Catfish, Spies, And The Worst People Not Surnamed Ford

By Hazlitt

Are we allowed to stream music? A simple enough question, but one that took The Copyright Board of Canada six years to answer. Michael Geist breaks down the decision.

“There’s nothing you can learn from him as a writer, because what makes his writing great is so intangible, so elusive. There’s nothing you can steal.” On Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the movement that his My Struggle series has become.

“Unlike the Olympics, the World Cup was not the brainchild of dreamy aristocrats aiming to resurrect the classical world. Its site was not the city, but the haunted house of the modern nation-state, a fragile, volatile and, for footballing purposes, oddly obliging entity.”

Slow your roll, spies—this is Canada.

What’s gonna happen on the mid-season finale of Mad Men? Something, probably!

If you only listen to one album today featuring Greg Fox from Liturgy and Thor Harris from Swans, make it Ben Frost’s A U R O R A, which comes out next week but is streaming here.

Authors pick five short stories to read for Short Story Month.

“Though they make up just four percent of Canada’s population, indigenous women represent between 12 and 16 percent of violent crime victims and disappearances. When their decomposing bodies inexplicably turn up, their cases are less likely to be solved than those of white women.”

Here’s how Catfish actually works.

As it turns out, the very worst people in Toronto are not surnamed Ford.

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Does Racism Make You Less Creative?
Here’s a puzzle: take a book of matches, a candle, and a box of thumbtacks. Now, figure out how to attach the candle to the wall so that it doesn’t drip all over the floor. Do you melt the side a little and attempt to stick it in place? Do you try to pin it to the wall? Maybe create a makeshift holder out of matchsticks and some wax? The Duncker Candle Problem, as it’s called, is a cognitive behaviour test that’s been around since 1945. It’s used to measure your capacity for creative thinking, and, according to a 2013 study, your ability to solve it may be related to how racist you are. An inability to MacGyver a candle holder out of a few odds and ends is not obviously related to casual racism, but Carmit Tadmore of Tel Aviv University and her colleagues believe they share a common mechanism: a reliance on rigid, categorical thinking. In a study published in the journal Psychological Science , the researchers conducted a series of experiments to test whether views about race changed affected people’s mental flexibility. Does a belief in racial essentialism make you less creative?

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Oral Authority: If Twitter is Dying, What Comes Next?
Social media is like a cultural oscilloscope. Use something like Twitter, and it’s like reading in real-time the pulse of a crowd as it ebbs, flows, and surges. It is, in many ways, akin to scholar Walter Ong’s description of oral cultures: immediate, more communal, and prone to what Ong calls “agonism”—a kind of deliberate contentiousness to stand out in memory. Twitter, composed as it is of typed words, isn’t actually oral, of course. But thinking of the service as oral- like helps explain a great deal about it—not least of which is why it is, at the same time, both “dying” and more vibrant than ever.