What we read while borrowing Joe Namath’s coat…
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the greatest actors of his generation, died yesterday at the age of 46. He won an Oscar in 2006 for Capote, and was known for his incredible versatility as an actor, appearing in films from Boogie Nights to Doubt to The Big Lebowski.
- Another great cultural loss: Pete Seeger passed away at the age of 94. Seeger was a folk music icon, as well as a hero to the American left. His testimony in front of House Un-American Activities Commission is a testament to his idealism and bravery. Not that his legacy was uncomplicated or that his politics were perfect. But he was an educator and a believer in the folk tradition, and his impact on audiences for nearly a century is uniquely inspiring. (But he did not “write” “We Shall Overcome.”)
- The Super Bowl was yesterday and it was… anticlimactic. Even the “cold weather” location didn’t matter much. Perhaps it’s time to rethink the concept of host cities?
- A harrowing letter from Dylan Farrow about Woody Allen.
- Facebook turned 10 years old last week.
- David Foster Wallace’s favorite words.