Five from 4th Estate

To usher in the weekend, 4th Estate bring you our top picks from the web this week. These are the things that we’ve been viewing, reading and sharing in the office, and now we’re sharing them with you. As ever, we hope you enjoy our selections.


An old favourite, there’s always an excuse to look at awesome people hanging out together. This week we’ve paused to say ‘wait, is that Obama, Bruce Springsteen AND Jay-Z‘? and ‘How interesting, Jon Hamm is wearing a bright green onesie‘.


He taught us to be enchanted and fearful in equal measure by refusing to ‘cater to the bullshit of innocence’. The Believer interviews the wild thing that was Maurice Sendak.



The Gangnam Style single has been viewed over 780 million times on YouTube. This Gangnam Style-inspired video was organised by the sculptor Anish Kapoor in solidarity with Ai Weiwei. Dance and sing along in support of Amnesty International and the freedom of speech.


‘I want to make a modest proposal. I want to propose the foundation of a National Paper Museum.’ And so begins Ian Sansom’s Guardian feature on the power and beauty of paper. Written to celebrate the release of his book Paper: An Elegy this article will make you turn off your laptop and dust off your writing set.


At the end of the day, sometimes you’ve got to think outside the box. In this Prospect article,  Hephzibah Anderson praises the well-chosen cliché.

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