:39 pm

      softdrink: That takes some dedication, that’s for sure. I love beautiful cakes, even if I’m too untalented to make them.

  • Jenny March 21, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I never don’t want to watch the Where the Hell Is Matt video. It always makes me tear up. I don’t know why! Nothing happens in it! But nevertheless every time I watch it, I get teary. Thanks for reminding me it exists. 🙂

    • Kim March 21, 2011, 7:40 pm

      Jenny: That one makes me all choked up too. I think it’s the growing groups of people, like you can find community with this sort of bizarre dancing. It’s joyful 🙂

  • Trisha March 22, 2011, 6:53 pm

    I have Sin in the Second City unread on the TBR pile too! It sounds like such an interesting book, sort of naughty and informative simultaneously.

    • Kim March 24, 2011, 6:37 pm

      Trisha: Yes, that’s exactly what I thought. The stories in SuperFreakonomics about the early brothels were fascinating.

  • Jeanne March 23, 2011, 8:26 am

    The cultural omnivores article is wonderful. I feel like she’s saying what I’ve been trying to say for the past three years–you read these books because you love them, not because they’re good for you!

    • Kim March 24, 2011, 6:38 pm

      Jeanne: I think there’s a lot of truth to that. It’s better to enjoy culture widely, than be elitist (or frightened) of things because they’re out of your comfort zone.

  • Sarah V March 25, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes on is my fav!

    • Kim March 26, 2011, 2:58 pm

      Sarah: I’d never seen it, but so funny!