Your p.m. roundup for Oct. 4, the day we saw the worst ad campaign ever. The report on Epstein being granted permission to speak with the Cubs is here. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Los Angeles-New York in MLS soccer is on ESPN2 at 8. Game 4 of Yankees-Tigers is on TBS at 8:30. Game 3 of Brewers-Diamondbacks is on TNT at 9:30.
A Fear And Loathing Follow-Up, 40 Years Later: "A semi-competent feature here, a not-totally-botched essay there, and then, one day, when your editor is particularly distracted, downtrodden or simply in need of something to believe in, you push your meager pile of chips to the center of the table. You look your mark in the eye and bluff. ‘It is the 40th anniversary of Hunter S. Thompson's ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,'' you say, your face calm, confident, ‘and I want to go there, to write a piece on the book, and the American Dream.' You don't expect him to say yes. Pitching stories on the American Dream is what writers do when their hearts are empty, their minds blank. It is the equivalent of stalling for more time, throwing a Hail Mary down eight with time expiring, a way to mark your commitment and plucky optimism before admitting defeat and moving on to something with an actual chance of success. Plus Las Vegas is an awful place - particularly in high summer, when hackers converge on it for their annual conference, DEFCON, and the heat is powerful overhead. The city's overpowering forces of boredom bear down. Loitering out in the desert with people inclined to regard you and your chosen profession with hostility, attending their off-road races, chasing the ghost of Hunter Thompson around casinos that have done everything in their power to efface any historical context or nostalgia - this is not something you actually want to do. He says yes." [The Daily]
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