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Weekend Reading: Ride The Lightning, Snakepit, and other tales unrelated to Metallica

While we at Kill Screen love to bring you our own crop of game critique and perspective, there are many articles on games, technology, and art around the web that are worth reading and sharing. So that is why this weekly reading list exists, bringing light to some of the articles that have captured our attention, and should also capture yours.

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The tragic story of Sheffield’s Park Hill bridge, Frances Byrnes, The Guardian

In 2001, a man named Jason decided to one-up all the locks left behind on all the bridges, proposing to a woman named Clare with a scrawl of graffiti along a high-up walking bridge, which has since become a highly marketable slogan for true love. “I LOVE YOU WILL U MARRY ME.” The romance between Jason and Clare, however, was more tragic than all the boutique merchandise has let on.

A Gift for Music Lovers Who Have It All: A Personal Utility Pole, Juro Osawa, The Wall Street Journal

You may consider yourself an audiophile. Heck, you might’ve dropped a small fortune in a surround sound system. If you’re Takeo Morita, you believe the the speakers are only half the battle, and if you want the purest quality, you’re going to have to customize your source of electricity as well.

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Dancing on a different stage: the balletic inspiration behind PS4’s Bound, Jonathan Ore, CBC

There’s a lot to marvel at in Bound, the new dance-inspired game from Santa Monica Studios. But behind the protagonist to the recent PlayStation game is an actual dancer, whose talents were used to animate and inspire the game. CBC’s Jonathan Ore spoke with Maria Udod about dancing for a completely different audience.

Fear of Rattlesnake Island, Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books

Nature conservation, what a great concept, right? Well, even among those who usually put their hat in to conserve surviving pockets of the natural world were a little bit rattled by the thought of preserving a small island in Massachusetts overrun with venomous snakes. Christopher Benfey reviews the history of rattlesnake attacks and their subsequent overhyping.

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Header image by Murdo Macleod for the Observer