Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

1. The Story Behind One of Prince’s Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince’s tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has been released by the musician’s foundation. Paul “St Paul” Peterson (who was a singer in Prince’s band, the Family) and Susan Rogers (Prince’s sound engineer) tell the tale about the beautiful song’s birth, …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Pleasure toys, foldable phones, Basquiat's personal style and more in our look around the web

1. Places to Have a Timeout From Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week is on now, and Dezeen asked local interior designer Joanna Laajisto for her list of favorite spots when a little time out from the event is necessary. Laajisto’s picks are—as expected—beautifully designed and very photogenic. From the Helsinki Design Museum to the restaurant Atelje Finne and sleek Jackie bar, the list is …

Unreleased Kurt Vonnegut Stories to be Published

Beloved writer Kurt Vonnegut (who passed away 10 years ago) will have five never-before-seen (by the general public) stories published later this month. Edited by Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield (who discovered the stories) and with a foreword by Dave Eggers, “Complete Stories” will include all Vonnegut’s published short stories, plus the five newly unearthed ones. Read more at DazedDigital.

Hunter S. Thompson’s Wife Returns Antlers Stolen From Hemingway

Even after both their deaths, writers Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway are full of surprises. This week, Thompson’s wife returned elk antlers that her late husband stole from Hemingway’s house way back in 1964. Thompson, who was apparently there to write about Hemingway’s suicide just three years prior—left the home, taking the large souvenir with him. The antlers are being given to Hemingway’s grandson.

How Zora Neale Hurston Helped Her Readers Understand the World

Today, 7 January 2016, marks what would have been the 125th birthday of American author Zora Neale Hurston. Best known for her book “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Hurston’s words exposed the violent realities of black people in America to the rest of the world. As essayist Roger Rosenblatt explains in TIME, Hurston’s books helped the nation understand the challenges of being an outsider in …