Ai Weiwei, who has become an international symbol on the inability for a Chinese artist to conduct free speech and expression, was released from jail on bail today in Beijing. He had been arrested prior to a trip to NYC on the grounds of suspicious economic activity, and became a centerpiece of international outcry for China to to release the artist on unjust causes.
The artist has returned to his family, and is asking for patience before he speaks to the press.
You really need to have grown up in the suburbs to really understand it, to write about it, to articulate it. Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire we can only assume have lived the suburban life, because they nail a feeling in this “Suburbs” video. It has the boredom down pat, just the inability to do anything of substance, but great at wasting time, being angry at that boredom, etc. That is being a kid in the suburbs. And really, most of the stuff in this video happened when we grew up in the suburbs, so there you go.