The Days’ Reading, October 17–18, 2017

I am going to be in the Valley at 5:15 am tomorrow.

Phones

Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo, Pixel 2 Review: Google Sticks to What It Does Best (October 17, 2017)

Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo, This Dual-Screen Smartphone Is Weird, Monstrous, and Kinda Cool (October 17, 2017) — what the FUCK

David Pierce, Wired, Pixel 2 Review: You Can’t Buy a Better Android Phone (October 17, 2017)

Baseball

Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated, Brad Peacock may be the key for the Astros to beat the Yankees (October 18, 2017)

Tom Ley, Deadspin, The Cubs Just Can’t Hit (October 18, 2017)

Rachael McDaniel, Baseball Prospectus, Playoff Prospectus: One Of Those Nights (October 17, 2017)

Burgers

Barry Petchesky, Deadspin, De’Aaron Fox Says In-N-Out Is “Just Not Good” (October 17, 2017) — never let the hype train take over. In-N-Out is in fact the best fast-food burger, but “best fast-food burger” is a category with a particular ceiling. Now, Fox is wrong and bad and needs to be traded to Minnesota as punishment for saying Wendy’s is better than In-N-Out, but I think the point remains: if people would shut up and just let In-N-Out be what it is, a good fast-food burger, then there wouldn’t be all this expectation and disappointment. It’s not life-changing. It’s not supposed to be life-changing.

Shakespeare

Clover Hope, Jezebel, Riz Ahmed Will Make a Good Hamlet (October 17, 2017)

Music

Tom Breihan, Stereogum, Bell Witch ‘Mirror Reaper’ Review (October 17, 2017)

Trump

Aaron Rupar, ThinkProgress, Trump lies, falsely claims congresswoman changed her story about his comments to military widow (October 18, 2017)

Kurt Helin, NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk, Gregg Popovich rants, calls President Trump a “soulless coward” after recent comments (October 17, 2017)

TV

Rich Juzwiak, Jezebel, Ratings for Streaming Shows Will Finally Be Made Public (October 18, 2017) — interesting

Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Nancy Drew’ Reboot Being Redeveloped at NBC (October 16, 2017)

Stadia

Barry Petchesky, Deadspin, Columbus Crew, Welcome To The Stadium Extortion Racket (October 17, 2017)

Sexual Assault

Maureen Ryan, Variety, A TV Executive Sexually Assaulted Me: A Critic’s Personal Story (October 18, 2017)

Hollywood

Health Insurance

Sean Sullivan & Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, Trump appears to back further away from bipartisan health-care push (October 18, 2017)

Tom Marino

John Wagner & Scott Higham & Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post, Trump drug czar nominee is withdrawing; administration ‘very concerned’ about law he championed (October 17, 2017) — I’m so confused about this

Ref Rodriguez

David Zahniser & Joy Resmovits & Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, What Ref Rodriguez’s latest legal problems mean for the charter school movement (October 18, 2017) — the point isn’t, as the charter advocate quoted tries to make it, about bad apples; it’s about the larger question of whether we want oversight of our schools, and the whole concept of the charter movement is less regulation. They frame it as a way to increase innovation yadda yadda yadda, but the fact is that if nobody’s watching the books, people will steal. And when you look at the way charters are educating students, they’re not making radical changes to education; they’re not genuinely innovating. The question should not be “how do we take the shackles off” but “how do we innovate in pedagogy without turning the whole thing into a corporate shitshow?”

Jeopardy!

Patrick Redford, The Concourse, Jeopardy! Dummy Beats Even Bigger Dummies With $1 (October 18, 2017) — the only two times this has happened were both military men? Conspiracy

Hockey

Samer Kalaf, Deadspin, Luke Schenn And Antoine Roussel Get Into A Truly Stupid Hockey Fight (October 18, 2017)

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