Consumed week of 15 October, 2018

Two great (I guess you’d call them ‘real world story’) long reads , this week. First is He Won $19 Million in the Lottery—And Became a Bank Robber from the Daily Beast (which kind of made me never want to win an awful lot of money). And the second is Inside the Mind of a Voyeur, the horrible but compelling story of Pete Forde “a good landlord and a great friend…[who was filming his friends] in their most private moments.”

For more ‘thought piece’ type fodder there’s The Secretive Organization Quietly Spending Millions on Facebook Political Ads from The Atlantic and The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire from The New Yorker, both of which paint a very sad picture of our current and future media landscape.

On the same note, there’s a great and quite personal take on the internet and the nature of storytelling from Walter Kirn in The Atlantic; which looks at the Anon Q phenomenon through a new lens:

“The Q tale may be loathsome and deeply wicked, a magnet for bigots and ignoramuses whose ugly dreams it caters to and ratifies, but as a feat of New Age storytelling I find it curiously encouraging. The imagination lives. A talented bard can still grab and keep an audience. Now for a better story, with higher themes. Now for the bracing epic of recovery that the dark wizards have shown us how to write.”

Also read this week: The Da Vinci mystery: why is his $450m masterpiece really being kept under wraps? from The Guardian, and Horror Lives in the Body by Megan Pillow Davis.

Talking of horror… I watched the Hereditary this week, which was truly upsetting and terrifying. Not a film I can recommend really, but you should still probably watch it.

At the other end of the spectrum, we went to the cinema, got a cup full of pick n’ mix and indulged in A Star is Born for a good couple of hours.

I also finished Books Do Furnish a Room (A Dance to the Music of Time, #10).

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