What we read while you were thankful for your favorite blog…
- If you were patted down by TSA agents this weekend, take comfort in this: They don’t like it any more than you do.
- John Paul Stevens on the death penalty. And he still looks great in a bowtie.
- After releasing his new album to critical and commercial success, Kanye West performed all of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at Bowery Ballroom last week. He ended the show with a beautiful, dark, twisted rant.
- You knew someone was going to do it–that someone was gonna go all, “Hey, doesn’t the decade really end in 2010?” and put out another encompassing review of the Aughts, 2010 inclusive. That someone turned out to be Time, which is attempting to launch an annual “Timeframes Issue” with its glance back at the last 11 years. Of special note (IOHO, of course and taking into account that some stories are not online) is James Poniewozik’s shortie on news tickers.
- Slate‘s Tom Scocca, while on a cruise vacation over Thanksgiving, was inspired to post a 1998 interview he did with David Foster Wallace in several parts. The focus is primarily on Wallace’s non-fiction work, specifically his cruise essay, “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.”
- Looking for a way to procrastinate? Here are the funniest “Watch Instantly” options on Netflix.
- Say what you will about Obama’s policies, but the man is cool.
- Boy, we’re glad we weren’t alive for the most boring day of the 20th Century.
- What exactly do sportswriters mean when they refer to “relevance”?