OK, so last week's icy tempest was a no-show, but the people who are paid to guess about this sort of thing are promising terrible things tonight. Be safe, read these:
From The Washington Post: Washington: A world apart
From The New York Times: Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life
From Wired: An obituary for the letter "E"
We assume your power is already out but, by the light of your laptop, smartphone or whatever battery-powered device in your home is still clinging to life, and read these links.
From The New York Times: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95
From Worldcrunch: 59 front pages from around the globe paying tribute to Mandela
From SB Nation: 2014 World Cup Draw: Ante up, America
From Medium: The Value of Content
Some days there's only one thing you really have to read on the Internet. Today, from where we're sitting, Gawker editor Tom Scocca's essay "On Smarm" is that thing. (If you decide to read two things, add Scocca's remembrance of the late New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan to the list.)
From the Snarker's Manifesto:
At some point, in a piece like this, convention calls for the admission that the complaints against snark are not entirely without merit. Fine. Some snark is harmful and rotten and stupid. Just as, to various degrees, some poems and Page-One newspaper stories and sermons and football gambling advice columns are harmful and rotten and stupid. Like every other mode, snark can sometimes be done badly or to bad purposes.
Smarm, on the other hand, is never a force for good. A civilization that speaks in smarm is a civilization that has lost its ability to talk about purposes at all. It is a civilization that says "Don't Be Evil," rather than making sure it does not do evil.
That's the link. This is a lynx...
Link No. 1's got Berlin on our minds. And, no, we don't mean Riding on the Metro ...
From Nieman Journalism Lab: The robot-curated newspaper of tomorrow, today
Anything we write here is keeping you from reading about Nickelback's greatest hits album (really) and Joe Jonas, so click on!
From ESPN: Ron Burgundy Interviews Peyton Manning
We're suckers for maps here at Link Central. We're also suckers for the things people say and how they say it. Is it Coke or soda? Give it to us in a map. Which is why, even though we love all of our links equally, we love our first link just a little more ...
From Robert Delaney: The 15 Different Dialects of American English
From The New York Times: Despite Outlaw Image, Hells Angels Sue Often
Happy Thanksgiving, folks.
As the pull of tryptophan and cranberry sauce grows stronger, hold yourself over with these links.
From The New York Times: John T. Edge remembers John Egerton
From ESPN: The ugly truth about Peyton Manning
From Bleacher Report: A Year After Jovan Belcher's Final Act, Friends Offer Clues to Tragic Downfall
I get it. You're TV and weather is just huge, even when there's nothing actually there.
But the kids at 1100 Broadway decided to go ALL IN on it, too, with possibly the worst headline I've seen in a long time.
Maybe it's just me, but if you're putting the word "TIDBITS" in all caps, roughly the same size as the nameplate, you should step away from the page. "TIDBITS" is a kicker, the kind of thing you put in 14 point type at the top of the package, like the insipid "KNOW BEFORE YOU GO." It's not the kind of thing that you put in 80 point type like news actually happened. But don't worry, I'm sure making it red will convey the sense of gravitas this page needs.
Here's what we learned from the package:
It's snowing! Sort of! Stay inside! Read these links!
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