Hypertexts: March 23, 2019

Hypertexts is a semi-regular column of what I’ve read, listened to, and watched in the past couple weeks.




  • Character Study by Michael Paulus – A darkly comedic series of illustrations showing the skeletons of famous, highly stylized cartoon characters.
  • The Clown Egg Register by Like Stephenson & Helen Champion – Selections from a photography collection detailing the unique clown tradition of copyrighting face makeup designs by painting them on eggs, which are then stored in a registry.


  • Free Solo (2018) directed by Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (on Hulu) – A high-adrenaline profile of Alex Hannold’s historic climb—without ropes or other safeguards—of Yosemite’s El Capitan cliff face.
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014) directed by Nick Broomfield & Barney Broomfield (on Hulu) – Disenfranchised voices reveal the institutional neglect and oppression that allowed a serial killer to prey on a south central Los Angeles community.


  • Doomsday Preppers, Season 2 (2012–2013) from the National Geographic Channel (on Netflix) – Profiles of various people from all over the United States who are preparing for their vision of the apocalyptic future.


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