Digital Digest: 18/10/2010

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They were the darlings of America’s alternative rock scene in the 1990s, but whatever happened to Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield? Now both 43, they’re still great friends and have decided to release some music as a duo. Read an interview here about the excesses of the music business and the quiet sadness of realising that perhaps your moment has passed.


The editor of ‘Analecta’, the official literary and arts journal of the University of Texas at Austin, made a rather surprising discovery when she was looking through some old copies of the journal: some short stories written by one Wes Anderson, a student there at the end of the 1980s. They have reprinted the acclaimed film directors’ stories here:


Often decking himself up to the nines with covert camera equipment, Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas is one of a dying breed of investigative journalists who don disguises to get scoops. His latest target is the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana's capital; he posed as a taxi driver and a baker while investigating it earlier this year.


Patient Journal is part of a swathe of new apps targeted at people undergoing medical treatment. Shortly to be made available in Britain, the app allows users to track when they should take medication, and gives them the opportunity to rate the effectiveness of procedures they receive while in hospital.


Andrew Jarecki (‘Capturing the Friedmans’) now directs Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in a thriller set in the hedonistic world of 1980s New York. ‘All Good Things’ is loosely based on the story of Robert Dust, the son of a property tycoon, whose wife mysteriously disappeared, and you can now watch the trailer here:


Last week gossip blogger Perez Hilton renounced his teasing ways, claiming he wanted to “do things differently”, and promising to give up his habit of calling celebrities names. But has his website simply become a bland series of pictures? The first few nice-ified posts are up at:


Discovering a new creature used to be a rarity, but in the past two decades expeditions into unsurveyed regions and the use of new molecular techniques mean that more than 400 new mammals have been identified. Here, the ‘New Scientist’ looks back at some of the most special.