Singer on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, co-founder of the American Basketball Association, knighted by Pope Paul VI for humanitarian work in Nigeria… And that was before his campaign for president, or his talk show. This is one of the more intriguing obituaries I’ve ever read. (Due to vocabulary and “alignment” issues, I won’t be sharing it […]
So asks this article. Apparently it’s a problem. John Paul Jones noted it a few years back, too: “Every other name is taken,” Mr. Jones explains. “Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.” Well, anyone who knows me knows that I am […]
The tale of this first year teacher has been haunting me since I heard it last month, not least because he was fourteen. It’s from BBC’s Witness program. If my podcast ration were reduced to one, this would be it.
Let me know when I can bring the kids over.
This NPR story on meetings introduced me to the term “weapon of mass interruption,” as well as to lawmaker Cyril Northcote Parkinson: Parkinson’s Law (“It is a commonplace observation that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”) Parkinson’s Law of Triviality (Also known, excellently, as “bikeshedding.”) (Meetings don’t make me mad, Cyril…. just bummed.) […]
My sinology is not what it should be, so I found this Q&A with the excellently-named Roderick MacFarquhar very interesting. My close reading and litotes skills got a workout from this statement, though: He’s not yet a figure that so terrifies his colleagues that they couldn’t dream of suggesting to a comrade, “Let’s ally against […]