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Links 1 through 10 of 686 Alex Wiltshire's Bookmarks

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The brilliantly told story of Phiona Mutesi, a 14-year-old chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum who made it to the annual chess Olympiad, held in Siberia.

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“Minimalism then is the erection of false history, a zombie culture, a hollow laugh at the failure of architecture. A kind of anti-architecture, replaying Modernism’s tropes to opposite ends. Not utopia, not social progress, not a better world, but an ultimate and mesmerizing nihilism.” Sam Jacobs on fine, corruscating, form, describing minimalism as the undead spawn of the death of modernism.

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On the surprising nature of Detroit's decaying present and the events from the past which forged it.past

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Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's photographs of abandoned relics of Detroit's proud past. My question: why were the books never removed from the libraries?

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Well, just that, really. Good fetishism.

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Looking at the impact of cut and paste on writing, and asking the question: has it changed the way we think? I can't really imagine writing anything fully structured in one pass, but I must have done so when I was at school and early university. It's strange to realise how alien the concept is now.

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Hyper interesting - a series of fantastic four-minute interviews with leading editors, designers and writers about the changing form of media, all to publicise Bill Moggridge's new Designing Media book. Includes Neil Stevenson on making PopBitch, Chris Anderson on Wired's relationship with its website, Ira Glass on telling narratives and Mark Zuckerberg on sharing and social connections.

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From Feminist Hulk to Cross-dressing Hulk, Lit-crit Hulk to Film-crit Hulk.

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Professor WIlliam Edward Ayrton wondered in 1901 what it would mean to have portable, wireless telephones: "Think of what this would mean, of the calling which goes on every day from room to room of a house, and then think of that calling extending from pole to pole, not a noisy babble, but a call audible to him who wants to hear, and absolutely silent to all others. It would be almost like dreamland and ghostland, not the ghostland cultivated by a heated imagination, but a real communication from a distance based on true physical laws."

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