Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category, and this week we have a very smart take on Ukraine, pickup artist boot camp, Shirley Jackson, and a lot of Black Metal.
In a week when BuzzFeed tried to explain Vladimir Putin Invading Ukraine by using GIFs from The Hills, there was also n+1, offering up a clear and concise take on the matter.
Victor LaValle wrote the foreword for the latest edition of Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial, and all is right with the cosmos.
“Dostoevsky, writing in 1846, was of course not thinking of the Internet. Yet he saw people lonely and paranoid and vain, isolated and beset by their imaginary selves, and he wondered, perhaps, over human beings’ chances for connection.”
Think you know about ghost hunting because you watch television? Colin Dickey’s essay shows how connecting with the paranormal can border on obsession, and explores the community it creates.
Come because the image is so awesome, but stay because you get to read Michael Robbins on Black Metal.
Adrian Van Young connects Black Metal with Romanticism, and suddenly you will never listen to Emperor in the same way again.
Ever dream of going to a pickup artist boot camp? No? Us neither. Thankfully, Sharon Adarlo did it for us, and the results are a mix of entertaining and kinda pathetic.
Evan Kindley takes a closer look at the Amtrak writer residencies. Are they really such a good thing?