The Octopus Group Reading List: July 2017

Presented for your amusement and intellectual enrichment: the best pieces of writing the Octopus Group Copy Team have read in the past month. Be inspired, disgusted, entertained, or a combination of the three.

The Uninhabitable Earth (NY Mag)

A bleak and frightening account of the various ways – ecological, meteorological and socioeconomic – our planet might become a nightmarish hellscape, if we don’t reverse climate change immediately. Reading it may well ruin your week, but it’s masterful in the way it takes a typically dry subject (no pun intended) and makes it compelling. Read it.

From Decks to Moats: the Complete Guide to Modern Office Jargon (Guardian)

Jargon is a constantly evolving threat, and it is only through studying its myriad mutations that we can hope to defeat it. Features the use of the word solve as a noun, an abomination that marks the exact point when human civilisation officially lost the plot. Read it.

Cards Against Humanity for Her

A pitch-perfect parody of everything that is wrong with how we market products to women. Best enjoyed with a tub of Häagen-Dazs after crying with your bestie at the end of The Notebook. Read it.

We Figured Out What the Smell in Our Office Is and Are No Longer Taking Internship Applications (VICE)

This piece recently did the rounds at the OG office and it was like a Mexican wave of laughter cascading through the building. A strange and very funny piece of gonzo journalism. Read it.

What Will Football Look like in the Future? (SB Nation)

Best to go into this with as few preconceptions as possible. This sublimely bizarre piece is worth a look even if you’re not a fan of American Football, or sport in general. Read it.

Pity Daniel Craig – playing James Bond really is the toughest job in the world (Guardian)

Marina Hyde is one of the most consistently funny and insightful journalists around. Here (in her weekly Lost in showbiz column) she takes a look at the trials of playing Bond and what constitutes hard work in the acting community. Read it.