With winter drawing in, The Weekender has decided it’s about time it got a mate, a fellow whimsical culture round-up with whom to share days out, nights in and sushi binges. To this end The Weekender has been to see a flirting expert and is going to try out some of its new tricks on our dear readers if that’s ok (which we’re sure it is!). So here goes – Hello. I’m The Weekender (points at your shoes with whole arm) I like your shoes. Do you like days out, nights in and sushi binges? (Points at your hair with both arms) I like your hair. Do you want to see my room? – and scene! Money well spent I’m sure you’d agree. Bring on the nonsense!
Best of the site
This week we marvelled at the power of removing all the people from famous paintings, we loved this prism cabinet from the irrepressible Studio Swine and we were over Keith Negley’s brilliant illustrations (brillustartions if you will?).
Best of Best of the Web
Top of the class this week for Nowness’ glorious interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, for Buzzfeed and the best Amazon reviews of all time and for The Guardian’s super behind-the-scenes photos of President Obama’s four years in the White House hotseat.
Best of the Rest
Big fans this week of Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell’s guide to Japanese authors (among other things) for The New York Times, the Stratigraphic Manufactury showcased on Dezeen and these photos of the exact moments visitors to a haunted house were spooked good and proper
Tweet of the Week
“I was taken to Madame Tussauds when I was 4 but I didn’t recognise any of the celebrities so I just thought it was a clothes shop.”
There’s something oddly moving about this revelation from @adamhess1.
Making the impossible possible video of the week
Question: What’s the only earthly way the ubiquitous aural affliction Gangnam Style could be any more annoying?
Answer: If it was done as a parody by pupils at uber elite public school Eton
Cultural boundary-pushing of the week
I’m sure we all like the theatre but it’s fair to say that theatre criticism is seen (rightly or wrongly) as a bit of a bastion of conservative cultural values. So what’s the way to breathe new life into this form of journalism? Ladies and gentlemen, we give you, the stunning Bros on Broadway which this week includes the line: “The show is basically a crazy nightmare full of sex and puke, which is actually pretty great.”
Bridge of the week
Broadly speaking I’m a fan of bridges, providing as they do a faultless means of crossing rivers, roads and homes for trolls. But then this concept for the trampoline bridge over the Seine came along and rendered all other bridges immediately and spectacularly rubbish. I want to bounce across the Thames from now on, or I’m just staying on this side.
Wi-fi network name of the week
This BBC piece about the rise in passive-aggressive (and indeed aggressive-aggressive) wi-fi names is really good, but whoever came up with the name “Pretty fly for a Wi-Fi" deserves a ruddy medal.
Solved conundrum of the week
I know you’ve been itching to crack the fiendish riddle “What’s the only thing Coolio’s been doing longer than rapping?” for some time and I’ve decided to put an end to your misery. So here’s the answer – thank me later.
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- 100 hours with The Beatles: Shimpei Asai's photographs from 1966
- Joe Schlaud's cheeky Kama Sutra illustrations (NSFW)
- Artist Matthew F Fisher paints seascapes and wildlife with vivid precision
- Hayley Louisa Brown on travelling to Memphis as part of Ace & Tate's Creative Fund
- Photographer Roe Ethridge’s images blur the lines between commercial and sentimental
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich