Weekend Reading: You Can Take The Hippies Out of Hippie Town, But…

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.


With ‘Patience’, Daniel Clowes’ Looks for Answers to the Big Questions, Sean T. Collins, Observer

Does time travel sound like a blast? Hold that thought. Sean T. Collins speaks with cartoonist Daniel Clowes about his new book Patience, in which a time traveler attempts to save the one he loves. This being a Clowes book, the time traveler is more confronted by the weight of modern anxieties and his own shortcomings than the more traditional sound of thundery super mutants. Okay, how about now, how does time travel sound, champ?

Google and Apple: the High-Tech Hippies of Silicon Valley, Nikil Saval, T Magazine

Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as the starting line for the future, but despite trying to revolutionize the world or die trying, their ideals for community and architecture are helplessly stuck in the past. Nikil Saval looks into “Hippie Modernism” and the influential design ethics that lead to the kind of influential people who still assure you that the wearable boom is on its way.

Zack Snyder

Photograph of Zack Snyder by Kurt Iswarienko for Bloomberg

Director Zack Snyder’s Superhero Life, Devin Leonard, Bloomberg

If you happened to be one of the thousands of people who saw, then regretted, Batman v Superman over the weekend, you might be interested in a profile of its sculptor. Want to guess how many battle axes are in Zack Snyder’s office? The answer will not surprise you!

The Mothman Economy, Alison Stine, The Awl

Point Pleasant, West Virginia, meanwhile, is not Silicon Valley. It does not have billions of dollars to throw at campus redesigns or millions to guzzle at after parties. If people do pass through Point Pleasant to leave a few dollars behind, it is most likely because of a big metal, ruby-eyed beast, honored in the city with a monument since 2003. Alison Stine explores what life in a cryptozoo town is like, where it’s believed a fabled creature tried to warn them of a real life tragedy.



Header image: A page from Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel, Patience, published by Fantagraphics Books.