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Best of the Web: we find the standout stuff across the internet so you don’t have to

Another Friday, another afternoon spent tapping away at a computer looking busy while secretly pretending you’re Elton John playing the piano intro to Tiny Dancer. Thankfully, other people around the internet have been more productive, and we’ve drawn together the fruits of their labours for your delectation.

Ahead of his London show at the Royal Academy, editor of RA Magazine Sam Phillips visits Ai Weiwei in his Beijing studio (Alex H)

JW Anderson on his whirlwind success, the moment he knew he wanted to be a designer, and the art of surprise. (Alex H)

Ouch, some less-than-ok remarks here from the Burning Man festival founder on the event’s “diversity issue” (Emily)

I adore the music of Larry Levan and you probably do to, even if you don’t know it’s Larry Levan your lovan’. Here’s a great long read over on Pitchfork all about him. (Emily)

Great image gallery on Wired showing Brooklyn before and after the hipsters, quote “and [now] you can’t escape the sound of Arcade Fire and Tame Impala. (Joe)

This is well worth a read for anyone who was disturbed by the image of the Aylan Kurdi published last week. I had massively mixed feelings about how those  images were handled by the media, but this is one of the most articulate responses I’ve come across. In this New York Times article Charles Homans actually argues the reason this particular image was so harrowing was because far from depicting war-torn suffering itself, which most of us can’t fully comprehend, something about this image was uncomfortably familiar and relatable. (Alex H)

Despite barely being used in our digital world, The Guardian explores contact sheets and how revealing they can be in exposing a photographer’s creative choices in this article. (Beccy)

Clever or just damn cheeky? The design team for Legend – that new Kray twin film staring Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy, managed to disguise a two-star review from The Guardian in the official poster. It’s the one in the middle, and could easily pass for a five-star rating. (Social Simon)