Consumed the week of 24 June, 2019

Above, the trailer for Jay Myself, a documentary about the photographer Jay Maisel and specifically his move out of his 35,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan. I will eat this up with a giant spoon.

My recommended long read this week is the same long read everyone else has been linking to this week: The Time I Went On A Lesbian Cruise And It Blew Up My Entire Life, from Buzzfeed.

I also read this Vox article about who’s profiting from moon landing conspiracies. It’s little lightweight and lazy (spoiler 1: it’s Google, Amazon and Fox who are profiting… because they profit from… everything) but there’s an interesting idea somewhere in there.

Much more entertaining was the article about the ‘lost reunion’ between John Lennon and Paul McCartney from Longreads. I knew some bits of this from other places (mainly documentaries and articles about Harry Nilsson), but didn’t know the full story. Here’s the recording itself if you’re interested (spoiler 2: the recording is not as interesting as the story).

The Big Mood Machine from The Baffler is all about how Spotify is essentially monetising your moods. It creeps a little towards ‘tin foil hat’ territory at times (I don’t think there’s anything inherently ‘bad’ about Spotify calling itself a “positive enhancer” for example, show me the company who wants to brand themselves as a “negative enhancer”), but the central argument that it’s our emotions that are now the most important ‘data’ for advertisers is compelling and, yes, worrying.

Coincidentally, this popped up in my RSS feed today.

Cinematic consumption this week was limited to The Standoff at Sparrow Creek which is flawed but very enjoyable and well put together (like, Swiss-watch-put-together).

Musically-speaking this week it was all about Glastonbury, so here’s a version of This Life by Vampire Weekend from their Spotify (yep, them again) sessions:

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