"Jefferson started issuing a flurry of letters home, pleading for someone in America, anyone, to kill and stuff the largest moose he could find and ship it to him in France."

If you don’t know the story of Thomas Jefferson and the big dead moose, you’re in for a treat. (via wnycradiolab)

lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

Loved last night’s event with Salman and Vanessa Manko!

lastnightsreading:

Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14

Loved last night’s event with Salman and Vanessa Manko!

Washington Post op-ed
LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY FOOTBALL by Mark Edmundson
“My father wasn’t what anyone might call an over-involved parent. He was a Fifties Dad, committed to cigarettes, beer, cards, the ponies and a demanding job that kept the roof tight over our heads and food piled high on our plates. Out driving one evening, he gestured toward a formidable brick building and asked what it was. I told him it was my school. He quickly made up for this parental lapse by asking me what grade I was in.
But on things that really mattered, my father knew what he was doing. When I told him I was going out for the high school football team, he said it might be good for me. Yet he insisted on one thing: He wanted to see my helmet. This was 1968, long before anyone worried about concussions. Still, my father knew that if I planned to bash my head into other guys time after time, I’d better have a solid helmet to protect me.
He also knew — and let me know — that he thought football could do a lot for me.  Don’t other games teach determination, too? Sure they do: You can learn to come back again and again in soccer and tennis and baseball. But in football more than others, the knockdown is physical. There’s nothing abstract about it. You go down, you get a taste of the turf, and then, often aching, often a touch humiliated, you have to get back up.”
Mark Edmundson teaches English at the University of Virginia. His new book, “Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game,” comes out next month.

Washington Post op-ed

LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY FOOTBALL by Mark Edmundson

“My father wasn’t what anyone might call an over-involved parent. He was a Fifties Dad, committed to cigarettes, beer, cards, the ponies and a demanding job that kept the roof tight over our heads and food piled high on our plates. Out driving one evening, he gestured toward a formidable brick building and asked what it was. I told him it was my school. He quickly made up for this parental lapse by asking me what grade I was in.

But on things that really mattered, my father knew what he was doing. When I told him I was going out for the high school football team, he said it might be good for me. Yet he insisted on one thing: He wanted to see my helmet. This was 1968, long before anyone worried about concussions. Still, my father knew that if I planned to bash my head into other guys time after time, I’d better have a solid helmet to protect me.

He also knew — and let me know — that he thought football could do a lot for me.  Don’t other games teach determination, too? Sure they do: You can learn to come back again and again in soccer and tennis and baseball. But in football more than others, the knockdown is physical. There’s nothing abstract about it. You go down, you get a taste of the turf, and then, often aching, often a touch humiliated, you have to get back up.

Mark Edmundson teaches English at the University of Virginia. His new book, “Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game,” comes out next month.

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Peek inside the apartment of BG’s Betty Halbreich! #BettyKnowsBest

Photographed by Alice Gao

I need my jewelry to be this organized 

Very excited about Amazon’s Big Fall Books Preview! Windows on the World, I’ll Drink to That and World Order were all included! 

Very excited about Amazon’s Big Fall Books Preview! Windows on the World, I’ll Drink to That and World Order were all included! 

Our assistant recreated the cover for My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding with her own family!

Our assistant recreated the cover for My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding with her own family!

"The problem today is that we have very aging weapons systems — both in the United States and Russia. It’s very old technology. Our principal nuclear bomber, the B-52, hasn’t been built since John F. Kennedy was president. Our principal land-based missile, the Minuteman III, was put into the ground originally in 1970. [It] was supposed to be retired in the early 1980s, and the infrastructure is aging — the wiring, the computers in our Minuteman launch complexes use 9-inch floppy discs."

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

(via nprfreshair)

Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food recommends whole grains with beans, a little white rice, and chopped tomatoes.

It’s cheaper (not to mention much healthier!) than fast food.

Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food recommends whole grains with beans, a little white rice, and chopped tomatoes.

It’s cheaper (not to mention much healthier!) than fast food.

"WHAT DO I RECOMMEND YOU TAKE ON A TRIP TO PARIS? HOW ABOUT A GOOD-LOOKING MAN."

— Betty Hallbreich (via emsfashionwagon)

"After a while, the fear became a habit, too."

— Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You (via jjoongie)