Consumed the week of 29 October, 2018

Above, someone put the 1992, Channel 4 documentary The Cardinal & The Corpse on YouTube. Produced by Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit this is a “deliberately jarring, oddly engaging rogues’ gallery” that includes Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock, and former Krays associate Tony Lambrianou.

Best long read of the week: Rosencrans Baldwin (founder of The Morning News) writes for GQ about his month spent Inside L.A.’s Cult of Betterness (gets weird quick).

Also in GQ this week: The Time Bandits of Southern California, the true story of a gang of luxury watch thieves.

Best thing on Twitter this week? This short thread about Florence Ilott, the first person to run across Westminster Bridge within the twelve chimes of Big Ben at noon.

This article from The Atlantic about a new study which shows that “finding beauty in normal activities can bring deep happiness to life,” rings very true with me.

…the beauty around us — the sky-high nave of the Westminister Cathedral, the ability to appreciate a simple lunch — offers hope that life can inch closer to perfection. “So long as we find anything beautiful, we feel that we have not yet exhausted what [life] has to offer,” writes Nehamas. “That forward-looking element is … inseparable from the judgment of beauty.”

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