Weekend Reading: The Ugly Truth

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.


Brutalism’s Aesthetic Legacy, Darran Anderson, White Noise

A stain in some cities, a sight in others. Brutalism has touched many capitals in the last century, but as far as how they’ll be appreciated, Darran Anderson explains how its legacy will be especially “love it or hate it.”

The Internet Is No Place For Elections, Mike Orcutt, MIT Technology Review

It was once thought that the internet could be the answer for so many voting woes, accessibility to polls and motivation for youth engagement chief among them. But having crossed a certain threshold for official enthusiasm for online voting, the climate of elections and digital security come with substantial second thoughts, Mike Orcutt reports.

His Girl Friday

Talking in Circles, Nick Pinkerton, Film Comment

Critics writing for posture isn’t new, the large network conversation that turns criticism into tides is. Less than devil’s advocacy, Nick Pinkerton talks about the transformation of cinematic commentary in the shadow of social media.

A conversation with the poet Max Ritvo about friendship and cancer, Shon Arieh-Lerer and Andrew Kahn, Slate

Passing away earlier this year, poet Max Ritvo will have his first book, Four Reincarnations, published posthumously. In a candid conversation, Slate’s Shon Arieh-Lerer and Andrew Kahn speak with Ritvo about death, his work, and how it might live on without him.