Best of the Web

Wherever you are this weekend don’t forget to catch up on our pick of the best online news. This week’s stories include: creatives on World Mental Health Day, behind the scenes of The Man Who Fell to Earth, and achieving consciousness through surfing.  

It’s Nice That: “Subtlety is key”: Rachel Levit on the art of illustrating sensitive themes 

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It’s Nice That curated a plethora of stories on mental health in the creative industry as part of World Mental Health Day this week. Mexican artist and illustrator, Rachel Levit has a distinct inky style and her work often tackles sensitive and controversial issues. Her work on mental health is compelling. She says, “When I illustrate a piece that deals with delicate, sensitive or controversial issues: subtlety is key.”

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i-D: Behind the scenes of The Man Who Fell to Earth 

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The Man Who Fell to Earth is a well-known film about an alien who comes to Earth to collect water for his home planet which is suffering from drought. The black and white behind-the-scenes photographs are in themselves artistic, perhaps we can put that down to the film’s unique perceptive style and storytelling. Director Nicolas Roeg edited the film ‘by taking away the crutch of time’, so the audience would ‘read the screen.’

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Lagom: Achieving ‘flow’ through surfing 

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While a good majority of our readers aren’t coast-bound we couldn’t help but share this story on San Francisco-based designer Cameron Ewing and why surfing helps him find his ‘flow’. He describes ‘flow’ as ‘that sensation you experience when you’re focused so acutely on a task at hand that everything else in the world seems to fall away; time slows down and your body and mind feel totally in sync.’

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New Statesmen: Leader: Kazuo Ishiguro, Brexit and global Britain 

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Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature recently. In this article New Statesmen reflect on Ishiguro’s critique of Brexit and the ‘greatness of Britain’. In the aftermath of Brexit, Ishiguro wrote an essay in the Financial Times detailing his anger that Britain could leave the EU, which had seen the ‘transforming of Europe from a slaughterhouse of total war and totalitarian regimes to a much-envied region of liberal democracies.’

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