06/12/2014 11:44 am ET Updated Aug 12, 2014

Recommended Reading No. 1

What is Recommended Reading?

  • Akin to sources listed on syllabi below the required reading lists that are usually more interesting than the required readings.
  • Usually five suggestions. Subjects covered: art, art history, art education, and art and technology
  • Published twice a week, ideally on Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • A few inspirations: Alexis Madrigal's 5 Intriguing Things, CAA's "News from the Art and Academic Worlds," The (now defunct) Art History Newsletter, and Weisslink.

#1. On the imperative to code and historic attempts to make coding automatic.

"Learn to Code!" This imperative to program seems to be everywhere these days...For second graders, recent college graduates, and people looking for a new career alike, the implication seems to be: Take an intensive course to learn to code and forget about everything else." The New Yorker

#2. On my to-read list:

#3. Why taking notes on laptops should be reconsidered

"Walk into a college lecture these days and you'll see legions of students sitting behind glowing screens, pecking away at keyboards. Presumably, they're using the computers to take notes, so they better remember the course material. But new research shows that if learning is their goal, using a laptop during class is a terrible idea." Vox

#4. On the lack of opportunities for millennials

"For decades they'll be saddled with our effluvium: a monstrous debt, an epidemic of obesity, Adam Sandler movies. In their lifetimes the Atlantic will possibly swallow Miami Beach (I foresee a "Golden Girls" sequel with dinghies and life preservers) and the footwear for Anchorage in February may be flip-flops. At least everyone will be saving on heating bills." NYTimes

#5. An auction based on emotions

"On the 18th of June we are auctioning off three unique pieces of art glass, created by Kosta Boda's world famous artists. Together, the pieces are worth more than 25,000 euro. But this is an auction where money doesn't matter. This is the world's first auction completely based on emotions." Website