Yeah, I haven’t done one of these in a while. A long while. I really need to make sure I don’t just share stuff on facebook and on tumblr, but put it here too. This is the one place I can comment at some length.
- Peter Richmond writes beautiful prose about devastating subjects: Tommy Lasorda’s son, acceptance, and dying of AIDS; Rae Carruth’s childish and deadly misogyny. I feel like I should read everything he writes, as I’ll get a lot smarter and a lot more sensitive. Wondering this about his latest project: what if a basketball coach sought truth and made those around him better? Would that count as being a philosopher? In a way, obviously not. And in another way…
- Another thing Deadspin had recently which was pure gold – this article on how the Oakland A’s made themselves very competitive this last season at low cost. Advanced statistics and metrics are rejected by those who don’t want to understand how things work. They don’t want to see more; they just want storylines based on “heart” and “swagger.” They want everything to have a moral. Which is how we end up with idiotic stories about Riley Cooper’s “redemption” (i.e. he’s having a good year at receiver, so that must mean he’s a role model now).
- This article on what it’s like to live on food stamps will chill you to the bone.
- It was tough for me to understand the race trolling which occurs when someone declares that Santa and Jesus are white. At first, I thought this was a nod to “hey, this is how we portray things, so shut up.” It is that, but pro-wrestling, of all things, saw the racial subtext very well. Doesn’t Christmas create a culture of dependency? Shouldn’t kids work for gifts?
- Two carols. “I saw three ships” is a short but really elegant, interesting listen: “I saw three ships,” “O Holy Night”
- Finally, Carey Pietsch’s short comic “Connection Lost” nails something afflicting generations post-Internet. We grow up with people we increasingly take for granted, because we have to.