What we’re reading:
- Ezra Keonig of Vampire Weekend talks up indie music’s historical relevance – or lack thereof – with Carles of Hipster Runoff via Fader.
- This underdog essay by Malcolm Gladwell for The New Yorker in 2009 that would provide the centerpiece for his 2013 book David and Goliath.
- Fortune Magazine takes several looks at some of the contestants for The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay with writing by John Kell and Kacy Burdette and photographs by Fred Conrad – Ganondorf has my vote!
- The impact of the big-town lottery on a small Canadian fishing town, courtesy of The New Yorker‘s Elliot Hannon.
- An archived The New Yorker longreads essay by Roger Angell reflecting on the infamous 2004 Red Sox-Yankee American League Championship Series.
- The ad-blocking features, and consequential controversy, of software and its relationship to digital publishing, deftly explained by Matthew Ygelsias at Vox.
- Sherry Turkle discusses the ramifications of some studies on the impact that a phone’s presence has on conversational elements.
- Robert Kaiser’s essay on the history and future of journalism and print media.
- Mason jars in all their glory – a piece by Ariana Kelly of The Atlantic.
What we’re listening to:
Everything (Four is Totally Manageable):
- William Deresiewicz and David Brooks chat about the purpose of college in anAspen Ideas To Go podcast courtesy of The Aspen Institute.
- The crew of Imaginary Worlds discuss the ramifications and concepts behind the upcoming X-Files reboot.
- Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air interviews American author and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison.
- The first episode of NPR’s The Hidden Brain with host Shankar Vedantam discusses feedback and switchtracking with games and interviews – check it out!
What we’re watching:
Simply Great Television:
- Dark Matter (can’t say enough about this show!)