My business card says you’re in luck
I do two things
I React and Flux
— Mark Wunsch (@markwunsch) October 6, 2015
Well the world didn’t end, regrettably, so let’s console ourselves with some good things to read today! In April, Greg Howard wrote about the failure of sports-Cosby Jason Whitlock’s “Black Grantland” ESPN project, The Undefeated. Whitlock was fired in June and bought out of his whole ESPN contract a couple days ago. Yesterday Howard returned with a second serving, this one about ESPN’s fundamental cowardice:
…the one thing all these incidents and allowances share in common is the way they express the cowardice of ESPN executives. Their refusal to acknowledge the realities of the world outside of sports—that there are scientifically sound ideas and crank ones; that there are not two sides to every issue; that there is a difference in kind between controversial or unpopular opinions and ludicrous expressions of bigotry and misogyny—is dishonest, a forfeiture of journalistic duty that is felt all through everything ESPN does.
It’s an outstanding piece of reported media criticism of the kind virtually no one else is doing right now, so go read it. Oh also, Whitlock lost it on Twitter and coined the #daddyshome hashtag, which should be a decent punchline for at least a week.
@hamiltonnolan that’s what happens when daddy doesn’t have a job anymore
— Greg Howard (@greghoward88) October 6, 2015
Noticing that our country kind of has a gun problem, Racket teen Alex Pareene made a convincing case that we need a gun control movement that takes after the anti-abortion movement:
If you believe, as this small core of anti-abortion crusaders do, that a fetus is a human infant, then unwavering fanaticism absolutely makes sense.
Meanwhile, a first-grader is self-evidently a human being. Yet when it comes to the slaughter of walking, talking persons, cut down helplessly by weapons specifically designed for killing, we behave as if nothing can really be done. When it comes to protecting the lives of actual children from gun violence, fanaticism seems to be in order.
Bold new campaign slogan but I approve pic.twitter.com/n7vaPE6IGX
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) October 6, 2015
Casey N. Cep made her long-awaited return to The Awl with a column about “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia” and other country-musical murders:
I’ve been thinking a lot about murder. Not committing one, but a few of them from a few decades ago, so my playlists have become filled with murder ballads…
The megalomaniacal information activist is admirably complex, but as a megalomaniacal information activist myself, I found him unconvincing. The one murder that serves to kick off the plot is perpetuated against an otherwise minor off-screen character rather than one of the several main characters whom the reader might have much preferred to see murdered. Franzen is also rather hard on the ladies, whereas everyone would have been better served had he instead been harder on himself and maybe put out a better book.
Gimme a ‘b.’ Gimme an ‘o.’ Gimme an ‘a’ & a ‘t’ but they’re silent so nvm. Gimme an ‘s’ & a ‘w, a, i & n’ but just say ‘sun.’
— KattsDogma (@KattsDogma) October 7, 2015
What if you threw a pee-wee football game and a dance party broke out instead? Michael Schulman wrote the first critique of the new Muppet Show that I agree with. The ABCs of Male Feminism. The most American movie ever made is Ghostbusters. After a shaky start, last Friday Lenny turned in a great interview with Michele “the bones of men who were foolish enough” Roberts, by Durga Chew-Bose, and issue 2 has an incredible story by Jazmine Hughes that I don’t even want to begin to describe, just go read it. Perl 6 is finally here???? I know it’s real because NTK covered it. Happy 2003 everyone! Stumptown babies, sing this song: wah waah, wah waah. Witch principal. Rogue cow. I don’t know, I’m just listing words at this point.
Today’s Mashup: Kanye West x Weezer, “Yeezer“
~I was born tab… but then I met you~
Yes Today in Tabs saw that NYT Mag Nicki Minaj profile but I don’t think I can even deal with that today. If I do tomorrow, it’ll be on Fast Company and I’ll email it to you if you subscribe. Next week is gonna be killer, just FYI. Get excited.