Consumed the week of 25 June and 2 July

Yep, I missed a week last week, mainly because I was too busy walking around the South Downs Way, training for next month’s Three Peak’s challenge. So there’s a lot to get through…

It’s June, which means I finished the sixth instalment of A Dance to the Music of Time and I also polished off the Patrick Melrose series of books with no. 5, At Last. I also finished off the television series (screenshot above), which was very well done, and read this typically epic New Yorker profile of St Aubyn.

As for films, I watched the very funny Ideal Home (I’m not watching a lot of heavy/serious films right now, not sure why – maybe because I’m reading a lot).

I read this NY Times Magazine interview with Jonathan Franzen, even though I’m not a huge fan of the guy, the interviewer seemed to get that a lot of people have gone off Franzen in recent years and was trying to find out why.

The deluge of ‘remember blogs?’ articles keeps on coming. Jason Kottke highlighted three good ones: How the Blog Broke the Web by Amy Hoy, Dave Winer’s What Became of the Blogosphere?, and finally Navneet Alang looks at what might come next in Ding Dong, The Feed Is Dead Alang is interested in how the disappearing story is coming to displace the chronological archive.

On a similar note, Vanity Fair interviewed Tim Berners-Lee about his fears for his invention and how he’s fighting to save the Internet. It’s an article that includes some terrifying sentences:

“Both Google and Amazon have filed patent applications for devices designed to listen for mood shifts and emotions in the human voice.”

“In India, a group of activists successfully blocked Facebook from implementing a new service that would have effectively controlled access to the Web for huge swaths of the country’s population”

“The power of the Web wasn’t taken or stolen. We, collectively, by the billions, gave it away with every signed user agreement and intimate moment shared with technology.”

This interview with Ann Tyler from the NY Times is rather beautiful and made me realise I’ve never read any Ann Tyler (another one to add to the list).

“I don’t think living is easy, even for those of us who aren’t scrounging. It’s hard to get through every day and say there’s a good reason to get up tomorrow. It just amazes me that people do it, and so cheerfully.”

Talking of lists… the maths in this article are a little upsetting: “You simply have no chance of seeing even most of what exists. Statistically speaking, you will die having missed almost everything.” Don’t worry though, it ends on a poetic and positive note.

Finally, someone pointed me in the direction of 100 Useful Things, and now a really want a Leica M6 camera.

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