Friday High Five: Tigers, Terrorism and Bowie’s Favourite Books
David Bowie’s Top 100 Reads
David Bowie has revealed his 100 must-read books at a new version of his exhibition, David Bowie Is, in Canada. Books include Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Junot Diaz’s The Incredible Life of Oscar Wao and Christopher Hitchens' The Trial of Henry Kissinger. You can read the full list in the Guardian.
Better Call Saul: That’s Not My Tiger
The end of Breaking Bad was one of the biggest news stories of the week. Fans mourning their last days in creator Vince Gilligan’s fictional universe may be cheered by the news of a spin-off series, Better Call Saul, about Walter White’s wisecracking, ethically interesting lawyer, Saul Goodman. The below teaser ‘webisode’ gives you a taste. What would Saul do if you were found in possession of a tiger? As always, he has a plan.
Anti-terrorism colouring book for kids
An anti-terrorism colouring book for kids aims to school them early in a black-and-white approach to international affairs. It spoofs the Rolling Stone Boston Bomber cover, with taglines like ‘How a popular, promising student showed his true colours. A monster that should be paraded through the streets!’ There’s also an illustration of Osama bin Laden’s corpse, under the sea, with a fish saying ‘I won’t even eat that fowl [sic] smelling, evil trash!’
How Daniel Radcliffe is making Harry Potter disappear
How do you make a celebrity profile interesting? Susan Dominus at the New York Times has written a fascinating profile of Daniel Radcliffe that examines the experience of celebrity from the inside - from the perspective of someone who has been wildly internationally famous since he was ten, and is still defined, in his early twenties, by his role as a boy wizard.
Why Facebook can make you feel bad
New research suggests that, while face-to-face social interaction makes us feel good, all those virtual interactions on social media can have the opposite effect. In a recent US study, the more the participants used Facebook, the worse they reported feeling. Should we all log off more often?