How I saw the Internet this week.
- Grantland’s Robert Mays details the history of the Kansas-Missouri rivalry. It dates back slightly further than its current basketball incarnation.
- Former AP writer Mike Cranston goes into excruciating detail about his depression and recovery process. Harrowing read:
I had a great girlfriend, had moved from radio broadcasting to a good job as a sports writer for the AP, bought a condo in uptown Charlotte within walking distance of the arena, football stadium and countless bars and was relatively financially secure. I should have been happy. Check that, I should have been ecstatic.
Instead, I was miserable.
- Beef straws!!!!!!!!
- Andy Borowitz uses qualitative indicators from Republicans to conclude that the economy must be doing better. Brilliant satire.
This week in scathing obituaries
- Gawker’s Breitbart obituary led me to Hunter S. Thompson’s Atlantic piece on Richard Nixon’s death. Man oh man. I’m actually in the middle of reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72–Thompson’s diary of the Nixon-McGovern election–right now and even though I’ve seen how Thompson wrote about Nixon, this was jaw-dropping. A brief passage:
If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.
Stuff I’ve written in other places
- On WonderHowTo: How to negotiate with
- On TheDailyMeal: The world’s most expensive wine and liquor bottles.
Cookie Monster cupcake @ Blue Moon Bakery (Silverthorne, CO)!!!!!
Real Chili @ Real Chili (Milwaukee, WI)
90s clip of the week
This is technically from the 80s but man is it classic. It essentially involves Jimmy Johnson accusing Buddy Ryan of putting a bounty on the Cowboys. Then they bring in Mike Ditka live via satellite who disregards any notion of bounties but makes it clear that he can take Buddy Ryan in a fight. This is honestly like a wrestling promo. (Via The Big Lead)
The Wire clip of the week
Avon and Stringer’s relationship has some tension. The dialogue and acting in this scene is simply unparalleled.