Sunday May 24, 2015
- Pres. Obama gets his own Twitter account and is greeted with fanfare. Also racist death threats. Glad the New York Times is reporting on this for a change.
- A great piece by Joe Posnanski on the rise of Bruce Jenner, how to score the decathlon, and why being really good in many things may be more fun than being the best in one.
- Joe again. This time he crunches the pitching/hitting numbers of the Royals and Indians (or Cleveland Spiders, as he calls them), which would indicate that the Indians are doing better. Except they're doing way, way worse. Conclusion? Defense matters. Also putting the ball in play.
- Any day that Joey Poz or Josh Wilker has a new book out is a good day. Here's Wilker's latest. Here's my thoughts on his first.
- Matthew Weiner defends his “I'd like to teach the world to sing” ending of “Mad Men.” I still don't buy it. Someone on Twitter said it best, quoting Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”: All that for a crummy commerical.
- Historian Joseph J. Ellis on the books he reads, the authors he admires, his favorite books to assign. Also, what should the president read?
- The topic I keep returning to: What jobs won't be digitized away any time soon? And which will? “Nickel and Dimed” author Barbara Ehrenreich reviews two books on the subject under the hed “Welcome to Your Obsolescence.”
- I think Emily Nussbaum describes better than anyone how revolutionary David Letterman's comedy was to my generation in the 1980s.
- Like Jim Walsh earlier this month, Chris Riemenschneider counts off the great Minnesota bands that played Letterman. Showing my age, but I've only seen the first three on this list. Well, and the last one. What I love? Martin Zellar's voice, Gary Louris' voice, Mark Olson rocking out behind him, Jake Slichter killing those drums.