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Solving the paradoxes of our time since 2016


The Linkstravaganza: Somebody Loves You Edition


In The Guardian, Kieran Devlin remembers Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, who died Friday at the age of 36. Hutchison wrote deeply emotional and confessional music that helped pull thousands of people out of the same darkness that eventually overcame him. I’ll write more about him soon, because I found his music incredibly moving and powerful. But in the meantime, please remember a few things: There’s no shame or weakness in feeling small or overwhelmed, and there’s no shame or weakness in talking to someone who can help you. There’s someone who cares about you, even if it’s not who you think it is. And the National Suicide Prevention Hotline’s 24-hour phone number is 1-800-273-8255.

It's a very long read, but the Gizmodo Special Projects Desk's investigation into the private equity-induced woes of Univision, Gizmodo's parent company, is fascinating and worth your time.

Louisa Thomas profiles Becky Hammon, the Spurs assistant who is the first full-time female assistant coach in the four major sports, for The New Yorker. And Spurs center Pau Gasol drops an open letter at The Players’ Tribune, reminding us that Hammon deserves to be thought of not as a female basketball coach, but as a basketball coach.

Toronto Life's Courtney Shea dives deep on the life of Matty Matheson, the chef-turned-TV-star who was one of Canada's hottest young cooks before suffering a massive heart 29.

You may well have already read it, but if not, go check out Ta-Nehisi Coates's essay on Kanye West and "white freedom" at The Atlantic.

Also in The Atlantic: Adrienne LaFrance argues that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg either has no idea what constitutes journalism or just doesn't care.

Munchies celebrates the joy of (generic) cola. (Yeah, I subverted Pepsi's old slogan. So what? Pepsi sucks.)

A look at LeBron James as not just an athlete, but a political figure, courtesy of Vox’s Dylan Scott.

Pitchfork contributor Dean Van Nguyen digs into the history of hip-hop journalism and the writers who made it a serious literary endeavor. Bonus points for the “essential reading” list at the end.

Netflix recommendation of the week: With the news that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is being cancelled after its fifth season, you should head to Hulu and start watching it. I'd say it's the best network comedy since The Office and Parks and Recreation went off the air.


And finally this week: A look at Living Colour's groundbreaking hit "Cult of Personality" as its album, Vivid, turns 30, courtesy of The Ringer's Alan Siegel.

-Sean McGoey