For the first time this year, it feels like autumn in New York, which is lovely because autumn is the most beautiful season here. To celebrate, here are my links for the week.
- Sean was on a West Wing kick a while back, so I caught part of the episode in which the fictional Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality blows C.J.’s mind comparing the Mercator and Peters projections, and even though I think Aaron Sorkin forces C.J. to be entirely too dense about the matter (not unusual, by the way—still not a fan of Sorkin), I love the idea of geeky, crusading cartographers. Anyway, The Awl published an article on map projections this week referencing the West Wing episode and delving even further into what really is a fascinating issue.
- Slate‘s ranking of Steven Soderbergh’s movies is pretty good—especially because writer Dan Kois rightfully classifies the sexy, stylish, marvelously suspenseful Out of Sight as a masterpiece.
- Lynne Ramsay’s grim but beguiling debut film Ratcatcher; Lionel Shriver’s propulsive, pitch-black novel We Need to Talk About Kevin; and the intense, brilliant actor Tilda Swinton are all strangely enthralling, so I’ve been looking forward for ages to Ramsay’s adaptation of Shriver’s novel starring Swinton. Roger Ebert’s interview with Swinton further whets my appetite for what looks to be a deeply unsettling yet mesmerizing movie.
- Composer Nico Muhly’s post on the trouble composers have in obtaining recordings of performances of their own work sheds light on an obscure but real injustice in the music world. (Via The Awl.)
- When it came out a few months ago, the driving, intense trailer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo almost made me want to see the American version of a film I definitely didn’t enjoy—it’s that good. And the new Muppets parody of it both teases and celebrates what makes it so distinctive, which makes the Muppet version pretty damn good as well.