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I bring you the finest reading material in my weekly Linkfest

Clive Thompson
10 min readApr 28, 2022



Later than usual for my Linkfest. It was a busy week, whaddya gonna do.

Nonetheless! I have scoured the entire Internet, top to bottom, to find you spectacular reading material.

Let’s begin …

1) ☕ The aggro ceramic art of Glen Martin Taylor

Glen Martin Taylor creates art by taking porcelain dishware, cutting it into pieces, and then stitching it together again with nails, wire, solder or other odd connectors — like the zipper seen above.

It’s truly wild stuff, counterposing the sensuous curves of porcelain with the spiky, dark vibe of metal. As Colossal describes it, Taylor’s work is …

… steeped in contrast. Soldered spikes confront the gilded, floral designs on a stack of teacups, a rusted pair of scissors binds shards of a plate, and wire restrains a concrete hand as it lurches from dinnerware. In his most recent pieces, Taylor also draws on his background in ceramics, creating the witty “Introvert Mug” with the handle strategically placed inside the vessel.



Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net