Sunday links

21st November 2016

The weekly round-up of links to things that I’ve found interesting and stimulating over the past few days, with apologies to those who I failed to credit for bringing them to my attention.

Obama reckons with a Trump presidency: remarkable reporting by editor David Remnick for The New Yorker.

Shirtless Trump saves drowning kitten: one of the best analyses of ‘fake news’, from Brian Phillips at

How fake news goes viral – a case study: a fascinating New York Times piece by Sapna Maheshwari.

• Donald Trump isn’t just benefitting from ‘fake news’ websites — he is one: Max Read for New York magazine:

…“fake news sites” aren’t a vestigial artifact of an awkward transition from print to digital — they’re the very future of politics itself.

How tech and media can fight fake news: Ben Smith for Columbia Journalism Review.

Is this how democracy ends?: David Runciman for London Review of Books is not optimistic.

Early African American film – reconstructing the history of silent race films, 1909-1930: a great online resource from UCLA.

• The elevator: a truly remarkable multi-screen montage assembled by Davide Rapp revealing the complexity of the 9 floor apartment building in Buster Keaton’s The Goat, 1921.

THE ELEVATOR from Davide Rapp on Vimeo.

End of the sweet parade: my, this is good – Esquire Classic unearths a 1963 piece by Federico Fellini about the Via Veneto and La Dolce Vita.

23 facts you may not know about Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo+Juliet: the movie is 20 years old this year and Kimberley Dadds at Buzzfeed has all you need to you.

Punch-Drunk Love – a delegate speaks: via the Criterion Collection, a totally left-field tribute by Miranda July to Paul Thomas Anderson’s glorious 2002 movie.

The pivot point of Paul Thomas Anderson: … and here’s a really good essay on the movie by Duncan Gray for Fandor.

• The Crown may be inaccurate but it’s a cracking period drama: I’m on the look-out for detailed critical responses to Peter Morgan’s Netflix epic (above), and Gabriele Neher’s piece for The Conversation is one of the best initial reviews.

Third-rail erotica: most definitely NSFW, but a thoughtful LA Review of Books article by Laura Frost about Auletris, the recently rediscovered collection of Anais Nin’s writing.

How play leads to great inventions: Steven Johnson authors a delightful TED talk in a new online format.

Whither Vine?: Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic pays tribute.

The age of pain: Will Davies for The New Statesman on the public politics of private distress.

Criticism in the twilight: Nicholas Dames for The Nation reflects on the role of the critic today.

Whose culture is it?: valuable musings from Battersea Art Centre’s David Jubb.

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