Soccer! Soccer! Soccer!

June 23, 2014

Galley Friend A.W. sends along a note about the latest Will Leitch World Cup Fever! column:  Leitch’s latest soccer column is just as ridiculous as his first: It is rather clear at this point that this is becoming the American Summer of Soccer … Even those who have avoided the game out of general principle — minus a few elderly, […]

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A Quick Response to Allahpundit

June 18, 2014

When I talk about Hillary Clinton imploding I am very pointedly not talking about Clinton vis a vis a Republican challenger for 2016, as Allahpundit seems to think. I thought I was pretty clear about that, but maybe I wasn’t clear enough. What I’m talking about the Democratic field. Nobody was a bigger Hillary booster than I was […]

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Soccer Returns

June 17, 2014

Santino has a nicely subversive defense of U.S. soccer that’s worth reading. The quadrennial push always reminds of the piece I wrote back in 2002 about “The Ritual Attack of the Soccer Scolds.” I think it holds up reasonably well.

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Dept. of Bait and Switch

June 17, 2014

I have a feeling this is going to be a regular series. Here’s the New Republic on Rick Perry likening homosexuality to alcoholism: I’m not saying that Perry is right. I’m saying that it’s time for the LGBT community to start moving beyond genetic predisposition as a tool for gaining mainstream acceptance of gay rights. For decades now, […]

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About that “Ugly” Heritage Incident

June 17, 2014

Dana Milbank says that a panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation turned “ugly” yesterday when a Muslim student named Saba Ahmed from American University tried to defend the honor of Islam: “We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam,” she said. “We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in […]

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Everything You Need to Know About the New NikkiFinke.com

June 16, 2014

This line about score-settling is from the inaugural post: I barely recognize DH these days. Some of those bylines I never hired and wouldn’t. (Anita Busch or Peter Bart? She’s batshit crazy and he’s an unethical fart.) A lot of those stories I consider a waste of time covering. I never wanted a bland and boring news feed. But that’s […]

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A Quick Explanation of Climate “Skepticism”

June 16, 2014

It’s unclear exactly what “climate skepticism” really means. It could be anything from (1) I’m not sure this “global warming” thing is really happening, to (2) I’m not sure this global warming thing is man-made, to (3) I’m not sure this man-made global warming thing can be mediated by any reasonable means, to (4) I’m […]

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Paperback WTE and Marriage News

June 10, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, the paperback of What to Expect ships today, and luckily there’s lots of demographic stuff in the news. But my favorite tidbit, sent along by Galley Friend B.F. is a London Review of Books essay by Zoe Heller trashing Jennifer Senior’s very good book All Joy and No Fun. Heller’s chief complaint seems to be […]

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“What to Expect” News

June 9, 2014

The paperback edition comes out tomorrow–with an all-new introduction by the author! I’ve written an essay that manages (I think) to serve as both a coda for people who’ve already read the book and as a frame for new readers, which doesn’t spoil anything. Also, it’s funny. For whatever it’s worth: I never knew until […]

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The Nerd Gettysburg

June 9, 2014

In that last post, Galley Friend P.G. posits that the Battle of Hoth is the nerd’s Gettysburg. Which is to say, the most picked over and revered battle in the collective imagination of geek culture. That sounds about right, but I wonder what the other contenders are. Certainly the Second Battle of the Deathstar (“It’s […]

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Lego Battle of Hoth

June 3, 2014

That is all. Exit question: In the collective nerdist imagination, how large a space does the Battle of Hoth occupy?

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Strange New Respect for Francis

June 3, 2014

On Monday, Pope Francis started lecturing the childfree about, well, this: Pope Francis on Monday (June 2) warned married couples against substituting cats and dogs for children — a move that he said leads to the “bitterness of loneliness” in old age. The pope made his comments as he celebrated daily Mass with 15 married couples […]

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