Tea With Chris: Rolling Jubilee

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Carl: The brilliant Occupy-offshoot Rolling Jubilee/Strike Debt movement, which is raising money to buy up and eliminate citizens’ “bad” debt in America, has seemed to catch fire this week, with the “People’s Bailout” launch-party-cum-Telethon taking place tonight (guests incl. Janeane Garofalo, Jeff Mangum from Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth ….) Here’s B2TW friend Astra Taylor explaining some of the thinking behind it, and here are some big brains debating the politics of the campaign.

A decade ago, Jamie Stewart of the wonderful band Xiu Xiu lost his father (who was himself a musician and record producer – he produced Billy Joel’s Piano Man – whatever else he was). This week Jamie posted a beautifully painful and painfully beautiful remembrance.

The only thing more moving is this very joyful Tumblr created by Dan Savage in tribute to the hetero people who helped LGBT people win several key marriage-equality fights in the U.S. last week: Straight Up Thanks.

Now after tears, laughter: It occurred to me that I hadn’t read one of my favourite comics in the world in a long time – like, a year. So I did, and now here are my six favourite Cat and Girl strips of 2012 so far.

Epic feat of music writing of the week: The Ballad of Scott & David, Walker & Bowie, Engel & Jones. Less epic but very enjoyable, Douglas Wolk on the lesser-known collaborations of Brian Eno.

Finally, I’ve written at length on B2TW about my favourite annual charity event, Toronto comedian Pat Thornton’s 24-hour standup marathon, which not only raises much-needed cash for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and AIDS in Africa, but also creates a slow-motion, hypnagogic frenzy of collective creativity, like 4-D chess played entirely with inside jokes. It’s happening again this weekend. It will be streaming online so you can follow it there if you’re not in the area or can’t get out to the Comedy Bar. And they’ve made a We Are the World-style charidee-single video promo for it:

Chris: The publisher Melville House posted this disbelieving rejoinder to a particularly entitled and delusional blogger Curator, who spent “spent some time on a horse of Dali-esque height and absurdity” after her demands for 15 high-resolution pages from a new book were spurned. It’s all very funny, but never more devastating than when presenting the target’s own words and gingerly backing away: “voluntary self-deportation from relevance,” “this hideous underbelly of the old-world publishing pantheon,” “value propositions” and “core users.” Well, it’s not like she identifies as a writer.

Speaking of rebuttals to fools, our friend Maura Johnston really killed it this week.

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