Consumed the week of 7 January, 2019

Above, Chance the Rapper meet Cookie Monster (and Elmo). Difficult not to love.

At the other end of the spectrum, here’s a long and quite technical read about The Rise and Demise of RSS from Motherboard. It’s not an easy read but if, like me, you think the death of RSS was a pretty big nail in the coffin of the open web, then it’s an essential one.

Another good longish cultural read comes from The Ringer and their article on The Art of the Pan: What’s the Point of a Bad Review in 2019?, which asks writers from Pitchfork, The New York Times, and others to reflect on questions like have reviews gotten harsher or softer?

Steven Soderbergh published his now traditional end-of-year list of his Movies, TV Series, Books and Plays Seen, Read in 2018. It’s a great source of inspiration for anyone who cares about culture (both pop and otherwise).

There seems to be a trend towards magazines writing ‘high brow crime stories’, and as someone who really enjoys a great caper tale, that’s a pretty good thing. But I couldn’t help feel that the The New Yorker‘s The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist was trying a little too hard to create an air of mystery and romanticism around a bit of tool in the form of Vjeran Tomic. Still worth a read though.

Someone who is always worth a read is Jeff Jarvis, and his latest Medium essay on Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Marshall McLuhan’s conception of hot and cool media is no exception.

Still working my way through The Quincunx so no books to add to the list this week. But I did watch Green Book and really enjoyed it (before I’d read up on all the criticism that surrounded it).

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