30th of November: Go on then

Very nearly gave up on posting this week, employment being much more time-consuming than I had anticipated. But I’m nothing if not loyal.  Will rush through it though, as it’s already a few hours late.

Song of the week is Luiz Melodia’s “Diz Que Fui Por Ai”, which I get the impression is kind of a classic, but I only heard recently (despite Mum having at least one of his albums knocking about).

  • Another interesting detailed analysis from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of IS’s campaign in Iraq
  • Drawing some lessons from the Libya intervention
  • Unsettling interview with a BBC reporter left crippled by a shooting in Saudia Arabia
  • Look at the evolution in Angela Merkel’s attitude to Russia
  • Provocative take on Bolivia legalising (and regulating) child labour
  • The Index on Censorship looks at evolving models of Russian propaganda
  • Reactions to the awful, yet unsurprising news from Ferguson from Gary Younge, Roxane Gay, Wail Qasim, and a beautiful piece from Ta-Nehisi Coates on ‘what cannot be said’. Jamelle Bouie deals with the black-on-black crime trope. Cord Jefferson reposted this piece written in response to the last tragic killing of a black teenager.
  • Not many surprises in here but nice explanation of why diet and exercise information is so rubbish
  • This is bizarre and kind of brilliant on nonsense and the Rochester flag… thing
  • Joel Golby (who is quickly becoming my most-linked to writer) good on the working, poor young (IDK what the comma situation is there), and on reaching 25
  • Not sure exactly why I’m so acutely sick of Eminem but this is interesting on how badly he’s matured
  • This is not as good as I had hoped, but I’ve struggled to go “yeah Brazilian food is x, y, z” so it’s not bad
  • Nice piece on the Rosetta mission
  • Yet another article on the future of the music business
  • Rather beautiful writing by how videogames prepared the author to cope with real-life tragedy
  • The French press are reporting on the British press reporting on the former French First Lady publishing a book and it’s delightfully bitter
  • Surprisingly good profile of One Direction
  • Another retrospective of Half-Life 2
  • Lovely piece on the importance of the black protagonist in an Assassin’s Creed expansion
  • A lot of miserable news this week – this video of a bunch of blokes calling their Dads to tell them “I love you” for the first time is a rather adorable pick-me-up to leave you with

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