What we’re reading

unnamed4This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta–perhaps simultaneously one of the most cited and most often forgotten documents in legal history. The New Yorker‘s “The Rule of History” examines the document’s relevance throughout history and its lasting legacy in Western society, particularly the United States.

As China continues to urbanize and works towards its goal of having 60 percent of the country’s population living in urban centers by 2020, many citizens have been fighting to maintain their old way of life. The Atlantic‘s photo essay, “And Then There Was One,” documents several cases of “nail houses,” buildings whose owners have resisted selling their land to the government. The pictures show lone houses standing in the middle of construction sites, a phenomenon that can be seen all across the country.

Netflix has had one hell of a year so far, having just launched Daredevil, its 17th original series of 2015 (!). The company plans to air over 320 hours of original material in 2015–a threefold increase from last year. The New York Times explored the future of the company and the changing nature of television programming with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

With the recent leak of the first four episodes of the latest season of Game of Thrones, many fans are wondering what the show would be like if it were released all at once a la Netflix. Though this doesn’t seem likely anytime soon, we can read about one phe’s quest to watch seasons one through four in one sitting. Vice News’ Allie Conti goes through all of the ups and downs, one episode at a time.  Continue Reading

This Thursday, see Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry

If Ivy Film Festival is taking an aggressive approach in marketing their next screening, it’s because Ai Wei Wei has shown that brazen confrontation gets attention. Through provocative art and digital activism, he has come to be one of China’s most outspoken political dissidents. On Thursday, his loud voice and stubby middle finger will reach Brown’s campus. Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry is an in-depth look at the public life of Ai Wei Wei and the state of modern China. Director, producer and co-editor Alison Klayman ’06 spent two years documenting his thoughts and exploits until he was incarcerated in 2011. Though it’s her first feature documentary, the Brown alumna is already garnering high praise for Never Sorry. The film won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance at this year’s Sundance Festival. She’ll be there to answer questions after the screening and make us all feel self-conscious about our post-graduation plans. The movie starts at 7 p.m. in List 120, doors opening 30 minutes prior.