Friday, August 15, 2014

The Finger Points Outwards - No. 87

ART/BOOKS: In one way or another, we’re all anchored to the book.

MUSIC: Determining the American Band Championship Belt for every year since the Beach Boys in 1964. This is a fun article, although the rankings are a bit retrospective. For example, I lived through 2001-2002, and at that time the Strokes were definitely a bigger band than the White Stripes (that probably changed after the latter released ‘Elephant’ in 2003). And similarly the White Stripes were bigger than LCD Soundsystem in 2004. By the same logic though, I guess the Doors should be rated above the Velvet Underground in the late ‘60s.

FOOTBALL: Solving football’s penalty shoot-out problem. This is an excellent idea, and I wish FIFA would implement it.

BOOKS: How not having read Harry Potter shapes your life, at least if you are in your early 20s.

SPORTS: Sports ‘hate maps’ for each of the four major US sports. Unsurprisingly everyone hates the Yankees.

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