Boxers’ Brains, Cyberpunk Beer, and Canceling Colbert

By Hazlitt

Good morning! The worst is yet to come.

“The notion that black America’s long bloody journey was accomplished through frequent alliance with the United States is an assailant’s-eye view of history.” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest entry in his debate with New York’s Jonathan Chait is a tough one to follow.

What happens inside a boxer’s brain over the course of a career?

How John Updike turned everything in his life to his advantage in fiction.

Yes, book editors do, in fact, edit things.

“State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A federal affidavit accuses him of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors. He’s also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. The court documents read like a bad pulp crime novel.”

From the animators behind Ghost in the Shell, a very cyberpunk beer.

The “World’s First Science Fiction Magazine” returns! Maybe!

“When this ethos is transferred into the workplace, it leads not just to a comfortable environment, but to an exclusionary one and a moribund one. When staffing, news organizations should look for discomfort, for ideological discord, for culture clash. They should strive for the sturm und drang which typifies the public discourse.” On diversity hiring and the concept of “fit.”

“Well-intentioned racial humor doesn’t actually do anything to end racism or the Redskins mascot,” Suey Park, who started the #CancelColbert hashtag, told Jay Caspian Kang in a New Yorker interview. “That sort of racial humor just makes people who hide under the title of progressivism more comfortable.”

“The devil is a sexy woman,” “cop with hiked-up pants crashes car,” “a boxer’s wet hair shows he sucks,” and other genres of film, circa 1946.


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