Nicholas Lemann in the new New Yorker: Plucking a few events out of the vastness of the world and declaring them to be the news of the day is a mysterious and complicated project.
Millennials have emerged into adulthood with low levels of social trust. In response to a long-standing social science survey question, “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people,” just 19% of Millennials say most people can be trusted, compared with 31% of Gen Xers, 37% of Silents and 40% of Boomers.
Germany's Angela Merkel in the new New York Review of Books: "Trust is the basis for peace and friendship between peoples."
The start to the preface in William S. Powell's brief, readable history of the state, which I picked up not too long ago on a reporting trip to Asheville:
North Carolina frequently puzzles the uninitiated who try to understand the attitudes and actions of its people; sometimes the state puzzles its own natives as well. Even generalizing about the state's basic physical character is difficult. Within its long span from the Atlantic Ocean to the crest of the Appalachian Mountains, level coastal plains blend into the piedmont's rolling hills, which in turn rise into the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.
Made me think of Michael Graff's recent piece for Politico mag.
The photographer from People magazine pointed his camera at Julian Newman. Stripped along one side of the basketball court by the gym's few rows of metal bleachers was yellow tape that said CAUTION.
"Big smile," the photographer said.
This kid over the last 14 or so months has been on local TV and national TV. He has been on ESPN and Conan O'Brien. He has been on the front of the sports section of the Sunday New York Times.
He plays on the varsity team at small Downey Christian School in Orlando even though he's 12 years old and in the sixth grade. He's 4 feet 9, weighs barely more than 90 pounds, and wears midshin, multicolored socks and size 6 Nikes.
So here was People, celebrity culture's ultimate arbiter. A smiling Julian dribbled furiously, between his legs and back and forth, the sounds of the bouncing ball mixing with rapid camera clicks and brief, blinding bursts of flash.
"Turn yourself in toward the light," the photographer said.
The next night, on the same court, Downey lost for the third time in four games. Julian hit one of his two free throws and one of his three 2-point shots and one of his six 3-point shots to finish with 6 points. It was a statistical output similar to that of the previous week's losses.
"Way to play," Jamie Newman, Julian's coach, and also his father, who had put up the CAUTION tape for People, told his team.
In the new Saturday Evening Post:
"The world is chaotic and we're trying to figure out some order. The painter puts a frame around it; the playwright puts a proscenium arch above it; a documentarian puts it on a screen. We invent stories, we tell them to each other. We achieve a kind of immortality with the stories that we tell and that's the way we abolish the wolf at the door that's gonna come knocking eventually."
Visited with two University of Florida journalism classes. First talked about profiles -- Jim Greer, Kathryn Norris -- with Greg Hamilton's beat reporting class. Then talked with John Woodrow Cox's magazine writing class about freelancing and the process from pitch to publication of an old(ish) piece on NASCAR for Charlotte. Long day of shop talk but a fun day of shop talk.