DINNER PARTY INTEL...
The topics you have to be able to discuss this week
1. Purge of princes
The campaign of arrests of Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and tycoons by the country’s new anticorruption commission is widening. The arrests, first reported by Saudi-owned news channel Al Arabiya, are the latest in a series of steps by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert Saudi influence on an international scale and entrench his power in the kingdom. Saudi nationals have long bemoaned the misuse of public funds. Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor in US companies such as
Twitter and Citigroup, is said to be among the targets. According to a
Saudi government official, 11 princes and 38 others are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh.
“We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries, but this isn’t a guns situation. I mean, we could go into it — it’s a little bit soon to go into it — but fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.” US President Donald Trump, on Texas shooting
2. Ikigai is the new hygge
It’s out with hygge, the Danish term describing the concept of cosiness, and in with ikigai. The word translates roughly as “a reason for being”, and it’s the newest lifestyle buzzword. Based on ancient Japanese philosophy, ikigai is often associated with a Venn diagram in which the following elements overlap: what you love; what you’re good at; what the world needs; and what you can be paid for. What can be found at the intersection of these four lists is your ikigai. The term combines the Japanese words iki (life) and gai (value or worth).
3. The art of bingeing
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently told Summit LA — a gathering of Silicon Valley bigwigs and the entrepreneurial elite — that sleep is the streaming giant’s competition. “And we’re winning!” he quipped. Binge watching — the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television series in rapid succession — has become almost synonymous with Netflix. In fact, the company in a press release pointed to a new kind of viewer: the binge racer. This is a viewer who strives to be the first to finish a series by speeding through an entire season within 24 hours of its release. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Stranger Things and Master of None are among the top 20 binge-raced shows.