When I wonder, as I do when reheating black beans, “Why is Chris Matthews allowed on TV without a tuxedo and Paula Abdul judging his singing?” I realize why. Here’s what he said this afternoon in an interview with the grateful to be alive Hillary Clinton: Look, the history of the Democratic party—your party, not… More ‘Your party, not Bernie Sanders’
Put compact disks on the list with the great auk and terrapin duck: The discount retailer sold 1 million copies of her new album, 25 in the first 10 days of the blockbuster’s release, a company spokeswoman told Fortune. That is a record for Target. Adele’s third CD sold 3.38 million copies in the U.S.… More The long obituary for the CD, pt. 325
Regular readers that I enjoy few things so much as the continued decline of Sunday morning punditry’s influence. Like the white rural stranglehold on the GOP consciousness, the shadows cast by Washington’s permanent class of lobbyists, conflicts of interest, WaPo columnists, torture apologists, and higher education shills is redolent of another time. Trying to explain… More Suck it, media
John Seabrook: If you are an Apple or a Spotify subscriber (I am both), you are faced with a quandary over what to do about “25.” In the old days, you would have just gone out and bought the album. But streaming complicates the picture. You don’t want to buy the record because that would… More Love streams: Adele’s ’25’
With Details joining the great auk, let’s take a minute to praise the stable of writers under James Truman’s stewardship in the mid nineties: Rob Sheffield, Chris Heath, Rob Tannenbaum, Glenn O’Brien, and countless others who contributed to a magazine whose vision of masculinity as insouciant, sexually ambivalent, and comfortable with objectification educated thousands of… More Details – RIP
George Will has been a walking conflict of interest ever since he prepped Ronald Reagan for his debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980, didn’t disclose the info, and on ABC congratulated him on his performance. He lunched often with Nancy Reagan, his columns feasting on the scuttlebutt. Will’s purported Toryism and mastery of polysyllabic words… More Hack vs Hack
This story wins the internet. From the looks of the statistics the GOP can’t waste any more time courting middle aged white Americans, who are dying fast: David M. Cutler, a Harvard health care economist, said that although it was known that people were dying from causes like opioid addiction, the thought was that those… More The slow death of white men
Reviewing the journals of Drew Pearson, Thomas Mallon notes the most notorious instances of conflict of interest: Robert Novak, known as “the Prince of Darkness,” records in his autobiography of the same name how the social connections of his writing partner, Rowland Evans, sometimes put their column in the tank for J.F.K. Things got even… More ‘The President was sore as blazes’
Bill Withers tells us how to live: “I can’t play the guitar or the piano, but I made a career out of writing songs on guitars and piano,” he said. “I never learned music. I just did it.” How? “It was just something I decided to do. If I decided to build one of these… More ‘If I decided to build one of these fountains, I could probably do it’
“They certainly are not tea partyers, those earnest, issue-oriented, book-club organizing activists who are passionate about policy,” writes George F. Will about the Trumpites. Those earnest “issue-oriented” types who wear Lady Liberty hats and scream about the government keeping its hands out of their Social Security. Once a year I revisit The George Will Show.… More The stupidity of George Will, Part XIV
Here’s a test: when was this passage written? People used to meet their partners through proximity, through family and friends, but now Internet meeting is surpassing every other form. “It’s changing so much about the way we act both romantically and sexually,” Garcia says. “It is unprecedented from an evolutionary standpoint.” As soon as people… More Dating and punishment U.SA.
Eagles An example of how I always loved the Eagles.