Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms


December 2015

Conrad Amenta

Conrad has written for online publications Cokemachineglow and Killscreen magazine. He has a novel called The Lost Chord, which you can buy here.

Ada Lovelace: adventures in dystopia

by Amy Flora

Last week I had the good fortune of attending the Ada Lovelace Symposium held at the University of Oxford in celebration of Ada’s 200th birthday. There was a series of brief lectures on Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, covering a broad series of topics: the “analytical engine”, Charles’s notorious grumpiness, Ada’s alleged drug addiction, etc. Unlike the now internationally celebrated “Ada Lovelace Day,” held on the second Tuesday of October, the symposium took a more critical view of Ada Lovelace and her legacy. Continue reading “Ada Lovelace: adventures in dystopia”

How I learned to listen: on ten years of writing music criticism

by Conrad Amenta

Note: This post has appeared on LinkedIn and Cokemachineglow.

About ten years ago, at the age of twenty-five and while visiting my parents over the Christmas holidays, I sat down at the computer in their study and submitted an application to write music reviews for Cokemachineglow. Over the intervening decade I would write about two hundred reviews and essays, dedicating what must have been thousands of hours to molding my unsolicited opinion into 500-word communiqués to a vaguely understood readership. It’s in the spirit of decathlonial retrospection that I find myself asking why I would ever do such a thing. Continue reading “How I learned to listen: on ten years of writing music criticism”

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