Hypertexts is a semi-regular column of what I’ve read, listened to, and watched in the past couple weeks.
- Astronomy Picture of the Day: Accretion Disk Binary System by NASA – An illustration of a binary star system in which one star strips material away from another star bound to it.
- How Inuit teach kids to control their anger by Michaeleen Doucleff – An anthropological dive into the cultural attitudes toward anger among Inuit people and their parenting techniques.
- What if you can’t afford “a room of one’s own”? by Sandra Newman – A stark discussion of the reality many writers face: the pressure of creating when you’re financially unstable.
- 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.
- dynamicsymmetry on Twitch – A laid-back chat and livestream playing through the first-person survival game The Long Dark.