Thursday, 5 December, 2013
MyAppleMenu will now go dark as I take a break from this little web site. I will be back on 16 Dec, 2013.
Tracey Lien, Polygon
Unraveling the story behind the stereotype of video games being for boys.
Wednesday, 4 December, 2013
Elizabeth Day, The Guardian
As a 17-year-old Freda Kelly was the envy of thousands of teenage girls: she was secretary to the Fab Four and ran their fan club. Now, in a new documentary about her role, she has finally decided to open up.
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic
My mom’s cancer and the science of resilience.
D. T. Max, New Yorker
Jack Dorsey, of Twitter, is now making big money at Square—and is out to prove that he’s more than a lucky man.
Emily Bazelon, Slate
American kids don’t know how to explore. Maybe what they need is forest kindergarten.
Tuesday, 3 December, 2013
Justin Heckert, Indianapolis Monthly
She was 52, homeless, and cancer-stricken. A group of devoted strangers vowed that she would not die alone. And then something miraculous happened. One woman's beautiful, strange, and troubling final days.
Monday, 2 December, 2013
Maria Bello, New York Times
He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile. “Mom, love is love, whatever you are,” he said with wisdom beyond his years.
Jonathan Beckman, The Independent
I’m a little smug, naturally, that these acute social commentators have attributed to me powers of such huge consequence, baleful though they may be, and acclaimed me the Dr No of oh yes, oh yes, Oh Yes, OH YES. Sadly, though, they manifest a fundamental misprision about the award’s purpose – a purpose that has evolved somewhat since the prize’s founding 20 years ago.
David Streitfeld, New York Times
Some features may be getting a second life online, but efforts to reimagine the core experience of the book have stumbled. Dozens of publishing start-ups tried harnessing social reading apps or multimedia, but few caught on.
Sunday, 1 December, 2013
Zadie Smith, The New York Review Of Books
The handwriting suggested old age. Whoever wrote this inscription was dead now; whoever received the book no longer wanted it. I took the unloved thing to the fifteenth floor, in the hope of learning something of Italian masterpieces. Truthfully I would much rather have been on my iPhone, scrolling through e-mail. That’s what I’d been doing most nights since I bought the phone, six months earlier. But now here was this book, like an accusation. E-mail or Italian masterpieces?
Chris Knittel, Vice
Right up until 9:14 PM on November 22nd, 1987, what appeared on Chicago's television sets was somewhat normal: entertainment, news, game shows. That night, as usual, Dan Roan, a popular local sportscaster on Channel 9's Nine O'Clock News, was narrating highlights of the Bears’ victory over the Detroit Lions. And then, suddenly and without warning, the signal flickered up and out into darkness.
Johnna Rizzo, National Geographic
As helium supplies sag, should the giant Snoopy balloon still soar?
Saturday, 30 November, 2013
Kurt Andersen, Vanity Fair
David Hockney and others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas—the subject of a new documentary by the magicians Penn & Teller—may have solved the riddle.
Bob Garfield, New York Times
Finally, in an online world of gratuitous snark, one courageous editor has displayed the vision to give thumbs down to thumbs down. You read that right: no negative reviews.
Friday, 29 November, 2013
PD Smith, The Guardian
Helmreich admits that "you have to be a little crazy to explore the city as I did". But big cities do that to you. Their scale and Babel-like hubris seem to demand an extreme response.