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The Hedgehog’s Array: April 1, 2016

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Noteworthy reads from the last week:

“A History of Wallpaper’s Deception,” Jude Stewart
“Wallpaper has been guilty of little white lies, like visually altering the proportions of a room or projecting your idle fancies onto the four walls—and also of more outright deception, of social pretension, even the erasure of history.”

“The Declining Taste of the Global Super-Rich,” Amber A’Lee Frost
“This is the state of fine arts under contemporary capitalism. Classics and antiquity have lost cultural cache in the age of disruption, and there is no longer an aristocratic imperative to support noble projects of lofty ambition.”

“A Century of Wild and Utopian Experiments with Self-Sustaining Worlds,” Claire Voon
“Can a house sustain itself by eating its own tail?”

“Inside a Chinese Self-Help Group,” Yuebai Liu
“The desire for self-actualization in a hyper-competitive society like China is strong. It’s also increasingly difficult as inequality continues to rise.”

“Tracing the Steps of Lost Explorers in Miserable, Beautiful Siberia,” Hampton Sides
“Today it’s hard for us to understand how intensely curious people were in the 19th century to learn what was Up There. The polar problem loomed as a public fixation and a planetary enigma. The gallant, fur-cloaked men who ventured into the Arctic had become national idols. People couldn’t get enough of them.”

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The Hedgehog’s Array: January 30, 2015

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Noteworthy reads from the last week:

“Thomas Struth: Style Without Style,” Jana Prikryl
“Perhaps what’s missing from Struth’s image is a traditional point of view, quite literally. The cathedral’s façade is seen from an almost unrealistically frontal perspective, every detail appearing to be equidistant from the camera’s lens, as if its eye were everywhere at once.”

“I Would Do This for You: The Narrative Possibilities of Leaked Emails,” Lydia Kiesling
“The joy of reading other people’s mail is a well-known, well-documented phenomenon. Anyone who has spent time in an archive has found themselves wandering through the hedge maze of correspondence, which can lead either to fruitful new projects or simply leave the reader floundering in some voyeur’s backwater, pointlessly obsessing over the sheer novelty of the way that people communicate with one another.”

“Wolflandia,” Elliott D. Woods
“As often as I see bumper stickers in Northern Rockies towns that say things like Save an Elk, Shoot a Wolf and Smoke a Pack a Day, I was surprised to learn that wolf reintroduction actually had significant public support across the region.”

“How SkyMall Captured a Moment of Technological and American History,” Bess Lovejoy
“As the diversity of these products points out, no matter where your plane was heading, perusing SkyMall often seemed like a journey inside the American mind—with its productivity obsession, its meat infatuations, its ultimate quest to be perfectly in shape without expending any effort whatsoever (hello, slimming shirts!).”

“The New Gin Craze,” Oliver Bullough
“If you’d asked me to word associate for gin, I’d have started with the Queen Mother, moved through retired colonels in the days of the Raj, and ended with Mother’s Ruin, a common British term for gin dating back to the 18th century, when it occupied the cultural niche later filled by crack cocaine.”

“Ask Not For Whom The Bell Trolls; It Trolls for Thee,” Lindy West (This American Life transcript)
“If I could get through to one troll, the meanest one I ever had, couldn’t I feasibly get through to any of them, all of them?” (Audio.)

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