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Sorry for skipping last weekend. S wanted to go to Austin to see Trae Crowder, who is hilarious, and Ballet Austin was reviving Stephen Mills’ groundbreaking Hamlet. It was a full weekend without time to write you an essay, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about you. There’s something I’ve been working over in my head for a while, and Walter Isaacson’s wildly flawed Elon Musk knocked it loose. Let’s see if I can land the plane this weekend.
Until then, we’ve got a lot of things to read, cook, listen to, and watch. Let’s go!
Says E.J.: “There are grifts and then there’s whatever this gambit is called.” Responds S: “Honestly, respect to them for even pulling this off in the first place.” (CNN)
—> “(‘I wanted it to be you,’ she tells him when he finally reveals what he’d known all along; “I wanted it to be you so badly.” In a movie that makes Parker Posey seem like a villain and the fashion of the 1990s seem like a good idea, it’s the most unrealistic line of all.)” h/t E.J. (The Atlantic)
This lede —> “The sound of a rat screaming in the jaws of a terrier is the same sound that a stuffed squeaky toy makes.” (Washington Post)
For those of us on the left who distrust Mitt Romney, this is a necessary antidote. This is very, very good. (McKay Coppins)
Love me a Ryan Holiday listsicle on leadership (Ryan Holiday)
Cooked this super-easy fish in tomato-basil broth. So tasty. (New York Times Cooking)
And this fish dish is even easier and even tomatoier. (New York Times Cooking)
Michelle Wolf has done something remarkable with her latest Netflix comedy special. Instead of an Event (think John Mulaney at Radio City Music Hall), Wolf is telling jokes in comedy clubs across the country over three nights. It’s a miniseries, not a big special, and each episode is as short as a
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