Consumed the week of 18 March, 2019

Definitely my highlight of the week was the Vampire Weekend ‘breakfast gig’ at 10am Saturday morning at Islington Assembly Hall. I was pretty hungover from the end of a slightly rough work week, but the gig was tremendous. Here they are in the middle of performing A-Punk three times in a row.

And here’s an interview with Ezra Koenig from GQ magazine talking about the new album (I was lucky enough to attend the playback of the album on Tuesday night, and it’s very good).

Also from GQ, here’s the brilliant Jenny Odell talking about her upcoming book How to Do Nothing (it is NOT a digital detox book!). I have read Odell’s essay of the same name (actually a version of a keynote talk she gave at EYEO a couple of years ago) multiple times and taken something away from it each time. Really looking forward to reading the book.

I really liked this essay from one of the founders of Design Studio HAWRAF about why they shut the studio down and the lessons they learned along the way. They also opened up their Google drive for anyone to look at. Brave.

Long read of the week goes to Dice Roll: The Phantom Gambler from The Paris Review.

Music for this week: Karen O (and Danger Mouse) with a Spike Jonze-directed performance for the track Woman.

Films watched recently: Triple Frontier on Netflix is a ok macho movie (with a Top Gear-esque soundtrack of dad rock classics to match) that doesn’t use Oscar Isaac enough but used Ben Affleck just enough. It’s entertaining nonsense.

Three Identical Strangers is a solid documentary that takes an interesting story that builds into a potentially fascinating one, and just undercooks it slightly. At 90 minutes it still felt a bit overlong and repetitive, but the story is so incredible it’s worth watching.

Finally, Doctor Strange is… well it’s pretty dull. I was hungover. It’s on Netflix. It did the job, just. But really, for a film that has Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton in it, it’s severely underwhelming.

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