O.J. Simpson: Life After the murder trial (December 1995). "The victory party was over. O.J. Simpson discovered his old world didn’t want him back — not at his Brentwood estate, not at ICM, and not at the Riviera golf club."
O.J. Simpson: Twenty years after the infamous Bronco chase, O.J. Simpson is still a mystery (June 2014). "Inside the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, inmate No. 1027820 rises daily between 6 and 6:30 a.m. He and a fellow prisoner known as Smoke share a 15-by-8-foot cell, the walls concrete and painted beige, the floor concrete and painted gray. There is a bunk with two beds, a stainless steel toilet and sink, a pair of televisions, books and an air mattress purchased from the commissary."
NORTHERN IRELAND On the #VoteProudly2016 campaign, which aims to use tactical voting to squeeze out the rabidly homophobic DUP.
SPAIN Remember the time the American military accidentally dropped four atomic bombs on Spain? "A mixture of savvy PR from the US government and patchy reporting from international media means that most of us don't even know it happened."
Magnificent obsession. "One of the great tragedies in cinematic history was the fate of Orson Welles’s 1942 epic, The Magnificent Ambersons, which was cut, reshot, and mutilated by studio functionaries while its visionary director was working on another project in Brazil. Sixty years on, the 132 minutes of the original version—if indeed they exist—are still the holy grail of certain film buffs. The author follows the making, and unmaking, of a movie that Welles believed was the death of his Hollywood career."
Why The Night of the Hunter is the greatest one-off in movie history. "As unshakeable as last night's dream, [the] movie still speaks to us across the decades: a primeval spook story, a tribute to childhood, and a plaintive American prayer against the devil inside that we will never quite exorcise."
On The Long Good Friday: "A truly great 1980 state-of-the-nation movie. The classic gangster thriller is a fitting vision of Thatcher’s Britain, with Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, the quotable cockney mobster who loses it all."
WATCH Holding The Man (trailer).
ThePeople v. O. J. Simpsonwill be with us forever. "Some items, even in the surest artist’s hands, even tempered by the softening distance of time, will always resist explanation, reproduction, or balm. This is how we know they will last."
Thirteen books about the O.J. Simpson trial to read if The People v OJ Simpson piqued your interest.
On the retrospective Warhol by the Book, which features "more than 130 objects from Warhol’s days as a student, his early years in NYC as a commercial artist and self-publisher, and more."
Merriam-Webster's response to questions about why "genderqueer" is in the dictionary.
Jordan lifts ban on Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila (aka Leila’s Project) following an international outcry; the band’s lead singer Hamed Sinno, is gay and an activist for LGBT rights in the middle east.
Frank Ocean on Prince: "He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually."
Akiba Solomon destroys Beyawnce: "Starting with Formation and the Superbowl performance and now with Lemonade, Beyonce has been doing this very particular thing of reinforcing color hierarchy by using groups of darker-skinned, similarly styled women with afros or some other 'natural' hair as background noise. In Formation the video and the Superbowl show, Beyonce doesn’t place herself in community with these women. The lighting, her position, her lighter skin and long straight blonde hair make her the queen. That’s superstar stuff, but people want to make this stuff Nina Simone-level Blackness–just without the sacrifice."
How I would have saved BHS. "The department store chain was too slow to change in fast-moving retail landscape, but with bit of imagination it didn’t need to end this way."
Nestlé’s half-billion-dollar noodle debacle in India. "Nestlé spent three decades building a beloved noodle brand in India. Then the world’s biggest food and beverage company stumbled into a public relations debacle that cost it half a billion dollars. A cautionary tale of mangled crisis management on an epic scale."
Tom Daley flaunts his barely there Olympic speedos.
The secret history of Tiger Woods. "The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world's greatest golfer. How he waged that war - through an obsession with the Navy SEALs - is the tale of how Tiger lost his way."
And finally, the Rhodes twins describe coming out to each other; are gay men actually more "manly" than straight men? Walter wonders if it's true that 95% of the black gay community are bottoms; and in the latest episode of Gay Code: crystal meth, gay film classics, stereotypes, and bisexuality.
See you kids next week - it's been emotional! Zee Jai
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."