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Selectism | Around the Web

01. Susan Meiselas: In History

“Susan Meiselas, best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and 1980s, is one of the most socially engaged photographers of our time. Her process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate over the function and practice of contemporary documentary photography. This exhibition is structured around three key projects, presented in their complete form, that exemplify the evolution of Meiselas’s process and approach: photographs and audio of New England carnival strippers (1972-76); photographs, films, and public installations from Nicaragua (1978-2004); and photographs and collected archival objects and video from Kurdistan (1991-present). The exhibition encourages cross-disciplinary dialogue around issues of art, anthropology, and human rights.” (Hood Museum of Art).

02. Equipment: How to Buy a Wok

“A good wok is one of the most versatile pans in the kitchen. Beyond being the best choice for a stir fry, it’s also the ideal vessel for deep-frying, steaming, and indoor smoking. It is the most commonly used pan in my kitchen. But as with most things, not all woks are created equal. They come in a dizzying array of sizes, shapes, metals, and handle arrangements. Fortunately for all of us, the best woks also happen to be on the inexpensive end of the scale.” (Serious Eats).

03. John Motson reveals how he broke his foot at World Cup ‘94

“Despite getting on a bit and often finding himself prone to bouts of confusion over simple things like a goal-kick or a forward pass, John Motson is still one of the nation’s greatest football commentators (a fairly sad indictment on the state of Britain’s announcers and their punditry wingmen.) A recent interview with ShortList magazine reveals the sort of endearing (albeit slightly worrying) obsessive, nerdy passion which propelled Motty to the top – and also left him walking with a limp during the 1994 World Cup, after kicking a bedpost and breaking his toe.” (The Spoiler).

04. The Anglophile’s guide to NYC (Above)

“It’s fitting that Brits tend to fly under the radar in New York—after all, waving the flag of St. George from balconies or pushing esoteric tea-drinking ceremonies (milk, two sugars) on the Starbucks-swilling masses wouldn’t be very…well, English, would it? But thanks to the first annual Brit Fest (britfestnyc.com), which kicks off Friday 4 and runs through June 10, expats and Anglophiles alike have a chance to engage in seven days of Britain-related revelry. “Many other nationalities have a parade or celebrate their culture in NYC, and we felt it was time the Brits did the same,” explains Louise Gale, cofounder of the expatriate networking organization Big Apple Brits (bigapplebrits.com). Once you’ve danced the night away during the fest’s Hacienda Dance Party on Friday 4, fill yer boots at our favorite bastions of Englishness around the city.” (Timeout).

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