Paper Clip is a weekly compilation of online articles, artifacts, and other—old, new, and sometimes BOMB-related. To mark Paper Clip's first birthday, this week's edition is expanded.
1. Internet poet Steve Roggenbuck posted on his blog about why he dropped out of his poetry MFA program.
2. An innocent tumblr user transcribed the music notation painted onto the posterior of a sinner in the Hieronymus Bosch painting The Garden of Earthly Delights.
3. The Rubin Museum of Art posted video of a conversation between philosopher philosopher Simon Critchley and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, which took place a little over a year before Hoffman's death. The men discussed the nature of happiness.
4. The online platform Open! published a short piece on the art world re-upping its obsession with objects.
5. "tell him to hand over / his fucking money, tell him / to meet me in the mall . . ." Triple Canopy published a long poem by Andrew Durbin on the subjects of speed, Ciara, and capitalism, among others.
6. Grantland surveyed the career of Paul Verhoeven, the super-smart director who made Robocop, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls.
7. e-flux journal posted a piece by the artist Ane Hjort Guttu, on the economy of sunlight.
8. Someone posted four weird commercials made by director Ed Wood in 1949 for a production house called Story As Films. They are bizarrely arresting.
9. "Celebrity Brush," a blog devoted to poets' accounts of meetings with celebrities, published Mark Wallace's recollection of meeting Alex Chilton.