Friday March 11, 2016
Don't throw away that paper bag.
- Steven Spielberg in 30 shots: one per movie, basically. Don't know if I'd go with these, particularly, but it's not a bad group.
- From the usual folks: How 'Deadpool' should have ended. I wouldn't be surprised if the best thing to come out of the upcoming “Batman v. Superman” movie will be the follow-up HISHE cartoon.
- I saw this via Facebook: a 1988 Poppadums snack commercial with a Sikh Elvis. The guy's quite good. (Psst, this is how we win the war; with pop culture.)
- So you're cleaning out the attic, about to throw out an old paper bag, but look inside first. What's in there? A million dollars. Specifically, seven Ty Cobb turn-of-the-last-century tobacco baseball cards. The kicker? The family in question—in the South no less!—barely knew who Ty Cobb was. But each of those cards is worth approximately $150K. I'd sell six, keep one.
- Joe Posnanski began counting down his top 100 players ... when was it? Last year? The year before? Anyway, he's resurrecting it for the time being, and has a nice post about his No. 35: Cal Ripken. (I'd still take Junior higher.)
- Life, death, baseball: Josh Wilker on his Mike Miley card. Don't know Miley? Neither did Wilker.
- The very first New York Times article about Adolf Hitler, according to Vox.com, contains what we would now call the other side of the story: no, Hitler really wasn't that anti-Semitic. Can you say “false equivalence”? BTW: Three guesses as to why Vox is researching this.
- Mitt, McCain dump on Trump. To be continued. (And yes, “Dump on Trump” is the Dr. Seuss book that needs to be written.)
- But who's the alternative? Ted Cruz? He's like a less likable version Richard Nixon.
- And it's not just nationally; it's the GOP everywhere. A Scott Walker appointee to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Rebecca Bradley, now running for a 10-year term, called gays “degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior” in public letters and editorials in college in the 1990s. She wrote that they “deservedly receive none of my sympathy.” She was harsher with Pres. Clinton.
- Here's the superlovely Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton”) with the super grizzly Harrison Ford on Instagram. I'm “Hamilton”-obsessed.
- And here's the New Yorker's profile of Lin-Manuel Miranda from Feb. 2015. I missed it back then. I'm sure I dismissed it. Now I could kiss it. MC Erik!
- BTW: Five years earlier in The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg wrote about why Alexander Hamilton's story would make a great movie; and why it's never been made. Both prescient and ironic.
- CBS News recently did a piece on Ron Chernow, the Hamilton biographer who inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the musical.
- RIP, George Martin, the fifth Beatle, and the epitome of class.