But Christopher Hitchens! Ach, Christopher Hitchens. How I have loved him, despite the ordeals he has put me through. He'll go and be a fearful crank about atheism or "Islamofascism" for ages and I get all mad, and then he writes this freaking brilliant column about the Murdoch scandals and I'm crazy about him again. Old loves are like that.
Muppet trailers are making the rounds of the Internet these days. There are a few spoofs: rom-com, superhero and heist parodies, and then the official trailer for the new movie, which promises “muppet domination” this Thanksgiving. Presumably, this domination will mean a return to the box-office and critical success of days of old. And I have to admit: it’s exciting. Anyone who remembers the Muppets remembers them fondly. If there's an anti-Muppet faction out there, they've kept quiet.
"I love Joplin! I love Joplin." So began President Obama in his Sunday address to the town of Joplin, Missouri, smudged from the face of the earth by a tornado a week before. "I love you,…
PUBLISHED: May 10, 2011
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2530 words)
Nine years ago, there were 700 left alive.?? With the recent deaths of Frank Buckles, John Babcock and Harry Patch, we are left with Claude Choules and Florence Green. (Upon learning this, Claude remarked: “Everything comes to those who wait and wait.”) Nearly 10,000,000 men were killed in the conflict, 65 million participated, and now we are left with two. Think about that. Think about those numbers. What are you supposed to do when an era is inches away from disappearing???
"Humilitythe acceptance that being human is good enoughis the embrace of ordinariness." underlined by David Foster Wallace in his copy of Ernest Kurtz's The Spirituality of Imperfection. "True...
LENGTH: 33 minutes (8400 words)
Were excited to announce a new feature that well be rolling out next week on Nieman Storyboard. Whys This So Good? will explore what makes classic narrative nonfiction stories worth reading. Alexis…
PUBLISHED: June 24, 2011
LENGTH: 1 minutes (310 words)