2013: Belarus fisherman dies after being repeatedly bitten on the thigh by a beaver. The beaver population of Belarus has doubled as demand for pelts declines.
1767: According to the Comte de Buffon, beavers in the wild posses “even an aversion to blood and carnage, they have not the smallest propensity to hostility or rapine.”
— First documented appearance of George Plimpton in my dreams. That is what I get for following The Paris Review on tumblr.
— Washington has a law that prohibits dancing. But Phosphorescent isn’t really a dancing kind of show anyway.
At the infusion clinic with Dad
— From John Jeremiah Sullivan’s brilliant Violence of the Lambs.
“It was the moment that the man who sang ‘My Way’ realized that pride and love and pain all come in subtler forms and shades.”
I’d never really listened to much Sinatra (or liked his music, honestly) but this article made me want to listen to Watertown. And I like it.
Read the article, listen to the album.
How @whitehouse celebrates Pi Day.
This July 2012 photo captures Obama eating at Kozy Corners restaurant in Ohio. “Anyone want to try a piece of my strawberry pie?” Obama asked fellow diners. This boy said yes.
(Photo by official White House photographer Pete Souza)
Happy Pi Day!
Childhood obesity is a problem and pie is a distal cause. But, hey, it’s not his kid. Parents, don’t let your kids eat the President’s pie!
But thy sublime indifference will ensure
That I burn not in some everlasting fire.
Give me a place among the sheep
And the goats, separating none from none,
Leaving our mingled ashes where they fall.
That day will be one of comical disappointment
To any who hoped to see rise again from the embers
The guilty to be judged."
Requiem: The Hocus Pocus Laundromat
By Kurt Vonnegut
Ron Cobb for San Francisco Express Times (1968)
Me neither. It must be because I also wear glasses. Police don’t like to break people’s glasses. Oh, wait.
Public opinion has shifted to the consensus that there are very few deserving poor but those who have personal experience with economic setbacks are more likely to support public assistance. I’m assuming they have more empathy for the leeches.
Via Kevin Lewis’ Findings.
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be moving to D.C. in June to join Al Jazeera America’s flagship news program in a senior role as a...