Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Other People's Writing

* Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal profiles Daft Punk in an article that needs to be read for the layout alone.  Make sure your browsers are up to date.  I've gotta say, not that Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" album isn't any good, but the true triumph of this record was its absolutely A+ marketing campaign.

* Bit of an older piece here, but ESPN's Wright Thompson looks at Michael Jordan's current life as Jordan turns 50 and it turns into an examination of Jordan's past and his insane competitive streak.  I did not expect that anecdote from the set of Space Jam when Jordan bet Wile E. Coyote $300,000 that he could catch the Roadrunner.

* Okay, so we're officially into the Grantland portion of this post and what I love about this website is that not only will you often find great writing, you'll often find great writing about subjects you didn't realize you were so interesting.  For instance, Bryan Curtis' profile/interview with Richard Simmons, which is one of those instances where you realize, "I've been aware of this famous person for my entire life and yet really have no idea about their backstory of how they even rose to fame in the first place.  I am legit intrigued to read this."  It also gives me an excuse to link to Simmons' legendary Whose Line Is It Anyway appearance that nearly left Drew Carey and Greg Proops dead from laughter.

* Also from Curtis, we've got his look at the decline and apparent cancellation of the New York Times' iconic "Sports Of The Times" column.  Hey, if the Times needs someone to write it, I'll throw my hat into the ring.  Hope they like columns about new names for the Raptors

* We're two weeks into these "Rembert Explains America" pieces and they're rather hit and miss, but this entry where Rembert Browne checks out a natural bridge and an offbeat artist's creations is pretty entertaining.

* Eric Raskin's oral history of the 2003 World Series Of Poker, the event that basically started the mid-2000's poker boom as we know it.  So really, I indirectly have Chris Moneymaker to blame for my losing that slap bet to my buddy Kyle.  Dammit, Chris.

* Very powerful story by Robert Andrew Powell about Richard Swanson, a man who died en route during his planned walk from Seattle to Sao Paulo in time for the 2014 World Cup.

* Alex Pappademas interviews Damon Lindelof about his past and future projects.  The good news is, there isn't any of Lindelof's usual tongue-in-cheek "ha ha, we sure blew the ending of Lost, didn't we, gang?" spiel since as a fan who was really into that show, man did that get annoying after a while.

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