Winter hasn’t arrived yet on Game of Thrones, but there’s still a bit of “winter of our discontent” going on. Season five veered way off George R.R. Martin’s road, with shall we say mixed results. Here’s how to get Thrones back on its game.
We pretty much loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The things this movie got right were so much more important than the things it got wrong. That said, it did get some things wrong. Allow us to elaborate.
A few days ago I curated the following essay by Charles Simic on Buster Keaton over at the Daily Beast. Check it out, won’t you?
During my first year in the major leagues, I was twice sent back down to the minors. This is common for rookies, especially if their competition for a roster spot is doing well—and I was playing behind Darwin Barney, who was chasing the record for the most consecutive games at second base without an error. (He tied…
Dig this most excellent essay on the old New York Herald Tribune by William Zinsser (who wrote a helpful book about writing):
"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it."
Found online: Joan Didion’s famous 1966 piece for the Saturday Evening Post, “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream.”
That's the question posed for Boston Globe Magazine. Glenn Stout, Leigh Montville, Rodney Harrison, are Bill Littlefield, are among those with answers.
Or The Ballad of Chuck Wepner. In case you aren't familiar with Wepner's story, dig George Kimball on Sly Stallone and “Rocky”:
The Wife wants a bulldog. I want a Bernese mountain dog. Instead, we have two cats.