Weekend Reading

Reading time: 5 mins
Why we fell for clean eating In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. It’s nice to have been ahead of a curve for once. I’ve always viewed ‘diets’ as wrong, and that sensible controlled eating, not following fads but science, is preferable. (I don’t adhere to this mind you…) How TV Addles Kids’ Brains: A Short Film Directed by Godfrey Reggio (Maker of Koyaanisqatsi) & Scored by Philip Glass On October 4, 1982, “more than 5,000 people filled the Radio City Music Hall to experience a remarkable event. That event …

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Weekend Reading

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Another shitty week of news. A racist President, Nazis, terror attack in Barcelona. It’s not always easy steering the line through knowledge and despair. As ever, I’m staying away from such news here. Not because I don’t care, but because I need an outlet where it isn’t always front and centre, all the damn time. A theory of jerks Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. No YOU didn’t have any problem ‘picturing the world’ like that… JERK! Going Up Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to …

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Weekend Reading

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In Defense of Rachel and Joey (with tweets) A well reasoned argument about why Joey should’ve ended up with Rachel (and why Ross is an asshole). 100 tweets in Storify format. Interesting reading this so long after Friends aired. I’m more aware now than then and WOW, Ross is a dick. Sorry, Google memo man: women were in tech long before you James Damore’s controversial manifesto says women are genetically unsuited to tech roles. Doesn’t he know they were the original computer programmers? We’ve all met him. Men are dicks. Why Are There No New Major Religions? The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground. Cipinang prison stands like a huge …

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Weekend Reading

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Short this week due to spending a couple of days sleeping, vomiting, sleeping, vomiting… Winamp’s woes: How the greatest MP3 player undid itself As many of us are busy crafting the perfect playlist for grilling outdoors, most likely such labor is happening on a modern streaming service or within iTunes. But during the last 15 years or so, that wasn’t always the case. Today, we resurface our look at the greatest MP3 player that was—Winamp. Ahhhh them were the days. The joy of sorting ID3 tags… For decades, Western culture touted self-esteem. It got the most important thing wrong What would you guess people are most stressed out about in their careers? One might assume that hating your job, or …

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Weekend Reading

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It’s A Very Muppets Controversy! In October, parent company Disney fired Steve Whitmire, the man who has voiced and handled Kermit the Frog since creator Jim Henson’s death in 1990. While Henson was alive, he was the sole voice of the famous frog. Men and their egos ruin everything, even the damn Muppets! Why is hyperfemininity expected of fat women? When I’m in a group of fellow fat women, I often catch myself mesmerised by the attention to detail they have each put into creating an outfit. It is not unusual for us all to be rocking full faces of make-up. Guilty of this. A good read if you have any fat friends. Rugby ref Nigel Owens reveals ongoing bulimia …

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Weekend Reading

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Eimear McBride: ‘My husband shouts “For God’s sake, come down to dinner”’ By 9.20 I am back at the house, boiling the kettle and starting to slip down into thinking properly. During a novel, this moment doesn’t exist. The novel insists itself through every single thought and out-manoeuvres the need for almost any kind of human interaction. Yes. I am STILL writing a novel. No. It’s not done yet. Where Grace Dent Actually Likes to Eat Although my job is to heap fulsome praise on high-end restaurants, you’ll hear me often talk in equally florid terms about Pret a Manger. “As a Londoner with no family close by to care for me,” I heard myself say, in earnest recently, “Pret …

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From Xena to Wonder Woman: The Physics of Female Fighters General Antiope (Robin Wright) moves seamlessly among the training Amazons, checking each move, giving directions for correction where necessary. The women’s moves are accurate and dynamic, often closely resembling contemporary dance or professional gymnastics. Yet another reason why WW is kicking ass (it’s also just passed Deadpool for highest grossing accolades) Critic’s Notebook: The Post-Review, Post-Premiere, Post-Finale World of Peak TV I tried to take a vacation — well, more accurately, a “staycation” — last week. Pretty much any TV critic can tell you how that went. Badly. Unless you’re in the woods, on some distant island or in a foreign country, the remote is too close. Couldn’t agree with …

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes. Where is the big switch that flips all this? PLEASE! The Strange History of ‘O Canada’ By the time my family moved to Quebec in 1968, the province had long since stopped singing Canada’s national anthem. At age seven, I attended an English public school on the south shore of Montreal. I get the feeling most national anthems go through similar ebbs and flows. Now, about Flower …

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“Thing” now has a new definition in the Oxford English Dictionary, thanks to “The West Wing” Every quarter, the OED updates its expansive catalog with new words that reflect the changing times. This month, more than 1,200 new words and phrases were added to the list. For example, “woke” and “post-truth” made the cut—the latter was dubbed “word of the year” by the OED in 2016. Without even realising it I co-opted this usage as well, for, you know, that thing… Mumbai has the world’s second-largest collection of Art Deco buildings but no one notices them Always look up, writ large in Mumbai. A Lecture About the History of the Scots Language … in Scots: How Much Can You Comprehend? …

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Location Scouting for Wes Anderson I have another part-time job that nobody knows about. It doesn’t pay very well because … well, technically my “boss” doesn’t actually know I hired myself to do the job. But whenever he decides he needs me, I’m certainly ready and waiting. I love the look of the Wes Anderson world, if you do too, check this out. The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. Something something …

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