#PrinceDay: June 7th

Anyone who follows this blog, or on social media, knows that Prince’s untimely passing has had a real personal impact on me. That in bonding with others through these channels and seeing their grief, sorrow, and reliving their memories has helped collectively to make it easier. Below is an exhaustive collection of the posts so far, and there will be many throughout the day, as we celebrate what would have been his 58th birthday.

It’s been 46 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes since the news broke:

  1. Prince: RIP
  2. PRINCE: New Yorker RIP Tribute
  3. Prince Tribute by Robin Lee
  4. Prince Symbol NC Bathrooms
  5. Good Night, Sweet Prince
  6. The illustrated guide and gif to Prince Hairstyles
  7. Prince+Shelia E: A Love Bizarre
  8. Why Prince Doesn’t Have a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
  9. Prince: I wanna be your lover
  10. Prince: Batdance Remix (Ft Big Daddy Kane)
  11. Put Prince on the 20. Do it. DO IT NOW!!
  12. PRINCE: New Girl setlist
  13. Prince Tribute: Shelia E.
  14. Walk, Don’t Walk. na-Nah-na-na-nahhh
  15. PRINCE: Genius Tribute by Reverend
  16.  The Urgency of Life at a Time of Death
  17. Prince’s Women and Me
  18. No One Can Cry the Way Tracy Cried
  19. Prince’s first interview: HS newspaper
  20. Dearly Beloved…
  21. Prince’s Eyes Would Light Up When He Started Performing
  22. Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt for
  23. Stevie Wonder: Prince ‘Took Music to a Whole Other Place’
  24. It’s been 7 hours, and 13 days…
  25. My Sixtine Chapelle in Paisley Park
  26. Prince’s Memory Deserves Better
  27. PRINCE: Rock God Guitar Solo
  28. PRINCE: Rolling Stone Cover
  29. PRINCE: The Prince Experience Vol 1
  30. Been gone, 17 days… [live piano version]
  31. PRINCE: Dolls
  32. PRINCE: Pose
  33. PRINCE: #EBONYlovesPrince 
  34. Kid Creole Remembers Prince
  35. This Is What It Sounds Like.
  36. Syncopated Ladies Salute A Legend  [Prince]
  37. PRINCE: Star Tribune Tribute Covers
  38. PRINCE: Moonbeam Levels
  39. #PRINCEPartyBK: Born Day Party
  40. That Time I Opened Tower Records Early So Prince Could Shop
  41. TONY GUA: My Horny Pony

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A Too-Perfect Picture and Appropriation

A fantasy withers in the sunlight of realism. But as long as realism is held at bay, the fantasy can remain satisfying to an enormous audience. More than a hundred million people have watched the Coldplay video since it was posted at the end of January.

Are we then to cry “appropriation” whenever a Westerner approaches a non-Western subject? Quite the contrary: Some of the most insightful stories about any place can be told by outsiders. I have, for instance, seen few documentary series as moving and humane as “Phantom India,” released in 1969 by the French auteur Louis Malle. Mary Ellen Mark, not Indian herself, did extraordinary work photographing prostitutes in Mumbai. Non-Indians have made images that capture aspects of the endlessly complicated Indian experience, just as have Indian photographers like Ketaki Sheth, Sooni Taraporevala, Raghu Rai and Richard Bartholomew.

Art is always difficult, but it is especially difficult when it comes to telling other people’s stories.

via A Too-Perfect Picture | The New York Times