Bit late this week, sorry. Also a bit short, as I’ve been on holiday so not consuming quite as much content as I usually do. All-round disappointment, really. Just use it for some post-sunday-lunch perusing.
Song of the week is off Frank Ocean’s new album, which isn’t really new anymore, but if you will insist on exclusivity windows for streaming services, I’m going to arrive late to the party. It’s good though. The Internet is all mediocre cover versions, so I assume the copyright lads are on top of it. Have a Spotify link.*
- First off the bat is a piece I don’t actually think is that good? Clearly I had some motive for including it in the list but I think it’s mostly to make fun of it.** Basically, I think there’s interesting technical and strategic analysis of a near-future conflict in the Baltic Sea, which is worrying but worthwhile. But it’s framed around this sub-Clancy fiction which is kind of terrifying insofar as what it says about the psyches of all the people involved.
- Pretty sustained, no-holds-barred piece on Blair’s legacy
- Fairly surreal profile of Valentine Strasser, who (almost accidentally) became President of Sierra Leone aged 25 after a 1992 coup.
- Long history of Cyprus and how (mostly) Britain has made a mess of it.
- It’s worth reading this profile of a life-long forger just to get the context for the headline (“If I sleep for an Hour, 30 People Will Die”)
- Second week running I’ve got an interesting piece just named after a “genre” of clothes. This, on ‘boyfriend’ clothes.
- This story of a Scottish island community buying their land back and prospering is pretty cool.
- This Emily Reynolds bit on how we experience cities through memory etc. was really interesting and resonated a lot, I think.
- The Pizza Express/McDonalds theory of the Labour party authentocracy has been circulating on my Twitter timeline for a while. Adding Spoons into the mix might be a stretch but I love it.
- Another great essay from The Good Immigrant on sex and tokenism. I’ve bought the book now so I’ll probably stop sharing them.
- Rik what does the funny kitchen implement reviews went and did SAS training. IDK. it’s good though.
- This is sort of poignant on European night trains and how they were accidentally killed off.
- Speaking of killing off, this story from the frontlines of the war on rats is pretty great.
- Megan Nolan writes so beautifully.
- Retelling Big from the mother’s point of view changes the whole film.
- I know I complained about Fresher’s advice lists last week but I promise this one is worthwhile.
- this is spectacular:
*was thinking of expanding this feature into a little fortnightly Spotify playlist, and I might still do so but cba this morning.
**IMO I’d just give up reading this week, come back on the 23rd***
***please don’t go away