The Days’ Reading, 7/24–28/17

This week I had a 15-hour workday in the west valley and a baseball game with my buds in Orange County.


Sean Fennessey, The Ringer, Against Russ — The Ringer (Apr. 24, 2017)

J.A. Adande, ESPN, Mike Brown’s evolution is unique as he replaces Steve Kerr (Apr. 23, 2017)


Travis Sawchik, FanGraphs, The New Generation of Ballparks Is Pushing Us Away (Apr. 24, 2017) — this was interesting

Grant Brisbee, SB Nation, Don’t throw baseballs at human beings (Apr. 24, 2017) — agree

Marc Normandin, SB Nation, The Nationals have won 7 straight. The Mets have … not. (Apr. 24, 2017) — agree


Callum Borchers, The Washington Post, ‘When I won,’ Trump thought, ‘now I’ll get good press’ (Apr. 24, 2017) — either it’s my section header or, more likely, it’s Sam Miller’s rule about the “unwritten rules” in baseball


Associated Press, The Washington Post, Putin criticizes opponents’ corruption fight in Russia (Apr. 24, 2017)


Mark Krotov, n+1, Rise of the Machines (Apr. 24, 2017) — on the Fast & Furious franchise; it’s not the best essay on the whole series I’ve read, but it’s the first good one I’ve seen since the newest movie came out

April Wolfe, The Village Voice, Street-magic Drama ‘Sleight’ Has One Great Trick But Needs More Magic (Apr. 24, 2017)


Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Great News’: TV Review (Apr. 24, 2017) — I’m not going to watch this; are you?

Senate Races

David Weigel, The Washington Post, U.S. Senate candidate uses image of China to attack construction in D.C. (Apr. 24, 2017) — doooooofus

Rill O’Beilly

Rachel Vorona Cote, The Slot, Bill O’Reilly Returns to Public With Free, Boring Edition Of No Spin News (Apr. 24, 2017)

The Wall, Sanctuary, etc.

Rafi Schwartz, Fusion, The DOJ’s Latest Threats to Sanctuary Cities Come With an Extra Side of Nonsense (Apr. 21, 2017)

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post, Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling (Apr. 24, 2017)

Moving Forward

Amy Davidson, The New Yorker, Back in Chicago, Obama Looks to the Future (Apr. 24, 2017)

Bob Bats .100

Jeffery Gleaves, The Paris Review, Bob Mankoff’s Art of Cartooning (Apr. 24, 2017) — aw


Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo, Trump’s About-Face on WikiLeaks Sums Up Why He’s So Untrustworthy (Apr. 24, 2017)


The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, A change is needed in City Council District 1. The Times endorses Joe Bray-Ali (Apr. 21, 2017) — I don’t have a dog in this fight, but there is less than zero substance in this endorsement


Also I do have a dog in the fight now and my dog is the one who hasn’t been caught on racist and anti-trans message boards, that’s the dog I’m encouraging folks to vote for


Besha Rodell, LA Weekly, Restaurant Review: Bone Broth, Indonesian Small Plates and the Danger of Chasing Trends (Apr. 25, 2017)


Buzz Malone, The Union Leader, Murder for Hire, American Style (Apr. 28, 2017) — on workplace safety

David Dayen, The American Prospect, Tesla Workers File Charges with National Labor Board as Battle with Elon Musk Intensifies (Apr. 20, 2017) — go get ’em, Tesla workers

Health care

Richard Beck, Kelley Deane McKinney, Rachel Riederer, n+1, Lobby Day in Albany (Apr. 12, 2017) — our members have been doing a lot of lobbying visits lately so I was interested to read this to get a sense from the other coast of what it might feel like

Surgeon General

Angela Helm, The Root, Black Nurse, Sylvia Trent-Adams, Becomes Surgeon General After Obama Appointee Is Pushed Out (Apr. 22, 2017) — a nurse!


Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Latest Novel Imagines Life in an Underwater New York (Apr. 27, 2017) — utopian lit?

I Don’t Know What To Say About This One

Taras Grescoe, The New Yorker, Getting to the Bottom of a Mickey Hahn Mystery (Apr. 11, 2017)