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Welcome one, welcome all – it’s the Best of the Web

“Something like a circus or a sewer” is how Lou Reed described the city, in the heartbreaking little number Coney Island Baby. We’d also warrant it’d be a good description for a few of our dear readers’ weekends, so to ease you in gently and in the best possible taste, we present another round-up of the best things we’ve read on the internet this week.

“You are the Sir Isaac Newton of your own face: the one true discoverer of its laws of motion, its particular gravity.” The Unselfie (Will)

Miranda July interviews Rihanna for T Magazine (Alex H)

The New Yorker has predicted a grand move for the contemporary art gallery, from industrial and meat-packing districts to the sets of blockbuster TV shows. In this case, the Fox musical drama Empire (Billie)

An interesting piece about feeling anxious or defensive about one’s tastes, the rise of guilty pleasures, and why it’s essentially easier to talk about television and the internet than anything else. “Lately we seem to be in an age of ambient anxiety about what it means to enjoy things and whether or not others enjoy them, too,” its author Christian Lorentzen writes (Alex H)

In The Telegraph this week, Philip Mould art dealer and co-presenter of the BBC’s Fake or Fortune? discusses the rise in fake artworks and the DNA-like technology being developed to safely identify the real McCoys. (Beccy)

“There are always a lot of New Yorks going on at once – and some of them aren’t even in New York,” writes The Guardian, examining why we’re still obsessed with the 1970s New York of Lou Reed and Patti Smith (Emily)

Homeland is racist”: artists get graffiti onto TV show, as Dazed reports (Will)