Understanding Sumo, Tiny Cats, and Being a Ghost

November 6, 2014

Still image from the 1966 short film Patriotism by Yukio Mishima.

“I was a ghost and I had haunts: I vanished into the computer.” Paul Ford on grieving, building networks, and very old operating systems.

Dorothy Parker on why she hasn’t married yet, circa 1916.

Sumo wrestling, seppuku, and the search for a forgotten man: Brian Phillips goes to Japan and finds himself in oblivion.

What do Taylor Swift and Drake have in common? (Other than their love of tiny cats, of course.)

Mr. Snicket’s participation will be limited, given his emotional distress, but the project has the full involvement of his legal, literary, and social representative Daniel Handler, who is often mistaken for him.”

Alexis Madrigal, alone in Oakland while waiting for his pals at Fusion, is learning how to meet people on television.

Screenwriters love Dylan Thomas.

“The series is addictive, compelling journalism, but the podcast loses something in its preoccupation with every character in Lee’s story except Lee herselfSerial is great, but is it perfect?

This is a prototype of a drone that lives on your wrist.

A Golden Age of TV, to be sure. But what of TV criticism?

I don’t get it. I don’t get what is known now that was a mystery yesterday—or why what was ignored yesterday is now so urgent to address. All that’s different now is that we know one guy’s name, and that guy happens to be famous.”

Your daily dose of insult inspo, courtesy of Skeletor.