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Dazed & Approved: Best of the Web

We select the pieces that had us hitting ‘share’ this week – from Silk Road’s matriarch, SNL sketch piss-takes, Karl Lagerfeld’s middle-American muse and a second look at Kim K’s butt

THE JETSET LIFE OF KARL LAGERFELD’S FAVOURITE MALE MODEL (FOR NOW)

“He hates selfies. He wears jeans with his own face on. When he visited the Great Wall of China, his loyal butler was waiting at the top of the stairs with a glass of Diet Coke. What didn’t we learn about Karl Lagerfeld from Irina Aleksander’s NYT portrait of his middle-America muse Brad Kroenig? In the midst of menswear season (and the never-stopping “ping” of a new email arriving in my inbox) these Totally Tweetable Karl moments provided the perfect form of lols-filled escapism (and yes, even Karl Lagerfeld sends his friends iPhone pictures of his cat).” – Emma Hope Allwood, Fashion Features Assistant (@EmmaHopeAll)

HOW PAPER MAGAZINE’S WEB ENGINEERS SCALED THEIR BACK END FOR KIM KARDASHIAN

“When the Paper Magazine's Kim K kover #broketheinternet late last year, the question on very few people's lips was "How is their web team serving that number of page views?" Luckily, however, someone thought to speak to the intrepid team of editors and engineers behind one of modern publishing's most seismic moments in this fascinating piece, which, for a sense of what we're dealing with, includes the sentences ‘Instagram policy allows buttocks but prohibits pudenda’ and ‘cache rules everything around me’.” – Charlie Robin Jones, Digital Editor (@CharliexJones)

SILK ROAD MOM LEARNS SAD TRUTH ABOUT SON

"We cover a lot of Silk Road news on Dazed, but I loved how The Daily Beast's Michael Daly humanised Ross Ulbricht's case. From his mother's fussing over what shirt he wore in court, to the description of how the Silk Road came to be, to the dramatic arrest, his imaginative piece detailed its flawed architect's fall from grace in spectacular fashion. Who wants to take a bet that Daly turns this into a film script in the next six months? We're particularly looking forward to the "DON'T LET HIM CLOSE THE LAPTOPPPPPP" scene." – Tim Noakes, Editor-In-Chief (@TimNoakes)

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN: A CONVERSATION WITH BJÖRK

“We know that Björk can talk about technique and technology until the huldufólk come home, but hearing the Icelandic artist speak emotionally about heartbreak, motherhood and intimacy – around the rush release of Vulnicura – broke important ground of a different kind. And yeah, why is her vision spoken about in a different way to Kanye's? Julianne Escobedo Shepherd put it best by simply tweeting: "when you send women to interview women, YOU GET BETTER SHIT".” – Owen Myers, Deputy Editor (@Owen_Myers)

ARE YOU INTERNET SEXUAL?

“Anarchic live-cam site Chaturbate is everything you love and fear about the internet. Weird sex, capitalist transaction, and the promise of genuine, human intimacy. Albeit through the lens of your computer's webcam.” – Zing Tsjeng, News Editor (@MissZing)

SNL’s BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN

“Another legendary sketch from SNL. I think everyone, no matter where you live, can identify with this brilliant skit from SNL starring Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharaoh and Kevin Hart. The three tackle gentrification in Bushwick, Brooklyn, an area of New York that has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Hanging out on a street corner in their hood, they discuss recent activities: visiting artisanal mayonnaise shops, eating gelato on the street, painting landscapes whilst drinking white wine and running a dog-walking business.” – Ravi Amaratunga, Head of Dazed Vision (@rja54)

SOMEONE’S BEEN USING MY FACEBOOK PHOTOS TO ‘CATFISH’ PEOPLE FOR NEARLY A DECADE

“The internet is ridiculously shady, we know that. But what really scares the pants off of us is when the said ‘shady people’ populating it start to have implications on the real world. Taking a leaf out of MTV’s Catfish, some online puppet master steals a group of friends’ Facebook photos and 'becomes' them online, baiting a series of unwitting online love seekers in the process... for a decade! Seriously, who has the time? The creep factor notches up when these WWW love interests start to run into the IRL incarnations of the actual identity owners. Awkward.” – Ashleigh Kane, Digital Assistant (@AshleighKane)

5 THINGS AMERICAN SNIPER’S CHRIS KYLE ALLEGEDLY LIED ABOUT

“Enjoyed this roundup of tall tales told by “The American Sniper” Chris Kyle, whose stories spawned the controversial Clint Eastwood-directed hit movie. One account, that he and a fellow sniper friend picked off looters in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is particularly jaw dropping.” – Thomas Gorton, Digital News Writer (@AngstromHoot)

FRANCE’S FAR RIGHT PARTY SEIZES THE MOMENT – AND THE YOUTH

“In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, and the worldwide outpouring of grief, sympathy and unity, we turn our attentions to youth and their reaction; our future leaders, the impassioned and, perhaps, emotionally impressionable. Buzzfeed joins a Paris meet of the far-right Le Front National party – who ‘warned’ of Islamist terror in France – and speaks to the college-age ‘frontistes’ there.” – Natasha Slee, Social Media Assistant (@TashaLouiseS)

WERNER HERZOG INTERVIEW: THE UNLIKELY GURU

“A guide for the perplexed, a lighthouse for the independent, a no bullshit-guru. Herzog gives great copy, his 5x15 in-conversation event that evening even more enlightening and enlivening with visionary LOLs and honesty. Always the ‘ecstatic truth’ over the ‘accountant’s truth’.” – Ronojoy Dam, Group Creative Director