Consumed the week of 20 May, 2019

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Late this week, because it was a bank holiday and it was a busy…ish one.

On Friday I went to All Points East over in Victoria Park to see (among others) Chemical Brothers (above), Hot Chip, Peggy Gou, and Maurice Fulton. It was very good, so good that I had to spend most of Saturday getting over it and preparing for the Vitality 10k run which I did on Monday. Very happy to get round in around 56 minutes. Anything under an hour was good as far as I was concerned (especially after Friday).

Earlier in the week I visited the legendary Crystal Palace bookshop Bookseller Crow to see my friend Will Wiles read from and talk about his new novel Plume (here’s a great review from The Quietus) alongside James Smythe and Sam Byers. It was so good to see Will again (Will was a very early and brilliant writer on Londonist) and having just finished Plume the morning I can tell you it’s a fantastic read. N.B. I got Will to sign my copy of the book, but I also got him to sign the dust cover he provided for ‘Night Traffic‘ the book that appears within the book, as the fictional author. That’s as meta as it gets I think.

So what have I consumed this week?

First up: obligatory Game of Thrones thought piece. This from Vulture was my favourite take on why Daenerys’ action in the The Bells was earned (with quite a bit of Lord of the Rings thrown in for good measure).

I seem to read one con/crime/gambling article every week or so. This week it was the fascinating The professor who beat roulette.

Not criminal or con or gambling related, but also very much related to all those worlds is The Invention of the ‘Salvator Mundi’ Or, How to Turn a $1,000 Art-Auction Pickup Into a $450 Million Masterpiece. also from Vulture.

Good writing about music is very hard to find. Good writing about jazz is even scarcer. So this article about John Coltrane from the TLS really impressed me (even more impressive is that fact it’s relatively short and steers away from the more nerdy, technical style of jazz writing).

I can’t let a week go by without pointing to an article about the history of and/or the future of the internet. So here’s The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet over on Medium:

In response to the ads, the tracking, the trolling, the hype, and other predatory behaviors, we’re retreating to our dark forests of the internet, and away from the mainstream.

Finally this week: a Letterboxd review of John Wick 3. I know, I know – but this is very astute criticism about how fantasy worlds eventually descend into bureaucracy.

Music this week. Have a listen to Maurice Fulton’s guest show for Beats in Space:

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