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  • MPs debate climate after school strike – but only a handful turn up | Politics | The Guardian
    “Government benches mostly empty for debate inspired by schoolchildren’s climate strike”
  • Literature Is a Weapon | Ash Sarkar Meets Edouard Louis | Novara Media
    “At the LRB Bookshop Ash met French literary sensation Edouard Louis to discuss his latest book “Who Killed My Father”, the Gilets Jaunes, love, suffering and more.”
  • Bohemian Rhapsody’s visual effects team ‘owed thousands’
    “Union Bectu calls for action on plight of freelancers at failed companies after Queen-film firm Halo VFX goes bankrupt”
  • Female Directors: 100 Best Movies Directed by Women
    “For as long as there have been movies, there have been women making them. When the Lumière brothers were shocking audiences with their unbelievable depiction of a running train, Alice Guy-Blaché was pioneering her own techniques in the brand-new artform. When D.W. Griffith was pioneering advances in the art, and building his own studio to make his work, Lois Weber was doing, well, the exact same thing. When Hollywood was deep in its Golden Age, Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Davenport, Tressie Souders, and many more women were right there, making their own films. It’s not even a trend that really abated, because it was never a trend. For so long, women being filmmakers was simply part of the norm.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes makes change to stop ‘trolling’ – BBC News
    “Rotten Tomatoes is no longer allowing people to post comments about films before they come out, to try to stop trolling. The site announced the change in a blog post, saying some comments are “a disservice to our general readership”.”
  • Labour must challenge the myth that the working class supports Brexit
    “Watching how the American left fights it makes me yearn for a breed of politicians like the Democrats’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Their attitude to white racism is to not to appease it, but to tell a better story based on the future, not the past. To speak defiantly about their own values – but to offer all of America an economic deal: real jobs, growth, investment and prosperity. That’s what we need here. After the referendum result I, like others, accepted the need to try to deliver Brexit. But if no available form of Brexit is acceptable to the right-wing fantasists who actually want it, it’s not the left’s job to deliver it for them. Once we’ve exhausted all parliamentary routes to resolving this, it has to be put back to the people. And when it is, either in a general election or a referendum, Labour must argue from the heart.”
  • Painter Kimia Ferdowsi Kline (@alkeemi) on being both a curator and an artist – The Creative Independent
    “I think that sometimes when you’re an artist, curating can seem like a conflict of interest, but I have found that everything that I give always comes back to me in a different way. It also just feels amazing. It’s like that idea that a rising tide lifts all boats. I feel that way. I’m so happy for the successes of the artists that I’ve worked with, and it makes me really proud that I can go around Brooklyn visiting artists, and bring the work out of their studios and into a public space, and then also give them money for it. It feels like magic. I’ve managed to meet a lot of my idols and a lot of my heroes, and in the process of serving others I’m the one who’s been the luckiest for sure.”
  • Hollywood’s love affair with feelgood anti-racism must end
    “When cultural theorist Lauren Berlant observed that American femininity was driven by a “love affair with conventionality”, she could have easily been talking about the Oscars. On Sunday night, the Academy hosted another evening at the Dolby Theatre where Hollywood’s power brokers gave out annual awards to either life-affirming or soul-destroying effect.”
  • Elderblog Sutra: 4
    “The idea of hypertext trails predates the internet. Vannevar Bush envisioned trails and trailblazing as early as 1945, in As We May Think.”
  • The Best Thing Ever Written About a Politics and Art
    “Tomorrow, February 23, is William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’s birthday. Du Bois was born in 1868 and died in 1963. In fact, Du Bois died, in Ghana, the day before the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Roy Wilkins and hundreds of thousands of marchers observed Du Bois’s death with a moment of silence.”
  • Love this – “Organising this blog into categories” – by @bork
    “Today I organized the front page of this blog ( into CATEGORIES! Now it is actually possible to make some sense of what is on here!! There are 28 categories (computer networking! learning! “how things work”! career stuff! many more!) I am so excited about this.”
  • Stacked Bus Routes On A Map
    “Speaking of 3-D usage on maps, here’s a map of bus routes in Singapore stacked one on top of the other. I’m not sure it’s especially useful to find individual routes as intended, but the overall distribution of routes seems like it might be interesting to someone familiar with the area. Or, maybe it’s world’s greatest roller coaster.”






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