This week in journalism, Sept. 26, 2016

Legendary announcer Vin Scully’s final game at Dodgers Stadium was yesterday, 9/25/16

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope fall is treating everyone well, so far. I feel so incredibly grateful for everyone who’s shown love for my previous post. To everyone, expressing concern, please do not. I am as in love with life today as a bee is with honey. Thank you to those who read and reached out to me. Really, it means a great deal to me, and I hope that you accomplish everything you want to accomplish this week.

This is a little late, I know, but here’s my weekly roundup of noteworthy journalism:

  1. What life is like behind bars for O.J. Simpson Prisoner 1027820” by David Ng for The Los Angeles Times, 9/15/16: An update on how everyone’s favorite disgraced running back and Naked Gun star is doing in jail and what his future looks like. 
  2. Meet the new Senate battleground states” by Amber Phillips for The Washington Post, 9/24/16: A rundown of states with the most contentious Senate races. Complete with an interactive map for those not up-to-date with their senatorial knowledge (e.g. me).
  3. Why ‘Theater Criticism’ of Campaigns is Essential” by Peter Beinart for The Atlantic, 9/26/16: The dangers of shallow journalistic analysis of “bad politics”, i.e. “theater criticism.” 
  4. Growing up with Vin Scully: a soundtrack for life” by Tim Dahlberg for The Associated Press, 9/22/16: One fan’s experience of baseball through the iconic voice of the incomparable Vin Scully. I grew up an Angels fan, but Mr. Scully’s charm made me gravitate towards watching/listening to more Dodgers games. These memories remind me of bonding with my dad (also a fan of Mr. Scully) through sports, which was one of the greatest things about my childhood.
  5. Hillary Clinton isn’t the lesser of two evils. She’s one of the most experienced candidates in history” by The Los Angeles Times’ Editorial Board, 9/24/16. Clinton’s qualifications for president are among the biggest talking points of this race. But when you look at her oeuvre compared to her opponent’s, it’s basically season 4 for Parks and Recreation all over again: an ambitious overqualified candidate with public service in her heart vs. an underqualified, fear mongering spawn of big business with no professional experience in politics.

Throwback bonus: “The Unsinkable Jennifer Aniston” by Leslie Bennetts for Vanity Fair, September 2005: Jennifer Aniston’s revealing and profoundly inspirational post-divorce interview.

Have a fantastic week! I hope you have a shoulder to cry on if you’re feeling down. Or at least a hand to sleep on like my cat.

Daisy, my lil noodle



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