What we read while taking a walk on the wild side…
- Lou Reed died yesterday at the age of 71. Reed was, of course, one of the most influential musicians of the last 50 year, best known as the driving force behind the Velvet Underground. But he was also a musical icon throughout his life, inspiring everyone from David Bowie to Metallica to so many others. Read this interview, or this poem he wrote after 9/11, or just listen to his songs, to remember this musical legend.
- The “Stop Watching Us” rally drew thousands to D.C. this weekend to protest the NSA, which is now angering other heads of state. A statement from Edward Snowden was read at the rally. Also, a reason to be skeptical of claims that spying has prevented attacks.
- On the rise of homelessness in New York City.
- Bill Keller and Glenn Greenwald discuss the future of journalism.
- Morrissey’s autobiography is predictably weird.
- So the World Series is pretty crazy, huh? Especially the interference call that ended Game Three, which many have broken down. Meanwhile, this week in oral histories: the 1989 World Series earthquake.
- David Sedaris on the death of a sister.