What We’re Reading at 1AM (GMT)

It’s that time again! Or at least it is for me — your timezone is your business. Anyway, here’s what I’m reading at whatever time this is.



New York City Has Genetically Distinct ‘Uptown’ and ‘Downtown’ Rats

When the researchers drilled down even deeper, they found that different neighborhoods have their own distinct rats. “If you gave us a rat, we could tell whether it came from the West Village or the East Village,” says Combs. “They’re actually unique little rat neighborhoods.” And the boundaries of rat neighborhoods can fit surprisingly well with human ones.


As a grad student, I have the pleasure of studying film theory as part of the degree program for which I pay actual money. That doesn’t stop me from procrastinating on classwork by binge watching film theory videos instead, however. Lately, I’ve been revisiting Kyle Kallgren’s work, which I’ve been following for several years now. This one on The Love Witch is especially good.


Kallgren’s Youtube channel has always been a great place to step down an internet rabbit hole, so when he recently recommended this site as part of his discussion of the 2015 film The Forbidden Room, of course I had to check it out. I won’t spoil too much of what Séances is about here, but you should absolutely give it a try — it’s entrancing. [Content warning for some possibly disturbing sounds and imagery.]



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