Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Gabe Bullard: Plenty of people claim to be at concerts they never attended, but what about concerts that never existed? The AV Club staff has compiled a list of fictional concerts they would like to have seen. It’s pretty good, though maybe it says something about the AV Club staff or popular fiction that most of these were in the 1990s. Read The Very Best Fictional Concerts.
Devin Katayama: Suit. Check. Top hat. Check. Cane. Check. Dark Alley. Check. It’s the ingredients you’ll need to practice the art of Bartitsu, a “mixed martial art hybrid, combining elements of judo, jujitsu, British boxing, and fighting with a walking stick.” This week, we’re learning how to fight like a Victorian gentleman,” writes Catherine Townsend in The Atlantic. Basically, it’s half historical recreation; half beating the crap out of someone with a cane.” It’s obvious there’s not much chivalry, honor or courage left in our society. Read How to Fight Like a Victorian Gentleman.
Joseph Lord: Years ago, a high school English teacher had an enormous influence on how I perceive the world. I know others felt the same. He’d g on to become a high school principal, but he wasn’t so successful in that endeavor. That’s not surprising. All educators have high-stakes jobs—and, arguably, principals bear much of the weight of those responsibilities. The Atlantic considers what principals do, how their jobs evolved and why they’re an important piece of the education process. Read The Principal: The Most Misunderstood Person in all of Education.