Consumed the week of 16 and 23 July, 2018

Missed a week last week, because I was busy being Best Man at my younger brother’s wedding. A brilliant day out in the sunny Windsor countryside. So, a double helping this week:

Above is a really well put-together video essay on the work of Quentin Tarantino using only clips form existing interviews and other footage.

The best longreads of this week are both from the NY Times: this fascinating profile of Gwyneth Paltrow and her $25m ‘wellness’ empire, Goop; and this true crime tale of a man who may have been wrongfully imprisoned for the past 30 years on the basis of faulty ‘blood spatter’ science (file under ‘if you liked The Staircase…’).

I haven’t watched many films so far this year, been too busy training for the Three Peaks challenge (which is next weekend!) and reading books. But this weekend my wife and I settled down for a cosy Friday evening on the sofa with hyper-violent rape revenge flick Revenge. It’s a great film, but don’t just take my word for it, here’s Film Schools Rejects’ comprehensive review.

The best thing to hit TV this week was undoubtedly the Stephen King-inspired, Bad Robot produced Castle Rock.

In ‘writing-about-the-internet’ news this week: this Twitter thread from Alex Singh makes a really interesting comparison between the development of the web and the development of agriculture:

Corporate Feudalism has emerged to create centralized, “safe” spaces for the peasantry to work & play. Attention is farmed and sold in exchange for convenience, protection, mediated self-expression & an indifferent audience. You can do anything if it’s within their borders.

And I also enjoyed Matt Webb’s Pre-History of Weeknotes, for obvious reasons.

I don’t do too much crowdfunding these days, mainly because I’ve been been left waiting for ‘rewards’ that never arrive far too often. But I do really like Unbound, the ‘Kickstarter for books’, and I just backed Dice Men: Games Workshop 1975 to 1985.

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