- Jonathan Chait on the GOP''s dictator envy.
- Sy Berger, who died recently at 91, had a huge influence on my childhood, since he created the modern baseball card. See: this. Also my review of Josh Wilker''s book, “Cardboard Gods.”
- Wilker''s thought is my thought in this Chicago Tribune article: “My childhood wouldn''t have been the same without Sy Berger. ... It became more of national identity of childhood.” How did Berger do it? Beginning in 1952, he made baseball cards bigger, in color, with team names and statistics. Also facsimilies of autographs. Also little cartoons on the back. He made them collectibles.
- Andrew Sullivan on that last Colbert show.
- Tom the Dancing Bug gives us KIMdb: the recommended movies of Kim Jong-un.
- From The Onion's Clickhole: “6 American Television Shows That Started in England.” The pic at the top is “The Office” but all six are fake. My favorite is the first: “Seinfeld” being based upon the 1970s BBC comedy, “Just a Moment Dear, I'll Buzz You In.” OK, maybe my favorite is “Breaking Bad.”
- Via the New Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs section (I presume): Ayn Rand reviews children's movies. “Willie Wonka” is probably my favorite.
- The New York Times on “The Lives They Lived” about a few of the names we lost in 2014: Harold Ramis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tony Gwynn, Ben Bradlee, Rudy Dee, Pete Seeger, Lauren Bacall, Jan Hooks, Mike Nichols, Robin Williams, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.