Well I’m not sure what you expect. This is the Weekly Town Crier, where I collect and pass along links If interest from the past week. Don’t call it a link-dump. Well, I suppose you could but that sounds so crass, now doesn’t it? I’d like to think of these links as somewhat thought-provoking.
R.I.P. the library card catalog.
R.I.P. Doris Roberts.
Read as The Atlantic considers “The Unexpected Pleasure of Doing Things Alone”.
Read NPR’s coverage of “First-Ever Official Pastafarian Wedding”.
Browse “Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others” at Fast Company.
Read Revolver‘s interview with Daniel Johnston.
Read Christianity Today‘s report that the Bible is now among the most challenged books at libraries and schools.
Read AV Club‘s report that Thomas the Tank Engine is being re-worked for adults.
Read BBC‘s report about the recent study finding that, for those over 40, a 3-day work-week is optimal.
Read Pitchfork‘s report that “Axl Rose Is AC/DC‘s New Frontman”.
Browse AV Club‘s profile of “19 bands that have plowed through 3 or more frontmen without a name change”.
Read Quartz‘ report: “It’s true. Every music festival is starting to look the same”.
Read Techly‘s report that Chuck Palahniuk has re-worked Fight Club for children.
Read Salon‘s piece: ““I am the human being that I am today because of the Grateful Dead”: Bill Walton shares life lessons from 859 shows”
Read as First Things considers “Faith In Fiction”: “’I’m sick of Flannery O’Connor. I’m also sick of Walker Percy, G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Dostoevsky. Actually, I’m sick of hearing about them from religiously minded readers. These tend to be the only authors that come up when I ask them what they read for literature.”
Read Pitchfork‘s report that Johnny Marr has announced his autobiography, Set the Boy Free.
Read/Listen to NPR’s profile of Merge Records.
Read as N.D. Wilson writes for The Atlantic: “Why I Write Scary Stories for Children”.
Read as Brain Pickings considers “The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story”.
See a vending machine for books at BBC.
Read The Daily Beast‘s report that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
Browse Fact Magazine‘s picks for “The 30 best post-rock albums of all time”. Did your favorite make their list?
See “the dying art of the film projectionist – in pictures” at The Guardian.
Read Smithsonian‘s piece: “Why Women Bring Their ‘I Voted’ Stickers to Susan B. Anthony’s Grave”.
Read Consequence of Sound‘s report that Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks’ 2012 book, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story Of The Music Video Revolution will be adapted for the screen.
Go “Behind The Scenes At Karlie Kloss’s New Coding Camp For Girls” with Fast Company.
Read as NME considers the new study considering “why everyone hates Nickelback so much”.
Take “A Peek Inside Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Pigments” at Colossal.
Read Quartz‘ startling report: “One in 14 Americans will grow up with a parent in prison”.
Read as the New Yorker considers “The Unoriginal Originality of Led Zeppelin“.
Read “Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate” at Brain Pickings.
Watch “Steve Reich reflects on his most significant works” at CBC.
Read as KQED considers “Why Kids Should Keep Using Their Fingers to do Math”.
Browse Paste‘s picks for “The 50 Best Movie Soundtracks”.
Read as The Atlantic considers “The Limits of the Late-Night Comedy Takedown”. What is really accomplished when late-night truth-tellers shine their spotlights?
Read Flavorwire‘s report that “HBO Is Making a New ‘Fahrenheit 451′ Movie”. Let’s hope they remember that the theme of the controversial book is not censorship but television itself, which, sort of ironically works against the re-make itself. How’s that for meta?
See “what happens inside a vinyl factory” at BBC.
Browse “A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism” at Atlas Obscura.
Read Consequence of Sound‘s report: “Coachella organizers planning new festival with the Holy Grail of headliners McCartney, The Stones, Roger Waters, The Who, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young“.
Read “An Ode to Shakespeare from Kurt Vonnegut” at Signature.
Read/Listen as NPR considers why it’s time to put away the laptop and take hand-written notes.
Read the Los Angeles Times‘ report: “Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out”.
Read as Quartz considers “Why the sweaty, crowded summer festival became the last sacred space in music”.
Read as Techly wonders “Is the Music You Listen to Affecting Your Brain Long-Term?”
Read: “Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence” at Brain Pickings.
Browse “Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists” at Fast Company.