Posted on January 18, 2019
The wait is over, dear readers. I bring you the first edition of Navireads for 2019!
This week, get ready to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Office Space (“I believe you took my stapler”) through an Entertainment Weekly oral history. Plus, read about a Dr.Seuss bet, Indigenous art in Canada, gay penguins in Australia, advice from Murakami, and more.
- The oral history of Office Space: Behind the scenes of the cult classic ~ In 1991, aspiring animator Mike Judge was a touring musician and grad student living outside of Dallas, Texas, when he channeled his past cubicle-life angst – from his former life as an engineer – into a 16mm short film called Office Space, featuring Milton.
- Office Space Almost Starred Matt Damon and Ben Affleck ~ Mike Judge nostalgia is gripping the nation! King of the Hill came out 22 years ago this month, and February is the 20th anniversary of Office Space. | Vulture
- How Kashmir Keeps Warm ~ Kangdis are more than a way to survive a bitter winter; they are part of Kashmir’s cultural legacy | The Diplomat
- How Canada Uses Indigenous Art to Market Itself to the World ~ When the government spotlights Indigenous creators internationally, it too often obscures the realities of colonialism at home. Why Maria Hupfield’s work goes beyond all that | The Walrus
- The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work ~ In 1960, two men made a bet. There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager. | James Clear
- Making Cuco Happen ~ Omar Banos found fame streaming angsty pop songs from his bedroom. Now he’s a model for how musicians can thrive, unsigned. | California Sunday Magazine
- The Year in Thrift ~ As I moved into a house where I hope to stay forever, I spent a lot of time with things other people left behind. | Hazlit
- Jack Dorsey Has No Clue What He Wants ~ Q&A with Twitter’s CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he’d do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists. | HuffPost
- Creating While Clean ~ Steven Tyler, Julien Baker, Ben Harper, Jason Isbell, Joe Walsh, and other sober musicians on how to thrive creatively without drugs or booze. | GQ
- The Gay Penguins of Australia ~ Two male penguins are raising a baby whose gender is unknown. | The New York Times
- If Gillette wants to fix gender inequity, it should start with its razors ~ Anne Kingston: Actual change would mean an end to the absurd gender-ification and price discrimination perpetuated in the marketing of shaving products. | Maclean’s
- Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua ~ On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as “a red and extremely elongated asteroid.” It was the first interstellar object to be detected within our solar system; the scientists named it ‘Oumuamua, the Hawaiian word for a scout or messenger. | The New Yorker
- What’s Needed is Magic: Writing Advice from Haruki Murakami ~ If you can believe it, Japanese novelist, talking cat enthusiast, and weird ear chronicler Haruki Murakami turned 70 years old this weekend. 70! But I suppose we should believe it, despite the youthful gaiety and creative magic of his prose: the internationally bestselling writer has 14 novels and a handful of short stories under his belt, and it’s safe to say he’s one of the most famous contemporary writers in the world. To celebrate his birthday, and as a gift to those of you who hope to be the kind of writer Murakami is when you turn 70, I’ve collected some of his best writing advice below. | Lithub
- ONE COUPLE’S TIRELESS CRUSADE TO STOP A GENETIC KILLER ~ In retrospect, it might have been a clue. But in early 2010, when Kamni Vallabh first began to complain that her eyesight was failing, there didn’t seem to be much cause for concern. She was 51; maybe middle age was catching up with her. Maybe the harsh western Pennsylvania winter—two record-breaking blizzards in as many weeks—was wearing her down. | Wired
- The world’s oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory. ~ The email came just hours into the new year, landing in the inboxes of the two renowned French gerontologists who had validated the age of the oldest person ever documented in the modern world. | Washington Post
- How the Idea of Hell Has Shaped the Way We Think ~ For centuries, we’ve given lavish attention to the specifics of punishment, and left Heaven woefully under-sketched. | The New Yorker
Compiled, with love, by Emmeline Hobbs
Knowledge and Learning Officer
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