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Your evening longread: REM's Michael Stipe on what inspires him

We bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

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EVERY WEEK, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the past seven days in Sitdown Sunday.

And now, every weeknight, we bring you an evening longread to enjoy which will help you to escape the news cycle. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

Michael Stipe

The REM frontmen on his new life as a photographer. 

(The Guardian, approx 14 mins reading time)

As a singer, he seemed to mainline emotion; and though he has a light, almost flirty, social presence, he can’t laugh off horrible politics or cruelty, or climate change. Actually, the world affects him so much that, a few years ago, he was advised by a therapist to stop watching the news; he came off social media around three years ago, too, and stayed off. He used to post jokey pictures of himself on Instagram with famous friends, but with the other person cropped out, so the image was just of him grinning madly. He hates social media now.

Read all the Evening Longreads here> 

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