What we read in our cold, dark Sochi hotel rooms…
- Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Here’s an in-depth look at how Beatlemania came to America.
- The latest Edward Snowden revelations show how British spy agencies went after political dissidents affiliated with Anonymous, including the use of sex and other dirty tricks, in a chilling warning to all online activists. Meanwhile in America, Congressman Mike Rogers accused Glenn Greenwald of being a thief and a criminal, in yet another assault on free speech.
- Speaking of Greenwald, his new media project, First Look Media, is launching its first digital magazine this week. It won’t be long before First Look is joined by Ezra Klein’s new project with Vox Media, which will aim to give context to the news.
- An almost complete history of black quarterbacks in the NFL.
- A long talk with Lorne Michaels on SNL, different styles of comedy, and the future of late night television.
- An argument against work, an argument against economic growth, and an argument for a guaranteed basic income.
- This week in oral histories: The brief reign of the Baltimore Stallions.