Digital Digest: 18/10/2010
The Best Of The Web
Monday 18 October 2010
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.
Life & Style blogs
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 1 Kylie Jenner challenge: Bizarre lip suction device inspired by Kardashian sister goes viral
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor are reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 4 Bruce Forsyth backs assisted dying campaign: 'If I had Alzheimer's or dementia I would do something about it'
- 5 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
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