Navireads Love is in the Bin Edition

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Posted on October 11, 2018

I can’t help it – and yes, yes, it’s old news now – but my favourite story from this past week was the Banksy story – “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” wrote Banksy of the event (citing Mikhail Bakunin but attributing it to Picasso). And as our Navireads title reflects, the artist has renamed the painting “Love is in the Bin” (nee “Girl with a Balloon”).

Read about this plus, other interesting things to do with the likes of The Wayback Machine, Cat Power, Steve Carrell, melting glaciers, searching for alien life, geoengineering, bonsai, etc. etc etc.

  • Banksy auction stunt leaves art world in shreds ~ Canvas of Girl With Balloon passes through shredder in frame shortly after £1m sale | The Guardian
  • Banksy, trust and the art market — the inside story ~ Has the street artist’s most audacious prank shredded the credibility of the art market? | Financial Times
  • Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ sale is confirmed — and it’s got a new name ~ When life handed Sotheby’s lemons, it made “instant art world history” — and $1.4 million. | CNN
  • The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”| ~ Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham outlines the scale of everyone’s favorite archive. | ars TECHNICA
  • The Ghosts of the Glacier ~ What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place, when the earth heats up and the mountains melt? In the high Swiss Alps, here’s what happens: The ice gives up the bodies—and the secrets—of the past. | GQ
  • A farewell to Brazil, country of broken dreams ~ For five years, Rio de Janeiro was Stephanie Nolen’s home base as she showed Globe readers the lives and struggles of Latin America. Now, as she moves the bureau to Mexico, she looks back at the troubled nation she leaves behind
  • Going Hungry at the Most Prestigious MFA in America ~ Katie Prout on Class, Work, and Making Ends Meet in Iowa | Lithub
  • Le cinéma dit-il toujours la vérité ? ~ A l’occasion de la première édition du Forum « Les idées claires » ouvrant la Fête de la science 2018, Olivia Gesbert rencontrait le cinéaste Eric Rochant dans le Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne. Retransmission de cette rencontre, entre “fake news”, cinéma et complot. | France Culture
  • How I Learned to Love Bonsai ~ When my amateur attempts at the art weren’t working, I went to YouTube star Nigel Saunders | The Walrus
  • The Calling ~ Cat Power is a rare musical gem. Not only does the multi-instrumentalist also known as Chan Marshall write, perform and produce all her records, she also called the shots as her own manager throughout her 20-year musical career. It’s a work arrangement that’s allowed Chan to create a rich and intriguing body of work on her terms, but it hasn’t been without its challenges. With the release of her 10th album, Chan is plotting a new, fearless path forward. | The Gentlewoman Club
  • Arrivée à New York du vol le plus long au monde ~ Le vol Singapour-New York, le plus long trajet aérien commercial au monde, s’est posé vendredi à l’aéroport de Newark, après quasiment 18 heures en l’air pour la reprise d’une ligne abandonnée en 2013. | La Presse
  • A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot . . . Then Things Got Interesting | When John Young, Australia’s “Wild Detective,” proved that the Night Parrot hadn’t gone extinct, both man and bird got a shot at a comeback. | Audubon
  • Tennessee Williams Made Paintings. They Were About Love and Loss, Too. ~ In 1941, Tennessee Williams arrived here to dry out in a little cottage on Duval Street. Over the next four decades, living off and on in Key West, Williams became one of America’s foremost playwrights, amassing a body of work that included poems and stories as well. | The New  York Times
  • Geoengineering Is Inevitable ~ Here’s what’s going to happen: Every year for the foreseeable future, scientists, activists, and citizens concerned about climate change will have a discussion in one form or another about geoengineering. | Gizmodo
  • Brave New World Revisited, revisited ~ We’ve grown increasingly obsessed with dystopian narratives since 2016. But why do we look to Orwell’s vision when Huxley’s rings truer? | Spectator
  • Mensch At Work ~ After The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Foxcatcher, is Steve Carell only now showing us what he’s really capable of? The nicest guy in showbiz talks about his three new Oscar-buzzworthy movies—plus why The Office wouldn’t fly in the #TimesUp | Esquire
  • Appels sans suite (1) ~ Que faire quand les choses vont mal ? Des appels bien sûr. Pour demander qu’elles aillent mieux, naturellement. C’est important que les choses aillent mieux. En tout cas c’est important de bien dire qu’on en est préoccupé. Le climat, par exemple, ça va vraiment mal. Les migrants, n’en parlons pas. En même temps, ça permet de faire des appels. | Le Monde Diplomatique
  • The Kanye Freakout | The National Review
  • Whose Populism? The Mixed Messages of La France Insoumise | Dissent
  • Gamified life ~ From scoreboards to trackers, games have infiltrated work, serving as spies, overseers and agents of social control | Aeon
  • Where in the World Is Denmark’s $2 Billion? ~ As large as it is, the building would be easy to miss. Plain, gray and near a McDonald’s, it’s part of a generic office complex surrounded by a vast parking lot in a suburb of Copenhagen. “Danish Tax Agency” is stenciled in both English and Danish on a glass front door. | The New York Times
  • The 8-dimensional space that must be searched for alien life ~ A new mathematical model suggests that signs of extraterrestrial intelligence could be common, for all we know—we’ve barely begun investigating the vastness where they might lie | MIT Technology Review


Compiled by Emmeline Hobbs

Knowledge and Learning Officer

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