What We’re Reading: Music Books

Take a break from the headphones to dive into pages about Philip Glass and vinyl heads

After you’ve listened to album after album on Spotify, recovered from a weeknight concert, bombasted by music at the local bar, it’s sometimes nice to let the ears rest. There’s still another way to get your music fix, however—in the form of bound pages. And books, lest you forget, can be far more insightful and impactful than the latest stream of Tweets from your favorite …

Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” Coming to TV

The legendary Patti Smith is joining forces with Showtime to make a TV series out of her beautiful, cinematic memoir “Just Kids,” which focuses on Smith’s relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The news has been met with excitement and terror—if done well, the show could be both insightful and magical, but Smith’s writing in the book is so evocative and emotional that some believe a …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The history of the leap-second, DIY skateparks, wasabi-making caterpillars and more in this week's look at the web

1. The History of The Leap Second If Tuesday felt like it went by slower than usual, that’s because it did. A leap second was added to Tuesday’s time in order to keep the Earth’s rotation in sync with the atomic clock. As NASA explains it, scientists once analyzed radio waves sent from far off quasars to determine that our planet’s rotation is gradually slowing …