Archive for January, 2014

Monday Medley

What we read while sharing the roads with Justin Bieber…

Monday Medley

What we read while staying on Richard Sherman’s good side…

Monday Medley

What we read while avoiding the George Washington Bridge…

The Sports Revolution: The Division Tournament

Pierre as a young boy was a contrarian. He was the kind who favored The Plague over The Stranger, Beauvoir over Sartre, Henry over Zidane, the left rook’s pawn over the right rook’s pawn.

Pierre as a man retains so much of that contrarianism, but there is within him, he can now say, some sentiment for the Man, the Authority, the Establishment—in short, the common nouns that require proper capitalization.

It is with this perspective of the potentate in mind that I have reached a conclusion I once thought not possible. The NFL, that American Establishment of Establishments, must begin playing an 18-game season.

We can swim against the tide of history or we can ride it. The latter is not, however, a pure acquiescence, as our very presence causes change and rupture and redefinition—perhaps to meet our own needs.

And so we approach tremulously the Mordor of the 18-game concept. Continue reading

Ranking Lorde’s Lyrics

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

Lorde was 2013’s biggest new pop sensation, sending her single “Royals” to #1 in August and releasing her album Pure Heroine in September. Both were NPI favorites. We were particularly taken with her voice and her lyrics so, as we are wont to do here, we decided to rank our favorite lyrics from her songs. Here are our 18 favorite lyrics of hers:

18) “All work and no play / Keeps me on the new shit, yeah” Still Sane 

(Tim’s rank: 17/John’s rank: 18/Josh’s rank: 18)

17) “Let me in the ring, I’ll show you what that big word means” Glory and Gore 

(Tim: 16/John: 15/Josh: 17) 

16) “But this is summer, playing dumber than fall” Still Sane 

(11/19/16)

15) “In all chaos there is calculation” Glory and Gore 

(10/16/15)

14) “I won’t be smiling but the notes from my admirers fill the dashboard just the same” White Teeth Teens 

(15/7/14)

T12) “And you can watch from your window” Tennis Court 

(18/14/2)

T12) “I’m sitting pretty on the throne / There’s nothing more I want, except to be alone” The Love Club 

(14/5/13)

T10) “I don’t ever think about death / It’s alright if you do, that’s fine” Glory and Gore 

(13/11/8)

T10) “The way they are, the way they seem is something else” White Teeth Teens 

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The Best Movies of 2013

The Theme of Movies in 2013: Rick People Suck

The Theme of Movies in 2013: Rich People Suck

Before I start, I want to address how silly a ranking like this is bound to be. It’s not that lists are inherently dumb—we at NPI (and the Internet writ large) LOVE presenting things in list form. But listing the best movies of 2013 IN 2013 (or, technically, immediately after 2013) feels misguided. It takes a while for feelings about a movie to settle. I saw five of these movies in the last two weeks; who knows how I’ll feel about them in a month? It’s not always clear which movies will be remembered well, or suffer on a rewatching. Looking back at my list from last year, I see about a dozen changes I would make. So consider this list somewhat provisional.

With that said, I saw a lot of movies this year, and lists can be a helpful way of organizing your thoughts on those movies. I’ve borrowed some of my category ideas from Josh’s ranking, but unlike Josh I find the distinction between “independent” movies and studio films to be arbitrary to the point of distraction. Plus, it’s a little pretentious. If a movie is good, it’s good; if it’s bad, it’s bad. Who cares who made it or what the budget was?

Anyway, here are the movies I saw in 2013, in order from worst to best…

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