This week: why songs are the same length, the New York Times discovers pizza, a mixtape to go with the quintessential high-school cult film and more.
Timing’s Everything: Is three minutes and 45 seconds the perfect song length? It is the average. Here’s why, via Wired.
To Stream: The ’70s-inspired mixtape director Richard Linklater gave the cast of his cult classic Dazed and Confused before filming to help them get into character. Read his note and stream it here, via the Criterion Collection.
Surroundings: How IKEA, the official outfitter of everyone’s first apartment, designs furniture based on our emotions, moods and some crazy predictions, via Sight Unseen.
First Times: Hard to imagine New York without pizza—read the first mention of it in the city’s paper of record from 1944, via the New York Times.
Word: firgun (n; Hebrew): selflessly enjoying something good happening to someone else.
Photography by Angi Welsch.