The Day’s Reading, 6/4/17

Baseball

Michael Baumann, The Ringer, Albert Pujols, in His Own Dingers (June 4, 2017)

Trump

Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress, Dear Leader Donald Trump (June 2, 2017)

London

Henry Chu, Variety, Police Arrest 12 in Connection With Attack on London Bridge (June 4, 2017)

Books

Fintan O’Toole, The New York Review of Books, The Male Impersonator (June 22, 2017) — Hemingway

Racist Shit

Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post, A CNN host assumed an Indian American spelling bee champion could read Sanskrit (June 4, 2017) — just fuckin’ apologize already. “That was some dumb shit I said as I tried to make a joke. I shouldn’t of and I’m sorry.”

Speech

Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, How Trump Has Stoked the Campus Debate on Speech and Violence (June 4, 2017) — Gersen’s past writing on free speech had me fearing the worst for this piece, but it’s not really bad. If anything, I’m not sure it steps out and adds anything; does she take any stands here, or does she just identify a problem (violence over political speech) that anyone with half a brain can see? One suspects she blames both sides, while I would almost exclusively blame the people who would be happy living under fascism. I also have a serious problem identifying Charles Murray as engaging in political speech.

Abortion

Marcia Angell, The New York Review of Books, The Abortion Battlefield (June 22, 2017) — there’s a section in this on violence against abortion providers (and intimidation of those seeking abortions) that I think is relevant to Gersen’s piece above, in that who gives any fucks about some progressive/left-wing college students getting mad at Charles Murray when there’s a murder or attempt a year, on average, over the last four decades, of abortion providers. If you don’t agree with the concept of speech-as-violence, that’s fine, but can we at least fucking recognize that one side of the debates (the racists, the anti-choicers, the sexists) commit all the actual, indisputable violence? We have to analyze antiracist, antifascist, antisexist action through that lens, not through the lens of “well but is speech really violence can that concept be a thing.”

Speaking of Positive Action

Emma Baccellieri, Deadspin, Leonard Williams Restrains Man Who Appears To Be Teammate Darron Lee From Allegedly Harassing Woman (June 4, 2017) — Leonard Williams plays football, it seems; got some good-ass football players out there these days, some of ‘em

California

Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, Longtime Villaraigosa ally Jose Huizar to back his rival John Chiang for California governor (June 4, 2017)

Music

Jeff Weiss, Pitchfork, Ghostface Killah: Supreme Clientele (June 4, 2017)

Murders

Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Drunken man fatally shoots 9 after dinner argument in Russian home (June 4, 2017)

Neoliberalism

James Kirchick, Los Angeles Times, I’m a neoliberal and I’m proud (June 4, 2017) — he says he’s setting out to defend neoliberalism, but all he really defends is free trade, and he can’t even be bothered to cite statistics or data on that. He might have them! But the column contains only assertions, not information.

CA-34

Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times, Will this L.A. congressional district known as a Latino political base make history for Koreans? (June 4, 2017) — With something like a million citizens of Korean birth or descent in the U.S. (based on five seconds of googling), it would be great to see a Korean-American congressperson. But in this race, Ahn is running as the “outsider” to the progressive candidate, and he’s the one reaching out to Republicans. He’s the one who got Riordan’s endorsement. Gomez is, to be sure, running as a Latino from a Latino district, but he’s also running on a program that includes touting California’s single-payer healthcare bill. There’s the potential for him to be among the furthest left of congresspeople, and I don’t see that potential in Ahn’s rhetoric.

Fraud

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 3 Northern California men convicted in massive bid-rigging scheme to buy foreclosed properties (June 2, 2017)

Spelling

Silvia Killingsworth, The Awl, Knew Them All, Of Course (June 2, 2017)

The Worst of All the Jason W.’s

Samer Kalaf, Deadspin, Coworker, Athletes Give Jason Whitlock Shit For Criticizing LeBron On Racism (June 2, 2017)

International Relations

Jon Gambrell | AP, The Washington Post, 4 nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar as Gulf rift deepens (June 5, 2017)

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Union lawyer, A's ESPN SweetSpot blogger. Bow ties, bright pants, hella cats. I dissent.