Walking out of the 300 Broadway building today, I noticed a curious grouping of shoes hanging from the power lines in the alleyway behind the Fargo Theatre (above). Given the alley’s proximity to a number of locations with creative tendencies, and the relatively good condition of the shoes, I get the hunch there’s some sort of artistic intention behind it. Snopes says that there are about a million reasons for its practice, most revolving around harmless hooliganism. There are some nice looking shoes in the bunch, though, so I’m inclined to think there’s (maybe) a message there. Let me know in the comments if you know what’s up … or if you’d like to engage in some wild speculation. Either way.
A couple weeks ago, Vulture ran an extended piece on the band Grizzly Bear that is an eye-opening account of the economics behind being an indie darling. While these guys tour incessantly, put out great music, and enjoy critical acclaim, they’re not making as much as you think they are. (Vulture)
Felix Baumgardner became a household name overnight this past weekend and all he had to do was jump from a space balloon. He also received one of the highest honors the internet can bestow upon its heroes, a LEGO reenactment (h/t Marie):