- From McSweeney's: Classic movies changed to not be sexist. I think my favorite is “Gone with the Wind.” Maybe “Rear Window.”
- My colleague Sean Axmaker is leading a discussion at SIFF in November on Orson Welles' classic, “Touch of Evil.” Should be good. My thoughts on the film.
- Beginning in January, Major League Baseball has a new commissioner: Rob Manfred. Tyler Kepner wants to be more impressed.
- Did Billy Beane make a mistake trading Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester on July 31? John Branch looks at the A's subsequent dive.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfuss hocks her Emmy .. to Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Love the supporting vs. lead/ comedy vs. drama discussions. But my favorite is JLD's look at 2:14 to 2:18. “It's sort of refreshing .... when they don't.” She's so, so good.
- A big biography of Bill Cosby, written by former Newsweek editor and FOP (Friend of Patricia) Mark Whitaker, is being published this fall. An excerpt.
- How the chief of police of Jonesboro, Ark., harassed a newspaper reporter out of her job.
- Guess what? That police chief didn't make friends in Americus, Ga., either.
- I'm no fan of Gov. Rick Perry but I get the feeling it's Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum who will be saying “Oops” over the indictment. On the other hand, according to the WSJ law blog, McCrum is admired by friends and colleagues.
- If you need to get caught up on Ferguson, the New York Times has provided a handy timeline.†
- More from Jelani Cobb on Ferguson.†
- And here's the private autopsy on Michael Brown: six shots, two to the head, none apparently at skirmish range.
- The editor in chief of RogerEbert.com, Matt Zoller Seitz, with a straightforward, personal account of understanding white privilege.†
- I'm sure you heard the white, female CNN anchor who said of the cops at the Ferguson protests, “Why not perhaps use water cannons? At least itís not going to have the same kind of effect [as tear gas].” What I like is the double-take of the black male anchor sitting next to her. Give the guy credit. He remains professional even as he can't help but be stunned by how little she knows of recent American history.
- Finally, Open Carry Texas is back, and this time they're black! The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is marching through South Dallas to protest the police killings. No word yet from the NRA on this development.†
Birmingham, Ala., 1963. “Not the same kind of effect.”†