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Recommended Articles, 5 October 2012

05 Oct
  • Louis C.K. and the Rise of the ‘Laptop Loners– I am not a comedy/sitcom guy. I like the 20mins format but i rarely appreciate what’s being offered. The last comedy show i enjoyed was Seinfeld and that was not the whole series as it had some particularly weak ones, especially towards the end. My favourite comedy series was Yes Minister, so as you can see i am a pretty difficult viewer to satisfy if i have not found anything as good since then. This is where Louis C.K enters with his FX show Louie. Season 1 is on par with the Yes Minister series, sitting right there at the top.

Louie, clearly, is not for everyone. But it’s C.K.’s fearless embrace of the unsettling, the complex, and the potentially unmarketable that makes it an exciting show to watch. Louie is an ever-evolving creation, a no bullshit attempt to make something honest and challenging in a medium that’s inherent nature stands in stark opposition to these very goals. This is a brave thing to do, braver even than broadcasting one’s deep-seated fears and self-loathing for laughs. In one standup routine, C.K. claims that he has, “only the courage for a perfect life” — a life without adversity. It’s a rare moment of dishonesty from television’s most honest man.”

“The story – or more accurately rumour – concerned the actor Bruce Willis, who was alleged to be considering suing Apple over his (in)ability to leave the contents of his iTunes library to his children after his death. It’s already prehistoric news in techy terms. Yet it struck a chord that continues to resonate: what exactly happens when the intractably human business of living and dying meets the weightless world of apps, data clouds and virtual assets?”

  • Too Big to Fail and Too Risky to Exist – “These banks are too big to fail. They’re too big to manage. They’re too big to regulate. They’re too complex to understand and they’re too risky to exist. And the bottom line is they offer very little benefit.”

I could not agree more with this article in The American Scholar.

  • The Honor System – A fascinating Esquire article on the world of magicians and the stealing of magic.

“The real point of magic, Teller said during those lectures, is “telling a beautiful lie. It lets you see what the world would be like if cause and effect weren’t bound by physics.” It’s the collision between what you know and what you see that provides magic’s greatest spark.”

After you read the article watch Shadows

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