weeklies 23-06-2012

June is passing by in light-speed. I don’t know if it’s because everything is happening in one month (Holland Festival, European Cup 2012, family and friends visiting) or if it’s because I have a major deadline (due yesterday). Who knows. The internet doesn’t stop, so here’s your weekly link round-up.

Dear Internet, this is why you can’t have anything nice. A necessary read to learn more about Anita Sarkeesian (who did the Tropes vs. Women before) and the misogynist internet trolls who attacked her kickstarter project.

– An interesting PNAS research on Darwinian selection of music by public choice. @vanderaanet

– Apparently the US government is changing military policy after watching Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War,  a documentary on rape in the US military. Probably too late, but with a good policy, things could change for the better.

– Paste Magazine has a list of 15 great instrumental songs by vocal bands. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd sharing the first two spots. A great liste. @largeheartedboy

– The Telegraph profiles Patti Smith, which makes me even more excited about her upcoming concert in Amsterdam, Paradiso (July 7th, already sold out). Like that was even possible. Here’s an excerpt:

Her new album, Banga, was named after Pontius Pilate’s dog in Mikhail Bulgakov’s satirical magical-realist masterpiece The Master and Margarita (which Smith read “obsessively” five times in five months in 2008). Why?

“Truthfully, when you look at that story,” she replies of the 1940 novel, “Pilate is made to wait for 2000 years on the edge of heaven to talk to Christ. And Banga sits patiently with him, and watches over him. Then they say, ‘OK, you can talk to Christ’, and Banga gets up with him and they walk down the Golden Road.

“And when I read this I thought, is there ever in literature such a faithful dog? Was there ever such devotion and commune?”

–  And to close this week’s roundup, Jezebel’s list of 25 Kickass and Amazing Women. Seriously, though, amazing women on the list.

To top off everything, here’s an adorable Corgi:

oh hai!

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Tales of Passion

Here’s a TED talk by novelist Isabel Allende from 2007/8, that I want to share. Because it is important, and timeless, and crucial.

Isabel Allende is a novelist, but also has founded The Isabel Allende Foundation, which works with nonprofits in the SF Bay Area and Chile to empower and protect women and girls — understanding that empowering women is the only true route to social and economic justice.