What they will say about the Internet Age: Overwhelmed by the chance to know everything, they learned nothing.— Paul Shirley (@paulthenshirley) February 27, 2014
Traditional marriage is the union between a man and a woman arranged by their parents while they are still children in exchange for land.— Dana Gould (@DanaJGould) February 27, 2014
I discovered Andy Greenwald sometime last year via his work as a cultural critic at Grantland. He is erudite on his podcasts and his essays evidence a man who knows how to put some words together. Check out the kick off to his preview of the (excellent) FX series The Americans:
For a long while, the story we told ourselves as Americans was a simple one: This was a country of unlimited promise and potential. The keys to success weren’t wealth, power, or connections, but ability, ambition, and drive. A job, a family, a home with a yard to mow and gutters to clean: All these things were attainable to anyone, from anywhere, in exchange for a modicum of sweat and a quantity of tears. Life was a ladder, there to be climbed.
In the last few decades, a darker story has taken root. In this version, the American dream is really more of a contract, one larded with fine print and onerous clauses. The life you’re working toward, the one so much “better and richer and fuller” than what you’ve experienced, is always just out of reach — hiding, perhaps, behind that next promotion, that next child, that next wife. From the writings of John Cheever and Richard Wright to the travails of Don Draper and D’Angelo Barksdale, these stories suggest an America built on a bill of goods, not a bill of rights. It’s a cruel trick, realized too late: Someone has tipped the ladder sideways, the rungs casting shadows tall as prison bars.
That is some high-quality wordsmithing.
Grantland has pulled together a tremendous crop of writers who have me stopping by every day, from Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman on down through their roster. Greenwald is my current favorite in this (or any) publication, and I strongly recommend checking him out.
The right answer to a lot of political punditry is Slim Charles’ reminder that “well, the thing about the old days: they the old days.”— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 26, 2012
Bryce Harper was asked what he learned about himself last year. He shrugged. “That I like hitting walk-off homers.”— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 25, 2014
A toast to the Catholic lefties! You made me who I am. Forever in your debt and keep it up.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 25, 2014