Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we’ve read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:
Bonus: The article will have you rushing to listen to Channel Orange (or Nostalgia, Ultra if you want to impress your friends), so rather than distract yourself with more text, check out these Sony World Photography Award winners. Read the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
Laura Ellis: I appreciated this article about the science and psychology of smiling (and smizing), especially given some of the cold and grey weather we’ve had in Louisville lately. We all know that when we’re happy, we smile, but it actually works in reverse too: engaging your face muscles in a smile can actually improve your mood, and people who lack the physical ability to smile are more prone to depression. Read How Smiles Control Us.
Erin Keane: Director Wes Anderson gets a lot of flak for his aesthetic. Critics of his filmmaking style call it twee, mannered, artificial, but I’ve been drawn to his diorama compositions since the opening credits of Rushmore. Novelist Michael Chabon defends Anderson’s use of brokenness in a lovely New York Review of Books piece that manages to capture everything that is delicate and true about the heightened realities he creates. Read Wes Anderson’s World.
Bonus: And in sillier news, woe to the writer who finds himself still (once again?) on the Richard Marx beat. A Chicago music writer called the ’80s Hold Onto the Night balladeer “shameless” on a TV station blog and found himself embroiled in an interpersonal feud with the formerly-mulleted star. Then he found out he wasn’t alone. Read Richard Marx Hates My Guts.
Joseph Lord: Veterans can spend months waiting for word on disability claims and government efforts to fix the backlog haven’t worked well. At all. Read Despite VA Pledge to Improve, More Veterans Face Long Wait for Benefits.