Happy to be back in Philadelphia — and the office — after a nice long weekend down South. My good friend Russell got married on Friday evening, so Kira and I bailed out of town to hit Columbia, Charleston, and Savannah on a three-day swing. I would have posted links Friday, but I don't believe they would have been coherent.
On Sundays that Kira and I are in town, we've developed a nice habit of walking to Green Street for coffee, and then returning home with a copy of the Sunday New York Times for reading and the crossword. I don't find the news in the paper particularly useful, but the Sunday Times is always full of incredible long-form stories, many of which get posted here. It's well worth the $7 cover price; there's nothing like holding and reading a real newspaper with your coffee on a weekend morning. A week ago, I spent 20 minutes reading this story:
Dying alone in New York City
Here's what happens when you die in New York City, and have no friends or love ones to take care of you. This is a narrative of death, but also one of the lives that facilitate that process.
Democrats are in deep trouble
Matt Yglesias is absolutely insufferable. I hate-read him when he was at Slate, and generally skip over his content at Vox. I have a preference for reading liberal-leaning news since I find it challenges my views and causes me to more strongly consider my positions, but he is usually devoid of any value. That's why it was so surprising to see him sound a warning to the Democratic party about its sorry state of affairs and poor prospects for future electability. National news and the Obama narrative create the impression of Democratic dominance, but a look at the map tells you that not only is that not the case — it won't be changing any time soon.
The impending death of Grantland
There are actually two pieces in Vanity Fair this week about the exodus from Grantland now that Bill Simmons is up and running at HBO. Many of my favorite writers (Remember, Wesley Morris) are already gone, and I have to believe Barnwell is close behind. It's a real shame, both that Grantland is on life support and the way departing talent has been treated. I have been a big supporter of the kind of journalism Grantland does since Simmons launched it, and will really miss its unique approach to both sport and pop-culture coverage.
Criticism of Paul Ryan is misplaced
My Facebook feed has been littered with liberals accusing Paul Ryan of hypocrisy for his demand that he continue to have family time even after becoming Speaker of the House. Vox, of all places, has taken this lobby to task for criticism that is totally inaccurate. Demanding weekends off in exchange for taking a job (with the understanding that if that is not acceptable, you won't get the job) has absolutely nothing to do with opposing paid family leave.
Where Jeb Bush went wrong
Jeb! What a bummer. I'm a big fan of the Bushes, and Jeb in particular, but he has absolutely blown this campaign. If it's any indication of what he'd bring to the White House, it's probably for the best if he just gives it up now. At the beginning of the primaries I was all in: a Spanish-speaking Republican with executive experience, a moderate record, and a deep bench of talent to pull from once in office seemed almost too good to be true. Instead, he's been so weak and ineffectual, it makes me doubt he can take on Hillary and win (the most important thing).