Week notes 2020-05

  • Oh how I can relate to that (not the bra bit, obviously).
  • A bit of a video special this week but before we get to that, a couple of wordy, ready things:
  • Definitely my favourite thing of the week, from a website I’ve spent way too much money at over the years: Oi Polloi’s In Praise of TinTin.

“Think of Tintin and you’ll most likely picture a round-faced, ginger-haired grass who hails from Belgium, yet has a suspiciously good British accent. And while the aforementioned is mostly certainly, definitely true, what you’re probably missing from your list is: cultured menswear fashionista.”

  • Meanwhile, from Bloomberg, it’s I Sabotaged My Boss With Ransomware From the Dark Web (not nearly a risky move as the headline would have you believe, but still an interesting read).
  • And here’s the second article about dancing and Little Women of 2020! (It’s the Oscars tonight and for the first time in my life I really don’t give a fuck about who all the old white men decide to give their statues too. I love some of the films nominated, but the fact that Lulu Wang and Greta Gerwig aren’t even noinated for Best Director – and Todd Philips is – just makes a mockery of the whole thing.
  • First video: The Hustle is Real is “a story about creating your own lane to make money doing what you love and the hustle and grind that goes along with it,” (starring DJ and the man behind Fleamarket Funk, DJ Prestige):
  • In a similar vein: it’s Every Sample from the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique:
  • Here’s a trailer for The Street, a brilliant-looking documentary “Following the lives of residents and business owners on Hoxton Street, Zed’s film urges us to consider the impact of gentrification.”
  • Did I mention I’m obsessed with the band Haim a bit right now? Well I am, so here they are on the Price is Right being amazing:
  • A few more trailers… First one for David Simon’s take on Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America:
  • And then one for another documentary, The Booksellers:
  • Around these parts we normally sign off our weeknotes with something music-related. So here’s Paul Simon explaining Mrs. Robinson to Dick Cavett in 1970:

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