“But for the sake of argument: While not always original, nor sometimes even funny, How I Met Your Mother has a genuine emotional draw. If you’re within range of a certain age, these five friends are shadows of you and the people you know, which makes the show worth watching until it’s gone.”—
New York magazine, as it often does, gets to the good and bad of “How I Met Your Mother” in one quick stroke.
“No country has been allowed to apply for membership or association with the European Union without, as a precondition, dismantling its apparatus of execution.”—
One point not addressed is the nature of countries, once they eliminate the death penalty, to then eliminate life imprisonment, and almost continually reduce penalties for crimes of all natures. One could say that’s a separate issue, not automatically resulting from eliminating the death penalty, but just like democracy, it seems an issue that’s universal in principle, extremely specific in reality. How would a death penalty-less U.S. fare? Do other conditions — gun control, demographics, etc. — affect the matter, and might they even be a prerequisite.
My point, basically, is that Hitchens’ essay here is worthy reading, but it is but a starting point for where we should go from here.
Reviewers! Turns out Wikipedia pretty much already has you set: “Sometimes referred to as ‘America’s pastime,’ baseball has especially affected the language of other competitive activities such as politics and business.” Hit your review of The Art of Fieldingout of the park! (via Emily)
“"I apologise to anyone who bought my on-sale ebook of Baby, I’m Yours and read on pg 293: ‘He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shitted on the ground’," says Andersen.”—The typo that made a romance novel scatalogical, as reported by The Guardian.
Hey folks, to lead-up to the official release of Major/Minor on 9/20, we’ll be posting a new song from the record each weekday in the player below. Since we’ve already released the first two songs (“Yellow Belly” and “Promises”), both of them are included below along with track 3, “Blinded.”…
“The woman who is so often criticized for a lack of involvement in the Great American Tennis Cause, as I understand it, is only permitted to show passion for the sport if she’s silent about it. Which is, if you really think about it, a rather impossible task for an athlete who sometimes gets competitive, which sometimes leads to anger. This is nothing new in sports; it is nothing new in tennis.”—
Fantastic article by Emma Carmichael on the Catch-22 that Serena Williams will always face (and, to her credit, doesn’t seem to care about)
“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”—Thomas Jefferson, on the roles of a gun in exercise