Saturday
May302015

Rule No. 953 in the May Esquire

Events that are inappropriate to live-tweet: Your delay waiting to board; your delay waiting to take off; your delay waiting to disembark; your delay at the baggage carousel; the mix-up at the car-rental place; the traffic on the way home from the airport; the accident causing the traffic jam; the accident that you've just caused because you're tweeting and driving; your own death.

Tuesday
May262015

Tuesday night's best sentence

Our first glimpse of them bodes ill: limber beauties, draped in muslin underwear and hosing themselves down in the middle of nowhere. Click.

Tuesday
May262015

Makes me think of football

This sentence in the Kelefa Sanneh piece in the May 25 New Yorker:

But if boxing is dying it has been dying for a long time, which may mean that it can continue to die for a long time yet.

Tuesday
May262015

In case you missed it ...

He was born in Midland, Texas, and he spent a good bit of his boyhood in Houston, and he went to high school in Andover, Massachusetts, and to college in Austin, Texas, and he has lived for the last three and a half decades in Miami. But at the top of the list of the most important places in the world in the life of Jeb Bush is the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, and its conservative, old-world Catholic capital of León. Keep reading.

Monday
May252015

Lee Jenkins on Steph Curry

In the new SI with Stephen on the cover, Lee here is of course right:

Curry's great gift, besides his shot, is leveraging the attention/anxiety/terror that shot inspires.

Some additional pre-Game 4 reading?

Monday
May252015

The new Findings

Four things I underlined in the June Harper's in one of my favorite regular features in any magazine:

1. Approximately 3.6 million Americans are impulsively angry and carry guns in public.

2. Use of "I" and "me" goes down 69 percent in the tweets of the recently engaged.

3. Some prepsychotic adolescents are not truly cold and callous but just upset and sad.

4. An environmental sociologist who divided dog owners' defecation-management strategies into "traditional," "responsible," and "furtive" types suggested that "the poop lying on the pavement nicely wrapped up in a plastic bag can be understood as a form of collective communication to the dog-less outside world: 'Look, I tried, but ...'"

Friday
May222015

Paolo Bacigalupi in Wired

The author in the May issue: "I guess I feel I can leave the optimism to the marketing departments of major corporations. They've got it covered: 'The future is fine. Just keep shopping.'"

Friday
May222015

Tad Friend on Marc Andreessen

Sentence of the night, in the May 18 New Yorker: He hates being complimented, looked at, or embraced, and has toyed with the idea of wearing a T-shirt that says "No hugging, no touching."