On my way home for lunch today, my perpetually sullen NPR lady shared the following report:
On this day in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh died, two days after shooting himself in the chest in a wheat field. He made it back to his bed, where the doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother, who rushed from Paris to his side, was the recipient of these final words: “The sadness will never end.” Read more
I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.
(An Ode to Independence Day)
By Justin Poythress
America is baseball and apple pie, but so much more:
America is red, white, and blue
America is the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful
America is Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers
America is the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge
Today Memphis Basketball announced that the court will have a new design for next year. No, not a simple new paint job, they are going all out with placing the Memphis Skyline on the court.
For college teams, this trend was started a couple years ago when Oregon announced that they were going to have a new court design. Everyone was excited to see what they would come up with, because heck it is Oregon and who doesn’t love what they put out. Well lets just say their court design went over just as good as the silver reflective helmets that they tried to wear. In my opinion it was a total fail. Read more
Our resident book expert, Joseph Amagliani, drops by today to share the three books he is most looking forward to for the month of May. Read more
“Politics have no relation to morals.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
“Don’t worry, I hate spoilers.” – Joshua Smith
When House of Cards was pitched to me, it went something like this: “It’s The Godfather meets The West Wing.” Ok, I’m listening. “It’s based on a UK miniseries, based on a novel.” Oh, great. So I’ll have to endure the endless procession of tweets about how it didn’t capture the novel and the British version was more understated and poignant. “It has Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and Robin Wright (The Conspirator, Moneyball).” Alright, there’s going to be some stiff competition for Emmys this year. “It’s a collaborative effort between director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and producer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Poet Laureate, probably). Ok, I’m in. But since I don’t have 13 hours to spend on a show I’m not watching with my wife, I have to wait until the opportune moment. Cold virus ravaging our bodies and making it impossible to move any more than is necessary to pay the pizza guy and keep the kids alive (same thing)? That’ll do. Read more
There is a particularly famous episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry sees a painted portrait of Kramer (called, um, “The Kramer”) and remarks:
“He’s a loathsome, offensive brute. Yet I can’t look away”.
Perhaps there is no better description of the national sentiment towards Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson. Read more