What we read while trying to remember where we parked our Nissan…our BLACK Nissan…
- We liked New York‘s feature on Sarah Palin’s branding, even if we don’t like Sarah Palin’s branding.
- Californians are no more happy than Midwesterners and the belief to the contrary is the result of a more general cognitive flaw.
- I’m surprised that Malcolm Gladwell didn’t write this article or book, but it is well-written and interesting throughout nonetheless.
- Two recent profiles of runners going in opposite directions: Esquire on Usain Bolt, and The New York Times Magazine on Marion Jones. Luke Dittrich’s piece on Bolt, by the way, acts as a kind of foil to the sprinter’s style, starting out very strongly before fading a little, instead of vice versa.
- Bad sports columns are written all the time, which is why we don’t often link to them. But sometimes, a really bad one catches our eye, like Bill Rhoden’s idea that LeBron James can only exceed Michael Jordan by–get this–playing for him on the Bobcats.
- Did Stephen Ambrose, the man who made a career writing about Dwight Eisenhower, fabricate nearly all of his correspondence with his main subject? (You can read that version from The New Yorker, or get Garrison Keillor’s from the Kansas City Star, whose first sentence includes the adjectives “green” and “lush” and talks about “robins chittering” and spring blossoming and the Battle of Dunbar in 1296 and all, for no other reason than to remind you, “Oh, right. Garrison Keillor wrote this.”)