Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #498

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • I Walked 600 Miles Across Japan for Pizza Toast – Eater. “Via Tim O’Reilly, this is a wonderful piece about the most pedestrian of foods: Pizza Toast. The product of a strange convergence of world events and economics, this culinary curiosity flourished, and is vanishing, as demographics change. I’ve only ever visited Tokyo proper, and this makes me regret not having adventured outside its confines.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • La Maupin – The Extraordinary Life of Julie D’Aubigny – Story of a City. “Damned if this isn’t a heroine for our times. Also, astonished that Prime and Netflix aren’t battling for the rights. Next time someone tells you to play by the rules, tell them about La Maupin.” (Alistair for Mitch). 
  • Science Fiction’s Wonderful Mistakes – The New Republic. “Science fiction is mostly very wrong.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Is There A Crisis of Truth? Los Angeles Review of Books. “Once upon a naive time I thought that giving more people more access to more knowledge would be an unqualified good thing. But across the board — from morality to politics to science — more truth doesn’t seem to result in more agreement.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms – The New York Times. “Imagine going to see The Beatles playing in a small Hamburg club. Imagine seeing Elvis Presley is his prime (shaking those hips). Imagine going to see a live band, full (and modern) lighting, and the lead performer is a hologram version of Frank Zappa. Some of that could happen. Some of that is happening (the Zappa example). The question is not would pay to see a hologram of a famous live band/artist (at least, I don’t think it is). The questions might be: would it feel like the real thing… would it feel like you were seeing that artist ‘live’? Hologram tours are already out on the road, and (based on this article) we can expect many more of them. I’m torn. The truth is that a lot of the bands that we currently go and see live are faking it (backing tracks, lip-synching, added instruments, etc…) so who’s fooling who and does anybody really care? Am I interested in seeing a band like Led Zeppelin looking and playing like they were rocking in the seventies? Sure… yes… I would.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Chuck Palahniuk on His Childhood Love of Ellery Queen and Writing in a Good Mood – Lit Hub. “While this is a quick (and great) chat with one of the world’s most interesting writers, it’s actually relevant to anyone searching for ways to think creativity (and, who among us is not doing that)? Chuck Palahniuk is a brilliant mind. I can’t wait to dig into his latest book, Consider This. And, after checking out this quick interview, my guess is that you will want to read his new book as well.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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