The Day’s Reading, June 27, 2017

Erev Hump Day.

Baseball

David Roth, Vice Sports, How Have Baseball Names Improved Through The Years? A MLB Draft Study (June 16, 2017) — I passed out four times

Kate Preusser & Patrick Dubuque, Baseball Prospectus, Short Relief: The Logical Continuation of Jesus Montero, and Fallacies Among Follicles (June 20, 2017)

Kate Preusser & Emma Baccellieri & Trevor Strunk, Baseball Prospectus, Short Relief: Love Letters to the Past and Present (June 27, 2017)

Basketball

David Roth, Vice Sports, The NBA Needs Dumb Teams, And The Knicks Are Here To Help (June 20, 2017)

Books

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, MTV News, The Truth at the Heart of Brontez Purnell’s Since I Laid My Burden Down (June 20, 2017)

Music

Jayson Greene, Pitchfork, Big Boi: Boomiverse (June 19, 2017)

Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork, House and Land: House and Land (June 19, 2017)

H. Drew Blackburn, Pitchfork, Benjamin Booker: Witness (June 19, 2017)

Laura Snapes, Pitchfork, Camille: OUÏ (June 20, 2017)

Labor

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, That new Seattle study is a big problem for fans of a higher minimum wage — or is it? (June 27, 2017)

Movies

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Edgar Wright’s exuberant ‘Baby Driver’ is an automotive musical like no other (June 27, 2017)

TV

Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, A light tone with serious underpinnings makes Comedy Central’s ‘Hood Adjacent’ a pleasant destination (June 27, 2017) — this sent me back to James Davis’ Baracka Flacka Flames video, which, yep, still amazing. I hope Barack has watched it 1,000 times.

Trump

Corey Robin, Jacobin, Control the Supreme Court, Control the Republican Party (June 16, 2017)

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