The Reading List: David Bowie’s First Demo Tape, How Instagram is Changing the Dance World, and More Stories

The Reading List: David Bowie’s First Demo Tape, How Instagram is Changing the Dance World, and More Stories

Throwback: A demo tape featuring a 16-year-old David Bowie singing a song titled “I Never Dreamed” with this band the Konrads has resurfaced and will be sent to auction. The band’s drummer, David Hadfield, found the recording back in the ’90s but didn’t go public with it until now. The tape will go on the block on September 11 at Omega Auctions. It is expected to fetch £10,000 ($13,100). Boing Boing

Shifting Values: How is social media influencing the dance world? As dancers increasingly rely on Instagram for inspiration and career opportunities, Theresa Ruth Howard writes about the potential harm in idolizing bodies pushed to extremes for the sake of a photograph. Dance Magazine

Good Investment: Last year, Chelsea gallery owner David Killen dropped $15,000 for the contents of a New Jersey storage locker full of abandoned artwork, a risk that paid off exponentially. Turns out, the locker contained six paintings by Willem de Kooning and one by Paul Klee — the works will likely bring in tens of millions of dollars. New York Post

“Promiscuous Painting”: Zadie Smith takes a deep dive into the work of the LA-based, African-American painter Henry Taylor, known for his visceral portraits of friends, relatives, athletes, celebrities, historical figures and psychiatric patients. The New Yorker

More than a Medium: Microfilm, despite depreciating in value, still has lasting power. Originally invented to reduce the size of daguerreotype images, microfilm technology allowed for documents to be scaled down small enough for carrier pigeons to transport the resulting microphotographs to battlefields. Eventually, libraries began using the technology to free up shelf space, creating extensive film archives that will last hundreds of years in the process. Craig Saper chronicles the history and continued use of the microfilm machine. The Atlantic

“Wanda” Revisited: Barbara Loden’s first and only feature film, “Wanda,” tells the story of a rural working-class woman who leaves an unhappy marriage only to fall (unwittingly) into a tumultuous relationship with a crotchety robber. While the film received little recognition when it was originally released in the United States in 1971, “Wanda” was lauded on the international circuit and, thanks to a resurgence in interest, has now been restored and re-released. Amy Taubin, Illeana Douglas, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Durga Chew-Bose, Bérénice Reynaud and Molly Haskell share their impressions of the film. The Current

Top Image: David Bowie performs at Tweeter Center outside Chicago in Tinley Park, Ill., on August 8, 2002. Courtesy of Adam Bielawski