Start Spreadin’ the OWS
By: Matthew Battles | Categories: Kudos, Spectacles

Filmmaker Casey Neistat has mastered the art of the viral video, and his coverage of the police assault on Zuccotti Park transcends the customary limits of the form. Pairing the best of eighteen hours of footage of helmeted phalanxes and spirited arrests with Sinatra’s recording of “New York, New York” breaks the song’s savagery free from its quatschifying caul of rat-pack bonhomie. It’s almost as if this song has been winging its way through history, risking all the perils of hollowness and nostalgia, to find its roost in this moment. See the video now before it’s taken down. — via Quinn Norton



Matthew Battles, Hilobrow's cofounder, has written about language, history, and the natural world for many publications. When he makes poems, he puts them here. A fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he's also the author of Library, An Unquiet History.