My weekly collection of the provocative, intriguing, or curious, in a world where the house is falling down. The contextual, the cultural, and other things that catch my eye.
Image: by Rosino, CC BY-SA 2.0.
- Napping is a political act. “Rest isn’t something you need to earn. When I want to lay down and take a nap, that’s a calling,” says nap activist Tricia Hersey. To be clear: we’re not talking Google-style nap pods. Medium: registration may be required.
- California is about to outlaw the gig economy. Well, near enough. And since California always goes early with new social regulation, other states, and other countries, will follow. New York Times, registration required. Related: How social platforms and activists are helping casualised workers.
- In praise of law. A place where words matter, and promises, once written down, have consequences. A fine short blog post.
- Nightclubs are shutting down, everywhere. The reasons: gentrification, the financialisation of housing, noise regulation, different tastes in entertainment, and the economics of festivals. Almost everything, in other words..
- We need biomaterials to work. Core 77 profiles four designers who are innovating from waste.
- In memory of Robert Frank. A poem for the iconic American photographer, who died earlier this month.
- Trump doesn’t completely work as Julius Caesar. But this Slate podcast about the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s play is full of good things. (41 minutes).
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“The whole world’s at sixes and sevens, and why the house hasn’t fallen down about our ears long ago is a miracle to me.” (Thornton Wilder)
Reading the piece on waste, there is an interesting exhibition at the V&A (see pic) which I would recommend to London readers which, among other things, looks at all kinds of uses for waste around food, some the same as the article you shared but others of interest: bowls made of recycled, used loo paper, plastics from non oil based materials – some of this reminds us of what we had BEFORE petrochemicals infiltrated everything. Some is new.
There are other fairly shocking features, including bone China made from chicken bones – the ones made from organic chickens is fine and smooth and cohesive; the one made from industrial chicken is rough and brittle.
Me, I am going to do more research in how to grow mushrooms in my coffee grounds…
Hope all is well with you all. Sarah