Aiden Truhen and Nick Harkaway discuss the morality of fiction, the descent of the world, and the Addams Family”

AT: Except that we have different writing styles and different ways of being in the world and I’m massively antisocial and live in a houseboat on a middle-European river and you live in London and you’re basically a soft touch.

NH: I think we’re growing together somewhat now. Although I do wish the houseboat thing was real sometimes.

Donald Glover Interviews Donald Glover

Yeah, so first question, why’d you want to do this?

I guess I don’t love interviews and I asked myself, “Why don’t you like interviews?” And I think part of it is that the questions are usually the same. This way I can get questions I usually don’t get asked.

You don’t think this is contrived?

I don’t think it’s more contrived than any other interview.

[i like to do things in threes, i can’t find a third self interview, i feel like this is something that Kanye would do but i want articles that amuse me, not irritate me; oh well]

also this was funny.

This Is Not an Interview with Poppy

What do you think people will think of social media in the future?
People aren’t going to think in the future. We will become one knowing consciousness.

What drove you to YouTube as a medium for your work?
I like YouTube because it is owned by Google. Google is the biggest which means it is the best.

completely taking the piss.

Almost all true


How to Pay Programmers Less

To create software, you need programmers. Unfortunately. They are expensive, lazy, and almost impossible to control. The software they create either works or doesn’t, but you still have to pay them, every month. Of course, it’s always better to pay less. However, sometimes they may figure out they are being underpaid and quit. How do you prevent that? Unfortunately, we can’t use violence any more, but there are some other mechanisms. Let me share.

How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind

i am usually loath to comment on specifics of American politics. As a Canadian, i am conscious that i have no standing in the affairs of another country. Mostly though, i wish for a Canada where those affairs don’t matter to us. More than enough politics that directly affect me and my neighbours, on the federal, provincial and municipal levels, to worry about.

Nonetheless, this article is remarkable to me because i think David Wong has the US situation exactly right.

The level of despair that brings people to support a complete, thorough and utter tool like Donald Drumpf is staggering. This despair is certainly not unique to the USA. (Brexit is a similar situation in some ways…)

What are the differences between rural America and rural Newfoundland, really? Lots of things, i guess, but one comes to mind: in Newfoundland, the desperate were still mobile enough to emigrate; mostly to Alberta, but right now Alberta is stagnant. In the long term, climate change may make the petroleum industry obsolete, and a resource-based economy untenable overall, while manufacturing in Canada has been just as dead as in America.

What irrationality awaits us if things get worse?

Why Canadian bands (sometimes) can’t make it in the States

“It doesn’t fucking matter that The Hip had limited success in the U.S.,” wrote music journalist and broadcaster Alan Cross in the days after Downie’s diagnosis went public. “There’s only one reason why things didn’t work out: bad record contracts. It had nothing to do with the band being ‘too Canadian’ or the inadequacy of their music.”

A theory


The Berenstein [sic] Bears: We Are Living in Our Own Parallel Universe

In 1992 they were “stEin” in 1992, but in 2012 they were “stAin” in 1992.

Some explanations have been proposed.

via A.V. Club

The Friday Poem: “Monica”, by Hera Lindsay Bird

And to be able to maintain a friendship

Through the various complications of heterosexual monogamy

Is enormously difficult

Especially when you take into consideration

What cunts they all were

The Maple Leafs’ Collapse Is A Victory For Rationality

This is not me being overdramatic. This was a season with a built-in black-and-white storyline, making it a referendum on who better grasps hockey—those who know how to interpret the numbers, or those actually running a team.

A masterpiece of modern satire from the Onion, they’ve really outdone themselves this time.