Have you ever been listening to a normal song and thought, “I really wish this normal song had 280 million notes and took up 1.1 terabytes of data and was literally unplayable on any computer?” My favourite episode of This Exists yet.
Shrek and our culture of trash by John Semley. Ostensibly a review of a small Toronto theatre company’s production of Shrek: The Musical, there was no better wholesale dismantling of the entirety of pop culture written this year. Also it is insane.
Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton. Compellingly written contemporary history that reveals as much about the weird pitfalls of human nature as it does, you know, Twitter.
Panic 2012 by Michael Hastings. One of the best and brightest investigative journalists of our generation. Reads with all the swiftness of the campaign it drops you in the middle of. An unbelievable loss.
Power Moves by Karl Welzein. The logical conclusion of the Great American Novel that was @dadboner in its narrative heyday. Bigger than kitsch.