First heard this on TBTL and it’s a jam.

No other sporting event can really compare to the World Cup in this regard, and when the tournament is as wild as this one has been, the feeling is even stronger. It’s why you despair that FIFA is a cabal of oleaginous quasi murderers, why their inability to control, say, match fixing is so depressing. They don’t deserve to control this. In an important sense, it has nothing to do with them. No World Cup, certainly not one in Brazil, can stand outside history. The World Cup is history. And now it’s history waiting to happen.
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LARRY CARLSON, Z.Q. 4, 2007.


LARRY CARLSON, Z.Q. 4, 2007.

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A Reader’s Guide to Twitter’s Forever War


1. The Oresteia, especially The Eumenides
2. The Crucible
3. Richard Wright’s chapter in The God That Failed
4. Godard, La Chinoise
5. One stanza, out of context, from Auden’s “Under Which Lyre”:

Brutal like all Olympic games,

Though fought with smiles and Christian names

    And less dramatic,

This dialectic strife between

The civil gods is just as mean,

    And more fanatic.

6. Joseph de Maistre, Elucidation on Sacrifices, esp. chapter 2 (“Of Human Sacrifices”).

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Take me to all the bookstores.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

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Bill Bratton made the New York and Los Angeles police departments high-morale, results-driven organizations, but he didn’t do so by breaking the police unions, by denigrating his troops, by threatning to close underperforming precincts or cut the pay of underperforming cops, or by promising bonuses for cops who made their numbers. He understood that policing is a team sport. So is education. What American public management needs is less Frederick Taylor and more Edwards Deming.