We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't cutting it. Why not take a break from the fire hose of Twitter and RSS and check out our weekly roundup of essential writing from around the web about technology, culture, media, and the future? Sure, it's one more thing you can feel guilty about sitting in your Instapaper queue, but it's better than pulling in vain on your Twitter list again.
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On type wars
Jason Fagone reports on the fallout of famed type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones.
New York: Jason Fagone - A Type House Divided
According to a designer who used to work with Frere-Jones, his eye is so sharp that he can look at a printout of a letterform and tell if it’s one pixel off, the same way Ted Williams was said to be able to hold a baseball bat and tell if it was a half-ounce too heavy.
On Damon Lindelof
On the eve of The Leftovers debut on HBO, Taffy Brodesser-Akner profiles Damon Lindelof and his struggle to move beyond the Lost backlash.
The New York Times Magazine: Taffy Brodesser-Akner - Damon Lindelof Promises You His New Show Won’t End Like ‘Lost’
George R. R. Martin, author of the "Game of Thrones" novels and a co-executive producer on their HBO adaptation, summed up the magnitude of the disappointment when he told The New Yorker his biggest fear in ending his own series: "What if I do a ‘Lost’?"
Lindelof was devastated.
Ruth Spencer interviews Adam Parrish about his automated @everyword Twitter account, which wrapped up on Friday.
The Guardian: Ruth Spencer - Creator of @everyword explains the life and death of a Twitter experiment
Words aren't just things that we write and use in our speech. They are also things we think about individually. Like sex, weed, swag – when they're not in a sentence, we can also think about them individually. Everyword raises that question of thinking about a word just from that perspective, as a social object.
On the other hand, because @everyword is inside an individual person's Twitter stream, the words take on the context of whatever else is in the stream at the time. There's the possibility of weird serendipitous interactions between a word in your stream and some other tweets. The word "super" might be tweeted, and then you read a tweet about a school superintendent or Superman movie.
On Chris Kooluris
Emily Dreyfuss profiles Chris Kooluris, an obsessive collector that converted his apartment into an arcade.
Wired: Emily Dreyfuss - Arcadia, A Love Story
A LITTLE OVER a year ago, Kooluris fell in love with a woman he met at work. Within six months, they got engaged, and he moved out of his Murray Hill apartment and into his fiancée’s bigger Brooklyn pad. ¶They began to adjust to living together: He tried her raw food diet, she started listening to GNR. In August 2013, they went on a vacation to the Grand Canyon. While on the trip, Kooluris read Ready Player One, a 2011 novel about a future world obsessed with the arcade game culture of the 1980s. "It awoke a monster in me," he says. "I just had this revelation that, you know, why shouldn’t I—in this short time that we’re here—surround myself with the things I really enjoy?"
On 'World of Darkness'
Ian G Williams writes about the collapse of the long-awaited 'World of Darkness' game from CCP, the developer behind 'Eve Online.'
The Guardian: Ian G Williams - World of Darkness - the inside story on the death of a game
"When experienced people leave the industry entirely, we lose institutional memory. Our games stagnate. I think AAA is in extended death throes. I think it's going to look like the comics industry in a few years: a couple of huge corporations that dominate the mainstream attention, and then an enormous number of very small indies. Actually, it looks like that today."
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