Michael Clarke Duncan, star of such movies as “The Green Mile” and “The Whole Nine Yards,” passed away this morning. He was 54.
Gil Blank photographs fireworks at municipal displays, where he “can record single bursts being detonated at a time.” He then isolates the explosion, replaces the night sky with a flat black background, and surrounds the image with a wide white border, “like a specimen on a slide.” Sometimes he combines bursts from different places and different nights into a single image. “The images are perfectly factual—the explosions did in fact happen—but not necessarily the way you see them,” he writes. “The compounding and suturing process of which is, in any event, much more akin to memory anyway. You weren’t there—you didn’t see these particular fireworks—but none of that matters, because the subject is still immediately identifiable in that generically yearning way as a plausible placeholder for those non-existent memories.” Blank’s work is currently included in a group exhibition Endless Bummer / Surf Elsewhere at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles.
In the spirit of Independence Day, click-through for a selection of contemporary images inspired by Fourth of July festivities: http://nyr.kr/c3pGBN
World Trade Center Collapse, 2001
The devastating collapse of the WTC were captured in numerous images, the three most iconic being the plane hitting the tower, the smoke billowing from both and, perhaps most disturbing, a person jumping from one of the towers.
Release of the iPod, 2001
In case you missed him the first time, Arsenio Hall is coming back with a new syndicated talk show in September 2013, giving Hall an opportunity to relive his greatest individual moment, above. His previous (and very popular) show was a late-night staple between 1989 and 1994, when his only real competition for most of that time frame was Johnny Carson. Bad news: Hall now has Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, Handler, and hundreds of other channels to fight against. Being away from the game so long, can he pull it off?
A baby gorilla at the San Diego Zoo went bananas over this cake for his first birthday yesterday. The pint-sized primate, named Monroe, is the youngest gorilla housed at the zoo. His cake, made of ice with fruit and vegetable chunks frozen inside, was topped off with a carrot “candle.”
Yellowstone Worker Falls To Death First Day On Job
ABC7 News: “An 18-year-old concession worker at Yellowstone National Park fell to her death in Yellowstone Canyon her first day at the park.
The woman was hiking on the canyon’s North Rim Trail with three friends when she left the trail to get a better look at nearby Yellowstone Falls. Loose rock under her feet gave way and she fell approximately 400 feet to her death, according to the National Park Service.”
Photo: ABC7 News
Kickass Dad of the Day: When Stuart Chaifetz learned that his 10-year-old son, Akian, was being violent and disruptive in class, he was puzzled. He knew Akian, who has autism, to be mild-mannered and sensitive, and had a hunch that something more was going on. But after several meetings with a team of school officials created to help special-needs students, nothing changed. So Chaifetz did what any concerned parent would do.
On the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012, I wired my son and sent him to school. That night, when I listened to the audio my life changed forever. I heard my son being bullied by his teacher and aide. The six and a half hours of audio I had proved that my son wasn’t hitting the teacher because there was something wrong with him — he was lashing out because he was being mocked, mistreated and humiliated. His outbursts were his way of expressing that he was being emotionally hurt at school.
The New Jersey father has since launched a website full of damning evidence and aFacebook page, and he is petitioning the state to change legislation so that teachers who bully children are immediately fired. The aide has been fired, but the rest of the staff have merely been relocated.
“I seek a full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son’s class for what they did to him,” Chaifetz says. “It is also far past time that these issues are allowed to be hidden from public view.”
— Kai Matthew Christensen, one of the two guys arrested for setting ‘Rambo’-style booby traps on a popular trail in Utah. (via thedailyfeed)