This is a post in a series to appear occasionally, setting out some articles, videos, podcasts and the like that contributors at Slaw are enjoying and that you might find interesting. The articles tend to be longer than blog posts and shorter than books, just right for that stolen half hour on the weekend. It’s also likely that most of them won’t be about law — just right for etc.
Please let us have your recommendations for what we and our readers might like.
The Hairpin – The Evolution of Ape-Face Johnson – Carolita Johnson – The story of how a girl and young woman learned about her “looks” and came to terms with her face.
YouTube – 1965. Bialetti Moka Express – A vintage ad from Italian TV featuring l’omino coi baffi — the mustachioed little man. [See also a piece in the NYTimes about the Moka Express.
The New Yorker – Town of Cats – Haruki Murakami – A short story by one of the best novelists alive, IMHO.
The Atlantic – Invisible, Inc. – Bruce Barcott – An investigation of modern camouflage, in which CADPAT (“Canadian Disruptive Pattern”) is displaced by pixels. By the way: isn’t “camoufleur” a lovely word.
Smithsonian Magazine – Ten Enduring Myths About the U.S. Space Program – Mark Strauss – Please don’t read this if you’re a conspiracy theorist; it’s Friday: go have some collusive fun instead.
New York Times – Tipitina – Hugh Laurie – Yes, that man sings and plays the New Orleans blues. Well. This is a tune by Professor Longhair, and after you’ve heard Laurie do it, you can hear a snippet of the Professor’s 1953 version on iTunes.
Intelligent Life – A Man’s Guide to a Woman’s Wardrobe – Luke Leitch – “What has become clear is that fashion is to many women what sport is to many men: a pastime, a passion, a shared language, a form of self-definition, and a temporary escape from the opposite sex, all rolled into one deeply satisfying whole.”
Boston Globe – Clawing back to lobster dominance – Jenifer B. McKim – “Maine takes on Canadians in processing catch” Those naughty Bluenosers have been up to no good — to hear the Americans tell it.
Technology Review – The Mind’s Eye – Martin Gayford – Investigating what David Hockney is up to with his 18 screens of high-definition images from 9 cameras.
Nature – Interview of Martin Blaser, author of Antibiotic overuse: Stop the killing of beneficial bacteria – The scientist postulates long-term, even permanent harm to our necessary good bacteria from the use of antibiotics. [See also the piece in Wired.]
The New Yorker – Arthur Rimbaud’s Brief Career – Daniel Mendelsohn – A meditation on one of the great artistic drop-outs of all time.
New York Times – The Fierce Intimacy of Tennis Rivalries – Gerald Marzorati – A thoughtful exploration of the great rivalries in this wildly popular spectator sport.
PennSound – Fat Feet – Mimi Gross and Red Grooms – An off the wall 20 minute animated film from the 60s — in case you’re in need of a flashback.