Interesting piece on how established cartography undersells Africa’s true size.
Nice, Adam Curtis-style, interview/conversation with Ales.
Excellent piece on FNL and the types of masculinity throughout the shows run.
"So far this year, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and other banks have coughed up close to $50 billion for supposedly misleading investors in mortgage-backed bonds. BNP Paribas is paying $9 billion over breaches of American sanctions against Sudan and Iran. Credit Suisse, UBS, Barclays and others have settled for billions more, over various accusations. And that is just the financial institutions. Add BP’s $13 billion in settlements since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement over alleged faults in some cars, and many more."
Great commencement speech on the necessity of boredom.
Great piece on how the brain constructs narratives for itself as a coping mechanism. Including this winner of a paragraph:
"Alice believed that the spirits had chosen her because she was a sinner and a failure, at school and as a woman – in her own words, ‘a hard case’. She became a noted mystic and developed a following. In August 1986, the spirit Lakwena instructed her to conduct a war against the government on behalf of her people. Incredibly, she managed to grow her local following into an army of 10,000, naming it the Holy Spirit Mobile Forces. Having convinced her soldiers that they didn’t need weapons because bullets would bounce off their skin, they fought half-naked, slathered in magic oil. The Ugandan forces fled at the sight of these men and women who were wailing hymns, gripping Bibles and throwing blessed stones. Alice’s troops managed to get to within 80 kilometres of the capital, Kampala, when, during a hopeless final battle, she hopped onto a bicycle and pedalled safely away."
Here’s a very abridged selection of recently discovered things I shoot into my ears that are shaped like podcasts:
This one is a recent addition, but it’s fast becoming a firm favourite. Film critic Karina Longworth tells tales of old Hollywood. You enjoy that Devin Faraci penned essay in the back of Brubaker and Phillips Fade Out? That’s the kind of story you’re dealing…
The internet - bringing people together.
Part of a Guardian report on the BBC. This one concentrates on the type or programming we can expect in the future, and how the BBC wants to start producing shows of the calibre of Breaking Bad, etc.
Video games and the silent,faceless protagonist.
“We have to start shaping the world we want with our clicks, because clicking is a public act.”
It had its issues but Alpha Protocol did some really interesting things with plot, choice and causal effect.
Nice post by Noah Berlatsky on the sorely overlooked Morales/Baker Marvel mini-series, Truth.
Great interview with Ales.
I’m kind of obsessed with this game at the moment. It’s very ARG-like in its execution, and the topics it covers are all highly interesting.
Don’t be a dick.
Basically, we’re all afraid of being excluded from the pack.
I only ever read the novelization of Empire Strikes Back myself.
If you’re on Instagram all of the accounts mentioned in this article are worthy of a follow.
Great New Yorker profile of Mary Beard.Comments