Inbox: The Week on the Web

ADAM ROBERTS
Last updated 09:37 07/12/2012

Web-editor Lee isn’t here this week, so if you’re not seeing this blog, I apologise.

Videos

Look at this Instagram - Nickleback’s classic track Photograph (who could forget the first time they heard that) adapted for the modern age by College Humour. “Lo-fiiiii, lo-fiiii.”




Little Sebastian is dead, and everyone is a suspect - the Parks and Recreation murder mystery super-cut.


Reads

I finally put aside a couple of hours late last night to read Texas Monthly’s widely acclaimed story “The Innocent Man” (Part 1, Part 2). I very much suggest you do the same. It’ll take a while, so make a pot of tea or something.

Vice goes long on the Zapruder Film.

David Foster Wallace on what words really mean. For example:

Pulchritude
A paradoxical noun because it refers to a kind of beauty but is itself one of the ugliest words in the language. Same goes for the adj. form pulchritudinous. They’re part of a tiny elite cadre of words that possess the opposite of the qualities they denote. Diminutive, big, foreign, fancy (adj.), classy, colloquialism, and monosyllabic are some others; there are at least a dozen more. Inviting your school-age kids to list as many paradoxical words as they can is a neat way to deepen their relationship to English and help them see that words are both symbols for real things and real things themselves.

Other stuff

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