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This week, we celebrated all the women. Fawned over a presidential–prime ministerial bromance. Mourned a fifth Beatle and a former First Lady. And watched—between the cracks in our fingers—a tennis idol’s fall from grace. But thank goodness for this: the weekend we get our daylight back.

In The Baffler, Corey Pein pours scalding hot water on the frozen corpses of the many celebrities and billionaires who’ve hoped to cheat death through cryonics

What rescued the reputation of cryonics from the graveyard of forgotten boondoggles? It wasn’t the march of science. Breakthroughs in medicine and neuroscience had not brought the freeze-dried dream of immortality any closer to reality… What did change, thanks to the tech bubble, was the combined net worth of the Silicon Valley software engineers who are in the demographic sweet spot of the Alcor business model. Here were young people possessed of the lust for eternal life, who required no PR blitzes to persuade them of technology’s ability to overcome the brute empirical facts of the human condition—many with the outsize ego to cast themselves as Christlike figures awaiting resurrection and the ample self-confidence to ignore all naysayers.


"Mind if I unload on you for a bit?"
Sticks and stones may break my bones: Rebecca Roache explores the function of swear words in society. Though we wish she dug a little deeper, she covers a lot of ground and gets to drop the F-bomb a lot along the way. 

Writer and former music critic Nitsuh Abebe bypasses the bubbling-over caldron of op-eds on Beyonce’s “Formation” and looks instead at what the existing conversation has missed altogether. We’ve forgotten, she says, to talk about “the way songs make us feel...the ever-larger private life of music.” 

Margalit Fox obituaries are always a sad pleasure to read. Here she tells the story of Robert Palladino, the humble monk whose encounter with Steve Jobs turned him into a bona fide design icon. 

Douglas Coupland's book ​The Age of Earthquakes promised to be "a guide to the extreme present." In fact, it’s more a reflection of the frenetic energy of right now than it is its distillation. (And that’s a beautiful thing in itself.) Now Coupland has written a fitting complement to that impressionistic book, in which he asks: what is the future of art? 

Edison’s annual “Infinite Dial” report has tracked trends in digital audio since 1998. So, basically, what happened with apocalypses and after. Moves and shakes in music streaming abound this year, but the big news is that podcasting finally fell in step with predictions, finding its spot in the mainstream.

Twitter and Snapchat have long known the power of events to fuel social media. Now Facebook may have found its differentiating approach: they’re in talks to buy the streaming rights to NFL Thursday Night Football.

This is exquisite old-school Björk on the pleasures of ugly noises and quiet minimalism: “It seems to be in this speedy times the most bravest thing you can do is to be still.”

This here experiment from the great digital lit journal Five Dials seems like a bland survey about listening habits, but stick with it. It goes somewhere...

To our mums, sisters, daughters, friends and lovers, this one’s for you.

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Illustration by Chris Lange.