Quick and Quotable: June

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Capitalism Has Failed, and Jay-Z’s Streaming Scandal Is Proof— Medium      “Jay-Z’s reputation as an astute entrepreneur has propelled him into a different realm of celebrity. He’s not just a rapper; he’s a mogul. Or in his words: he’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man. TIDAL’s struggles are shining an uncomfortably bright light on this aspect of the lore surrounding him. The inevitable question is: How much of Jay-Z’s success as an entrepreneur is smoke and mirrors?”

Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling— The Atlantic                                                          “In the afternoon, he was still wearing the unicorn dress. He skipped down the sidewalk, reporting that some kids had protested his attire, but he’d assured them that he was comfortable with himself.”

The Emotional Journey of Listening to No Doubt During Your Saturn Return— Vice
“I snatched up No Doubt’s Return of Saturn as soon as it hit the shelves in April 2000. As one of the maybe four or five CDs I owned, the album earned a permanent place in my Discman and I remember bringing the lyric book with me everywhere, committing it to memory a little bit more with each listen. By the end of the school year, I could recite every word by heart. But like all relics of youth, Return of Saturn faded into a distant memory over time, its lyrics only coming back to me a few tracks and wine glasses in.” 

The Trouble With Elon Musk and Grimes— The New Yorker                                “It’s often said that the line between mass and indie culture has completely collapsed in the past couple of decades, gone the way of flannel shirts, baby-doll dresses, and “corporate rock still sucks” T-shirts. Now we can drop acid to discover our inner child while becoming tech billionaires, or, more modestly, listen to obscure music while watching the Kardashians.”

The Quiet Revolution: China’s Millennial Backlash— Financial Times
“The success of Sang Tea rests on the growth of sang culture — the millennial self-mocking, semi-ironic embrace of giving up, which has launched viral internet picture-memes, videos and fiction. The 28-year-old writer Zhao Zengliang, who is often associated with sang culture through her dry-humoured internet presence, says of the phenomenon: “Sang culture is where you can take a breather [from the pressures of competition], and where everyone can honestly just admit, ‘I don’t feel I’m good enough.’”