Sunday December 06, 2015
- An article about “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? I'm there. An article about Willie Mays? I'm there. An article about how Willie Mays helped make “A Charlie Brown Christmas a reality? I'm in heaven.
- I knew that Curt Swan was the illustrator for Superman comic books from the 1950s to the 1970s. I just didn't know he was from Minneapolis.
- Michael Lewis on what happens when Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book—”The Big Short“ version.
- The above in Vanity Fair led me to the 1996 VF article by Marie Brenner, ”The Man Who Knew Too Much,“ about Jeffrey Wigand, which led to the 1999 Michael Mann movie, ”The Insider.“ I've seen ”The Insider“ a dozen times but had never read the article. Rectified.
- According to Frank Bruni, talking to some GOP insiders, Ted Cruz is really, really, really, really, really really disliked.
- From the New York Times: The 100 Notable Books of 2015. I've read approximately ... half. Of one. I.e., I read half of ”Between the World and Me,“ by Ta-Nahesi Coates and wasn't impressed and stopped. I know: I'm in the minority there.
- One of my favorite recent Q&As: with Bob Mankoff, the New Yorker's cartoon editor.
- Evan Osnos' article on Marco Rubio, ”The Opportunist,“ is well-titled. The guy seems like a shit. But a very likeable shit. (Cf. Ted Cruz.)
- Meanwhile, I tend to think Dr. Ben Carson isn't all there.
- Finally, listen to my man Rick Perlstein on the history of political lies, and that brief shining moment in the early 1970s when the press held everyone accountable. What happened? Nixon, Agnew and Reagan happened. Key quote: ”Once the press came to believe that their job was not to say, 'This is a lie, this is the truth,' but 'We have to be balanced between two ideological factions'? That structurally advantaged the side that was more willing to lie."