Lady Gaga isn't sexy, Twitter killed music writing, the black guide to D.C. and more
Sunday is never long enough to devour all the good stories out there, so I want to start every Monday with a few of my favorite reads from the weekend. If you have a story you think we should be reading, let me know about it and I'll add it to the list.
Lady Gaga's disturbing meat apparel seemed all the more strange and sad after reading the Sunday Times' take on the singer. "Gaga isn't sexy at all -- she's like a gangly marionette or plasticised android." It presents her, and all her fans (guilty!), of being unable to discern any difference between talent and manufactured product.
A blast from the recent past, J. Freedom du Lac takes us on a trip back in time to a segregated D.C. with a tale about the Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans road-tripping before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The story takes me back to a swinging city teeming with black urban life and it includes a favorite quote by Mark Twain: "Travel is fatal to prejudice."
Atlantic correspondent James Fallows reminded me of this beautifully moving piece by David Foster Wallace. Wallace wrote it shortly after the seventh anniversary of 9/11, but it deserves to be read again. He asks, "What if we chose to regard the 2,973 innocents killed in the atrocities of 9/11 not as victims but as democratic martyrs, 'sacrifices on the altar of freedom'?"
Speaking of 9/11. Ted Koppel lambasts us for fulfilling so many of bin Laden's "unimagined dreams." "The United States has blundered into the 9/11 snare with one overreaction after another," Koppel writes.
Twitter killed music criticism, or so says music writer Chris Weingarten. "A musician has to be a meme, a musician has to be a keyboard cat," he says. (Warning: His language is not ready for prime time.) (Thanks for the link, Nico!)