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The Linkstravaganza: Holy Crap, It's Been A Long Time Edition


What’s that? It’s been nearly seven months since I last did a Linkstravaganza? My bad, y’all.

Hopefully I can make it up to you with a veritable deluge of online content (18 links this time!) for you to read. This collection ought to be able to get you to the new year, which is good because given my recent track record, there might not be another Linkstravaganza until 3018.


If you only read one thing about Kareem Hunt’s horrific actions (and let’s face it, you probably shouldn’t read more than one thing about them), make it Diana Moskovitz’s reaction at Deadspin. Say it with me now: What Hunt did was not “domestic violence,” it was “assault.”

In the age of #MeToo, Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer of the New York Times compiled eight stories from men who regretted their conduct towards women and were willing to own that regret on the record.

Lindsay Zoladz’s Ringer review of Jeff Tweedy’s memoir Let’s Go takes a probing look at one of the most beloved—and complicated—figures in American music. Also check out her piece on “Power Rangers robot of indie music” boygenius and her review of the 1975’s new album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Im pretty sure I wanted to hate this band, but I have to say that “Love It If We Made It” kinda slaps.

Uproxx’s Steven Hyden named Tiny Engines (which is now 10 years old) the best indie record label of 2018, and sat down with cofounder Chuck Daley to talk about running a truly independent label and making it in the streaming age. His dad rap-to-dad rock conversion guide is also essential reading.

And while we’re still on the subject of music, how is it year-end-album-list time already? So far, the best ranking I’ve seen (aka the one that hews the closest to my own personal preferences) can be found at NPR Music.

James Worthy played the bass. Yes, that James Worthy.

Rembert Browne is one of my favorite writers anywhere. Seeing him pop up in Bon Appetit was a pleasant surprise; his essay about opening his culinary and cultural horizons and realizing how little he actually knew about his hometown of Atlanta is a true joy to read.

Larry Krasner is perhaps the most interesting man in law enforcement. The New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman profiles the progressive D.A. shaking things up in Philadelphia.

Bleacher Report’s Leo Sepkowitz examines the precarious position that local NBA broadcasters find themselves in: where criticizing not only the team’s players, but its potential free-agency targets, can get you fired.

The New York Times investigation into Facebook’s response to ongoing crises around data privacy, election interference, fake news, et al, has enough fire to singe everyone: founder Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s public policy team, the consulting firms they’ve worked with, and even Senator Chuck Schumer.

At Slate, Arthur Dudney makes an intriguing argument that “political correctness” is both a wildly misunderstood concept and exactly what our deeply divided society needs.

Also in Slate, Henry Grabar examines New York’s Hasidic, Chinese, and Bangladeshi enclaves, which have three unique strategies for combating housing shortages in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

Speaking of how expensive New York is, Bethany Biron writes for Vox about the dissonance of covering luxury fashion in the Big Apple while carrying $100,000 in debt and wearing $20 dresses.

Kate Wagner of The Atlantic details how the trend of minimalist design is making restaurants louder.

Netflix recommendation of the week: The Great British Baking Show. It’s getting cold outside, so stay warm inside and watch affable British people make everything from simple bread to extravagant multi-layer cakesplosions.

And finally this week, take a time-machine trip back to 1995 with Nancy Franklin’s classic New Yorker essay about living in the same Upper West Side apartment for 16 years.

-Sean McGoey