Man at His Best

Weekly Roundup: In Which We Invoke The Devil And Say Goodnight To A Sweet Prince

Five things that happened this week that everyone should read about.

BY WAYNE CHEONG | Apr 29, 2016 | Culture

1 | If you think that censorship in Singapore is bad, you haven’t lived in 1930s America when the Hays Code was enacted. Set up to be the moral yardstick for most motion pictures between 1930 to 1968, the Hays Code had a surprisingly “consistent strain” and that was the “prohibition of female sexuality”. David Denby of The New Yorker, talk us through the history of the Hays Code and even proffer that while “censorship can cripple, inhibit, and destroy, [it not only forces] artists to invent [it] can liberate, too.”

2 | Depending on your belief system, the pig is either honey on the tongue, a dirty animal or an adorable pet. For Todd Kliman (writing for Lucky Peach), his relationship with pork is complicated. Allow him to map out his life in seven meals of pork.

3 | Alex Mar contributed a report for the 2015 Fall issue of The Believer, which lifts the veil on satanism, notably the Church of Satan. Before you dismiss it, the write-up is enlightening as it touches on the group’s origins to its carnival theatrics to its crusade against organised religion, all these while Mar sips tea with the church’s High Priest in suburban New York.

4 | In an effort to curb exploitation of lower-income women, the Indian government is putting the kibosh on transnational surrogacy for foreign couples. But as Abby Rabinowitz for The Guardian writes, this ban might be more damaging than productive.

5 | The untimely death of Prince ushered in think pieces and tributes to the Purple Rain iconoclast. In a personal essay for Rolling Stone, the Roots’ Questlove pens his history with Prince and how it shapes him to be the musician he is today.