wednesday reading list

“I don’t own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say ‘Mitch,’ and I say ‘what?’ and turn my head slightly.”

~ Mitch Hedberg

Before we let inept and myopic state politicians decide to do with the mountains of money BP must pay for the Gulf oil spill, let’s make some preparations to help prevent another catastrophe.

Got milk? You also might have some rat poison. How drinks we drink increasingly hold toxic chemicals.

In the world of Boston gangsters and their ongoing trials in court, James (Whitney) Bulger combats his old friend, John Martorano, about who’s a snitch and, as Maureen Dowd writes, how everyone is Judas.

Pascal Bruckner in the Chronicle Review likens environmental guilt trips to Marxian condemnation of capitalists and the Third-world’s of the West. Emily Eaken is left to comment on the ideas and the man who espouses them.

It’s a time for political comebacks and redemptions of the fallen self-righteous. Italy forgave Berlusconi (over and over). South Carolina forgave Mark Sanford. Here’s why Canada will quickly be forgiving its fraudulent, corrupt, crack-smoking mayors.


friday reading list.

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This is your next step to becoming a gentleman and a scholar.

If you haven’t been in a cave for the last 24 hours then you’ve already read it, but this insanely profane email from Maryland’s Delta Gamma Chapter head.

Among the Paris Reviews recent interviews with some of the world’s greatest writers is this incredible discussion with Ray Bradbury on the art of writing and creating his fiction.

On SB Nation, sportswriter and Around the Horn panelist Tim Cowlishaw recounts the story of his  infamous DUI from July 2007 and his struggle with alcoholism.

Jim Breyer and Nikki Burch of Grist have created an illustrated history of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Also, now with sound effects.

With the gun control bill dead for now, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and POLITICO all offer their autopsies.

And finally, the New York Times’ coverage on the hunt for the the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing as the city remains on lockdown.

some thoughts on boston.

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“If we are children of God then we must be gods too. Very small children must be God also. We were made in his image. Why don’t we act like it?”

~ Willie Nelson

An 8-year-old child was killed by the blasts on Monday. It’s time we start thinking a little more about how we’re treating each other.

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