“One of Mr. Miller’s students said she was surprised to learn that the jihadis ate breakfast. She had never thought about it before. “They’re sort of superhuman world terrorists, and you don’t think about what they do in the morning,” she told him.”
-“Before Martyrdom, Breakfast,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 24, 2010
“But Brown’s sense of himself has a larger-than-life aspect. Candidate Brown said late last year that he drew his work ethic from a pair of famous tragedies. ‘I live every day like it’s my last. Especially when JFK Jr. passed away and Princess Di. They’re powerful, handsome, rich people, and they’re dead,’ he said.”
-“The First Senator of the Reality Show Era,” Politico, Jan. 24, 2010
1. January issue, Martha Stewart Living
Sausages browned in an iron skillet; a hearty chickpea soup; popovers.
2. Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower
Prince Turki goes to New Jersey (p. 86); “Aroused young Muslims such as
Osama bin Laden” (p. 95); Moussaoui’s laptop (p. 351).
3. Valerie Plame, Fair Game
For all that is redacted; “Do you like tall women?”
“Texas Braces for Fight Over Social Studies Lessons,” NYT, Jan. 13, 2010:
[Saenz will] also ask the board to reconsider mentioning makeup entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash, of Addison, Texas, more often than Christopher Columbus in the curriculum standard. At present Ash is mentioned twice; Columbus once.
This is disgusting! I love it! And this is amazing. I love it.
“… Of course, everything I hate about [Lou] Dobbs goes tenfold for Piyush (I won’t call him “Bobby”) Jindal. Nothing’s more pathetic than a self-hater.”
—Anil Dash, The Morning News, Jan. 8, 2010
Happy New Year. May all Tasmanian devils be cured of their transmittable facial cancer. And long live the media.