There's a lot to read and watch on the internet. In just sixty seconds, 278,000 tweets are sent, 347 posts are published on Wordpress, and 72 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube. And it's only getting worse (like really, really bad). So, in the spirit of oversharing (click, click, click!), here are five medium-to-long reads that you most likely missed this week. From India's record-setters to Jan Brady on Jan Brady Meme™, these stories highlight the week that was.
"How PAPER Magazine's web engineers scaled their back-end for Kim Kardashian (SFW)" by Paul Ford
There was one part of the Internet that PAPER didn't want to break: The part that was serving up millions of copies of Kardashian's nudes over the web.
Hosting that butt is an impressive feat. You can't just put Kim Kardashian nudes on the Internet and walk away —that would be like putting up a tent in the middle of a hurricane. Your web server would melt. You need to plan.
"Berlin Story" by Alex Ross
During the golden years of the Weimar Republic, which occupy the last chapters of "Gay Berlin," gays and lesbians achieved an almost dizzying degree of visibility in popular culture. They could see themselves onscreen in films like "Mädchen in Uniform" and "Different from the Others"—a tale of a gay violinist driven to suicide, with Hirschfeld featured in the supporting role of a wise sexologist. Disdainful representations of gay life were not only lamented but also protested; Beachy points out that when a 1927 Komische Oper revue called "Strictly Forbidden" mocked gay men as effeminate, a demonstration at the theatre prompted the Komische Oper to remove the offending skit. The openness of Berlin's gay scene attracted visitors from more benighted lands; Christopher Isherwood lived in the city from 1929 to 1933, enjoying the easy availability of hustlers, who, in Beachy's book, have a somewhat exhausting chapter to themselves.
"Why Is India So Crazy for World Records?" by Samanth Subramanian
In recent decades, an obsession with the Guinness World Records book in India has given rise to a fevered subculture of record-setters. There are homegrown catalogs of achievement — the India Book of Records, which is distinct from the Indian Book of Records, and the Limca Book of Records, named not for a beer but for a brand of fizzy lemonade — but the Guinness World Records book holds the most allure. Nearly a tenth of all Guinness World Records submissions now come from India.
"What the Actress Who Played Jan Thinks of her Brady Bunch Movie Meme" by Lindsey Weber
My husband said to me, "You've got to be in a meme if you want to be anywhere." And then I was like, "Wow, I feel so lucky that I ended up in one."
"Our Generation Needs Liberation Music, Not Protest Songs" by Rawiya Kameir
I thought of the Chairman and realized I didn't want protest songs; I was looking for liberation music, songs that acknowledge political realities while interrogating them existentially; art that imitates life and then goes a step further to contextualize that life. Music that asks as many questions as it tries to answer. Like black liberation theology, liberation music puts forth some sort of ideology. On Let's Get Free, the Chairman's fervor sets the tone for dead prez's pan-African philosophy, which is almost religious in its anti-religiousness. D'Angelo's brown-skinned-Jesus-loving preacher does that for Black Messiah, whose revolutionary concept is based on love.