Weekend Reading: Oslo, the debt ceiling crisis and more

An epic selection of links covering news, the arts, politics and current affairs.

Posted by Anthony Nicholas on Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in Nicholas Winding Refn’s <i>Drive</i> — Film District
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  • Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive. Scroll down to watch the awesome trailer …

The latest on the Oslo, Norway terror attacks, where there death toll continues to climb. Plus: Details on the gunman puzzle police.

Obama fumes as the debt ceiling negotiations blow up leaving the country's credit rating at risk.

Today's history lesson: When a turn toward austerity turned to disaster.

Slate.com: Christopher Hitchens chimes in on the Rupert Murdoch scandal.

AV Club: Watch They Might Be Giants cover Chumbawamba. I promise it will brighten your day!!

New York Magazine: How Bradley Manning became one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history.

Planet Money Podcast: Manufacturing the song of the summer.

The Playlist: Indie film legends Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) are working together again — and Joaquin Phoenix is attached.

In other awesome collaborations: French acting legend Isabelle Huppert is working with trendy South Korean director Hong Sang-Soo. (He's frequently described as South Korea's Woody Allen.)

The Playlist: The Films Of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Retrospective.

In case you missed it (and you probably did) the new Rebecca Black single dropped this week. Instead of being absurdly (and wonderfully) terrible, it's just mind-numbingly mediocre. I'm still anxiously awaiting the Colbert version, though.

Also in case you missed it, the awesome, action-figure themed, Spike Jonze-directed Beastie Boys video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win":

Guardian.uk: The 100 greatest non-fiction books.

Check out Robert Nishimura’s Three Reasons videos feature for the new IndieWire blog. He suggests semi-obscure films that have been overlooked by the Criterion Collection and demand to be rediscovered.

His latest video, on Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Man Without a Map (1968), is below, or check out his write-up on it right here:
Three Reasons: The Man Without a Map from For Criterion Consideration on Vimeo.

The Onion: Nancy Grace seen in graveyard sucking marrow from Caylee Anthony's bones.

Fandor.com: Critic Kevin B. Lee list his favorite silent films of all time.

Wired: World's Steepest coaster set to open in Japan.
Ride it here:

NPR Music: Sachal Vasandani: A "Nice Indian Kid" learns to sing Jazz.

Werner Herzog reads Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortes children's book, Go the F**k to Sleep:

The Playlist: Todd Haynes & Meek’s Cutoff writer Jon Raymond working on a film about “Conservative Politics.”

Pitchfork.com: Awesome, extended interview with the great Louis C.K. (Are you watching the new season of FX's Louie? You should be …)

Below is an amazing video on the films of Michael Powell and Emric Pressburger, Art goes on forever — A Tribute to The Archers. Also, here's a link to the Reverse Shot blog's great write up of Powell and Pressburger's masterpiece, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Art Goes On Forever—A Tribute to The Archers from Serena Bramble on Vimeo.

Trailer for Nicholas Winding Refn Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. It's the coolest thing you'll see all week!

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