The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Nick Cave, Midnight Breakfast


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. This week: Katherine Faw Morris in conversation, Nick Cave, a lit journal we love, and more.

“I Am the Real Nick Cave” by John Wray, New York Times Magazine

“As far as work goes, I’m something of a megalomaniac… But a megalomaniac with extremely low self-esteem.” The author of Lowboy spent some time with Cave in Berlin, and got other great nuggets like, “Nothing happened in my childhood — no trauma or anything… I just had a genetic disposition toward things that were horrible.”

“Katherine Faw Morris Talks with Deniro Farrar and Isaac Fitzgerald,” Electric Literature

The transition from Cave to Katherine Faw Morris seems about right, since we had the Young God author speak with one of Cave’s contemporaries, Michael Gira of Swans, a while back. Here we have a video of the author in a live conversation with BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald and rapper Deniro Farrar.

Midnight Breakfast Issue 1

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this great new literary journal debuts its first issue. Since you (hopefully) won’t be working this long weekend, why not take a few hours out to read the whole thing?

“When Copy and Paste Reigned in the Age of Scrapbooking” by Clive Thompson, Smithsonian

Today copying and pasting means a few clicks and the drag of a mouse, but in the pre-Pinterest days, and long before we even had an Internet, scrapbooking was all the rage.

“Passional Affinities” by Adee Braun, The Paris Review

Free love in the 19th century? Count us in.