A privilege to work with the people in this picture. Mike's heading to New York to be the managing editor of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.
Vaclav Smil to Clive Thompson: "I saw how the university life goes, both in Europe and then in the US. I was at Penn State, and I was just aghast, because everyone was what I call drillers of deeper wells. These academics sit at the bottom of a deep well and they look up and see a sliver of the sky. They know everything about that little sliver of sky and nothing else. I scan all my horizons."
Out on U.S. 301 in the county's rural east end, the bands of brush-stroke orange seemed to come from the tops of the trees and push the fog down close to the ground. The sun came up over the slow hills and the fat live oaks and the fences made of wire and wood. It was 7:14.
"Just the coffee?" said the clerk at the Circle K at 301 and State Road 50.
The Pulitzer winner and Case Western Reserve professor in Life on the Death Beat, which I read for a piece I'm working on for Charlotte magazine: If journalism is a subsidized education, obituary writing is the course in philosophy -- for both readers and reporters. The key lies in knowing where to look for the lessons of life, and not just a list of its achievements.
1. Andrew Bujalski: "Write out the scene the way you hear it in your head. Then read it and find the parts where the characters are saying exactly what you want/need them to say for the sake of narrative clarity (e.g., 'I've secretly loved you all along, but I've been too afraid to tell you'). Cut that part out. See what's left. You're probably close."
2. Jeff Nichols: "Stories, even ones with jumbled timelines and time periods, are linear. They start, stuff happens, they end."
3. Danny Strong: "I always try to make the opening image of the film reflect the theme or the story in its entirety."
Reginald Garcia in today's Times: For 20 years, parole has been little more than an afterthought in Florida's criminal justice system, and it was abolished altogether for crimes committed after Oct. 1, 1995. But that bright line is now under scrutiny thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings that life without parole sentences for juvenile homicide offenders are disproportionate. Makes me think about Tim Kane.
I was deeply disappointed by one segment of this article. The core issue is how law enforcement and the FSU administration responded to the alleged rape of a college student by a football player. Despite best efforts, sexual assault on campus is a troubling issue that persists.
What is never appropriate is the suggestion that a woman's attire can ever be used as an excuse that somehow she "asked for it."
Does this article's description — "milling by sororities, female students wore skirts, knee-high or ankle-length, Saran Wrap snug and slit down the sides, their belly buttons like peeking beacons" — contribute to a rational discussion of sexual assault, or does it serve to perpetuate the harmful stereotype that provocative female attire can provide a justification for sexual assault?
The female students I saw and talked to while reporting that Saturday in Tallahassee were wearing either what's described above or very, very short jean shorts, so short the front pockets flapped on the fronts of their legs, coupled with cowboy boots. Same sorts of tops. That was basically it. Those two outfits. The manner of dress was striking. The conformity was maybe even more striking. I noted it -- along with a variety of other things in an effort to describe the scene and also the context in which this Jameis Winston-related conversation was (and is) happening. Certainly the intent was not to code some kind of message that they're asking to be raped.