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Wednesday July 29, 2015

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Posted at 08:01 AM on Jul 29, 2015 in category Lancelot Links
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Saturday July 18, 2015

Go Set a Lancelot Links

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Posted at 06:35 AM on Jul 18, 2015 in category Lancelot Links
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Friday July 10, 2015

Lancelot Links in Cars Getting 'Right Stuff' References

  • The latest “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is with Stephen Colbert, who, while squeezing into Jerry's 1964 Moregan Plus 4, says, “I want to ask you for a stick of Beemans before I strap in here.” Made me smile. If you don't get it, see No. 3 on this list
  • What is Greece teaching the EU and the rest of the world? All about capitalism, according to Business Insider's Jim Edwards. 
  • What's the matter with Seattle's insane rate of growth? A lot, says Jeff Reitman, including traffic, lack of public transportation, and the single, white male phenomenon that is
  • MCN's David Poland lists off the landmark events for theatrical revenue models during the past 50 years. Well, *I* was interested. 
  • Is Ted Cruz, or someone associated with him, attempting to buy his way onto The New York Times best-seller list? The NY Times thinks so. Conservatives, no surprise, are up in arms.
  • Milan Kundera has a new book out but no Kindle version. For a reason.  
  • Jeffrey Wells, who is sick to death of superhero movies, actually loves “Ant-Man.” “Yes,” he writes, “Ant-Man is 'silly' but it embraces that. It's sharp and fast and disciplined as a Marine. It takes itself seriously in terms of its own efficiency and (I'm serious) its own emotional undercurrents.” 
  • I've interviewed a lot of lawyers who became lawyers because of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Now the much-debated sequel, “Go Set a Watchman”—which was actually written before “Mockingbird”—is about to go on sale. And how is the ur-Atticus in that one? An Atticus of the 1950s as opposed to the 1930s? According to The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani, this Atticus is a bit of a racist bastard. He attends Klan rallies. He rails against the NAACP and its lawyers. If it helps, Scout is disappointed, too.
  • Someone who might be happy about this awful turn of literary events? Indiana Jones
  • Jayson Stark doles out his first-half award winners for the MLB season. Yeah, Harper and Trout. Yep, Max Scherzer. Also Robinson Cano for LVP. Yes, “L” stands for what you think it stands for. 
  • Donald Trump is an easy target. But whose fault is that? 

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch 

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, Scout. Take the Klan, for instance."

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Posted at 03:35 PM on Jul 10, 2015 in category Lancelot Links
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Wednesday July 01, 2015

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Posted at 03:23 PM on Jul 01, 2015 in category Lancelot Links
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Saturday June 20, 2015

Lancelot Links

  • I've given Jeff Wells a lot of shit over the years (particularly his advice to Jackie Robinson on how to slide), but I like the bluntness of his blog; and I like this post in particular: Who deserves our truth and who doesn't? Who can we lie to? I'm 52 and still learning this lesson. 
  • What was it like to be the daughter of Josef Stalin? Olga Grushin on the new bio of Svetlana Alliluyeva.
  • Related: I know adding new subtitles to Hitler's near-bunker speech in “Downfall” has been done to death, but this version, about the St. Paul, Minn. Bike Plan, made me, as a cyclist, laugh out loud. 
  • Alex Rodriguez goes deep for No. 3,000. I'm genuinely happy for him. Good call, too: “Eighteen thousand men have played Major League Baseball! Only 29 of them have had 3,000 hits!” My other thoughts on A-Rod here
  • Related: Were you confused by newspaper and MLB accounts touting A-Rod passing Babe Ruth on the RBI list and then becoming only the second man in baseball history (after Hank Aaron) to drive in more 2,000+ runs, when Baseball Reference (not to mention Total Baseball) clearly states the case: Aaron: 2,297; Ruth: 2,214; Cap Anson: 2,075. Well, Cheat Sheet dissects it all. Seems the RBI wasn't an official stat until 1920; and though you can obviously go back into newspaper accounts, etc., to extract the correct number of RBIs for the Bambino, as statisticians have, to Major League Baseball it's not an “official” stat. To which they can blow me.  
  • A little video fun with Coen Bros. movies, from Steven Benedict. 
  • A lot of good dissections of the Rachel Dolezal matter. Jelani Cobb's is one of them. (And the only one that references John Howard Griffin, if not Lois Lane.) 
  • A lot of good dissections on the racially-motivated killings of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church this week. David Remnick's is one of them
  • Jon Stewart's is another one. 
  • And Jelani Cobb's. He ends his piece with the truest words of all in our race-baiting age: “Even if [Dylann Roof] acted by himself, he was not alone.”

Dan Wasserman editorial cartoon on Charleston shooting

Via Dan Wasserman and the Boston Globe

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Posted at 07:29 AM on Jun 20, 2015 in category Lancelot Links
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