Fiction

The Weekly Filet brings you the five best links of the week, every Friday. Making sense of the big issues of our time (with a healthy dose of serendipity and nerdiness). Curated by journalist David Bauer.

Cat Person

The New Yorker

Arguably one of the most undersold pieces of the year. I saw it in my newsfeeds at least a dozen times before I finally clicked on it. Don’t be fooled by the bland title and give it a try. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this piece of fiction will make you feel uncomfortable, and probably for different reasons depending on your gender.

Published in Weekly Filet #259

Take your time

Nicky Case

A short story about time in a time where time is a scarce resource until it isn’t. Time well spent on this.

Published in Weekly Filet #255

Black Mirror: White Christmas

Channel 4

A future in which people can be blocked in real life just like on social media – that’s just one of the dystopian themes in the latest episode of Black Mirror, the first one in feature length. As with the six that came before, Charlie Brooker does an excellent job in dissecting the present by extrapolating. If you knew Black Mirror, these 75 minutes are just as good as you’d have hoped for. If you’re new to Black Mirror: Welcome to this brilliantly creepy, exceptionally thought-provoking ride.

Published in Weekly Filet #188

The Nightmare on Connected Home Street

Wired

«I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows. The lights are flashing. My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something, I don’t know. You see, my house has a virus again.»

Published in Weekly Filet #169

Haruka Murakami – Samsa in Love

The New Yorker

Franz Kafka had turned Gregor Samsa into a monstrous bug. Haruki Murakami brings him back. «He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa» begins his ingenious short story published this week in The New Yorker. It’s a perfect weekend read. Thinking about it, it has been a while since I’ve last recommended a fiction text. The last one was in Weekly Filet #86, called «Going For A Beer». A great read, still.

Published in Weekly Filet #134

Deactivated

The New Yorker

As if right out of an episode of Black Mirror. You want to deactivate your Facebook account? Sure, ruin your life.

Published in Weekly Filet #117

Going For A Beer

The New Yorker

It all starts with a beer or two and in the long run, we’re all dead. A beautiful, humorous short story by Robert Coover. Just the right thing to head into the weekend with a smile.

Published in Weekly Filet #86