Weekend Reading: Weird Science, Bad City

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.


Ding! Ding! Ding!, Anna Fitzpatrick, The Walrus

In a tale that’s becoming commonplace, a Montreal bar owner is hoping to build his own testament to pinball and pinball wizards, but is encountering roadblocks from bylaws instated in bygone years, back when arcades faced more scrutiny. As Anna Fitzpatrick explores, how these rules become established isn’t nearly as confusing as why they remain in place.

Me and My Monkey, Edward White, The Paris Review

While we all have one friend who can distinguish different animals by the taste of their urine, Charles Darwin’s good chum Francis Trevelyan Buckland sure was a heckuva character. A bohemian interested in science as long as it was shocking, Buckland was perhaps a predecessor to many of the scientific and anthropological TV idols we know today. But if you really want to hear more about Buckland’s house of peculiar tastes and mad science, you should read Edward White’s piece about the man who gave his children stuffed crocodiles instead of toys.


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London’s empty towers mark a very British form of corruption, Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

London’s current skyline, with the Shard, the Gherkin, and the Heron Tower may resemble an old liquor cabinet, but with revelations about the St. George Wharf Tower, the view of the city now says something very cynical to the thousands struggling with housing in the capital. How the skyline ended up as a testament to selfish investments, as Simon Jenkins explains, was a remarkably British process.

Milton Glaser Wants You to Prove You Exist, Bradford Wieners, Bloomberg

The current American election cycle is—to put things extremely generously—depressing, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of voting. And who, perhaps, to keep the enthusiasm to vote alive in such trying times than the man who coined “I Heart NY,” Milton Glaser. Bradford Wieners interviews the icon-shaping designer on why, at 86, Glaser has decider to enter the campaign in his own way.