Saturday 21 May 2016

Reading list, 21 May 2016

A suitably hyperbolic account of The Rise and Fall of Ultimate Fighter Conor McGregor, by James Parker for The Atlantic.

Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe announce they are shutting down The Toast - this moment rang bells for me:
And having said that out loud, we both felt a FRISSON OF ENERGY, which took us by surprise, because we have loved making this site together so much. I honestly do not remember which of us was the first to say “well, revenue is sort-of getting back on track, but how long do we want to keep doing this anyway?” but I do remember what a relief it was that we both felt that the answer was “less than a year.”
bell hooks took a lot of flak on social media for her assessment of Beyonce's Lemonade. hooks is one of those figures and writers I know by osmosis rather than extensive reading, so it was fascinating to go back to this 1999 interview, resurfaced by the Washington Post for Women's History Month. This overview of some of the articles they re-published is also interesting.

Lana Lopesi continues her run of thoughtful essays with Safety In Numbers: Poly Twitter and Carving Out Digital Space for Pantograph Punch.

Curating for the Contemporary Pacific; 95 theses by Sean Mallon and the Pacific area curators at Te Papa along with Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai and Fulimalo Pereira at Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, Ane Tonga at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa and Leafa Janice Wilson from Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

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