Week notes 2020-21

  • Have you watched this amazing, 15 minute documentary on YouTube yet? It’s great stuff (and, as with any great documentary, this is not about finding aliens).
  • And talking of short documentaries: I finally managed to work out how to hack my way around the fact we in the UK aren’t to allowed to subscribe to the Criterion Channel. One of the first things I watched was Louis Malle’s 1960 short Vive La Tour (the Tour de France starts next Saturday!). But you don’t have to subscribe to Criterion to watch it. It’s on Youtube (worth it for the bit where the riders raid a roadside cafe for beer and wine!)
  • I’m off work for two whole weeks, and I’ve already started catching up on my bookmarked articles. First up was Cameron Crowe in Rolling Stone talking about Almost Famous’ twentieth anniversary (I saw it in the cinema, I’m that old.). Love that film.
  • I also read The Cut’s article about YouTubers Myka and James Stauffer who gave up their adopted son. An already sad story that just becomes tragic when you add the language of influencer mechanics to the whole thing.
  • The Smithsonian Magazine’s The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Library is fascinating but also incredibly sad in its own way. All those books lost or destroyed in such a banal and pedestrian way.
  • For this week’s musical treat, have some instrumental Japanese hip hop:
  • P.S. I may miss next week as we’re off into the countryside with Buster for a few days, but I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

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